Mental Health and the Urban Environment

There was a part of mental health that I never realized is another factor that contributes to human and animal mental health. Emotional support systems, behavior, incidents, living situations, and genetics play significant roles in our brain function. With awareness of the discussion on climate change and pollution, our mental health is affected by environmental statuses, just as much as our situations are.

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Neuro-poetry #12 – Sleep

A metaphorical story for sleep please view the accompanying TED Talk!

Imagine, that you’re responsible for an intensive research project, and it’s due soon. You happen to be one of those people who is energized by having 700 tabs open on your computer, which you know will distract you from finishing your project. So, you decide to purchase some new technology — a processor on the market called The Focus — which only allows you to work on one task or project at a time. You’re thrilled.

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Neuro-poetry #11 – Memory

Our anthology of stories, events, & interactions

are like currency, stored in different memory banks —

short (Bank STM) & long (Bank LTM).

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Neuro-poetry #10 – Trauma & the Brain

The malleability of our minds is a blessing and a curse — we can be changed by something we’ve learned, just as easily as we can be changed by trauma. Today, instead of a poem, I’d like to use a story. I’ve included the brain processes, relevant tissues, and hormones in bold.

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Neuro-poetry #8 – The Endocrine System

The endocrine system does much more than we are aware of, secreting hormones to systematize a network of functions, not unlike any kind of aircraft. The hypothalamus is the control center between our nervous system & the endocrine systemthe wiring & liquid or gaseous fuel. The hypothalamus rests above both the anterior & posterior pituitary glands, the two fuel cells which it controls & regulates. 

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Experimental Psychology Feature — Part B: Clinical Assessment & Diagnosing

This piece is a part of a collection of blogs highlighting psychology. The compilation will feature six individual series about abnormal psychology, educational psychology, developmental psychology, cognitive psychology, health psychology, and experimental psychology. Our staff writers are working together with our Research + Development team to bring you accurate research that is digestible, entertaining and engaging to read. Thank you for reading and learning with us! 

Written by: Caleb Izaguirre

Contributing author & researcher: Wendi Wang

Clinical Assessments & Key Concepts

Inferring why a behavior occurs is the first step in identification. After the cause is discovered, the treatment intervention and evaluation are conducted. Behavioral assessments face particular challenges. Presently, they are applied in the clinical field. It has measurement tools and improved devices. The assessments include decisions made in the experimental stage. In future systems, the assessments may be supported by specific associations. Clinical assessments should continue to assess disorders and use measurements to make informed decisions about potential solutions.

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Abnormal Psychology Feature — Part B: Clinical Assessment & Diagnosing

This piece is a part of a collection of blogs highlighting psychology. The compilation will feature six individual series about abnormal psychology, educational psychology, developmental psychology, cognitive psychology, health psychology, and experimental psychology. Our staff writers are working together with our Research + Development team to bring you accurate research that is digestible, entertaining and engaging to read. Thank you for reading and learning with us! 

Written by: Mikaela Brewer

Contributing author & researcher: Benetta Wang

Clinical Assessments & Key Concepts

A clinical assessment of a client is an ongoing process of compiling information and drawing conclusions, which can only be made after careful observation, various types of tests, and interviews. Here, a course of action is determined based on presented symptoms. For example, a few questions that might arise are: is treatment needed? Which treatment would work the best? After treatment is employed, is it effective?

Some key concepts include reliability, validity, and standardization. 

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Experimental Psychology Feature — Part A: Overview, Definitions & Classifications

This piece is a part of a collection of blogs highlighting psychology. The compilation will feature six individual series about abnormal psychology, educational psychology, developmental psychology, cognitive psychology, health psychology, and experimental psychology. Our staff writers are working together with our Research + Development team to bring you accurate research that is digestible, entertaining and engaging to read. Thank you for reading and learning with us!

Written by: Caleb Izaguirre

Contributing author & researcher: Wendi Wang

Overview + definition of experimental psychology

Experimental psychology is the scientific and empirical approach to studying the mind. This approach means that tests are administered to participants, with control and experimental conditions. Otherwise known as the experimental method, the process involves manipulating one variable in order to cause changes in another. This relies on controlled experiments, random assignment, and the manipulation of variables to test a hypothesis.

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Neuro-poetry #7 – Neuropharmacology: Side Effects & Examples

Note: Neurotransmitters = “NTs” + SSRI = Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor 

Neuropharmacology, as its name implies,

is complicated, 

not unlike the body-stage

on which it is intended to perform.

We now know,

that neuropharmacological drugs & medication

can masquerade as NTs.

NTs set sail on brain-wide waterways,

carrying thousands of varieties of messages

in tiny glass bottles,

& porting on designated shores.

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