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 »

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 »

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 »

Concussions in Hockey and Football and CTE: What do we know and what do we still need to find out?

Posted by & filed under Clinical Neuropsychology, Consciousness, Genetics: The Biological Context of Development, Neuroscience, Stress Coping - Health.

Description: Ok, so what do you think we “know” about the long-term impact of concussions on athletes who play hockey or football? Let’s see, concussions and inappropriate responses to how such injuries are managed or followed up have lead to a serious issue that the sports of hockey and football are now only staring to… Read more »

Twiiiiiiiiins iiiiiiiin Spaaaaaaace!!

Posted by & filed under General Psychology, Genetics: The Biological Context of Development, Human Development, Neuroscience.

Description: First let me explain the form of the title of this post. It is related to the amount of time I spent in the late 1970’s watching the Muppet Shop on TV. (Enough said, but if you actually want to understand the reference watch this https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YU0rj6drXdI ). OK to continue with the general theme… Read more »

What Might Woodpeckers be able to tell Football Players About Concussion?

Posted by & filed under Clinical Neuropsychology, Consciousness, Genetics: The Biological Context of Development, Health Psychology, Neuroscience, Physical Illness, Physiology, Psychophysical Disorders Health Psychology, Stress Coping - Health.

Description: As I write this it is Sunday February 5 and I am getting some work done to clear up my late afternoon and early evening so I can watch the Superbowl. I must admit to a bit of guilt over looking forward to the game as I have read a lot over the past… Read more »

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

Posted by & filed under Abnormal Psychology, Clinical Psychology, Early Social and Emotional development, Genetics: The Biological Context of Development, Human Development, Legal Ethical Issues, Neuroscience, Psychological Disorders, Schizophrenia.

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?

Posted by & filed under Abnormal Psychology, Genetics: The Biological Context of Development, Neuroscience, Prevention, Schizophrenia.

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?

Posted by & filed under Genetics: The Biological Context of Development, Legal Ethical Issues, Neuroscience, Uncategorized.

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 »