‘Tearing up the receipts for the previous day's stresses’: How nightmares have helped us emotionally navigate COVID

‘Tearing up the receipts for the previous day’s stresses’: How nightmares have helped us emotionally navigate COVID

For people on the frontline [of the COVID pandemic,] dreams became nightmares. Of 114 doctors and 414 nurses working in ...
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How do you spot a liar? (Hint: Non-verbal cues don’t matter much)

How do you spot a liar? (Hint: Non-verbal cues don’t matter much)

Police thought that 17-year-old Marty Tankleff seemed too calm after finding his mother stabbed to death and his father mortally bludgeoned ...
Why are women at higher risk for depression while more men suffer from schizophrenia? It’s in our genes

Why are women at higher risk for depression while more men suffer from schizophrenia? It’s in our genes

[M]ore than 100 investigators and research groups... combed through the genomes of 33,403 people with schizophrenia, 19,924 with bipolar disorder, ...
Can AI robots replace human therapists?

Can AI robots replace human therapists?

Websites, smartphone apps and social-media sites are dispensing mental-health advice, often using artificial intelligence. Meanwhile, clinicians and researchers are looking ...
Podcast: ‘A History of the Human Brain’

Podcast: ‘A History of the Human Brain’

Our guest on [Studio Tulsa] is Bret Stetka, an editorial director at Medscape.com, which is the professional division of WebMD.com ...
Message to social media 'prophets of doom' Drs. Whistle Blower, Anti-Vaxx and Dangerfield: No, COVID vaccines aren't dangerous and are incredibly effective

Message to social media ‘prophets of doom’ Drs. Whistle Blower, Anti-Vaxx and Dangerfield: No, COVID vaccines aren’t dangerous and are incredibly effective

It’s hard to ignore the wave of anti-vaccine videos circulating on social media. Curiosity makes us click, and we watch ...
Playing victim: People who claim grievances more likely to lie and cheat, but victim status comes with evolutionary benefits

Playing victim: People who claim grievances more likely to lie and cheat, but victim status comes with evolutionary benefits

Victimhood is defined in negative terms: “the condition of having been hurt, damaged, or made to suffer.” Yet humans have ...
Fake memories: They can be implanted — but they can also be rooted out

Fake memories: They can be implanted — but they can also be rooted out

[S]cientists used interviews to convince some study subjects they had undergone childhood events that didn’t happen to them, such as ...
Viewpoint: Do some of us carry ‘warrior genes’ that pry the door open to more violent behavior? Courts and scientists debate

Viewpoint: Do some of us carry ‘warrior genes’ that pry the door open to more violent behavior? Courts and scientists debate

Should a criminal defendant be allowed to argue that a specific gene rendered him unable to control his violent behavior? ...
Viewpoint: Psychology is more mythology than hard science

Viewpoint: Psychology is more mythology than hard science

In our secular age, many people no longer turn to sacred books to understand who and what they are. Psychology ...
Regrowing brain tissue? With the help of gene therapy, stroke victims can recover motor function

Regrowing brain tissue? With the help of gene therapy, stroke victims can recover motor function

Most stroke victims don’t receive treatment fast enough to prevent brain damage, but scientists at the Ohio State University Wexner ...
‘Broken heart syndrome’: High stress, emotional situations can kill you

‘Broken heart syndrome’: High stress, emotional situations can kill you

[Takotsubo syndrome, or TTS,] is characterised by a sudden temporary weakening of the heart muscles that causes the left ventricle ...
Brain fog, fatigue and depression: Solving the mystery of Long Covid and what can be done about it

Brain fog, fatigue and depression: Solving the mystery of Long Covid and what can be done about it

COVID-19 entered my home a year ago today when my 16-year-old daughter Molly first developed the tell-tale cough. By March ...
Viewpoint: Why the effort to find a ‘biological basis’ for being transgender is misguided and unhelpful

Viewpoint: Why the effort to find a ‘biological basis’ for being transgender is misguided and unhelpful

The search for a biological cause of transness—also known as “biological essentialism”—may be well-intentioned, but it is a dangerous path ...
Why do we find puppies more adorable than babies? The neuroscience of cuteness

Why do we find puppies more adorable than babies? The neuroscience of cuteness

[W]hat exactly happens in the brain when we gaze at a baby? And why do we respond the same way ...
Concussions may soon be diagnosable with a simple saliva test

Concussions may soon be diagnosable with a simple saliva test

A team of scientists and doctors studied more than 150 rugby players at England’s highest level between 2017 and 2019, ...
Why do humans suffer from more diseases than other animals?

Why do humans suffer from more diseases than other animals?

[C]ompared to chimpanzees, what makes us special is apparently our outsized capacity for serious mental illnesses and weird facial shapes, ...
Psychedelic mushrooms in your future? Oregon edges closer to becoming first state to license therapeutic use

Psychedelic mushrooms in your future? Oregon edges closer to becoming first state to license therapeutic use

Oregon is about to become the first state in the country to try to build a support infrastructure through which ...
Exploring the mystery of consciousness: Is it everywhere in nature?

Exploring the mystery of consciousness: Is it everywhere in nature?

Accounting for the nature of consciousness appears elusive, with many claiming that it cannot be defined at all, yet defining ...
Is psychedelic-assisted group therapy the wave of the future?

Is psychedelic-assisted group therapy the wave of the future?

Researchers are beginning to investigate psychedelic-assisted group therapy as a way to let patients connect more deeply, exploring the inner ...
Survival of the brainiacs: Controversial new thesis says humans evolved smarter to capture smaller prey

Survival of the brainiacs: Controversial new thesis says humans evolved smarter to capture smaller prey

As the largest animals on the landscape disappeared, the scientists propose, human brains had to grow to enable the hunting ...
Was the devout evangelical Christian who murdered 8 people in Atlanta suffering from 'sex addiction'?

Was the devout evangelical Christian who murdered 8 people in Atlanta suffering from ‘sex addiction’?

A 21-year-old white man is alleged to have entered three different spas in the greater Atlanta area on March 16 ...
This cold war neurosurgeon successfully transplanted monkey heads. Could it work on humans?

This cold war neurosurgeon successfully transplanted monkey heads. Could it work on humans?

Robert White [was] a neurosurgeon who spent decades performing head transplants on monkeys, hoping to eventually use the procedure to ...
Author Simon Baron-Cohen on how autism has driven human innovation

Author Simon Baron-Cohen on how autism has driven human innovation

In [cognitive neuroscientist Simon] Baron-Cohen's new book [The Pattern Seekers: How Autism Drives Human Invention], he argues that humans became ...
Pop psychology and the myth of the ‘lizard brain’

Pop psychology and the myth of the ‘lizard brain’

“As a neuroscientist, I see scientific myths about the brain repeated regularly in the media and corners of academic research,” ...
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