Conversation Starters Getting to know someone is the first step to building a relationship. Of course, the process involves mutual self-disclosure and conversation. Interestingly, if you disclose much more than the other person, you might make them feel uncomfortable.
When Food Is an Agony Understanding anorexia nervosa and bulimia and overcoming them Anorexia and bulimia… Perusing the pages of any fashion magazine, a reader is reminded that, more than ever: “thin is in.” These magazines echo the values of popular culture, speaking to women loud and clear: It is not enough to strive toward […]
Beyond Just Fidgety Identifying and coping with a child’s hyperactivity Mental health experts estimate that as many as one in 33 school-age children has Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder or ADHD. Early diagnosis and treatment are crucial in preventing a child from struggling both academically and socially. Here, Doctor Larry Silver, director of training in child […]
My Mental Illness I want to share my story not because I’m seeking attention or compassion, but to shed light on mental illness. Perhaps, my journey could help someone in a similar situation.
Schizophrenia, Schizoaffective Disorder and Schizophreniform Disorders The purpose of the present essay is to discuss schizophrenia. Schizophrenia is a mental illness affecting persons around the world. A highly debilitating illness, but with a hopeful prognosis in certain cases, scientists have looked at the disorder from different perspectives. The neuroscience point of view has shed light […]
Schizoaffective Disorder Much has been written on the topic of schizophrenia and depression, or MDD – Major Depressive Disorder, but less is known about schizoaffective disorder, a condition featuring elements of both a mood disorder and schizophrenia. Thus, as classified by the DSM (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual) and ICD (International Classification of Diseases), schizoaffective disorder […]
Sigmund Freud and Psychoanalytical Theories Relationships have been studied by psychologists for decades. Sigmund Freud, the founding father of psychoanalysis focused on the sexuality aspect. Indeed, Freud pioneered psychoanalytical theories, which have largely been discarded today, and are mostly taught in psychology university programs for their historical value. Thus, Freud described psychosexual stages of development […]
Schizophrenia and Psychotic Illnesses A reason to hope (Abnormal psychology or clinical psychology Schizophrenia and psychotic illnesses are treatable brain disorders. Unfortunately people are not always getting the help they need. A diagnosis reaches beyond the individual, it also impacts families and friends who can provide a crucial support network. Schizophrenia and psychotic illnesses are […]
The Best of Friends By Dr. Megan Jorgensen Lucky I’m in love with my best friend – Jason Mraz and Colbie Caillat As apparent from songs’ lyrics, movie features and anecdotal stories, every day life may be enhanced, while hardships lightened, by friendship. Indeed, belongings considered a formal human need, while peer pressure is responsible […]
Psychology Papers The purpose of this essay is to outline the main techniques used in psychology writing and research. Even the first course most psychology students take, often as a prerequisite to study the social science, shows that the body of knowlegde, rests mainly on psychological experiments and other research. Students undertaking an education in […]
Psychology Research The purpose of the present essay is discussing psychological research and sources of pertinent information on how to write papers in psychology. Indeed, psychology is a fascinating subject! Much has been written on the topic, both in academic literature and by bloggers on the internet. Indeed, for recent research and peer-reviewed journal articles, […]
Psychosocial Factors in Schizoaffective Disorder Schizoaffective disorder is a serious mental illness which directly and negatively impacts a patient’s quality of life. After a prolonged period, patients often end up friendless. Also, people who suffer from such critical conditions as schizoaffective disorder often live in poverty and may even end up homeless. Clearly, family and […]
Self-Control and Ego-Depletion An important topic in psychology is self-control or willpower, the implications of which are tremendous to both individuals and societies. An interesting psychological theory involves ego-depletion, stating that inner resources can get used up in tasks necessitating self-control. For example, if one has to exercise self-control on task A, it may be […]
Neuroscientific Comics Entertainment is defined as something amusing, enjoyable, as well as denoting the activities surrounding receiving guests. Neuroscience is incredibly insightful, while comics are entertaining. The following section aims at coordinating the two. One could argue that neuroscience began to emerge in Ancient Egypt, where the brain was removed post-mortem (during mummification). While close […]
Neuroscience & Fear The essay discussed the neural correlates of fear, and psychology. Fear, as a phenomenon, is omnipresent. The statement could be easily verified by how common doomsday predictions, fear mongering, and conspiracy theories are. Social events such as Steven Colbert’s Rally to Keep Fear Alive are only some of the evidence. Further, many […]
Neurons Neuroscience is the study of the nervous system, or the CNS – central nervous system and PNS – peripheral nervous system. The CNS contains the brain and the spinal cord, while the PNS represents cranial nerves and ganglia. Neurons are brain cells. Several different types of neural and glial cells exist: oligodendrocytes, astrocytes, pyramidal […]
Neuroregeneration Lesion studies have shed immense light on diverse neuroscientific subjects. An important topic in neuroscience is neuroregeneration, or cell repair and regrowth (neurogenesis refers to new cell growth). While the process differs between the CNS and PNS, generally in the CNS (which comprises the brain) damaged cells are doomed.
Psychology Essay: Neurotransmitters & Animation The purpose of the present essay is to briefly introduce neuroscience, explain how neurotransmission works and, surprisingly, attempt to reconcile it to animation. Thus, Introduction to Neuroscience is a standard core course one must complete as part of an undergraduate degree when majoring in psychology. Neuroscience, also known as neurobiology, […]
Neuroimaging Techniques Spectacular discoveries in neuroscience have been rendered possible with advances in neuroimaging technology. Aside from other methodology, such as electrophysiology (single and multiple electrode recording, EEG – electroencephalography) and lesion studies, brain imaging has allowed neuroscientists to shed light on cortical mechanisms and processes. For example, by and large the most common method, […]
The Neural Correlates of Happiness Hedonia (Pleasure) + Eudaimonia (Meaning) = Happiness – Aristotle What is happiness? Some equate the notion with love and interpersonal harmony. Others try to study it scientifically. Although indispensable to establish corresponding neural correlates, scientific inquiry is complicated by the state’s subjectivity (Kringelbach and Berridge, 2010). Brunori (2003) brings up […]
Some of the Most Famous Psychologists The greatest discovery of my generation is that human beings can alter their lives by altering their attitudes of mind – William James Sigmund Freud: Sigmund Freud was a physician in Vienna, Austria during the Victorian era. He is credited as the father of psychoanalysis. Psychoanalytical theories continue to […]