Stress, Anxiety, and Depression: The Links and 10 Simple Words

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Description: Stress is related to depression somehow, right? But just how ARE they related? And How does anxiety play into this? Think about what you might know about how these things are related and not just correlationally (as in, more stressed people get depressed than do non-stressed people) but at the neurological level. Once you… Read more »

Is This Octopus Dreaming?

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Description: Start by watching the amazing video linked below. It is of a sleeping octopus and the twitches and dramatic color changes it is displaying seem to suggest that it is dreaming. But, before you start speculating as to what the octopus is dreaming about, consider this question. Do we know enough about octopi brains… Read more »

Gambling, Risk and Dopamine

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Description: What factors predict who will take bigger risks when gambling for money? Could it be linked to personality? And if there are links to personality is that because of early experience or perhaps due to genetic variations in risk attraction or risk aversion, perhaps related to the functioning of specific brain regions? After you… Read more »

Handedness: A Complex Construct

Posted by & filed under Human Development, Neuroscience, Research Methods, Sensation-Perception, Stereotype Prejudice Discrimination.

Description: When I was in graduate school years ago, I heard about a study done by Stan Coren, at the University of British Columbia, that looked at professional baseball players (for whom detailed batting statistics indicated where they sat on the dimension of handedness. The study also looked at the retired ball player pension data… Read more »

Mindfulness and Academic Performance: What is the Key?

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Description: What does ‘being mindful’ mean? Mindfulness medication essentially involves clearing one’s mind of distractions and focusing closely and only of the here and now. How might doing that be of academic assistance to middle school students? Think about how you would answer that question from a psychological research perspective. If it helps what might… Read more »

Genes and Sexual Orientation: It is VERY complex

Posted by & filed under Cultural Variation, Development of the Self, Gender-Role Development Sex Differences, Genetics: The Biological Context of Development, Research Methods, Social Psychology, Stereotype Prejudice Discrimination, The Self.

Description: What does it mean to say that some human trait or behavior is partially genetically linked? Does saying that change or influence how we think about the trait? Looked at another way what would the socio-cultural (and perhaps political) implications be of a trait or behavioral tendency being partially genetically linked? Would your answers… Read more »

Psychological Research and Public Policy: A Study of Fluoridation and IQ

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Description: You have certainly heard about people described as anti-vaxers, people wo do not want their children vaccinated against diseases link the measles, mumps and rhubella because they believe there is scientific evidence that immunizations cause autism (despite the fact that the evidence is conclusive that there is no such effect and that the dangers… Read more »

A Brain Reset Treatment for Depression?

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Description: Perhaps you have heard about the use of ECT (electroconvulsive shock therapy) to treat “treatment resistant depression. It involved(s) the induction of a grand mal seizure (random firing of all neurons in the brain) through the application of electrical stimulation of the brain. Why does it work (when it does)? It seems to “rest”… Read more »

Seeking the Causes of Schizophrenia and Bipolar Disorder with Epigenesis

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Description: What causes schizophrenia? If you said something like “a chemical imbalance in the brain” you are not alone and that fits with what else you likely know which is that there are a wide array of drugs available that are used as parts of efforts to address that “imbalance.” However, you know those drugs… Read more »