Archive | October, 2015


30 Oct

Marijuana is the most often used illicit drug in our country. But it is losing its illicit status. Twenty-three states have legalized it for medical use, and five states have legalized it for recreational use by those older than 21.

However is it safe, especially for younger users? Some research suggests that it may interfere with the development of the brains of those beginning heavy use before age 16, but other research does not show that it results in abnormalities. A new study is being proposed to clarify its effects on the young by following 10,000 subjects for ten years starting when they are 9 or 10 years old. (Weir, K. Marijuana and the developing brain. Monitor on Psychology, 2015, 46(10), 46-52)


25 Oct

Soren Kierkegaard: Life must be lived forward but can only be understood backwards.


23 Oct

There are several misconceptions about how to meditate: 1) Keep the eyes closed. 2) Don’t move around. 3) Results will be quick. 4) Only do it alone. (Pollack, S. Seven myths about meditation.  Psychotherapy Networker, 2015, 39(2), 15-16)


15 Oct

PsychBytes from the Indiana Psychological Association reported (Tues., Oct. 13, 2015) that reviewers of 36 studies have found that there is a robust connection between cyberbullying and depression in children and adolescents that may last into adulthood.


11 Oct

Mindfulness meditation may change the brain by improving connections among some areas and changing tissue density. (Lu, S. Mindfulness and mood disorders in the brain. Monitor on Psychology, 2015, 46(3), p. 55)


4 Oct

Henry David Thoreau: It’s not what you look at that matters. It’s what you see.