Essential Reads

Why Parents Make Us What We Are

Imprinted genes are critically implicated in nurture via their role in the brain and REM sleep.

Genes, Ions, and Other New Frontiers in Psychiatry

A gene related to ion channels common to many families with mental illness leads us to new discoveries and treatments based on actual brain pathology.

Twins With Two Daddies

By Robert D. Martin Ph.D. on June 22, 2017 in How We Do It
Paternity suits triggered by strikingly different fraternal twins have revealed bizarre cases with two different fathers. Split paternity is the visible tip of a sizeable iceberg.

Four Reasons Why People Become Empaths: Trauma to Genetics

Why do people become empaths? As a psychiatrist and an empath, I’ve seen that there are four main factors that can contribute to heightening one's sensitivities.

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What Molecular Biology Has Neglected in Evolution

Ever wonder how life started? Was DNA really the beginning of life on earth or did life come from outer space?
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Estrogen, Progesterone, Your Genes and Mood

By Susan Noonan MD on January 08, 2017 in View From the Mist
Researchers found a biologic link between your genes and PMDD (premenstrual dysphoric disorder)

Intergenerational Epigenetics and You

By Jesse Marczyk Ph.D. on December 30, 2016 in Pop Psych
Inheriting your grandfather's behavior is unlikely.

Trump, Science and Biopolitics

By Pete Shanks on December 21, 2016 in Genetic Crossroads
What can we expect from President-elect Trump’s appointments in the areas of medical research and the life sciences?

“Obese” Mothers and Autism: Not As Simple As It Seems

Maternal BMI is a simplistic measure—particularly when related to the complex issue of the cause of autism.

How Much Wolf Is in Your Dog's Behavior?

By Stanley Coren Ph.D., F.R.S.C. on December 19, 2016 in Canine Corner
Data shows that older dog breeds, that is those that evolved earlier from wolves, show less affection and attachment to human beings.

Truthiness and Consent

At times we all need the refuge of "truthiness." But when it comes to health and our origins, knowing is better than not knowing.

Give Your Kids An IQ Boost For Christmas!

By Jenni Ogden Ph.D. on December 17, 2016 in Trouble in Mind
A new book lays bare the myths and facts about IQ and how we can increase or stifle it.

Cycle of Abuse: New Answers

By Nigel Barber Ph.D. on December 15, 2016 in The Human Beast
The majority of abusive parents were abused themselves as children. Now we are beginning to understand the underlying biological mechanisms thanks to animal experiments.

Twin Research and the Arts: How Are They Connected?

By Nancy L. Segal Ph.D. on December 10, 2016 in Twofold
Which comes first? The science or the work of art?

Why Zip Codes Mean More for Health Than Genetic Codes

By Jamie Littlefield on December 08, 2016 in Placed
If 80% of our health is shaped by where we live, what can we do about it?

The Long Reach of Diet

By Nigel Barber Ph.D. on December 08, 2016 in The Human Beast
Dietary recommendations are often faddish as illustrated by flip-flops on whether to take vitamins. Now researchers are grasping how diet interacts genes and offspring.

Bulimia: An Integrated Map of Nine Key Elements

By Gregg Henriques Ph.D. on December 08, 2016 in Theory of Knowledge
Sparked by a recent research on personality factors and eating disorders, this post maps out nine key components to help understand the development of bulimia.

Eating Disorders: How Far We Have Come

Causes of eating disorders are complex and multi-determined. A succinct understanding of where research and theory are headed.

Clinical Linguistics: What a Mess! Part 1

By Antonio Benítez-Burraco Ph.D. on December 02, 2016 in The Biolinguistic Turn
Clinical linguistics may benefit from the ongoing biolinguistic turn in language sciences.
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Can Mindfulness Reduce Your Belly Fat?

By Edward Abramson Ph.D. on December 01, 2016 in It's Not Just Baby Fat!
If you have an apple shape, mindfulness might help.

Pandora’s Pillbox: The Age-Old Quest for Longer Lives

By Robert D. Martin Ph.D. on November 23, 2016 in How We Do It
Prolonging human lifespan is a long-cherished goal. Medical science has boosted average life expectancy, but can it increase the maximum? Not according to evolutionary biology.
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The Biology of Bigotry

By James M Sherlock on November 18, 2016 in Great (Ape) Expectations
It is commonly assumed that prejudice is purely a product of society; however, substantial evidence indicates that bigotry may be more deeply rooted than we thought.

Nature or Nurture? Brain Science and Biological Essentialism

It is not unlikely that lived experiences as a man or woman in a wider sense of these words can alter gene expression.
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10 Pop-Science Books to Challenge Your Views on Expertise

By Fernand Gobet, Ph.D., and Morgan H. Ereku on November 02, 2016 in Inside Expertise
Want to know the secret to becoming an expert? 10 of the best page-turners mapping out the road to mastery.

Should We Be Afraid of Our Genes?

By Nigel Barber Ph.D. on October 26, 2016 in The Human Beast
In a period when some politicians are exhibiting stereotypical male primate behavior, it is refreshing to ask whether we are really in control of ourselves.

Why Do We Do What We Do?

By Andy Tix Ph.D. on October 26, 2016 in The Pursuit of Peace
Nature and nurture almost never influence behavior in isolation. Rather, nature and nurture almost always interact to influence behavior in complex ways.

New Prospects for Pancreatic Cancer Patients?

Pancreatic cancer patients can thrive while new data are collected and transformed into surprising and useful knowledge.
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Biology Determines Every Thought, Feeling, and Behavior

By John A. Johnson Ph.D. on October 20, 2016 in Cui Bono
Psychologists say behavior results from the interaction of biology and environment, yet argue about their relative importance. Read why the importance of biology is always 100%.

A Wine-y Time of Year

Wine is a delicious and pleasing quaff on a fall day, the season of the grape harvest or crush. But what are the health benefits or detriments?

Are Personality Traits Hereditary?

By Ugo Uche on October 11, 2016 in Promoting Empathy With Your Teen
Genes do not operate in isolation.

Parental Age & Mental Illness: The Maternal Dimension

The biggest and most comprehensive study of the effects of parental age on offspring mental illness confirms counter-intuitive predictions of the imprinted brain theory.

Why Your Dog Thinks You Are The Best Thing Ever

The reason why your dog thinks you are so awesome may be related to genetics. (And the fact that you are awesome.)

A New Science of Human Evolution—and Evolutionary Psychiatry

A new book highlights the revolution sweeping through evolution thanks to genomics and sets a precedent that the imprinted brain theory has already followed.

Oxygen and Aging

What is best way to combat free-radicals of oxygen?