Did Language Evolution Hijack Complex Tool Making Skills?

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Description: The nature of our spoken communication skills is most certainly a big part of our adaptive evolutionary advantage as a species. Using language, we can break out of the ‘here and now’ and discuss past events and future possibilities and we can organize and coordinate complex individual and social tasks and strategies using our… Read more »

Drugs versus Psychotherapy: Not Either/Or But And

Posted by & filed under Abnormal Psychology, Intervention: Adults-Couples, Intervention: Identifying Key Elements of Change, Neuroscience, Psychological Disorders, Psychological Intervention, Research Methods, Treatment of Psychological Disorders.

Description: So, what comes to mind as a definition when you see the term Psychiatric Therapeutics? Psychiatric relates to what Psychiatrists and Psychiatry is the medical specialty that focuses upon mental functioning, mental illness etc. It also involves the training necessary to be permitted to prescribe medications to treat the symptoms of mental disorders. Psychologists,… Read more »

Is (or When is) City Living Good For You?

Posted by & filed under Abnormal Psychology, Human Development, mental illness, Neuroscience, Psychological Disorders, Social Influence, Social Psychology, Stress Biopsychosocial Factors Illness, Stress Coping - Health, Stress: Coping Reducing.

Description: Is city living good for you? When lecturing on mental health and illness I usually refer to research suggesting that rates of a number of mental disorders are higher in urban centers but that causal nature of that observation is problematic as cities are where most mental health treatment centers are located and most… Read more »

Do You Know Enough About the Vagus Nerve?

Posted by & filed under Clinical Neuropsychology, Clinical Psychology, General Psychology, Health and Prevention In Aging, Intervention: Adults-Couples, Neuroscience, Physiology, Psychological Disorders, Stress Coping - Health, Stress: Coping Reducing, Treatment of Psychological Disorders.

Description: Do you know what the Vagus nerve is and what it does? Well, to begin with, it is not a single nerve cell but rather a complex nerve network with connections throughout the body. In terms of what it does, we are still working on that one, but it could be loosely described as… Read more »

Yoga, Pilates and Stress: Selling to Neuroscientists

Posted by & filed under Clinical Neuropsychology, Neuroscience, Physiology, Research Methods, Stress, Stress Biopsychosocial Factors Illness, Stress Coping - Health, Stress: Coping Reducing, Student Success.

Description: Have you heard the exercise is good for reducing stress? How about Yoga? How about Pilates? How about deep breathing? Of course, you have, but do they REALLY lower stress levels and if they do HOW do they do that? How would a neuroscientist approach these questions? Well, he or she would likely NOT… Read more »

Left-handedness: A Good Way to Look at NatureNurture

Posted by & filed under Cultural Variation, Genetics: The Biological Context of Development, Human Development, Neuroscience, Physiology.

Description: There are fewer left-handed people than right-handed people in the world, right? Yes, that is true, but the proportions vary from place to place and maybe from time to time. So, how does handedness play out from an evolutionary perspective? It is often difficult to think through how the interaction of nature (genetics) and… Read more »

Literacy and Dementia: Think About It!

Posted by & filed under Abnormal Psychology, Aging-Psychological Disorders, Health and Prevention In Aging, Health Psychology, Higher-Order Cognitive Functions in Aging, Language-Thought, Neuroscience.

Description: Here is a somewhat backhanded test of your current understanding of factors relating to rates of dementia in elder individuals. What would you predict about the comparable rates of depression among otherwise similar groups of literate and illiterate elderly individuals? If you think there will be a rate difference between these two groups what… Read more »

Daylight Saving Time, Standard Time, Social Time, and Circadian Time: Decision Time!

Posted by & filed under Clinical Neuropsychology, Consciousness, Health Psychology, Neuroscience, Sensation-Perception, Stress Biopsychosocial Factors Illness, Stress Coping - Health.

Description: In most jurisdictions we recently “fell back” as we turned out clocks back an hour and returned to Standard Time after spring, summer and fall on Daylight Saving Time. What was somewhat different about this most recent “fall back” is that many states and provinces and countries are contemplating perhaps never doing that again… Read more »

Self-Harm: Symptom or Treatable Issue?

Posted by & filed under Abnormal Psychology, Emerging Adulthood, Human Development, Intervention: Children Adolescents, Intervention: Identifying Key Elements of Change, mental illness, Neuroscience, Psychological Disorders, Stress, Stress Coping - Health, Stress: Coping Reducing.

Description: What do you know about self-harm? I do not mean, do you engage in self-harm but, rather, what have you heard of it? Over a relatively short number of years (20 tops) there has been a marked increase in the rates of self-harm (cutting etc.) among young people and particularly among teenaged and young… Read more »

Just How ARE ACE’s Related to Mental Illnesses?

Posted by & filed under Abnormal Psychology, Child Development, Clinical Neuropsychology, Depression, General Psychology, mental illness, Neuroscience, Psychological Disorders, Psychological Health, Schizophrenia, Stress Coping - Health.

Description: You have likely heard about the data that is piling up regarding the relationship between Adverse Childhood Experiences and beyond childhood incidences of mental and physical illness (if not there are a couple of links in the Reference section below that will provide you with an overview of that work). An obvious question to… Read more »