Archive | September, 2018


27 Sep

Depression exists in many suicides, but most people with depression do not suicide, and not all who kill themselves are depressed. Many factors are associated with suicide. A genetic predisposition, situational stresses, over concern with the opinion of other people, and unconscious states are relevant.
Those who have tried suicide and survived very often do not want to repeat it.
(Shermer, M. Mysterious change of mind. Scientific American, 2018, 319(4), 81)


23 Sep

The Time Health Newsletter reported a recent article in the Psychological Bulletin, which said that self-esteem peaks at age 60.


21 Sep

In spite of the common understanding, dreaming can occur during both REM (rapid eye movement) and nonREM sleep. (Lewis, I. The stuff of dreams. Scientific American, 2017 (317), p. 16)


17 Sep

A study reported in Academic Pediatrics found that those who slept less than 10 hours a day at ages 3 & 4 and less than 9 hours a day at ages 5 through 7 are more likely to to have behavioral, social, and cognitive problems at age 7. (In brief, Sleep matters. Monitor on Psychology, 2017, 48(6), p. 12)


14 Sep

Albert Einstein: We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.


7 Sep

In brief. Training can bring much improvement to memory. (Monitor on Psychology, 2017, 48(6), p. 10)


3 Sep

Historian Timothy Snyder: To abandon facts is to abandon freedom. If nothing is true, then no one can criticize power because there is no basis upon which to do so.