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How to Implement New Ideas for a Better Old Age

by JOSEPH F COUGHLIN AUGUST 20, 2013, 6:18 PM BigThink On macro and micro levels, longer life is not working out. Almost all nations are aging and will confront the disruptive demographics of an aging society, some sooner than later. But no nation has it right, because the scope of this challenge has never been […]

Money Makes ALL the Difference

by JACKSON ALLISON JULY 25, 2013, 4:29 PM BigThink University of California’s Paul Piff led a series of experiments that delved into the behavior associated with the rising income inequality in the United States. What he found was incredibly surprising. Piff found a link between wealth and unseemly behavior. In one experiment, Piff placed an […]

Therapy’s About To Get Virtual

MAY 21, 2013, 3:00 PM by KECIA LYNN BigThink “Ellie” is the name scientists at USC have given to a combination of hardware and software that together presents patients with a highly realistic virtual therapist. While her rendered image appears on the screen, three devices track and record the patient’s words, tone, facial movements, and […]

Trust your memory? Maybe you shouldn’t

By Jacque Wilson, CNN updated 8:39 PM EDT, Sat May 18, 2013 CNN STORY HIGHLIGHTS Elizabeth Loftus is a psychologist and expert on the malleability of human memory Loftus is most known for her work on memory distortion and false memory implantation Her research could also be used to fight obesity, addiction with false memories […]

Psych Central Blogs

PsychCentral Our blogs highlight different topics and concerns in mental health and psychology, bringing fresh perspectives, ideas and news updates in small, digestable nuggets. Below, you’ll find an index of the most recent entries from our blogs. http://blogs.psychcentral.com/  

Psychiatry’s Guide Is Out of Touch With Science, Experts Say

By PAM BELLUCK and BENEDICT CAREY Published: May 6, 2013 NYTimes Just weeks before the long-awaited publication of a new edition of the so-called bible of mental disorders, the federal government’s most prominent psychiatric expert has said the book suffers from a scientific “lack of validity.” The expert, Dr. Thomas R. Insel, director of the […]

10 talks on human nature

Jill Bolte Taylor TED What moves Jill Bolte Taylor? “I love talks that contribute to the overall well-being of who we are as humanity — about how we can explore ourselves as people in relationship with one another and with this beautiful planet.” http://www.ted.com/playlists/31/jill_bolte_taylor_10_talks_on.html?utm_source=newsletter_weekly_2013-04-20&utm_campaign=newsletter_weekly&utm_medium=email&utm_content=playlist_title  

Transforming Education According to the Needs of the Human Soul

by ALAIN DE BOTTON  BigThink APRIL 11, 2013, 6:00 PM Wisdom is particularly present in the humanities, in the teaching of literature, philosophy, history, the arts in general.  This is my area of interest.  I think the teaching of the humanities has gone radically wrong.  It’s gone from being nominally about teaching you wisdom and how […]

Are Conspiracy Theorists More Likely to Deny Climate Change? Here’s Why I Don’t Care

by DAVID BERREBY BigThink APRIL 13, 2013, 11:41 AM Is denial of climate change a fringe belief, like thinking the moon landing was fake? Or is it just one current of thought in our society, which deserves respectful engagement, like, oh, atheism, or being pro-life? The question is important. If a belief is beyond the pale of […]

Magic Trick Changes Liberals into Conservatives

by ORION JONES BigThink APRIL 14, 2013, 6:30 PM To test how strongly we identify our political convictions with a specific political party, Swedish researchers took to the streets just before a national election to survey voters about their political leanings. In the experiment, the person handing out surveys to voters secretly filled in an identical survey with the […]