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How Forensic Investigators Track Schizophrenia

Another guest post by Allison Gamble to tide you guys over. Sorry about the inactivity.

The science of forensics, specifically forensic psychology, is a tool of the legal system. A forensic psychologist works to assess, identify and clarify psychological issues, without prejudice, in order to satisfy the court’s legal understanding of those issues. Forensic psychologists are often called upon to give psychological insight into cases like that of Arizona shooter Jared Lee Loughner, whose behaviors preceding the attempted assassination of U.S. Representative Gabriele Giffordsmirrored those of a schizophrenic. Thus, the primary function of forensic psychology is to tie or untie the knot that binds mental illness to crime.

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Understanding Anterograde Amnesia

No time to do things. Sorry guys. But here’s a guest post from Allison Gamble of psychologydegree.net.

 

Anterograde amnesia is an ailment wherein the afflicted individual loses the ability to transfer new information to long-term memory after a brain injury, while long-term memories from before the injury remain intact. This means that a person who sustains a brain injury will likely have the same personality and the same amount of intelligence they did previously, but be unable to recall events from the recent past. Anterograde amnesia is a mysterious condition, as the exact process of storing memories is still largely unknown to scientists. However, to get a good understanding of the disorder, as many on-going studies are constantly producing new information on anterograde amnesia. Continue reading

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Guest Post – Toxoplasmosis and Evil Cats

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One possible way for me to finish my PhD, is to publish three first author articles. So unless I’ve grossly misunderstood the context; I present to you my second DOTW! guest article.

My second greatest fear in life is being mediocre. What’s my greatest fear you ask? Getting a job and leaving the life of study. I want to achieve something before I’m put in a wooden box and forgotten about. So the fact that I haven’t yet cured cancer or even saved anybody’s life leads me to ask, what scientific reason could there be for my lack of world domination?

Like a lot of great thinkers, I instinctively took umbrage at my cat.

Cat me if you can: It

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Guest post – Lupus: Disease of the weak

Our first guest post of the blog. Matthew Higgins is doing a PhD in the same building as James and I, after going through undergrad and honours with us. He works on a particular protein involved in breast cancer that may be souped-up to make super cancer or something: it’s immunology, what do I care? He also often comments around these pages under the guise of “lumpage” (Yes, now I’ve revealed your secret identity!). He lives on The Ranch Dressing. Maybe you should read that.

"About the author: Matthew is devilishly handsome, but spoken for. Thanks for asking." (Photo taken by Thomas Tu)

I love House, the T.V show. It’s great. A fine example of scientific reasoning and deduction condensed in to an improbably short 42 minutes. Oh sure, never in the history of mankind has a medical team been so capable that are so diversely and broadly skilled that they can single-handedly perform every medical and scientific test themselves. But don’t let that stop you from enjoying the show. At the end of the day the cast is just as attractive and amiable, and the patient who just seems to go from moral dilemma to medical dilemma repeatedly generally lives. We all go home happy right?

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