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Are we genetically predisposed to conflict and violence?

Genetics research long ago revealed that genes fundamentally determine the structures, functions and behaviors of all living things to ensure their survival and that genetics determines the structure and function of our brains. Neuroscience research has well established that our brains determine our individual responses to our environments and are programmed by epigenetic experiences that […]

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    Kahler v. Kansas: So what else is new?

    On March 23, 2020, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its ruling in Kahler v. Kansas. To understand the importance of this case, we need to put it in historical context and examine the misunderstandings through the years of the defense of not guilty by reason of insanity. For many years, most states embraced the so-called […]

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    Contact with nature buffers effects of COVID lockdown

    The year 2020 brought about not only a staggering death toll across the world due to COVID-19, but also “a year of accelerated unraveling” for fragile older adults living with dementia, according to a Feb. 21 report in the New York Times Sunday Review. Quarantine restrictions limiting family visits except through windows, social distancing prohibiting […]

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    Seeing domestic violence through another lens

    The vast majority of people in the field of psychology still see domestic violence as an issue between heteronormative couples, with women being victims and men being perpetrators. But understanding domestic violence through this lens limits our potential to understand experiences that fall outside of these parameters, specifically when men are the victims of domestic […]

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    Psychotherapy, embodiment and the Dharma

    “I don’t have any experience in applying Western psychotherapy to the Buddhist path.” — H. H. Dalai Lama. These are dark days. And more than anything else it is the stability of the human mind that will determine our outcome. Trying to understand the mind as we psychologists do is a humbling task. And trying […]

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  • Nation’s largest children’s behavioral health center opens

    The Big Lots Behavioral Health Pavilion, billed as the largest behavioral health treatment and research center on a pediatric campus in the United States, has opened on the Nationwide Children’s Hospital grounds in Columbus, Ohio. Its medical director hopes it will set an example for future projects. “Our ability to share our care model with […]

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    FAA will skip latest version of MMPI

    The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will continue to use the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory-2 (MMPI-2) test to evaluate pilots and other aerospace personnel, forgoing the latest variants of the test, including the newest one released late last year. That decision has renewed a debate in psychology circles documented in earlier editions of The National Psychologist […]

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    Mental health stigma-inducing barriers must be removed for law students

    While many individuals have a less than positive impression of lawyers as a whole, the importance of our legal system and the rule of law are integral to a healthy and just society. Likewise, hale, hearty and high functioning lawyers are critical to achieving these ideals. Unfortunately, the legal profession is facing a crisis of […]

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    Talk of risks, side effects may lead to nocebo effect

    Appropriate informed consent requires disclosure of the proposed treatment, the risks and benefits of that treatment, the risks and benefits of not proceeding, and alternatives to the treatment. This practice has become widely accepted, primarily because it supports patients’ autonomy. However, perfect autonomy is impossible because there are always factors influencing non-rational decision making. Further, […]

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    Staying together apart: Artistic approaches to COVID-19

    Editor’s Note: In this issue, we are welcoming a student voice from Scotland to give us some ideas about how psychologists there are approaching care during the global pandemic. “Staying together apart” can prove difficult for those who have relatives in different countries, those who are in long-distance relationships and those with friends from their […]

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