Creeped by Halloween Stuff? It is In Your Genes!

Posted by & filed under Anxiety OC PTSD, Child Development, Consciousness, Cultural Variation, Genetics: The Biological Context of Development, Human Development, Learning, Motivation-Emotion, Stress Coping - Health, Stress: Coping Reducing.

Description: As I write this it is October 31 and thus Halloween in a very different social space and time than previous All Hallows Eves. I am not going to try and make a case for how hard it will be for children to survive without their annua blast of cheap treats (they will be… Read more »

Increasing Complex Cases for Genetic Counselors

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Description: Read the title of the article referenced under the picture below that the link further down will take you to. How would you answer that question (and yes, I realize you likely want more information before responding)? When I talk in class about genetic testing and pre-natal screening, I point out that with the… Read more »

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 »

Left-handedness: A Good Way to Look at NatureNurture

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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 »

Evolution AND Learning = Epigenesis and Revolution?

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Description: Think about this question: What does it mean to say that a trait or a behavioral tendency is genetic and what does it mean to say that particular trait or behavior is acquired through observation, teaching, or learning. Now with your answers to the various parts of that question in mind consider this research… 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 »

What Could Possibly Be Adaptive About Buying Into Fake News?

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Description: If you believe another person is not thinking properly about something what is the best way to get them change their mind and to think more clearly? If you thought that showing them some facts would be a good idea you are not alone as that is what most people think, especially when the… Read more »

Do Sex Differences Mean There Are Male and Female Brains?

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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 »

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 »