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The psychology of post-traumatic stress disorder – Joelle Rabow Maletis

Many of us will experience some kind of trauma during our lifetime. Sometimes, we escape with no long-term effects. But for millions of us, those experiences linger, causing symptoms like flashbacks, nightmares, and negative thoughts that interfere with everyday life. This phenomenon, called post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, isn’t a personal failing; rather, it’s a […]

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Is It Easier to Recognize People Who Look Like You?

Faces are possibly the most important visual stimuli that we perceive. The moment you see a person’s face, you can infer their race, age, mood, identity, and possibly their gender expression (always ask). Unless, of course, you have prosopagnosia, aka ‘face blindness’ — where you can’t tell familiar or unfamiliar faces apart. Prosopagnosia is important […]

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What is Body Dysmorphic Disorder? (Signs, causes & treatment)

A research paper published in 2013 in the Indian Journal of Psychiatry showed that Body dysmorphic disorder, i.e. Body-image disorder or dysmorphophobia is a disorder that is so common yet unknown and most of the time, it is missed in the diagnosis A study showed that body dysmorphic disorder is most prevalent in rhino plastic […]

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The Molecule of More: Dopamine with Daniel Z. Lieberman, MD, and Michael E. Long (SOP76)

Kaitlin Luna: Welcome to Speaking of Psychology, a biweekly podcast from the American Psychological Association. I’m your host, Kaitlin Luna. The topic for this episode is dopamine. It’s known as the chemical of love, sex, creativity and addiction. Dopamine always wants more. It pushes us to achieve greatness but can also lead to our downfall. […]

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The brain vs. the mind: Has Freud slipped? — with Peter Kramer (1995) | THINK TANK

Ben Wattenberg: Hello, I’m Ben Wattenberg. Was Sigmund Freud right? Is most mental illness rooted in childhood trauma, often sexual trauma? That Freudian view has shaped much of the modern world. Now a new school of scientists say many disorders of the mind are really physical diseases of the brain and can often be treated […]

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Why Are Some People So Bad at Singing?

[ ♪INTRO ] You probably know someone who says they’re tone-deaf. And hey, you might believe it. I mean, you’ve heard their off-key version of “Happy Birthday.” And when it comes to karaoke night…Well, you just appreciate their enthusiasm. In reality, though, there’s a difference between singing off-key and being truly tone-deaf. Your friend might […]

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