Click here to read a BBC Article about the story of Phineas Gage, a man who changed the study of neuroscience forever after a metre-long rod fired through his skull.
Thousands of patients are being wrongly diagnosed with high blood pressure because they find the experience of going to the doctor so stressful.
Click here to watch a BBC news report by Jane Hughes, explainingÂ White Coat syndrome and now doctors in England and Wales are being advised to order extra tests to see if a patient’s blood pressure stays high even when they are back at home.
Click here Â or here to read about Karla Homolka who is one of Canada’s most infamous female convicts.Â Â SheÂ was released from prison after serving a short 12-year sentence for her involvement in drugging, raping, torturing and killing young girls over a decade ago. The dead teens included her own young sister whose innocence was offered by Homolka to her boyfriend as a gift.
I read an article in the latest New Scientist magazine (Sept 2010), which discusses research carried out by Crocket, et.al.Â (2010) at the University of Cambridge, testing the effects of anti-depressants on willingness to impose negative consequences on another even when it’s for the ‘greater good’.
24 healthy participants were presented with a moral dilemma while they were under the influence of the antidepressant citalopram â€“ a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI), which increases brain serotonin levels. The particpantsÂ played a game in which they were asked to accept or decline another player’s offer of a share of a sum of money. If they accepted the offer, each player kept their share. If they refused, both players were left empty-handed.
The participants given citalopram were about 10 per cent less willing to inflict harm on someone in order to benefit others compared with those given a placebo.Â Participants who had taken citalopram were more likely to accept a stingy offer, rather than punishing the other player’s greed by refusing it.
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Click hereÂ to access a booklet with great advice for improving your self-esteem.
Click here to attempt this brainteaser, reportedly written by Einstein.Â ItÂ is difficult and Einstein said that 98% of the people in the world could not figure it out. Which percentage are you in?
Click hereÂ to watch and read about the ‘Game of Death’ where contestants on the show did not realise they were taking part in an experiment to find out whether television could push them to outrageous lengths.Â The game involved contestants posing questions to another “player”, who was actually an actor, and punishing him with 460 volts of electricity when he answered incorrectly………..