|Mass Killers Explained by Syndrome E (Evil)
||Recently, Itzhak Fried hosted a conference on Syndrome E, an idea he published in 1997 to explain mass killers. Let’s examine the characteristics and alternative explanations.
|Should I Fire My Therapist?
||As a therapist, I’m here to tell you: Sometimes it’s them, and not you. And sometimes they’re great therapists, but not for you. So I’m also here to tell you: … ...
|Precarious manhood and the evolutionary psychology of mass shootings
||Men commit over 85% of all homicides, 91% of all same-sex homicides and 97% of all same-sex homicides in which the victim and killer aren’t related to each other. These startling statistics are driven home with each new mass shooting (though the most recent tragedy in San Bernardino, California is a bit unusual in that [...]
|Brain scans explain why we are quicker to assign blame than give credit
||New research from Duke University helps explain the paradox of why we are quick to blame people for their actions, but slower to give them credit. We constantly read others’ intentions in what they do — from seeing someone help an elderly person cross the street or cutting in line or committing a heinous crime. [...]
|Studies reveal the surprising complexity of cognitive issues in children with epilepsy
||Children with epilepsy face a number of challenges compared with their healthy peers, including an increased risk of cognitive impairment. Three studies presented the American Epilepsy Society’s (AES) 69th Annual Meeting parse the complex underpinnings of cognitive development in these children, revealing a need for smarter assessments and targeted interventions. Traditional neuropsychological assessments have an [...]
|Study shows rudeness at work is contagious
||Workplace incivility should be treated with the utmost seriousness. This is the finding of three psychologists at Lund University in Sweden who surveyed nearly 6 000 people on the social climate in the workplace. Their studies show that being subjected to rudeness is a major reason for dissatisfaction at work and that unpleasant behaviour spreads [...]
|Important details revealed in the search for the causes of face blindness
||For the very first time, researchers have been able to show that the causes of congenital face blindness can be traced back to an early stage in the perceptual process. These findings are crucial, not just for our understanding of face recognition, but also because they allow us to understand the processes behind the recognition [...]
|New, open-source software tracks worm embryo’s brain development
||A new, open-source software that can help track the embryonic development and movement of neuronal cells throughout the body of the worm, is now available to scientists. The software is described in a paper published in the open access journal, eLife on December 3rd by researchers at the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering [...]
|Personalized medicine studies reveal gene targets for epilepsy
||Technological advances ranging from gene editing to next-generation sequencing offer unprecedented access to the human genome and promise to reshape the diagnosis and treatment of epilepsy. Four studies presented at the American Epilepsy Society’s (AES) 69th Annual Meeting demonstrate how these innovative technologies are being used to identify and manipulate genes linked to epilepsy. In [...]
|Here’s how screen time is changing the way kids tell stories
||Recently, at a child’s birthday party, I overheard a conversation between parents discussing their concern about “screen time.” Phones, computers, iPads and the good old television are all around us. And this can be a source of anxiety for parents, caregivers and teachers. A recent report from the American Academy of Pediatrics suggests the amount [...]
|Scientists discover certain herpes viruses could be causing brain disorders by infecting human neurons
||For years, researchers have noted a tantalizing link between some neurologic conditions and certain species of the herpes virus. In patients with Alzheimer’s disease, multiple sclerosis, and cerebellar ataxia, among other neuropathies, the cerebrospinal fluid teems with Epstein-Barr virus (EBV). Yet, the nature of that link has remained unclear, as it has been assumed that [...]
|A Reminder for the Holidays
||Everything is optional. You can retire old traditions that don’t feel meaningful anymore. You can create new traditions, including body positive rituals, that do. You can tell people no. You … ...
|Teens know dangers of driving and cellphone use, yet do it anyway, research shows
||What happens when “Tom Hanks,” “Tom Cruise” and “Kesha” sit around a table? When the talkers are actually teens using researcher-requested pseudonyms they chose to anonymously discuss their driving habits, the results are surprising, maybe even more so than if the real celebrities got together. Specifically, the 16- to 18-year-olds were examining distracted driving, one [...]
|Emerging technologies help advance the understanding, detection and control of epilepsy
||A smartphone-induced EEG waveform and an intelligent algorithm for seizure detection are among the emerging technologies to be unveiled at the American Epilepsy Society’s (AES) 69th Annual Meeting. Four innovative studies presented at the meeting promise to reshape current paradigms for seizure detection and epilepsy management. In the first study, (abstract 3.277) researchers from Brighton [...]
|Smart Spouses Avoid Three Relationship Traps
||Road signs alert drivers to prepare for what’s ahead: pedestrians crossing, a curve, or a hairpin turn. Signals also exist that warn us of possible relationship hazards that are easy to miss. So watch out for these three relationship traps: Trap #1: I’m Right — … ...
|Why You Should Avoid Wise-Sounding But Meaningless Quotes
What it says about a person who posts wise-sounding but meaningless quotes to social media.
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|How to Deal With the Winter Blues
||Every year around this time I start to get a little anxious. Money seems to fly out the door, family and friends seem to overwhelm us, the short days make … ...
|The Best-Kept Secret to Getting Unstuck: Core Feelings
||At 34 years old, Garrett is doing well in life. He has a good job and a girlfriend who he hopes to marry. So Garrett is confused about why, each … ...
|Today I Love Art Everywhere In This World
||Today I love the art that is everywhere in this world. I love what art is, the endless expression of feelings with no clear reason for that expression beyond sharing. … ...
|3 Ways You Can Meaningfully Give Every Day
||There are many myths about giving. For instance, we might think giving is about writing a check (which we might not be able to do right now). We might think giving is about volunteering our time (which we just don’t have much of right now). … ...