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Is Anyone Out There?

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This video is a clip from Creature Comforts asks Londoners if anyone is out there? And records a variety of amusing answers [9:00]

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Creature Comforts and Self Image

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did you know that hair on your dingleberries affects your self esteem? Neither did I. This video is a clip from Creature Comforts USA about self image -- I think it's amusing. [8:51]

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TEDTalks: Tony Robbins Asks Why We Do What We Do, and How We Can Do it Better

Aug 01 2009 Published by under Psychology, Streaming videos

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What motivates people to succeed? In this video, Tony Robbins discusses the "invisible forces" that motivate everyone's actions -- and high-fives Al Gore in the front row [22:31]

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TEDTalks: Dan Gilbert Asks Why are we happy? Why aren't we happy?

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Dan Gilbert, author of Stumbling on Happiness, challenges the idea that we'll be miserable if we don't get what we want. Our "psychological immune system" lets us feel truly happy even when things don't go as planned. I am not convinced -- are you? [22:02]

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TEDTalks: Jim Fallon Explores the Mind of Psychopathic Killers

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Psychopathic killers are the basis for some must-watch TV, but what really makes them tick? Neuroscientist Jim Fallon talks about brain scans and genetic analysis that may uncover the rotten wiring in the nature (and nurture) of murderers. In a too-strange-for-fiction twist, he shares a fascinating family history that makes his work chillingly personal [4:42]

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TEDTalks: Philip Zimbardo Prescribes a Healthy Take on Time

Jun 23 2009 Published by under Psychology, Streaming videos

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In this video, psychologist Philip Zimbardo says happiness and success are rooted in a trait most of us disregard: the way we orient toward the past, present and future. He suggests we calibrate our outlook on time as a first step to improving our lives. [7:07]

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Post-Traumatic Embitterment Disorder: The Newest Mental Illness?

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In this economy, nearly everyone has experienced unemployment, bankruptcy, foreclosure, divorce, or some combination thereof. But roughly 1-2% of these people become so stressed out by these losses that "they can barely function other than to ruminate about their circumstances," according to Dr. Michael Linden, the German psychiatrist who described and named Post-Traumatic Embitterment Disorder (PTED).

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Evil Genes: Why Rome Fell, Hitler Rose, Enron Failed, and My Sister Stole My Mother's Boyfriend

Mar 27 2009 Published by under Book Review, Psychology

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I have lived and worked with people whom I have decided, in retrospect, were more than merely hateful and mean-spirited, they were just plain evil. So when Barbara Oakley asked me to read and review her book, Evil Genes: Why Rome Fell, Hitler Rose, Enron Failed, and My Sister Stole My Mother's Boyfriend (Prometheus Books; 2008), I readily agreed. This well-written and very readable book is an exploration of evil people who exhibit an extreme form of Borderline Personality Disorder, which profoundly damages the lives of so many people, including the author. But we are not alone: some of history's most evil dictators, bankers, corporate CEOs and murderers apparently suffered from sociopathy, which is the extreme form of Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD).

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Pure Hypomanics: Living Zippedy Doo Dah Lives?

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Image: Michael Witte/NYTimes [larger view].

Have you ever met a person who seems to be on a perpetual caffeine high, without all the shaking? You know the type, those few hyperactive extroverts who are always doing things or meeting people, who have an expansive and optimistic mood yet are easily irritated, and who have an overactive libido or who enjoy really risky pastimes, like jumping out of airplanes or climbing buildings. According to some reading I've been doing, these are apparently those few lucky people who are "pure hypomanics": they have emotional "highs" without experiencing the outrageous slings and arrows of extreme mood fluctuations that a typical person with bipolar disorder suffers.

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Encephalon 60, A Neuroscience Blog Carnival

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The last frontier: The brain.
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Welcome to Encephalon! This is the blogosphere's neuroscience blog carnival that focuses specifically upon the brain, neuroscience, perception and behavior. If you sent me an essay or video about the brain and its relationship to behavior, perception, cognition, or learning, then it is included here! Also, please accept my sincerest apologies for the one day delay in publishing Encephalon: a police action in the public library where I was working interrupted my neural and cognitive processes. You will be relieved to know that this interruption has sufficiently angered me as to be the impetus for an upcoming blog entry!
So without further ado, here's the latest installment of Encephalon:

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