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Even One Concussion Could Increase Chances Of Parkinson’s Disease, New Study Says

Even a single concussion could lead to a substantially higher risk of developing Parkinson’s disease later in life. That was the takeaway of a new …

The Brain

Understanding Cathexis and Anticathexis and Freud's Theory of Drives

According to psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud, the cathexis and anticathexis control how the id utilizes its energy. Cathexis refers to the id's dispersal …

Psychology

My 14-Year-Old Daughter Watched Porn And It Changed Our Lives In Ways I Never Imagined

One fateful night in November 2014 my then-14-year-old daughter woke up my husband and me at 2 a.m.<p>Crying and visibly distraught, she whispered, “Mom, I have to tell you something.”<p>Those dreaded words are guaranteed to jolt even the deepest sleeper into full-alert mode. Immediately my mom brain …

Parenting

France's autism problem – and its roots in psychoanalysis

France has a problem with autism. The country’s highest administrative court estimates that there are 700,000 autistic people in France. However, …

Autism

Suicide machine that kills users in the blink of an eye sparks euthanasia debate

In April 2012, Tony Nicklinson was seven years into a battle to kill himself. The father of two suffered from locked-in syndrome - the result of a …

Assisted Suicide

Women Talk About the Worst Body Shaming They've Experienced

"I've been told that I look like a reptile and that my skin is repulsive."<p><i>This article originally appeared on VICE Greece</i><p>Society isn't shy about setting unrealistic beauty standards – especially for women – and harshly judging those who stray too far from them. The pressure on many women to conform …

Relationships

Who Are Bowlby & Ainsworth and What Is Attachment Theory?

Attachment theory is focused on the relationships and bonds between people, particularly long-term relationships, including those between a parent …

Psychology

Download Course Materials | Psychology of Gender | Brain and Cognitive Sciences

Welcome!<p>This is one of over 2,200 courses on OCW. Find materials for this course in the pages linked along the left.<p><b>MIT OpenCourseWare</b> is a free & …

Psychology

We’re beginning to learn how moms’ antidepressants can affect fetuses

A new study suggests antidepressants affect babies’ brains, but more research is needed.<p>Antidepressants are now among the drugs most commonly used by Americans — but the decision to use them can be especially fraught for women considering motherhood.<p>On the one hand, we now know that women with …

Depression

Dunning-Kruger Effect: Why Incompetent People Think They Are Superior

The Dunning-Kruger effect is a type of cognitive bias in which people believe that they are smarter and more capable than they really are. …

Psychology

Scientists Discover Biophotons In The Brain That Could Hint Our Consciousness is Directly Linked to Light!

Scientists found that neurons in mammalian brains were capable of producing photons of light, or “Biophotons”!<p>The photons, strangely enough, appear …

Consciousness

New Brain Maps With Unmatched Detail May Change Neuroscience

Sitting at the desk in his lower-campus office at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, the neuroscientist Tony Zador turned his computer monitor toward me …

Neuroscience

Alzheimer’s Preventative May Have Been Discovered: A Daily Dose Of Ibuprofen

Could something as simple as an over-the-counter medication — specifically: ibuprofen — actually be the first effective preventative in the war …

Alzheimer's Disease

21 Wild AF Things Actual People Have Believed About Sex

"I thought the penis just stayed inside the vagina. No thrusting or anything. I thought thrusting was just for the kinky."<p>"My sister told me that when a man got an erection it <b>made his testicles perfectly spherical</b>."<p>– Bethany Aston via Facebook<p>"I believed that there was a thing called 'rainbow sex' …

Pregnancy

Do Racism, Conservatism, and Low I.Q. Go Hand in Hand?

Lower cognitive abilities predict greater prejudice through right-wing ideology.<p>This morning as I logged onto Facebook, I came upon this image. …

Ideology

'The Neuroscientist Who Lost Her Mind' Returns From Madness

One spring morning in 2015, Barbara Lipska got up as usual, dyed her hair and went for a jog in her suburban Virginia neighborhood.<p>But when she returned from a much longer than expected run, her husband Mirek was completely taken aback.<p>"I was lost in my own neighborhood," Lipska says. "The hair dye …

Mental Health

Atlanta Charter School Apologizes for 2nd-Grade Blackface Show in the Year of Our Lord 2018

This week, between that Heineken ad, Roseanne’s nonacting ass being back on TV (notably on the same network pandering to “unheard white working-class …

Black History

Depressed People Use These Words More Often

They're not always negative words.<p>From the way you move and sleep, to how you interact with people around you, depression changes just about everything. It is even noticeable in the way you speak and express yourself in writing. Sometimes this “language of depression” can have a powerful effect on …

Machine Learning

Ibuprofen could stop Alzheimer's, say researchers

You may have taken ibuprofen today, be it to ease a headache or alleviate back pain. But there might be more to this common medication than pain …

Dementia

Declutter Your Kids Brain By Doing These 6 Things

When it comes to options, sometimes less is more.<p>Today's children have playrooms stacked to the ceiling with plastic, battery-operated toys of every size, shape, and color. These same kids can watch up to eight hours of TV per day, a number that would have shocked the parents of yesteryear.<p>Growing …

Kids

How Long Can You Take Antidepressants?

Experts recommend people stay on antidepressants for four to nine months after remission, but some keep taking them for years.<p>Andrew Lee, 29, was diagnosed with major depressive disorder seven years ago while he was pursuing his engineering degree. Since his diagnosis, he’s taken a combination of …

Depression

Heineken pulls 'Sometimes lighter is better' ad after racism claims

Heineken said Monday it has pulled an ad with the tagline "Sometimes lighter is better" after critics slammed it as racist.<p>The ad features a bartender sliding a bottle of Heineken Light to a woman. The bottle travels past several black people before arriving at the paler skinned woman.<p>The clip came …

Black Lives Matter

Why It’s Actually Good for Kids to Roughhouse

As adults, we have been socially conditioned not to show affection for our friends by body slamming them to the ground or jumping off a couch to …

The Brain

Here’s an approach to math phobia that could add up: Tackle the fear head on

NEW YORK — Michael Gallin, a 34-year-old math teacher at KAPPA International High School in the Bronx, was winding his way through the cluttered aisles of his algebra classroom listening for sighs of frustration.<p>One girl was sitting glumly by the window, eyeballing a function she was supposed to …

Education

Straight Men Who Have Sex with Other Men, Part One

For the majority of the twentieth century research on lesbians and gay men focused on a circumscribed number of topics based on an understanding of …

LGBTQI

The Mormon Church Must Learn from #MeToo

Church-sanctioned ‘worthiness interviews’ allow older men to be alone with children and ask them questions of a sexual nature. It’s time to end this …

Religion

What You Need To Know About Kids' Screen Time Right Now

WATCH: Three little rules that can help your kids cultivate a healthy relationship with screens.<p>Our latest NPR Ed video takes on that question so many parents are asking: How much time should my kid spend looking at phones and screens and tablets and TVs and ...<p>In a nutshell (and inspired by food …

Kids

Cannabis Strength Keeps Increasing But Schizophrenia Rates Aren't And We Don't Know Why

What's going on?<p>Most people who smoke pot enjoy it, but a smaller proportion experience psychotic-like symptoms, such as feeling suspicious or …

Cannabis

No, There Is no Such Thing as ADHD

No, there is no such thing as ADHD. Somewhere along the line we have lost the understanding that kids come in all shapes and sizes. Some kids are …

Psychology

Fannie Lou Hamer | American Experience

Freedom Summer | Article<p>Fannie Lou Hamer<p>Fannie Lou Hamer was born in 1917, the 20th child of Lou Ella and James Lee Townsend, sharecroppers east of …

Black History