Oliver Sacks: Farewell Oliver, You Will Be Missed

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Description: Oliver Sacks, renowned and beloved neurologist, author and teller of captivating stories about his patients, their experiences, the human brain and ultimately of the human experience and condition passed away today (August 30, 2015) at the age of 82. I posted on Oliver not long ago (April 2015 search his name on this blog… Read more »

Hearing Voices

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Description: Besides being musicians, what do Brian Wilson, Peter Townsend, Carlos Santana and Jennifer Hudson have in common? Well, they have found inspiration in music and voices only they can hear. Source: Globe and Mail: How hearing voices, long assumed a sign of mental illness, can be a part of the human experience. Date: July… Read more »

Are CBT effects on Physical Issues Really a Surprise?

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Description: We may assume that physical symptoms need to be treated with medication but we also know that disorders like depression are very treatable with forms of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. The conditions discussed in this article all show signs of positive change when treated with one or another form of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. Of course… Read more »

How are Preschoolers’ Sleep and Mental Health Related?

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Description: There may be a reciprocal relationship between sleep disorders in toddlers and psychological problems both concurrently and in the future. The research discussed in this article suggests that causality may go both ways with sleep issues giving rise to psychological problems and vice verse. The relationship is likely complex and other factors may be… Read more »

What goes on on your brain when you are not there? Induced out of body experiences

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Description: Have you heard of anyone having an out of body experience? Well this article describes how some researchers produced the subjective experience of an out of body experience while people were in an MRI scanner to the researchers could see what parts of the participants’ brains were involved in the pout of body sensations…. Read more »

Depression, Bipolar Disorder and “Fuzzy” Thinking

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Description: Feeling like your thinking is less sharp or even describable as “fuzzy’ is a fairly common subjective report offered by people struggling with depression or bipolar disorder. However, there has been debate as to whether such feeling are reflections of actual changes in brain function or related, instead to changes in mood or motivation… Read more »

Oliver Sacks on Feelings of Disorder (or Dis-ease)

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Description: What subjective/psychologically experiences do we associate with disease? Oliver Sacks, the deeply respected physician and professor of neurology discusses about how patients with migraines talk about the psychological experiences associated with their migraine headaches. The 81 year old Sacks goes on to talk about his own experiences with a particular palliative treatment for the… Read more »

Space Psychology

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Description: So just what are the psychological consequences of spending a long time (1 year) in space? Well from 2001 a Space Odyssey to Interstellar there has been a lot of science fiction film speculation but what do we know from a scientific point of view. Quite a bit actually. Source: PA Pacific Standard: What… Read more »

“Felt Presence” Experiences: Who or What is There?

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Description: Ever had the feeling that you were not alone when you really were alone? Psychologists are curious about what drives such “Third Man” or “felt presences” experiences. Rather than dismissing such experiences as impossible hocus pocus, psychological researchers and neuroscientists believe that understanding such experiences will likely add to our understanding of the functioning… Read more »

The Imagination Game: Alan Turing

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Description: The film The Imitation Game features the seriously talented Benedict Cumberbatch playing Alan Turing an unlikely British Second World War hero. From his signs of being somewhere along the Autism Spectrum Disorder Continuum (DSM-5) intellectual genius, his challenges with social interaction, and to his development of the Turing test (of either computer intelligence or… Read more »