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Wounds That Time Won’t Heal: The Neurobiology of Child Abuse
Neuropsychologist Martin Teicher reveals the alarming connections scientists are discovering between child abuse—even when it is psychological, not physical—and permanent debilitating changes in the brain that may lead to psychiatric problems.
The Frustrating No-Man’s-Land of Borderline Personality Disorder
The turbulent emotions and precipitous actions of people with borderline personality disorder may strike families and mental health professionals alike as willful, irritating, and manipulative, but thousands of men and women suffer, and many commit suicide, in this psychiatric no-man’s-land.
ADHD: Serious Psychiatric Problem or All-American Cop-out?
Psychologists DeGrandpre and Hinshaw debate ADHD and the pervasive treatment (or quick fix?), Ritalin.
Madness in Good Company: Great Literary Portrayals of Brain Disorders
A baker’s dozen of the most compelling novels and short stories of the past 200 years take us deep inside disordered minds. Whether writing from personal experience, as did Sylvia Plath and F. Scott Fitzgerald, or solely from their creative imaginations, as did Charles Dickens or Anne Tyler, powerful fiction writers...
Pretending that Intelligence Doesn’t Matter
What happens when scientific knowledge of the nature and measurement of intelligence seems to clash with our democratic values?
Alzheimer’s: Daring to Play the Apoptosis Card
A neuroanatomist argues that brain cell self-destruction may be the final common pathway of many devastating brain diseases.
Protecting the Vulnerable in Brain Research
For the first time in decades, active proposals are on the table for protecting vulnerable patients who participate in brain research.
Rescuing Aging Memory: Stem Cells and Other Rising Stars
As neuroscientists discover the great difference between normally aging memory and the devastation of Alzheimer’s disease, explains brain researcher Morrison, they are finding reasons for optimism that a slipping memory may not be our fate.
Slow But Sure in an Age of “Make It Quick”
As we get older, our ability to hear and remember is challenged by everything from noisy airports, to automated voice mail menus, to rapid-fire TV commercials. Brandeis University scientists Tun and Wingfield show how we can play to the strengths of aging brains in ways that will benefit everyone.
A Philosopher Unriddles the Puzzle of Consciousness
One of America’s best-known philosophers boldly suggests that if we stop thinking of building blocks and start thinking of unified fields we will find ourselves closer to possessing “the crown jewel” of brain science.
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