“No matter how differently different cultures see the world, they process images in precisely the same way…”

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“Brain regions do not perform functions…”

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“…..Specific circuits that happen to be in areas we can identify using criteria, anatomical or chemical, with no functional meaning, give rise to functions. Continue reading

Reality Check: Oxytocin and Trust – Prob Not

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“studies of oxytocin, … the effect of nasal squirts of the hormone on trust are not reliably different from zero.

“Our initial enthusiasm for the [intranasal oxytocin] findings has slowly faded away over the years and the studies have turned us from ‘believers’ into ‘skeptics’,” the researchers write. Continue reading

“…most PTSD cases are related to noncombat traumas in civilians. The number of civilians affected by PTSD is 13 times larger than the number of military personnel affected by the disorder.”

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“… living with, over long periods, mental health problems is much worse than living with, over long periods, physical functioning problems. “

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“…we’re misallocating resources. We’re spending much more on physical health problems than mental health problems, given the impact that those conditions have on people’s lives.”

Oops!: “The idea that romantic love lasts is complete nonsense, from the science.”

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“… We know from the science; that’s very clear. Passionate love—you’re probably lucky if you get twelve months out of it, maybe eighteen months if you’re really lucky. Continue reading

Oh Oh!: “Women tend to be less happy than men in marriage.”

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“The Paradox of Declining Female Happiness

Women have more rights and opportunities than they have had in decades and yet they are less happy than ever in both absolute terms and relative to men. Continue reading