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Whether the weather

Julius Caesar, and the Roman Empire Couldn’t conquer the blue sky… Everywhere you go, you always take the weather with you Neil & Tim Finn (Crowded House) Not sure how it’s been in your corner of the world, but I can state with absolute certainty that the weather over the past four months has been [...]

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The Big Wet One versus the Horizontal Mambo

How did it happen that their lips came together? How does it happen that birds sing, that snow melts, that the rose unfolds, that the dawn whitens behind the stark shapes of trees on the quivering summit of the hill? A kiss, and all was said. – Victor Hugo -


Trick or Treat: The Psychology of Superstition

I’m a big fan of this time of year. No, not fall, Halloween. I like Halloween because it’s got something for everyone. Kids, of course, get to dress up however they want, perform low-level acts of mischief, and get rewarded for it. Adults who want to relive their childhoods can also don silly get-ups if [...]

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Stress, genes and depression: The long and the short of it

In my last entry I hinted at the exciting research results that are emanating from the stress-diathesis model, a model predicting pathology as the combined result of an individual’s vulnerability and stressful life events. One of the reasons for the delay between my last post and this one was my inability to decide what research [...]


Stress and diathesis OR psychological tales of wise Achilles

In my last entry, I lamented the lack of progress we have made in understanding the causes of mental disorders. Before I get accused of being an eternal pessimist, let me clarify the point I was trying to make. All I was trying to do was to emphasize that we need a lot more research [...]