This 2016 New York rodent study found: “By using unbiased and whole-brain imaging techniques, we uncover a number of cortical and subcortical brain structures that have lower activity in the animals showing helplessness than in those showing resilience following the LH [learned helplessness] procedure. We also identified the LC [locus coeruleus] as the sole subcortical … Continue reading The effects of imposing helplessness
My 400th blog post curates a 2018 US/UK paper by two of the coauthors of Using an epigenetic clock to distinguish cellular aging from senescence. The authors reviewed the current state of epigenetic clock research, and proposed a new theory of aging: “The proposed epigenetic clock theory of ageing views biological ageing as an unintended … Continue reading The epigenetic clock theory of aging
This 2018 Hungary/UK study used Bayesian analysis to better understand gene-environment interactions that produce depression: “Most genetic studies do not consider the effect of stressors which may be one reason for the lack of replicable results in candidate gene studies, GWAS [genome-wide association studies] and between human studies and animal models..Animal models of depression usually … Continue reading A study of gene-environment interactions
Here’s an Amazon book review I wrote six years ago when I regularly read 2-3 books a week while on the train to and from work. The book served as an example of how behavioral researchers couldn’t reach their stated goals by using standard scientific methods. Review of The Honest Truth About Dishonesty: How We … Continue reading Review of The Honest Truth About Dishonesty: How We Lie to Everyone–Especially Ourselves
I used a browser yesterday that didn’t have ad blocker software installed. The below pictures came from one of the ads that displayed: A young girl in a dance position and outfit juxtaposed with an appeal: “No situation is HELPLESS because there is HOPE.” How interesting! I didn’t click through the ad yesterday to see … Continue reading Hope sells
Continuing with Dr. Arthur Janov’s May 2016 book Beyond Belief: “p. 17 When someone insults us, we immediately create reasons and rationales for it. We cover the pain. Now imagine a whole early childhood of insults and assaults and how that leaves a legacy that must be dealt with. The mind of ideas and philosophies … Continue reading Beyond Belief: The impact of merciless beatings on beliefs
Continuing to read Dr. Arthur Janov’s May 2016 book Beyond Belief: “p.13 Beliefs are medicine for the hopeless. They attenuate despair, vitiate loneliness, and dissipate helplessness.” “p. 14 We need hope more than we need truth..Beliefs divert us from past traumas and current pains because inside the belief lies hope.” “p.15 Hope is..’the meaning of … Continue reading Beyond Belief: Why do we accept being propagandized?
At age 55, I found out that I’d suffered for maybe 45 to 50 years from a childhood injury, and I didn’t know anything about it. It still seems unbelievable to me that I was physically ill for decades before I received a diagnosis. As explained to me by two surgeons, the cause of my … Continue reading Reflections on my four-year anniversary of spine surgery
This 2014 rodent research reliably induced many disorders common to humans. Here are some post-birth problems the researchers caused, primarily by applying different types of stress, as detailed in the study’s supplementary material: Social defeat Social avoidance behavior Learned helplessness Irritable bowel syndrome Depression Anxiety Anhedonia Yet the researchers’ goal was to identify a brain … Continue reading If research provides evidence for the causes of stress-related disorders, why only focus on treating the symptoms?
If you don’t experience empathy for another person, this 2014 Harvard study showed how to use your cerebrum to manipulate your limbic system into displaying a proxy of empathy. Is this what we want from our human interactions? To have a way to produce an emotion the same way that an actor would as they … Continue reading Problematic research: If you don’t feel empathy for a patient, is the solution to fake it?