The Lone Wolf Delusion

Anguish grips the country with news of another horrific mass murder.  From local police to the Secret Service, law enforcement worry about the “lone wolf.”  These are individuals with no criminal record, feeling alienated and angry, plotting spectacular murder and violence in secret. “Experts” lament that there is no way to track lone wolf killers, but nothing could be farther from the truth.  The lone wolf is perhaps the easiest of all potential murderers to identify and stop before they act.    Continue reading

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Aging and the Changing Landscape of Memory

An interesting interview has been published recently by Bruce Liberman with three leaders in research on memory and aging. Very interesting perspectives, see details below or read it here! Continue reading

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Depression Lies

It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

At least that’s what the marketing is telling you. I’m not going to go all bah-humbug on you, but I think it’s important to acknowledge that not all people find the November-December holiday season as happy and merry as songs and nostalgic movies lead us to believe. After all, ‘tis the season for depression. Continue reading

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Ladies out of Luck: FDA Blocks “Female Viagra”

Guys who need it have Viagra; Ladies with the similar needs have nothing now that the FDA has denied approval of a new drug, flibanserin, which would treat sexual dysfunction in women. What’s interesting from a neuroscience perspective is how the drug works.  What’s interesting from a social perspective is how difficult it is to address this medical concern in women pharmacologically. Continue reading

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Wipe Out Fearful Memories

I’ll never forget it.  They strapped electrodes to my wrist, cranked up a black dial on a frightening electronic device encrusted with switches and knobs, and shocked me repeatedly with jolts of electricity.  Continue reading

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Creativity, Madness and Drugs

San Diego–Would we have Poe’s Raven today if the tormented author had taken lithium to suppress his bipolar illness? Not likely, considering the high frequency of psychiatric illnesses among writers and artists concludes psychiatrist Kay Jamison of Johns Hopkins Medical School speaking this week at the Society for Neuroscience annual meeting in San Diego. Madness electrifies the creative process Jamison concludes, but this difficult drug-use dilemma raises an even more provocative question: Would we have Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds had the Beatles not taken LSD?

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