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The Magic of Magic Mushrooms

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The Magic of Magic Mushrooms

  I learned more about my brain and its possibilities in the five hours after taking these mushrooms than I had in the preceding 15 years of studying and doing research in psychology. — Timothy Leary, Harvard Professor after first consuming “magic mushrooms” Although you may have no interest in trying them, it’s hard not to be intrigued by the effects of psychedelic drugs. From movies to television to really really abstract art, the influence that these drugs can have are rather…well, psychedelic. However, back in 1970,...

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Wintertime Psychology

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Wintertime Psychology

Brrrrrrrrrrrr! – Jake’s first words every morning in Ohio If you’re like approximately 90% of the population, winter is not your favorite season. The cold, the ice, the lack of festive holidays after December (no, Groundhog Day, you don’t count). In fact, for many people, the wintertime can bring on the blues–and I’m not just talking about the color of your toes. Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a documented mental illness, where the change in season dramatically influences one’s mood and...

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Why Resolutions Fail

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Why Resolutions Fail

You can’t go back and make a new start, but you can start right now and make a brand new ending. – James Sherman If you are the one in two Americans who made New Year’s resolutions for 2018, this post is for you. Although about 175 million Americans make resolutions every year, only about 10% are still pursuing them come February. So regardless if you’re trying to get a beach bod, kick a habit, or spend more time reading this blog, today we’re going to explore some of the psychological mechanisms running interference on your...

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Guest Blogger: High Functioning Depression

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Guest Blogger: High Functioning Depression

I’m excited to present today’s blog in collaboration with BetterHelp.com, a website that provides online counseling and advice for those with mental health needs. HIGH FUNCTIONING DEPRESSION Although the holidays are usually full of merriment and music, for many people, the glow is much dimmer, the melodies nearly silent. Although you may not recognize it by the looks of them, nearly 5 million Americans suffer from high functioning depression (see the infographic below). So today, you’ll find BetterHelp.com’s concise...

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Giving the Best Gift

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Giving the Best Gift

It is not the gift, but the thought that counts. — Every terrible gift-giver ever Now, I know these posts are supposed to be published on Wednesday, but today, I have a little present for you… Or rather, I needed an excuse for why this post was late. Therefore, gift. However, today’s present is very similar to the gift I give you every week: carefully curated research that’s applicable to your life and delivered to your inbox for free. Think of me like a scientist Santa Clause. Or a $5 bill you found that can only be spent...

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Be the Advocate

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Be the Advocate

Great ideas alone don’t cause progress; it is the spreading of those ideas that does. — (Teeny & Petty, 2017) A couple years ago, I wrote a post about my Master’s Thesis; now, however, that work has been accepted for publication in a peer-reviewed psychology journal. Cue the confetti, balloons, and dancing elephant! Since I started graduate school, I have wanted to study when and why people try to convince you of their beliefs. I have never been much for “proselytizing” myself, and so I was curious what could drive people to...

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Harvey Weinstein, Charlie Rose, Roy Moore, James Toback, Mark Halperin, Kevin Spacey, Matt Lauer, Jeff Hoover, Jeffrey Tambor, John Lasseter, Glenn Thrush, Andrew Kreisberg…

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Harvey Weinstein, Charlie Rose, Roy Moore, James Toback, Mark Halperin, Kevin Spacey, Matt Lauer, Jeff Hoover, Jeffrey Tambor, John Lasseter, Glenn Thrush, Andrew Kreisberg…

People talk about sexual assault like it’s a bad habit that men have. — Jon Stewart Hollywood has many problems, but the one headlining newspapers these days regards sexual harassment and sexual assault. From Harvey Weinstein to Kevin Spacey to even Louis CK, Hollywood is replete with these disgusting individuals. Heck, I could write my longest post yet by simply listing all their names. But it’s not just movie stars, we also have politicians from Roy Moore to Al Franken to even the President himself committing these loathsome...

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What’s in a Voice?

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What’s in a Voice?

Light travels faster than sound. This is why some people appear bright until you hear them speak. — Alan Dundes There are few compliments that make me blush more than saying I have a nice voice. Maybe it’s the storyteller in me, maybe it’s the wannabe cowboy desperado. But in high school, I was so concerned about whether my voice sounded “cool,” I tried modulating it till it came out like Batman trying to pass a lie detector test. Fortunately, it hurt my throat too much to maintain. But there’s more to a...

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Black Friday Brain

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Black Friday Brain

What consumerism really is, at its worst, is to get people to buy things that don’t actually improve their lives. — Jeff Bezos (founder of Amazon.com) Although I’ve never tried it, I’ve heard it’s one hell of a drug; that is, shopping on Black Friday. I mean, if so many people wake up before the crack of dawn and stand in the freezing cold just to hand over their hard earned money to strangers, there must be something to it, right? But Black Friday shoppers seem to ingest another drug early in the morning: madness. So today,...

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Guest Blogger: Brain Enhancement

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Guest Blogger: Brain Enhancement

Today, I am excited to present a post from a guest blogger, Jackie Edwards. Jackie is a freelance editor, researcher, and writer with a focus on education, health and well-being. Cerebrum Callisthenics: Exercising Your Memory The brain might not be a muscle, but it sure behaves like one. Performing repetitive exercises, primarily involving your memory, have been shown to enhance your brainpower. Stimulating the brain for mental benefits has been something humans have been aware of in principle for thousands for years. In recent decades, we’ve...

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