Do Sex Differences Mean There Are Male and Female Brains?

Posted by & filed under Assessment: Intellectual Cognitive Measures, Gender-Role Development Sex Differences, General Psychology, Genetics: The Biological Context of Development, Neuroscience, Personality, Physiology, Research Methods, Stereotype Prejudice Discrimination.

Description: Book titles such as Men are from Mars and Women are from Venus (John Gray) suggest that there are some fundamental differences between men and women. What might that hypothesis or sentiment suggest about the brains of men and women? Well, the idea that, at the level of the brain, men and women are… Read more »

What Parts of Resilience are in the Brain?

Posted by & filed under Child Development, Early Social and Emotional development, Families and Peers, Group Processes, Intervention: Children Adolescents, Intervention: Identifying Key Elements of Change, Neuroscience, Stress Coping - Health, Stress: Coping Reducing.

Description: In developmental psychology the term resilience has an interesting recent history. It debuted in research in the 1970’s in studies such as one looking at the children of Kuai.  That important study gathered detailed data regarding the prenatal, birth and post-natal experiences of every child born on the island of Kuai in Hawaii in… Read more »

The Efficacy and Ethics of Zapping Depression

Posted by & filed under Abnormal Psychology, Clinical Neuropsychology, Clinical Psychology, Depression, Health Psychology, Intervention: Adults-Couples, Intervention: Identifying Key Elements of Change, Legal Ethical Issues, mental illness, Neuroscience, Treatment of Psychological Disorders.

Description: Ok here we go…. This sounds like science fiction BUT … what if we could implant electrodes into our brains into specific locations and then, when necessary, such as when were are clinically depressed, we could use the implanted electrodes to stimulate those areas of the brain and by doing so normalize the functioning… Read more »

Biology and Mental Illness: Why No Cures Yet?

Posted by & filed under Clinical Neuropsychology, Genetics: The Biological Context of Development, Intervention: Identifying Key Elements of Change, Neuroscience, Psychological Disorders, Research Methods, Schizophrenia, Stress Coping - Health.

Description: We have drugs that treat mental disorders like schizophrenia and depression so do we have cures for those disorders? One of the reasons given for the focus shift taken by Martin Seligman, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi and others to Positive Psychology (optimizing things for everyone) is that we have addressed mental illness and can move on…. Read more »

Moving Towards Transplant Fixes for Some Forms of Blindness

Posted by & filed under Clinical Neuropsychology, Legal Ethical Issues, Neuroscience, Physical Changes In Aging, Physiology.

Description: The prospect of vision loss is scary and while my parents and grandparents would say things like don’t run with scissors or you cannot have a BB gun (for fear of “putting out an eye”) or make sure you have a good light on when you are reading because “those are the only set… Read more »

Dreams and the Real World? Maybe an Evolutionary Tie-in!

Posted by & filed under Consciousness, Neuroscience, Research Methods, Research Methods in ADA, Research Methods in AP, Research Methods in ChD, Research Methods in CP, Research Methods in SP.

Description: What have you heard about what Psychology has to say about dreams? Well, if you have had an introductory course from me you would have heard me say that theories like those of Freud, that our dreams contain deep life insights and meaning, are not supported by research, especially in terms of dream interpretation… Read more »

What DO You Know About the Effects of Cannabis (Marijuana) on Human Behavior and Performance?

Posted by & filed under Consciousness, Neuroscience, Physiology, Sensation-Perception, Substance-Related Disorders.

Description: Marijuana is going to become legal in Canada in a few days (October 17, 2018). Here is a timley question. What do you know about the affects of marijuana on human behavior and performance? Well, linked below is a review article from the journal Forensic Science with that exact title and it contains, I… Read more »

New Canadian Cannabis Laws and Teenage Brains

Posted by & filed under Basic Cognitive Functions In Aging: Information Processing Attention Memory, Child Development, Consciousness, Health Psychology, Human Development, Intervention: Children and Adolescents, Legal Ethical Issues, Neuroscience, Stress Biopsychosocial Factors Illness, Stress Coping - Health, Stress: Coping Reducing, Substance-Related Disorders.

Description: This next Wednesday the use of cannabis or marijuana will become legal in Canada. If you live in Canada you cannot have missed the torrent of media on things like the formation and marketing of companies to produce, market and sell marijuana or the public service ads pointing out that toking/ingesting and driving are… Read more »

Social Octopi on Ecstacy: The evolutionary base of social connection

Posted by & filed under Altruism Prosocial Behaviour, Genetics: The Biological Context of Development, Interpersonal Attraction Close Relationships, Neuroscience, Physiology, Social Psychology.

Description: The octopus is not a particularly social animal. While that might sound like the start to a fairy tale or to a “Just So” story it is actually simply a scientific fact. Octopi typically avoid social contact entirely including avoiding other members of their species. They Do, however, have to engage socially with at… Read more »