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Gaining a new perspective on the roots of evil and its effects on society.By Maria Lameiras, Emory MagazinePsychology 341 is a new Emory course focused on the study of “evil” behavior. It includes critical analyses of the distinctions between normal human behavior, moral depravity and psychopathology. In addition to individual acts of evil, the class studies incidents of genocide, terrorism and torture. At the end of each session, to balance the heavy topic, students share […]
Click here if video does not appear on screen.By Carol ClarkFor thousands of years, the massive glaciers of Earth’s polar regions have remained relatively stable, the ice locked into mountainous shapes that ebbed in warmer months but gained back their bulk in winter. In recent decades, however, warmer temperatures have started rapidly thawing these frozen giants. It’s becoming more common for sheets of ice, one kilometer tall, to shift, crack and tumble into the sea, splitting from […]
Click here if video does not appear on screen.“A huge number of genes and proteins are involved in new memory formation, and we’re trying to get at the basis of that,” says Emory psychiatrist Kerry Ressler. “One of the most powerful ways to study memory formation is through the process of fear-memory formation. And fear memories are also clinically very important because they underlie disorders like post-traumatic stress disorder, panic disorder and phobias.”In the […]
The mighty T-rex may be long gone, but descendents of its lowly pooper-scooper, the dung beetle, are alive and well and still telling tales.By Eddy Von Mueller, Emory MagazineAn iridescent beetle, bright as a bead, has caught a whiff of paradise. She makes a beeline for a pile of fresh manure, high as a hill to her, recently left behind by a Maiasaurus striding through the rookery on some motherly errand.It’s a noisy place, this. The herd is a big one, and there are hundreds of […]
Detail of "The Extraction of the Stone of Madness," a painting by Dutch artist Hieronymus Bosch (c 1494).Sander Gilman, a professor of psychiatry at Emory, was among the experts interviewed by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation for a radio program on the history of mental illness.Below is an excerpt from Gilman's remarks:"From the earliest medical texts that we have, in the so-called Hippocratic Corpus which is 3,000 years old, mental illness is treated by physicians. However, physicians […]
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