Stress Ended His Life (A case of Schizophrenia) – Psychology

Hello. It’s good to have you here. Today we are going to talk about a case I had long ago. It shows how stress attacks our weakest personality traits and shows the worst part of ourselves. Let’s talk about Franklin, a 28 year-old guy. He is short, thin and he looks kind of strange. He lives with his father, and…

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Could Increasing the Melanin In Your Skin Protect You From Cancer?

More people are diagnosed with skin cancer in the US than any other cancer combined. In fact, melanoma–a highly dangerous type of skin cancer–is estimated to claim one life every hour. So what if you could lower your risk of skin cancer….by changing the color of your skin? Ok, this is a big subject, so let’s start with the science.…

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PLATO ON: The Forms

Asking one’s self and others what the perfect version of something is the ideal version might sound like a strange idea What is the perfect marriage? or career? or system of government? or school? It can feel immature and naïve to bother much with such questions they’re just daydreams. After all: who cares about ideal versions? we might as well…

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What Slot Machines Can Tell Us About Our Brains

In 2018, the US Federal Trade Commission launched an investigation into the video game industry. Why? Because of microtransactions in games that look a little too much like gambling. Players are buying and selling lootboxes that might be filled with valuable powerups and skins that can be worth hundreds or even thousands of dollars — and we mean real dollars.…

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Game Theory: The Science of Decision-Making

When you’re hanging out with your friends, you probably don’t think too hard about the math behind the decisions you’re making. But there’s a whole field of math — and science — that applies to social interactions. It’s called Game Theory. Game theory was pioneered in the 1950s by mathematician John Nash, the guy from that Russell Crowe played in…

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What Are Fever Dreams?

[♪ INTRO ] Being sick is the worst. Not only do you get the chills and a runny nose during the day, but your illness can chase you into your dreams as well. You might have experienced those bizarre and emotionally intense dreams some people have when their temperature skyrockets, AKA fever dreams. While lots of people seem to have…

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What We Know About Gender Identity According to Science

How would you describe yourself in a few words? I’m a cis-man and I like fun shirts. Our gender plays a big role in how we define ourselves and others, but it’s not something science fully understands. And, funnily enough, we don’t really know why I like fun shirts, either, but no one questions that so let’s just move on.…

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2.1 Scarcity Over Time

Scarcity doesn’t just happen in the here and now. Scarcity is a consequence of decisions we’ve made in the past, and we can see its result over time and in the future. Water in Colorado has always been scarce. Decisions were made in the past to allocate water rights. For instance, a home owner does not own the rainwater that…

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5 More Computer Viruses You Really Don’t Want to Get

Computers are incredible. By combining a few different parts, they can use electrical signals to store information, perform billions of calculations per second, and connect you with the rest of the world. But all those different components and connections are also vulnerable. If a malicious piece of code, a computer virus, gets in, it can take over your computer and…

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Heads-Up: Depression Isn’t the Only Postpartum Disorder

{♫Intro♫} Having a newborn can be a joyous experience but it can also be overwhelming. After all, you’re suddenly responsible for this helpless, needy human being. And while they might be super adorable, they’re also not that interesting for a while. On top of that, there are all kinds of hormone fluctuations, sleep disruptions, and potential complications from labor and…

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