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 »

Raise you thinking about brain function a level: Consider the hippocampus

Posted by & filed under Abnormal Psychology, Adult Development and Aging, Consciousness, Language-Thought, Learning, Memory, Neuroscience, Physiology, Psychological Disorders.

Description: Typically when the specific areas of the brain are described and their role in general functioning discussed (at least at the introductory course level) we describe brain areas in what might be called “flat terms”. That’s is, we talk about the behaviours or body fictions that seem to be associated with that area of… Read more »

Afternoon Cognitive Downtime? Know Your Brain!

Posted by & filed under Consciousness, Industrial Organizational Psychlology, Industrial Organizational Psychology, Neuroscience, Psychological Health, Sensory-Perceptual Development, Social Psychology, Stress Coping - Health, Student Success, The Self.

Description: Think about a typical weekday in your recent experience. When are your mental highs and lows (of drive, motivation and distractibility)? Do you know your highs and lows well enough that you build your course or work schedule with them in mind? Oh and it is not just BS (no not THAT, blood sugar,… Read more »

Computing, AI, and the Changing Directions of Design Inspiration

Posted by & filed under Consciousness, Intelligence, Language-Thought, Learning, Memory, Neuroscience.

Description: Pardon me briefly for doing what older people do and speak historically for a moment (based on somewhat personal experience – as I was around and an adult back when things that now seem very old actually happened). Now don’t worry I am not going to start telling stories about what my introductory classes… Read more »

What are Echophenomena? (Think Yawning!)

Posted by & filed under Clinical Neuropsychology, General Psychology, Neuroscience, Physiology, Psychological Disorders, Social Influence, Treatment of Psychological Disorders.

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 »

Postpartum OCD: Beyond a “simple” hyper-vigilance of new parenthood

Posted by & filed under Abnormal Psychology, Adult Development and Aging, Anxiety OC PTSD, Child Development, Clinical Psychology, Early Social and Emotional development, Families and Peers, Health Psychology, Human Development, Intervention: Adults-Couples, mental illness, Neuroscience.

Description: You have likely heard that the baby-blues or post-partum depression is a very real issue and concern. This is true. Postpartum depression is very much a form of real depression that is triggered by the hormonal and circumstantial changes associated with giving birth. Recognizing its signs and symptoms and treating it as we would… 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 »

Age of Majority/Maturity? 18!?? How do we know?

Posted by & filed under Child Development, Cognitive Development: Piagetian and Vygotskian Approaches, Consciousness, Development of the Self, Health Psychology, Higher-Order Cognitive Functions in Aging, Human Development, Neuroscience, The Self.

Description: The age of majority is 18 where I live, 19 where I grew up and 21 in some other jurisdictions. This is the age at which one can drink legally, vote, and other things. It is also the age at which the local justice system starts to treat you as an adult and to… Read more »