How Biological and Neuro-chemically Driven are Addictions to Heroin and other Opioids? Welcome to Rat Park!

Posted by & filed under Clinical Neuropsychology, Consciousness, General Psychology, Group Processes, Health Psychology, Neuroscience, Research Methods, Social Influence, Stress, Stress Coping - Health, Stress: Coping Reducing, Substance-Related Disorders.

Description: What do you think you know about the addictive nature of opioid drugs like heroin or morphine? Have you heard that they can be addictive on first use? Have you heard that they work on the brain chemistry of all users to create a need for the drug or a dependency that is purely… Read more »

What are Echophenomena? (Think Yawning!)

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Description: So what are echophenomena? Well if you don’t know, think about yawning. Have you noticed how it seems that when one person yawns the people around them will also yawn? Now it may be that they are ALL sleep deprived, bored, too warm etc. etc…. but, in fact it may simply be that yawns… Read more »

Moral Enhancements: Is ‘Fixing Criminals’ Viable and a Good Idea?

Posted by & filed under Aggression, Altruism Prosocial Behaviour, Clinical Neuropsychology, Clinical Psychology, Moral Development, Motivation-Emotion, Neuroscience.

Description: Hypothetically, if there were a way to change the brains or the brain chemistry of criminals in order to ‘make them more moral’ would that be a good idea? Should we try it out? Maybe do not answer Yes or No to this question but, rather, think about what else you would like to… Read more »

Supplements? Drugs? Neutraceuticals? Research and/or Regulation Needed?

Posted by & filed under Clinical Neuropsychology, Consciousness, Health Psychology, Legal Ethical Issues, Neuroscience, Physical Development: Birth, Motor Skills, and Growth, Research Methods, Sensation-Perception, Student Success.

Description: Whey powder, creatine, phytoberry; what do they have in common? They are all supplements, more specifically nutritional supplements that are sold far and wide as nutrition additives that are touted to improve health and vitality or build muscle, bones or cells. They are largely unregulated and there are hugely varying claims as their scientific… Read more »

Stress and Alcohol: Brain Linkages

Posted by & filed under Anxiety OC PTSD, Clinical Neuropsychology, Consciousness, Health Psychology, Motivation-Emotion, Neuroscience, Research Methods, Treatment of Psychological Disorders.

Description: Given that this time of year (heading into end of term exams) is particularly stressful and anxiety provoking for college and university students I thought I would talk about three articles (this one and the two below it) that are about stress but which look at stress from a novel, hopefully distracting, perspective which… Read more »

Probiotics, Stress, Anxiety and the Zebrafish

Posted by & filed under Anxiety OC PTSD, Clinical Health Psychology, Clinical Neuropsychology, Health Psychology, Neuroscience, Physiology, Research Methods, Stress, Stress Biopsychosocial Factors Illness, Stress Coping - Health.

Description: Given that this time of year (heading into end of term exams) is particularly stressful and anxiety provoking for college and university students I thought I would talk about three articles (this one and the ones above and below it) that are about stress but which look at stress from a novel, hopefully distracting,… Read more »

A Gut Feeling About Stress? Yes Indeed!

Posted by & filed under Abnormal Psychology, Anxiety OC PTSD, Clinical Neuropsychology, Depression, General Psychology, Neuroscience, Physiology, Research Methods, Stress, Stress Biopsychosocial Factors Illness, Stress Coping - Health.

Description: Given that this time of year (heading into end of term exams) is particularly stressful and anxiety provoking for college and university students I thought I would talk about three articles (this one and the two post above it) that are about stress but which look at stress from a novel, hopefully distracting, perspective… Read more »

Are Incidental Memories Lost or Just Unattended?

Posted by & filed under Clinical Neuropsychology, Consciousness, Depression, General Psychology, Memory, Neuroscience, Schizophrenia.

Description: Before you read any further look around the room that you are in and then focus your attention on a particular feature (look out the window, look at the television set). Your visual impression while focusing on one feature in the room is probably that you’re still able to “see” most of the other… Read more »

Pupil Responses to Angry and Sad Faces: Markers for Depression Relapse rates?

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

Description: One of the largest concerns after the task of finding a treatment for depression that seems to relieve symptoms has been accomplished is wondering whether the individual will suffer a relapse of their depressive symptoms at some future point. Markers that could be used to monitor for the likelihood of relapse would be valuable,… Read more »

Wandering Minds: Linking Mental Adaptation and Disorder

Posted by & filed under Abnormal Psychology, Anxiety OC PTSD, Clinical Neuropsychology, Depression, Neuroscience.

Description: What happens when you sit down, relax and try to let your mind just wonder? Do you think creative thoughts? Do you become anxious about things you have to get done in the near future? Do you use the time to organize your thoughts and plan your activities for the upcoming hours and days?… Read more »