Tag Archive for psychology

Extreme result from hair chewing habit

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In extreme cases, it can cause serious problems. Huge 9lb hairball removed from teenage girl’s stomach. Ayperi Alekseeva, 18, from Kyrgyzstan, suffered months of dehydration and malnourishment because she couldn’t eat or drink, and came close to death. But when doctors in the capital city of Bishkek cut open her stomach, they found a giant…

New paper says maybe mental condition really IS demons (UPDATE)

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See how the journal reacts in the update below. Originally published 3 June 2014 Oh my… a paper published in the Journal of Religion and Health suggests that schizophrenia may in fact really BE demons! I almost have no response to that. Almost. Here is the abstract. I do not have access to the article.…

Conversion therapy denounced by Christian counsellors in the U.K.

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It’s crystal clear that “conversion therapy” to attempt to turn people away from homeosexual tendencies is bogus. A religious-based organization in Britain is calling for it to be halted. Christian counsellors ban therapy aimed at ‘converting’ gay patients | World news | The Guardian. Britain’s leading body for Christian therapists has instructed its members to…

Slow news day? Doll moves around house. Spooky.

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There is obviously some tension and worry in the house but I blame pop culture and the media for blowing things out of proportion and making this into something it’s almost certainly not – haunted. Poltergeist behaviour haunts St. John’s family – Newfoundland & Labrador – CBC News. A doll that won’t stay in the…

Baby belief: Mother needs help for false pregnancy syndrome

I guess they meant well. Oops. Doctors perform emergency C-section, find no baby. Concerned that they were unable to detect a baby’s heartbeat, doctors in Brazil performed an emergency C-section on the mother — only to discover that she wasn’t in fact pregnant. Doctors say the 37-year-old patient arrived at the hospital with what she…

Scandal over botched murder trial using recovered memories rocks Sweden

An inquiry into the Thomas Quick Cannibal killer case has prompted an inquiry into the justice system in Sweden. Top judge slammed over cannibal case stance – The Local. Swedish Supreme Court judge Göran Lambertz is facing calls for his resignation over his stance in an ongoing debate about mismanagement in the case of once…

When Noam Chomsky says that’s an idiotic idea, he’s probably right

One of the world’s most prominent intellectuals says it’s nonsense to buy into 9/11 conspiracy theories – get off the internet and think for yourself. Noam Chomsky slaps down 9/11 truther: People spend an hour on the Internet and think they know physics | The Raw Story. During a lecture on “Policy and the Media…

Do not degrade her memory by claiming she was haunted

You may recall hearing this strange and sad story of woman found dead on a rooftop. Because it was odd, strange explanations were proposed. Was Elisa Lam Murdered by a Ghost?. Was Elisa Lam murdered by a ghost? Many on the internet seem to think so. The latest viral meme on Facebook is the story…

More evidence suggests Toxoplasma infection may have permanent effects

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Parasites, what fantastic creepiness they bring to our lives! Toxoplasma infection permanently shifts balance in cat and mouse game. The toxoplasma parasite can be deadly, causing spontaneous abortion in pregnant women or killing immune-compromised patients, but it has even stranger effects in mice. Infected mice lose their fear of cats, which is good for both…

Second U.S. state, New Jersey, bans conversion therapy

NJ joins California in outlawing therapists from practicing the controversial, ineffective and harmful psychological practice of trying to pray away the gay. NJ Governor Signs Ban on Gay Conversion Therapy – ABC News. Gov. Chris Christie signed a bill Monday barring licensed therapists from trying to turn gay teenagers straight, making New Jersey the second…

Memory researcher Elizabeth Loftus receives prestigious award

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The journal American Psychologist (July-August 2013 issue) awards Gold Medal Award for Life Achievement in the Science of Psychology to Dr. Elizabeth Loftus of U.C. Irvine. “Elizabeth F. Loftus has made extraordinary contributions to our understanding of memory during the past 40 years that are remarkable for their creativity and impact. She has been a pioneering…

Disturbed killer alleges witchcraft

The man who gunned down six people before he was shot and killed by police in Hialeah lost his job after downloading files related to sex, hacking and explosives to his work computer. But the 911 call before the event revealed a man disturbed and a dispatcher trying to help. Police: Fla. gunman called 911 before killing…

Academic conference on possession in London

A conference on spirit possession will take place this September in London run by the Ethnic Health Initiative. It looks fascinating! BME Mental Health. Spirit possession is recognised worldwide across many cultures and by several religions. Spirit possession is often seen as an idiom of distress causing a change in behaviour and mental well being.…

Hiccups probe: Massachusetts psychogenic disorder

This looks to be a huge probe into some cases of hiccups in Massachusetts . Call in the psychogenic disorder experts. Wide net cast in hiccups probe » Local News » SalemNews.com, Salem, MA. State health officials continue to quietly investigate what may have caused one to two dozen students to exhibit unexplained vocal tics…

Bangladesh factory haunted, with fear

This fits the pattern of mass psychogenic illness. Prayers to drive out ghost at Bangladesh garment plant. Some 3,500 workers stopped work at the plant in Gazipur, north of Dhaka on Tuesday, and smashed furniture to demand action to remove the ghost, which some workers claimed had attacked them in the ladies’ washroom. “The agitating…

Workshop for ‘psychic/sensitive/perceptive’ kids advertised in Arizona

Questions? OH do I have questions!!! This is an announcement in a local Arizona outlet. Workshop for ‘psychic/sensitive/perceptive’ kids – White Mountain Independent: Briefs. An experiential workshop is being offered Saturday, June 15, in Heber for “psychic/sensitive/perceptive” kids. Does your child have “friends” you can’t see, sees ghosts or other entities, has reoccurring nightmares, seems…

Brain images – Persuasive or not?

In somewhat of an update to this piece on neurobabble, there is a new study out on how people do or do not find that extra added touch of scienceyness contributes to the credibility of a story. On the (non)persuasive power of a brain image – Online First – Springer. Here is the abstract of…

How to make your unhaunted house haunted. Pay attention.

Chris Jensen Romer replicates a classic study in paranormal perception. It’s well worth a read. Re-Investigating Un-Haunted Houses « “And sometimes he’s so nameless”. James Houran and Rense Lange have been the authors of a number of innovative studies in parapsychology. In this 1996 paper they were exploring if hauntings and in particular it would…

Myers-Briggs test on its way out?

Yes I am an INTJ (but you knew that)… Myers-Briggs: Does it pay to know your type? – The Washington Post. Chances are you’ve taken the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, or will. Roughly 2 million people a year do. It has become the gold standard of psychological assessments, used in businesses, government agencies and educational institutions.…

Faking illness online: Munchausen syndrome by internet

This is an astounding piece on Munchausen syndrome by Internet, a new phenomena, where people fake serious illnesses online for attention. The Lying Disease: Why Would Someone Want to Fake a Serious Illness on the Internet? Munchausen syndrome takes its name from an 18th-century German baron who was famous for embellishing tales of his military…

Neuro doubters: Against the oversimplifications of the way brains work

This is a topic we’ve covered before – neurobabble, neuro-flap doodle, etc.This is another piece critical of the current trend in popular books and ideas connecting everything we do to neuroscience. Neuroscience – Under Attack – NYTimes.com. Meet the “neuro doubters.” The neuro doubter may like neuroscience but does not like what he or she…