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Blogging Burnout

Blogging Burnout

It started with a simple question -- what do all good things have in common? The answer led me to the person who invented blogging. I shook his hand. Made him comfortable in a chair opposite my workstation. Then, banged his head on the glaring monitor. Stretched his eyebrows to his forehead so he could read the text in front of him clearly. And whispered in his ears, "Look what you have created, Frankenstein!"

Am I a psychotic junkie? Anti-institution? Mentally disturbed?

No.

I am...

When believing becomes seeing, or how the brain learns to fill in the blanks

When believing becomes seeing, or how the brain learns to fill in the blanks

Our ability to learn to see things that may be new or unfamiliar to us is a plus; it allows us to adapt to changes in our surrounding environment. A big benefit is that it allows us to learn to do new tasks, such as becoming skilled at seeing the mere suggestion of a tumor on a mammogram. Learning to increase our sensitivity to a visual stimulus also seems to...

Vintage Drug Ads

Vintage Drug Ads

Hilarious vintage ads for psychotropic and psychiatric medications from the 1940's - 1970's. If you're looking for a good time-wrap laugh, this is it. And really, are today's Zoloft ads in USA Today Magazine or Parade Magazine and on television much different? They're simplifying depression to the point of cartoonishness (literally!).

(Thanks to Adult ADD Strengths via Boing...

Scientists confess their experimental sins

Scientists confess their experimental sins

To seek the truth about life, the universe and everything - the lofty goals of science. But it seems scientists cut corners just as much as the rest of us.

Questionnaires returned by 3247 researchers for the US National Institutes of Health reveal that bad behaviour is rife. A third confessed to at least one of the top 10 "sins" listed.

Although less than 2 per cent owned up to fraud, falsification or plagiarism, less serious misdeeds were widespread: per...

Mental illness: Surprising, disturbing findings

Mental illness: Surprising, disturbing findings

But research has focused on adults. Much more research on the adolescent brain is needed, and large treatment studies not financed by drug companies must be done, says Thomas Insel, director of the National Institute of Mental Health, which paid for the survey.

But there's a shortage of researchers focusing on treating children, "and most are working full time on drug-company-funded studies," Insel says.

That only a third of adults get effective care "is pretty disturbing," Insel says. "We've got to...

Study: U.S. Leads In Mental Illness, Lags in Treatment

Study: Leads In Mental Illness, Lags in Treatment

One-quarter of all Americans met the criteria for having a mental illness within the past year, and fully a quarter of those had a "serious" disorder that significantly disrupted their ability to function day to day, according to the largest and most detailed survey of the nation's mental health, published yesterday.

Although parallel studies in 27 other countries are not yet complete, the new numbers suggest that the United States is poised to rank No. 1...