December 2014 Psychology Blog and Article Rundown

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Some interesting articles and blog posts from this month!

China: Inside an Internet Gaming Disorder Rehab Center – “At the center — which, as Moleres’ photos depict, some patients have attempted to escape — teens suffering from Internet gaming disorder are monitored for gaming’s effects on their neurological activity, and through labor and military drills are thought to improve brain activity and break the habit.” (Al Jazeera)

10 Ways That Brain Myths are Harming Us – “For every genuine break through, there is parallel excretion of hype or utter neurobunk.” (Wired)

Lost Memories Might be Able to be Restored – “The nervous system appears to be able to regenerate lost synaptic connections. If you can restore the synaptic connections, the memory will come back. It won’t be easy, but I believe it’s possible.” (UCLA)

Torture Victims will Bear Psychological Scars Long After CIA Report Scandal Fades – “Men and women who have experienced torture are most often irrevocably changed, say medical professionals who have treated survivors. Depression, anxiety, personality shifts, hallucinations and suicidal thoughts can manifest and persist years afterward.” (The Guardian)

The CIA Didn’t Just Torture, It Experimented on Human Beings – “Human experimentation was a core feature of the CIA’s torture program…At the helm of this human experimentation project were two psychologists hired by the CIA, James Mitchell and Bruce Jessen.” (The Nation)

America’s Torture Doctors – “The APA has in the past refused to censure a notorious Guantanamo U.S. Army psychologist John Leso, who led a Behavioral Science Consulting Team (sic) that drafted a policy memo incorporating “illegal” techniques once used by North Korean and Chinese interrogators to break American prisoners.” (The American Conservative)

Nathaniel Branden, R.I.P. (1930-2014) – “After the break with Rand in 1968, Branden had his own highly successful career as a hugely popular writer on psychology, and he is a pioneer of the vital importance of “self-esteem” in modern culture.” (Reason)

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