Sigmund Freud’s work shattered the 19th Century idea of self. It threw into doubt everything we knew about our motives. Today we scoff at some of his ‘way out there’ ideas, particularly those that arose from his later career. Continue reading “Meet Your Nicer Unconscious” »
We watch it on television. We read about it in tabloids. We become armchair experts on the subject, sometimes even joking around and accusing each other of being one. But, what is it truly like to live with a psychopath?
What is a Psychopath?
According to the DSM-IV-TR, the diagnosis of “psychopath” does not exist. That seems hard to believe considering the fact that we hear the word so often in our culture.
Dr. Stephen Diamond wrote a great article on how we often hear about violent behaviors and seem to instantly diagnose the perpetrator as a psychopath, without really taking all the necessary factors into consideration (and usually without the qualifications or experience to make the claim in the first place). Continue reading “Living With A Psychopath” »
In this talk forensic neurophysiologist Scott Fraser discusses the unreliability of eyewitness testimony. He explains that we only encode and store bits and pieces of information, and that the brain fills in the gaps with data that was not originally collected. Fraser states that all our memories are reconstructions, and are influenced by inference, speculation and information gained after the observation.
- Eyewitness Testimony is Largely Bologna and This is Why (tralawlaw.wordpress.com)
- Making Suspect Sketches Less Sketchy With DNA (fastcoexist.com)