In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms. This week's term is cognitive remediation. Cognitive remediation (CR) aims to improve psychosocial functioning by addressing several areas of neurocognitive functioning, such as attention, working memory, and executive functioning. CR is used mostly in schizophrenia and traumatic brain injury. It's also… Continue reading What is… Cognitive Remediation
Triumph by Trepanation is a short (47 page) book by Nina Rabinowitz that describes how she was able to find healing from an anxiety disorder. The book begins with her youth in a New Jersey suburb, and the expectation that she follow the standard "New York Jewish Roadmap" of what constituted acceptable life choices. She… Continue reading Book Review: Triumph by Trepanation
In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms. This week's term is dreaming. We all have dreams, whether we remember them or not, but what exactly are they? The reality is that no one really knows for sure. There are a few things we do know, though. REM sleep… Continue reading What is… Dreaming
I have an issue with pseudoscience masquerading as science. Whether these ideas have any associated value or not isn't my concern. My problem is when science-like concepts are used to trick people into believing that an idea is something that it isn't. My current rant is about dopamine fasting. I recently heard about this from… Continue reading The Dopamine Fasting Myth
In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms. This week's term is amnesia. Amnesia is a memory deficit that can go in two different directions. Retrograde amnesia goes backward, affecting previously stored memories. Anterograde memory loss goes forward, affecting the ability to move short-term memory information into new long-term… Continue reading What is… amnesia
Let's think about the phrases "it's just anxiety" and "it's all in your head". Let's unpack them and consider them in terms of what we know about the brain and the body.