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Into the Mind of a Psychopath

Robert Hare steps out of the sunlight and into a West Vancouver pub. “Let me see your eyes,” says the 82-year old, piercing me with a cautious gaze …

When words are not enough, gestures or images can say more – Thom Scott-Phillips

‘If you could say it in words, there would be no reason to paint.’ These words are attributed to the realist painter Edward Hopper. Few can paint …

Multitasking Is Killing Your Brain

<b>Our brains weren't built to multitask.</b><p>Our brains are designed to focus on one thing at a time, and bombarding them with information only slows them down.<p>MIT neuroscientist Earl Miller notes that our brains are "not wired to multitask well... when people think they're multitasking, they're actually …

How Irritable Are You? Take This Test to Find Out

Irritable people are difficult. It’s hard not to feel like you have to walk on tiptoes around them, like even mild criticism could cause them to blow …

5 Ways To Increase Sales Using The Psychology Of Pricing

Understanding <i>how</i> and <i>why</i> people buy something matters. Many business owners focus exclusively on how they can make the biggest margins on a product, while still remaining competitive. What they fail to consider, however, are the very real factors that influence consumers during their purchase …

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People Who Have More Nightmares Might Also Be More Creative

<i>Nightmare</i> is kind of a weird word, etymologically speaking. The <i>night</i> part is obvious enough, but <i>mare</i> has more of an unexpected history: In old …

This is a public health crisis: America’s sleep inequality matches its income inequality

The lower you are on the socioeconomic ladder, the less shut-eye you’re likely to get. A psychologist explains<p>Theresa Fisher<p>April 29, 2016 8:45am (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on Van Winkle’s.<p>For anyone familiar with how things work in America, it shouldn't be surprising that money and …

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Every Retweet Costs Your Brain A Little -- And The Bill Adds Up

The retweet has become a major social currency of our time. Even if we generally aren’t reading the stuff we’re retweeting, it seems harmless enough to share whatever grabs a sliver of our interest.<p>But then again, maybe it’s not so harmless. So argues a new study from a research team pairing …

What You Need To Know About The Genetics of Mental Disorders

"For every complex problem there is an answer that is clear, simple, and wrong." H. L. Mencken<p>The nature/nurture debate on the causes of mental disorder generates no end of silly controversy by proponents on both sides.<p>The biological reductionists act like the secret of psychiatric disorders is …

Cult recruitment: Why do people join them and what techniques are used to lure them in?

For people who have never been in contact with cults, these destructive groups may exert some kind of morbid fascination. Secretive, isolating and …

6 Things Anyone Who Doesn't Understand Depression Should Know

I had a conversation with a friend recently that upset me quite a lot. I was trying to open up about my experience with depression and she made …

10 Staggering Stats That Prove Mental Illness Affects Everyone

Mental health conditions aren't just a personal problem.<p>Who comes to mind when you think of mental illness?<p>A mental health condition isn't a singular problem that one person experiences. A loss in earnings due to a mental health disorder can impact a spouse. Death by suicide related to mental …

Psychedelic Therapy and Bad Trips

I had to ask Anthony Bossis about bad trips.<p>Bossis, a psychologist at New York University, belongs to an intrepid cadre of scientists reviving …

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How Our Biases Can Affect How We See Others

<b>Neuroscientists find evidence for visual stereotyping.</b><p>The stereotypes we hold can influence our brain’s visual system, prompting us to see others’ …

Why You Should Have More Empathy

Sensitivity to other people’s emotions helps relationships; you can learn to be better at it<p>I had a tough day recently. The computer crashed, the water bill was sky-high, and I got stuck in traffic, making me an hour late for dinner with my parents. Outside the restaurant, the parking meter spit …

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Exploring the dark voids of the mind with Roger Ballen

Set in the dungeons of a 19th century psychiatric asylum built in Sydney to house the mentally insane from all over Australia, Roger Ballen’s new short film titled <i>Roger Ballen’s Theater of The Mind</i> is a haunting exploration of the darkest parts of human consciousness, depicting the zones between …

Social Psychology Facts That Will Blow Your Mind

Psychology is the scientific study of how people act, think, and feel. <b>Social psychology</b> studies how people act, think, and feel in the context of …

What caffeine does to your body and brain

Whether you get your daily caffeine fix from coffee, tea, or a canned energy drink doesn't make much of a difference. It's still a stimulant with some positive and negative effects.<p>For starters, caffeine makes most of us feel more alert and awake. But while it can keep us focused, too much can also …

Pollution In China: 20 Shocking Photos

From skies shrouded by filthy layers of gray smog and smoke, to the trash-strewn Great Wall of China, to oil and garbage-filled rivers; China is …

The Best Way To Buy Stocks Is To Go All In And Wait

Unfortunately, playing the stock market is just not that easy.<p>Investors have several strategies they can employ when buying stocks.<p>But if you have a decent chunk of money just sitting around, you might be better off going all in and throwing everything into the stock market at once.<p>An …

Our First Weapon Against The MRSA Superbug

An artificial alternative to antibiotics has been developed to fight hospital superbugs such as MRSA. The drug, Staphefekt, is reported to be the first new type of weapon to be added to the medical arsenal against infection in a quarter of a century.<p>Five out of six patients with MRSA …

Scientists See Viruses Like Ebola Do Something They Didn’t Know About Until Now

Filoviruses, like Ebola, were recently discovered to do something scientists say they didn’t know about before now: They “edit” their genes as they infect hosts.<p>The research published this week in the American Society for Microbiology’s journal mBio revealed insight into how filoviruses behave …

50 Tools for Panic and Anxiety

USING THESE TOOLS<p>As a therapist, the reason I like cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is because with the multitude of tools available to a …