Nostalgia Isn’t Just an Escape – Science Says It’s Important for Coping, Too

What effect does longing have? Is it a useful psychological tool or a perilous trapping? / Photo by Lindy Baker, Unsplash The bittersweet benefits of yearning for the past. By Dr. Krystine I. Batcho / 06.30.2017 Professor of Psychology Le Moyne University In his song “Time Was,” counterculture singer Phil Ochs reminisces about a past “when a[…]

How to Turn Stigma about Mental Illness into Compassion

Stephen Hinshaw explores what it meant to be raised by a father with psychosis—and how that experience has informed his work as a psychologist. By Jill Suttie, Psy.D. / 06.16.2017 What is it like to grow up in a household with a parent displaying serious mental illness? Renowned psychologist Stephen Hinshaw knows firsthand. His father suffered major[…]

Electroconvulsive Therapy: A History of Controversy

An electroconvulsive therapy machine is seen at an exhibition at the Wellcome Collection in London in 2012. REUTERS/Chris Helgren By Dr. Jonathan Sandowsky / 01.12.2017 Theodore J. Castele Professor of Medical History Case Western Reserve University Carrie Fisher’s ashes are in an urn designed to look like a Prozac pill. It’s fitting that in death[…]

Facebook Updates Could Provide a Window to Understanding – and Treating – Mental Health Disorders

Our Facebook status updates, ‘likes’ and even photos could help researchers better understand mental health disorders with the right ethical safeguards, argue researchers from the University of Cambridge, who suggest that social networks may even be used in future to provide support and interventions, particularly among young people. 10.28.2016 Over a billion people worldwide use[…]

Ancient Indigenous Memory Systems

Modern education systems use very different techniques to those of indigenous cultures.  Can we retain information better by using these ancient methods? By Cassandra Sheppard / 10.06.2016 Using Ancient Techniques to Train Modern Brains How much degradation of old people’s minds could be linked to the fact that we isolate them from their old songs,[…]

The Curious Origin of the “Double-Conk” Theory for Curing Amnesia

By Dr. Mary Spiers / 09.29.2016 Associate Professor of Psychology Drexel University You’re probably familiar with the TV or movie plot device where a character is conked on the head, loses memory or identity and then gets conked again and memory is restored. Classic examples are in the 1951 Tom and Jerry Cartoon Nit-Witty Kitty[…]

Gene Signature in Healthy Brains Pinpoints the Origins of Alzheimer’s Disease

A specific gene expression pattern maps out which parts of the brain are most vulnerable to Alzheimer’s disease, decades before symptoms appear, and helps define the molecular origins of the disease. 08.10.2016 Researchers have discovered a gene signature in healthy brains that echoes the pattern in which Alzheimer’s disease spreads through the brain much later[…]

Science Finds New Information on Causes of Depression

By Tanja Taaljard / 07.27.2016 Could Bacteria, Parasites and Viruses Cause Depression? Many people have, at some stage in their lives, experienced a period of depression. It seems that depression has become more common, and although certainly not new, its prevalence throughout human history is unknown. Winston Churchill suffered from periodic bouts of acute depression,[…]

The Ancient Cure for Depression

By Sara Burrows Counteracting the health impact of a Civilized Lifestyle Depression is a global epidemic. It is the main driver behind suicide, which now claims more than a million lives per year worldwide. One in four Americans will suffer from clinical depression within their lifetimes, and the rate is increasing with every generation. It[…]