Mental Illness and Parent Blaming: Here We Go Again??

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Description: Psychologist Oliver James, in a recently released book entitled Not in Your Genes: The Real Reason Parents Are Like Their Children (2016), argues that there is no evidence for the claim that genetics plays any sort of role whatsoever in core disorders such as schizophrenia or manic-depression. The article linked below points out some… Read more »

Schizophrenia and Gene Component 4: A Clue to Origins?

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Description: One of the keys to understanding the emergence of schizophrenia might be developmental and genetic. This article explores a recent finding looking at the way our system regulates the pruning of neurons in neural networks within adolescents in the role that malfunctioning of this planning process might play in the development of a disorder… Read more »

Oliver Sacks: Farewell Oliver, You Will Be Missed

Posted by & filed under Assessment: Interviewing Observation, Classification Diagnosis, Clinical Assessment, Clinical Neuropsychology, Consciousness, General Psychology, Genetics: The Biological Context of Development, Neuroscience, Psychological Disorders, Sensation-Perception.

Description: Oliver Sacks, renowned and beloved neurologist, author and teller of captivating stories about his patients, their experiences, the human brain and ultimately of the human experience and condition passed away today (August 30, 2015) at the age of 82. I posted on Oliver not long ago (April 2015 search his name on this blog… Read more »

Ethics of Editing Human DNA: GMO Humans?

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Description: This podcast looks at the ethical issues arising from a Chinese research study that involved manipulating the DNA of human embryos. As our research techniques in this area improve ethical issues such as this will become more and more prominent. Source: CBC Radio: The Current – Study “Editing” Human DNA Divides Scientists Date: May… Read more »

Why Might Some Disorders be Uniquely Human?

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Description: Are there forms of psychopathology among non-human animals (perhaps)? What about schizophrenia (perhaps not)? What is it about schizophrenia that may make it a uniquely human disorder? Sources: Scientific American: Why Don’t Animals Get Schizophrenia (and How Come We Do)? Date: March 25, 2015 Photo Credit: Jessie Wilcox Smith (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jessie_Willcox_Smith) Links:     http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/why-don-t-animals-get-schizophrenia-and-how-come-we-do/ Laurel… 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 »