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 »

Body Language: Paying Attention from the Top

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Description: What can we learn about how we are being perceived or received by paying attention to the head movements and related gestures of the people we are interacting with? Perhaps more than we are aware of. Source: Psych-Mechanics: Hanan Parvez  (Link below) Date: April 13, 2015 Photo Credit: http://www.psychmechanics.com/2015/04/body-language-gestures-of-head-and-neck.html Links http://www.psychmechanics.com/2015/04/body-language-gestures-of-head-and-neck.html Study Body Language Website:… Read more »

Early Roots of Empathy

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Description: Figuring out how other people are feeling, especially when they are experiencing different emotions than we are is quite a challenge. When can preschoolers do this? Do they have to figure it out using some sort of cognitive emotional analysis or might they start by more simply empathically resonating with another’s emotional state? Source:… Read more »

Poverty, Parental Education and Brain Development

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Description: Does growing up in poverty have implications for developmental outcomes, yes it does. Why might that be? Well one possibility is that growing up in poverty has a negative impact upon the developmental growth of children’s brains. Sources: Huffington Post: Study Reveals Sad Link Between Poverty And Children’s Brain Development Date: March 30, 2015… Read more »

Depression and Unemployment: Correlation, Causation, and Research

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Description: Think about someone who is two years post-graduation and unemployed and clinically depressed. Are they depressed because they cannot find work? Or are they unable to find or keep work because of the symptoms of their depression? Welcome to the world of correlational research. Sources: US News and World Reports Date: Released March 19,… Read more »

Ultrasound and Alzheimer’s Disease: Steps Toward the Development of a Treatment

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Description: Current treatments for Alzheimer’s disease are limited in their effectiveness. A major issue is sorting out the potential causes of the disease from symptoms – the classical problem of correlation. This research on the potentially positive effects of ultrasound on the amyloid plaques that arise in the brains of Alzheimer’s patients is a good… Read more »

Intelligence and Age: The Relationship May Be More Complex Than We Thought

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Description: Does intelligence decline or increase with age? Turns out this may be too simple a hypothesis. Recent research, discussed in this article, suggests that different parts of our brain function optimally at different points over the life cycle. As a consequence the pattern of the relationship between age and intelligence, when looked at in… Read more »

Artistic examination of Dementia (and Lots of King Lears!)

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Description: Aside from the neurological research work going into trying to figure out the brain based changes that are associated with the onset of dementia (Alzheimer’s etc.) we often wonder what the experience of such disorders would be like. There has been a recent explosion of artistic work (film, stage books etc.) examining the personal… Read more »

Now Another thing You Can Blame on your Mother

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Description: Read these articles describing and discussing the findings of a recent study on the epigenesist of childhood obesity and linking it to maternal and grand-maternal activity patterns (or the lack thereof) during their adolescences. Source: The Globe and Mail Date: November 30, 2014 Links:     Lead article – http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/health-and-fitness/health/studying-obesity-through-maternal-health-before-and-during-pregnancy/article21834086/ Comment on Article- http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/parenting/flipping-a-non-motherly-gesture-at-sexist-science/article21833778/ Earlier… Read more »

Is Nature Critical to Positive Human Development? Project Wild Thing

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Source: Project Wild Thing Website, see links below Date: November 24, 2014 Links:   http://projectwildthing.com/ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2rJ260-JWcY The current generation of children is predicted to be the first generation in a VERY long time that is predicted to NOT live longer than their parents. David Bond, in this very engaging film Wild Thing, seeks to correct that… Read more »