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How do I love thee? Which of the nine ways?

How do I love thee? Which of the nine ways?

UK researchers in the British Journal of Social Psychology in early June claimed to have identified nine varieties of love. Only 9? It sounds all so scientific (after all, it was published in a journal!). But dig a little deeper and you see the study had only 50 subjects answering a questionnaire of 60 questions. Take a different group of 50 subjects, and you likely would've come up with a completely different result. Studies...

Insomnia may precede and prolong major depression

Insomnia may precede and prolong major depression

Two new studies show that insomnia, far from being a symptom or side effect of depression, may instead precede it, making some patients more likely to become and remain mentally ill. One paper was presented today at the 19th Annual Meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies (APSS) in Denver, and the other will be published shortly in the Journal of Behavioral Sleep Medicine.

In recent years, researchers established that insomnia and depression are linked, but struggled to...

Placebos can bring emotional relief

Placebos can bring emotional relief

Just as placebos have been shown to bring relief from pain, researchers have now found that they can affect emotion, alleviating the impact of unpleasant experiences. In an article in the June 16, 2005, issue of Neuron, researchers led by Predrag Petrovic of the Karolinska Institutet show that, in relieving anxiety, placebo treatment affects the same basic modulatory circuitry in the brain as it does for relieving pain.

The researchers found that the placebo reduced the subjects' ratings of...

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...