Category Archives: Biopsychology

Articles on how emotions, thoughts and behavior are affected by the brain, the nervous system and neurotransmitters in human and non-human animals.

Lec 3 | MIT 9.00SC Introduction to Psychology, Spring 2011

Introduction to Psychology

Lecture 3: Brain I: Structure and Functions
Instructor: John Gabrieli

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What is Déjà Vu? (Video)

Michael Stevens looks at possible causes for deja vu and suggests that it might be due to a disconnect between the different parts of our brain which are simultaneously processing information consciously and unconsciously. Michael also explains other quirky phenomena such as presque vu, jamais vu and the hypnagogic jerk.

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How the Human Brain Works – Infographic

parts of the brain

Debates about the connection between the mind and the body date all the way back to ancient times. Today, we might finally have plausible answers. Neurologists have been diligently working on mapping areas of the brain where specific emotions occur, and how these target areas interact with other parts of the brain. As it turns out, the mind-body connection seems to be very strong indeed. Continue reading

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Police Officers and Stress Related Health Problems

police and stress related health problemsThere is no doubt that policing is an extremely dangerous job. Policemen are regularly involved in perilous situations that might result in the deaths of the persons they are trying to serve, the deaths of the persons they are trying to stop or even the loss of their own lives. However recent research is now highlighting the fact that the inherent dangers associated with the job do not solely lurk out in the streets.

John Violanti, Ph.D., a research associate professor at the University at Buffalo School of Public Health and Health Professions, is leading an experiment to study the correlation between the stress of being a police officer and the occupation’s psychological and health related outcomes. The assumption that the exposure to death, the exposure to human suffering and the high demands experienced by police officers in the line of duty contribute to increased risks of cardiovascular diseases and other chronic ailments prompted the initiation of the five year experiment known as the buffalo cardio- metabolic occupational police stress (BCOPS) study. Dr. Violanti insists that this is the first police population based research to test such an association. Continue reading

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Full Recovery From Schizophrenia? Post #2 – Is Schizophrenia Really a Brain Disease?

schizophrenia and the human brain

In spite of over a hundred years of research and many billions of dollars spent, we still have no clear evidence that schizophrenia and other related psychotic disorders are the result of a diseased brain. Continue reading

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