Sentience, Ethics, and Octopuses: Recent Thoughts

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Description: What does sentient mean? Its dictionary definition typical says something like responsive to and conscious of sense impressions; aware; conscious. We (us humans) are sentient, though there was a time when we believe that infant humans were not (we DO think they ARE sentient now). A huge part of how we manage or are… Read more »

Remembering Music and Forgetting Everything Else?

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Description: Quick! Which of these is easier to remember: a song you heard last week and really liked or what you had for lunch last Tuesday? Unless the lunch was particularly good or unique or special it is most likely you would remember the song and if you think about it you agree with that… Read more »

Suffering => Wisdom?

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Description: How you think of yourself can make a big difference in how you manage yourself when things in your life change. Now THAT is a vague general statement that I suspect you can see some truth in even if what you think may not match up with what I, or others, might have in…

Is Manifesting The Secret?

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Description: Way, way back when I was in high school, my English/Social Studies teacher invited a group of young people to come and talk to us. They had committed themselves to Hare Krishna, spent a LOT of time chanting (Google it) and a lot of time at the airport handing flowers to people and asking… Read more »

CBT Works But Is Its Theory Wrong?

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Description: You know what Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) is, don’t you? It is, perhaps the most widely used approach to therapy taken by psychologists treating clients with depression, anxiety and many other symptoms of mental illness or the lack of wellbeing. I suspect you also know something of what CBT involves: The challenging of irrational,… Read more »

Is Microdosing (With Hallucinogens) Effective or is it a Placebo Effect?

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Description: Here is a “design a study” challenge. You may have run across discussions of recent research looking at the therapeutic use of drugs that are or were considered recreational and illegal, e.g., LSD, Ecstasy, or Psilocybin (magic mushrooms). What you may not have run across yet are discussion of more recent research looking at… Read more »

Would You Know If You Were Burned-Out?

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Description: I suspect you probably know quite a bit about stress, about how it feels, about what it does to your ability to manage, to work, to focus, or to relax. You likely know that you have limits relating to how much stress you can manage before you cannot keep functioning well. But did you… Read more »

Nocebo Effects and Vaccination Reactions: Important Data

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Description: What does the science say? We have heard or used that question a LOT in these COVID days (years). It is a good question… an important question and one that is much better grounded than questions like; what do I think or what do I wish or what do I want to believe or… Read more »

Would Addiction be More Treatable if it Was Not a Crime?

Posted by & filed under Clinical Neuropsychology, Consciousness, Cultural Variation, Health Psychology, Intervention: Adults-Couples, Learning, Legal Ethical Issues, Motivation-Emotion, Neuroscience, Persuasion, Stereotype Prejudice Discrimination, Stress Coping - Health, Substance-Related Disorders.

Description: Think about how you would answer this question. Why do we arrest people found in possession of personal use amounts of addictive drugs and often send them to jail? Is it because we think that the threat of arrest will be a deterrent to becoming addicted? How is that working out for us? What… Read more »

MDMA and Relationship Work?

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Description: Imagine that a couple you know is having relationship difficulties that have been going on for a while. Imagine farther that you think that one if the things contributing to their difficulties is that seem to be having problems talking to one another about things that matter to them in their relationship (e.g., having… Read more »