Direct and Empathic Reactions to Natural Disaster: The Nepalese Earthquake

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Description: Natural disasters such as the 7.8 earthquake in Nepal recently are devastating; producing pain, hardship and a great deal of stress. This is, of course, most true for Nepalese people at home or abroad, worrying about friends and relatives but also for others hearing about, seeing the effects of, thinking about and empathically resonating… Read more »

Oliver Sacks on Feelings of Disorder (or Dis-ease)

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Description: What subjective/psychologically experiences do we associate with disease? Oliver Sacks, the deeply respected physician and professor of neurology discusses about how patients with migraines talk about the psychological experiences associated with their migraine headaches. The 81 year old Sacks goes on to talk about his own experiences with a particular palliative treatment for the… Read more »

Cuddle Hormone? Touch and Oxytocin

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Description: Would you pay money for a 30 to 45 minute session of cuddling (just cuddling no sex)? Physical touch seems to have the effect of promoting the release of oxytocin, sometime referred to as the “cuddle hormone” in the media and which seems to act to, among other things, reduce stress levels. So are… Read more »