Traumatization and Self-Destructive Behaviour

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Some people who have been subjected to traumatic experiences engage in repetitive self-destructive behaviours including the abuse of drugs, and suffer from fears that interfere with everyday functioning at work and at home.  On the other hand, the majority of people who undergo trauma are not severely affected over the long term by these experiences, and this often […]

Schizophrenia Research: Recent Advances in Treatment and Diagnosis

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Investigating schizophrenia research is like watching a piece of marble being chipped away, small flake by small flake, slowly revealing the sculptural form underneath.  Little about schizophrenia, from the diagnosis to the prognosis, is firmly established. Recently, researchers have come closer to a “Eureka” moment with the discovery of malfunctioning genes in the brain cells of some schizophrenic patients. Schizophrenia […]

How Does Science Define Intelligence?

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What does it mean to be intelligent?  What are the characteristics, talents, achievements, or the degree of neuronal complexity that separates the average from the gifted?  Most of us could provide numerous examples of people we consider intelligent, but would we agree on the constructs of intelligence?  What about accomplished academics or wealthy, successful business tycoons […]