PTSD

People suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder report that cannabis reduces the severity of their symptoms by more than half, at least in the short term, according to a recent study led by Carrie Cuttler, a Washington State University assistant professor of psychology. Cuttler and her colleagues analyzed data of more than 400 people who tracked… Read more

The brain can update or ‘edit’ poorly formed memories with the wrong information, according to research from University of Technology Sydney. Senior author Professor Bryce Vissel, from the UTS Centre for Neuroscience & Regenerative Medicine, said his team used novel behavioural, molecular and computational techniques to investigate memories that have not been well-formed, and how… Read more

Researchers at Vanderbilt University Medical Center traveled down the pathways in the brains of mice that trigger fear responses, and which normally extinguish the behaviors once the danger has passed, in order to explore how fear becomes entrenched. Their scientific journey, detailed recently in Nature Neuroscience[1], challenges conventional wisdom about how the brain is “remodeled”… Read more

Imagine you’re a lecturer teaching a celebrated novel that features violent scenes – say, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby (1925). It transpires that one of your students has themselves been a victim of violence and now, thanks to your words, they are reliving their trauma. Could you, should you, have done more to protect… Read more

Moral grandstanding is the use of public moral discourse for self-promotion and status attainment. If you find yourself in an open discussion of morality or politics to impress others with your superior moral qualities, you may be a card-carrying moral grandstander. A new study in PLOS found that grandstanders were more likely to report antagonistic… Read more