The PTSD Trap: Our Overdiagnosis of PTSD In Vets Is Enough to Make You Sick

Author’s note: This story originally appeared in Scientific American, April 2009. As the suggestion of U.S. Army medical student Petulant Skeptic (see below), I am re-publishing it here, open access, because the return of veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars renews the importance of examining our ideas about how most soldiers react to combat. As […]

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Careful Erasing Those Memories, Says the Memory Master

Should we erase memories? Recently, in a recent, fascinating Wired feature, my friend and Wired colleague Jonah Lehrer looked at the looming possibility that we will soon be able to do so. Today, in an excellent interview in the New York Times, neuroscientist Eric Kandel, who rightly won a Nobel for discovering memory’s fundamental mechanisms, warns against wielding […]

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Tortoises Hump & Fingers Freeze As Open Science Catches Fire – January’s Best at Neuron Culture

Open science stole the show in January, with evolution, frostbite, and PTSD hysteria following. I’m throwing in tortoise sex for feel-good factor. Congress Considers Paywalling Science You Already Paid For Should you be able to read research you’ve helped to fund? A few years ago, Congress decided this was a good idea, and approved an access […]

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What is Mental Illness? A Peek Through the Murk

This guest post — a book review of Richard J. McNally’s What is Mental Illness — is by Jason Goldman, a University of Southern California graduate student in developmental psychology who blogs on behavior and psychology at The Thoughtful Animal. Goldman is also the psychology and neuroscience editor at ResearchBlogging.org and edited the science-writing anthology Open Lab 2010. When most […]

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