Tag Archive for psychology

Demonic tale sounds like Hollywood, has little else to hold it up (UPDATE: Hoaxed photo)

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A new and detailed case of reported demonic possession and exorcism is chronicled in an Indiana newspaper. As with almost all cases, we see typical behaviors related to “possession”. But we also see many eyewitness reports and ZERO solid evidence. Are they photos? Videos? None given. The medical records mostly state that the family suffered…

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…

Scandal over botched murder trial using recovered memories rocks Sweden

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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…

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

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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…

Academic conference on possession in London

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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.…

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

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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…

How to make your unhaunted house haunted. Pay attention.

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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?

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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

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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

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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…

People are dying for this therapy experience in China

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New therapy treats patients with death experience |Society |chinadaily.com.cn. A special psychotherapy service that lets people experience death is gaining popularity in Shenyang, capital of Liaoning province. More than 1,000 people have tried this special psychotherapy — being brought back from “death” to life — the Shenyang Evening News reported on Nov 20. People who…

Emotional problems framed as “internet addiction”

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Are Social Networking Internet Sites a Factor in Psychotic Symptoms? As Internet access becomes increasingly widespread, so do related psychopathologies such as Internet addiction and delusions related to the technology and to virtual relationships. Computer communications such as Facebook and chat groups are an important part of this story, says Dr. Uri Nitzan of Tel…

Internet addiction not a (new) thing but made out to be new big thing

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No, internet addiction is not an ‘official mental illness’. This recent wave of ‘the internet is making us crazy’ drivel stemmed from an article published in The Sydney Morning Herald and the story soon went global – being picked up by everyone from the Wall Street Journal to Russia Today. But talking specifically about the…

Aww, how cute! Now a good reason to indulge in adorable animal pictures at work.

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Want to increase your productivity? Study says: Look at this adorable kitten. When economists talk about boosting productivity, they usually talk about increasing the adoption of new technologies and optimizing workflows. Japanese researchers, however, have come up with a very offbeat approach: Showing workers lots of pictures of adorable, fuzzy, baby animals. A team of…