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50 Psychology & Psychiatry Terms to Avoid

In August of this year, researchers Lilienfeld et al. (2015) published a review article of a list of 50 inaccurate, misleading, misused, ambiguous, …

Psychology

How This Scientist Discovered Coffee Was Reorganizing His Brain

His 18-month study uncovered a lot about how his brain -- and others -- works.<p>Stanford University neuroscientist Russell Poldrack is the proud owner of the most studied brain in the world.<p>During an 18-month period, Poldrack underwent a 10-minute fMRI scan every Tuesday and Thursday morning, and …

The Brain

Brain Circuits Involved in Ketamine's Antidepressant Effect Identified

<b>Finding could lead to development of a new, safer way to rapidly treat depression.</b><p>At its best, the drug ketamine relieves depression within two hours …

Can a Man and a Woman Really Have a Platonic Relationship?

Let's say that a man and a woman are friends. They have known each other for a while and nothing has ever happened between them. By "nothing," they mean that they've never kissed.<p>The chemistry between them is palpable and they've been in situations where he could have made a move but he did not. …

The Insanity of Lyme Disease, Part 1: The Bug That Hijacked My Mind and Body

I sat in my Honda Civic watching people arrive one by one at Lynnet's house, feeling like a stalker. So many other people were showing up, but so far not a single person I knew. <i>You're 27</i>, I told myself. <i>This is no big deal</i>. And then I braced the bottle of wine I had bought for the party as I shifted …

Psychiatrist deems 2012 Oakland school shooter incompetent to stand trial

While the world focused its attention on the mass shooting in San Bernardino, a psychiatrist testifying in a northern California courtroom described the deranged thinking of a man believed responsible for another mass homicide.<p>One Goh bought a gun he used to kill seven people at Oikos University in …

Crime

Why Creative Geniuses Are Often Neurotic

Sir Isaac Newton formulated the laws of gravity, built telescopes and delved into mathematical theories. He was also prone to bouts of depression and …

Psychology

Shape personality test: Do you think this is a circle?

A circle, a square perhaps? There’s no right or wrong answer, but what you see says more about you than you may think.<p>Scientists believe that if you …

Psychology

11 Psychological Tricks to Manipulate People, Ranked in Order of Pure Evilness

Some of these tactics are legit. Others might work, but you'd need a shower afterward. Here they are, ranked from least to most evil.

Psychology

Why Men and Women Can't Be 'Just Friends'

Turn your vicious circles into virtuous ones.<p>Here's a peek through the keyhole into the way narcissists think.<p>Criticism often reveals more about the …

Philosophy with numbers: The math problem that stumped the Japanese internet

If a notebook costs 100 yen, 20 yen cheaper than a pencil case, then how much is an eraser?<p>I’ve never been all that good with numbers, but word …

How dark is your personality?

Discover how nefarious you are in our interactive quiz<p>Do you have a ruthless streak? Psychologists believe the “dark triad” of personality – Machiavellianism, narcissism and psychopathy – might help you succeed in life. To measure your own dark side, choose how much you agree or disagree with the …

Quizzes

10 Signs You're In Love With A Narcopath

<i>By Allison Zapata</i><p>What do you get when you cross a sociopath with a narcissist? The least funny joke and the worst kind of hybrid: a narcissistic sociopath, narcopath for short. Both a narcissist and sociopath have an inflated sense of how important they are, as well as a constant need for praise …

What we know about the San Bernardino shooters so far

<i>Updated at 5:00am ET on Dec. 3</i><p>At least two heavily armed shooters entered a social services center in San Bernardino, California, and opened fire at a holiday party on Dec. 2. Fourteen people were killed and a further 17 wounded. Two suspects were killed after a shootout with police, and identified.<p>…

California

San Bernardino shooting: Policeman speaks of carnage at scene

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/world/1211000/1211738_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1524744882_7847fabac0b03237c1f35078c3026912<p><b>One of the first police officers to respond to deadly shootings at a social service centre in California has spoken of scenes of "unspeakable" carnage.</b><p>…

Terrorism

Loneliness triggers biological changes which cause illness and early death

Danger signals activated in the brain by loneliness ultimately affect the immune system, scientists have found.<p>Loneliness is not just an emotional state of mind, it actually triggers genetic changes which cause illness and early death, a study shows for the first time.<p>Previous studies have found …

This Professor Can Teach Anyone Calculus Using These Simple, Beautiful Animations

Calculus: A word that triggers involuntary fear spasms in the best of us. But the days of slogging through tedious textbook derivatives are over, if …

St Paul's school rape trial begins with account of sexual conquest game

Boys at an elite New Hampshire prep school, where a former senior is accused of raping a 15-year-old freshman girl, rubbed the carved name of a man from the class of 1947 on a campus wall for good luck during an annual spring game of sexual conquest, according to a prosecutor.<p>Defendant Owen Labrie, …

Crime

2 Ways to Beat Your Fear of Rejection, Backed by Research

We all deal with fear of rejection. Jia Jiang did too. But he overcame it… thanks to a box of donuts.<p>He explains how this happened in his wonderful …

The Supreme Court made the right call on marriage equality — but they did it the wrong way

Gay marriage is the law of the land, and that can only be a good thing. But Kennedy’s decision has some big issues<p>The Supreme Court’s ruling Friday that the Constitution protects same-sex marriage was great news. The party pooper was the remarkably weak reasoning by which the Court got there. …

A mathematical formula reveals the secret to lasting relationships

According to mathematician Hannah Fry, it may come down to a simple formula.<p>Fry, who works at the UCL Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis in London, explains in her 2014 TED Talk and recently released book, "The Mathematics of Love," that the best predictor of long-lasting relationships is how …

Mathematics

The Difference Between Male and Female Serial Killers

Researchers including psychologist Marvin Zuckerman have long noted the morbid curiosity of humans: There’s just something about horror and terror …

15 Things To Give Up If You Want To Be Happy

The Truth About Fat Sex

"No man will ever love you," proclaimed my grandmother in her self-assessed infinite wisdom. I was nine or ten -- old enough to know exactly what she was talking about, and young enough that I believed her. Thirty-five years later, in the kind of therapy they do for veterans of war, I understood …

5 surprising lessons a psychologist learned from interviewing killers

Which is to say, he interviews criminals before appearing as a witness to give expert testimony in their trials.<p>Earlier this year, the Loyola University psychologist published a book tying these experiences together, entitled "Listening to Killers: Lessons Learned from My Twenty Years as a …

Physical Differences Found in Brains of People Who Respond Either Emotionally or Rationally

<b>Researchers at Monash University have found physical differences in the brains of people who respond emotionally to others’ feelings, compared to</b> …

One Easy Way to Find Your Life's Purpose and Boost Your Brain's Health

"I fairly sizzle with zeal and enthusiasm and spring forth with a mighty faith to do the things that ought to be done by me." -- Charles Fillmore, Unity School of Christianity<p>Those words were spoken in the early 1900s by a man in his 94th year, the head of a major spiritual movement. Just reading …

The birth of a psychopath

<b>(CNN) —</b> After every horrific crime that shocks us, the next question we often ask is, "How could anyone do such a thing?"<p>If the criminal is a psychopath, the answer is very simple. They don't feel empathy or guilt. So instead of asking, "How could they do this horrible thing?" the more pertinent …

Psychology

Quantum Phase: Time, Parallel Realities and the Brain

The ‘Many Worlds’ Theory<p>The eminent physicist and co-founder of string theory, Michio Kaku, has actually said:<p>“[I]f you have a radio in your living …