addiction, genetics and early brain development

in a comment yesterday on my article on some research on adult children of alcoholics, CP stressed the importance of genetics in alcoholism. i would like to contrast that with another point of view. gabor mate offers this theory in his book in the realm of hungry ghosts: close encounters with addiction brain development in… Continue reading addiction, genetics and early brain development

blogathon: metabolism and circadian rhythm

missing link found between circadian clock and metabolism two new research studies have discovered a long sought molecular link between our metabolism and components of the internal clock that drives circadian rhythms, keeping us to a roughly 24-hour schedule. the missing link is a well-studied mammalian protein called SIRT1, which was previously known to be… Continue reading blogathon: metabolism and circadian rhythm

blogathon: choosing a therapist

this is an entry for my participation in the 2008 blogathon, a 24-hour marathon of blogging. please support the cause and donate – however much, however little – to the canadian mental health association (vancouver/burnaby branch). to donate, email me, use this URL: you should be able to get there by clicking the link;if… Continue reading blogathon: choosing a therapist

anorexia in men

male anorexia is a topic that is not talked or written about very much. anorexia in men is reminiscent of males with a history of sexual abuse, another topic that is underdiscussed, underreported and undertreated. perhaps one thing that they both have in common is a perception of weakness (a very real problem in anorexia,… Continue reading anorexia in men

cancer: families, communication, self-development, fatigue

the last two frozen pea friday entries were a bit more introspective and heavy. today’s post is heavy, too, but only on science. i wanted to see what solutions health psychologists are looking at in terms of frequently occurring problems for cancer patients,e.g. how to talk about cancer, how cancer impacts family life, cancer and… Continue reading cancer: families, communication, self-development, fatigue

frozen pea friday: psychological research on breast cancer

it’s friday, and frozen pea post time – my weekly post on cancer. today, i’ve put together a guest post about psychological research regarding breast cancer over at GNIF brain blogger. you won’t be surprised to hear that social support contributes to higher survival rates. two observations are more counter-intuitive, though: it is unclear to… Continue reading frozen pea friday: psychological research on breast cancer

creativity: the murky mind

this is the first in a series of blog conversations about creativity with jeremy of PsyBlog, one of the leading psychology blogs. in a post in january, jeremy wrote how do great artists create? how do brilliant scientists solve the hardest problems in their field? listen to them try to explain and you’ll probably be… Continue reading creativity: the murky mind

weight loss and the law of attraction: a dialogue

yesterday, we had a guest post by david about using the law of attraction to lose weight. since david’s and my views are a bit different, i promised you a dialogue about it. so here we go. i will start with some of the ideas with which i agree: i completely agree that our expectations… Continue reading weight loss and the law of attraction: a dialogue

weird psychology studies

the end of the year is list time. so here’s a list, filched from jeremy over at PsyBlog – the 10 weirdest psychology studies. if you go to his blog, you can also vote for the weirdest study. guess which one i found the weirdest! 1. don’t stand so close to me – how the… Continue reading weird psychology studies

therapy and research – part 2

(this is part 2 of my reflections on the connection between therapy and research, started yesterday). in traditional research, an answer to a research question can be formulated quite easily because a) the things, people, and processes involved with the research are controlled as much as possible, and b) the answer to the research question… Continue reading therapy and research – part 2