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Pressing pause
Hello all, I'm taking a hiatus for the next few months to focus on the podcast Psychology in Mind with Gareth Stack, see below for episode one: https://garethstack.com/2018/01/30/psychology-in-mind-episode-1/ We've done a few episodes so far on creativity, ...
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Restaurant review: The Greenhouse
"There is no such thing as a neutral context" Professor  Charles Spence on eating The lighting focuses on the tables, creating a sense of the table as a stage. The waitress lays out the napkins with a white glove. A song from "Moon Safari" quietly playing i...
Restaurant review: The Greenhouse
Restaurant review: The Greenhouse
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Conference review: "Research and Healthcare Responses to the Challenge of Brain Conditions in Ireland"
With Brain Awareness Week underway, the timing was ripe for
this week’s joint conference of the Neurological Alliance of Ireland and the
Irish Brain Council: Research and
Healthcare Responses to the Challenge of Brain Conditions in Ireland . It
was a half-d...
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The biology of depression treatment: an understudied factor
Tryptophan is an essential amino acid (i.e. an amino acid that comes from one's diet). It is of interest for the subject of depression, as it is used by the body to produce serotonin, a target for many of the "first-line" anti-depressants that are widely pr...
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TV review: "Chef's Table"
This is my first TV review on this blog, and it might seem odd
picking a show about fine dining as opposed to some psychologist's tale. However, as each episode of "Chef's Table" profiles an individual chef in depth, a strong sense of autobiography comes th...
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TV review: "Chef's Table"
This is my first TV review on this blog, and it might seem odd
picking a show about fine dining as opposed to some psychologist's tale.  However, as e ach episode of "Chef's Table" profiles an individual chef in depth,  a strong sense of autobiography comes...
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I'm thinking of it right now. But will I remember later?
My google calendar overflows with tasks that I don't trust myself to remember. Despite the indefinite amount of information we seem to be able to hold in our long-term memory "store", for most of us it is all too easy to forget the epic three or even (dun d...
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Book review: "Free Will" by Sam Harris
There is no question that our attribution of agency can be gravely in error. It is my contention that it always is. (p. 25) "Free will" is a very short book that you could skim through in about the same time it takes to watch  this talk  from Harris on the ...
Book review: "Free Will" by Sam Harris
Book review: "Free Will" by Sam Harris
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Reminiscence group work diaries: Part 2
Our initial reminiscence group continues. Following some more personal autobiography, we start to probe memories of broader historical changes/events. I have suggested (taking suggestions from my colleagues and collaborators) the arrival of television and w...
Reminiscence group work diaries: Part 2
Reminiscence group work diaries: Part 2
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Reminiscence group session diaries: Part 1
The project I am currently involved in examines the impact of reminiscence (via group participation) on autobiographical memory and learning of new information (as well as other factors such as executive function and mood) in older adults. The first group i...
Reminiscence group session diaries: Part 1
Reminiscence group session diaries: Part 1
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