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What Is Mental Illness? A Mini-Carnival

Welcome to the mental illness mini-carnival! Mental illness, or psychopathology, is a field riddled with controversy and it can be sometimes confusing to wade through all the uncertainty and conflicting data and opinions...

November 5, 2010 — Jason G. Goldman

Vaccination, Confirmation Bias, and Knowing Your Audience

“When men wish to construct or support a theory, how they torture facts into their service!” Even in 1852, psychologists like Charles Mackay, who wrote those words in his book Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds, were well aware of the dangers of confirmation bias...

November 4, 2010 — Jason G. Goldman

Glia: The new frontier in brain science

The current issue of the journal Science (November 5) marks a turning point in research on the brain. This event is fascinating not only for the wealth of new information about how the brain functions and how it fails in mental and neurological illness, but equally as a rare display of a field of science changing course...

November 4, 2010 — R. Douglas Fields

Remembering Yitzchak Rabin

I don’t often get too personal on this blog, but today is an important day. Fifteen years ago, Israeli Prime Minster Yitzchak Rabin was assassinated after speaking at a peace rally in Tel Aviv in Kikar Malchei Yisrael (now called Kikar Rabin)...

November 4, 2010 — Jason G. Goldman

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