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The Sex Issue - Fetish Theory, Post-Freud. The question is why some people who are caught masturbating at 7 collect a lifetime of neuroses, while others go on to a lifetime of jolly bath-time jerking-off; why only a few of the children who sleep with stuffed animals wind up dressing in furry-animal costumes with zippers at the crotch.

The Sex Issue - Fetish Theory, Post-Freud

A single child will encounter lots and lots of things that may hold an erotic charge—spanking, nuns, roller coasters, dogs, Beyoncé videos, gymnastic uniforms, X-ray technicians, UPS men, vinyl raincoats, the uncircumcised penis of the boy at the urinal. But why some people then go online in puberty to visit dog-porn or nun-porn sites is not fully understood—yet, anyway.

Eternal Curves. Sculptors immortalize them.

Eternal Curves

Poets regularly regale them. Even ordinary men pay tribute. American males, it has been calculated, spend some $3 billion a year to gaze at women with hourglass figures, those whose small waists blossom into sinuously curvy hips. Men rate women as most attractive when they have a waist size that is 60 to 70 percent of their hip size, the late psychologist Devendra Singh found in a series of pioneering studies begun 20 years ago. And in more than a hundred other studies, men all over the world—including isolated groups unexposed to modern media—prefer a similar shape.

You’ll Be Outraged at How Easy It Was to Get You to Click on This Headline. This article will not restore your faith in humanity.

You’ll Be Outraged at How Easy It Was to Get You to Click on This Headline

Nor will it amaze, stun, delight, shock, charm, or in any literal or figurative way, blow your mind. Psilocybin: A Journey beyond the Fear of Death? In one of the largest and most rigorous clinical investigations of psychedelic drugs to date, researchers at Johns Hopkins University and New York University have found that a single dose of psilocybin—the psychoactive compound in “magic” mushrooms—substantially diminished depression and anxiety in patients with advanced cancer.

Psilocybin: A Journey beyond the Fear of Death?

Psychedelics were the subject of a flurry of serious medical research in the 1960s, when many scientists believed some of the mind-bending compounds held tremendous therapeutic promise for treating a number of conditions including severe mental health problems and alcohol addiction. But flamboyant Harvard psychology professor Timothy Leary—one of the top scientists involved—started aggressively promoting LSD as a consciousness expansion tool for the masses, and the youth counterculture movement answered the call in a big way. Leary lost his job and eventually became an international fugitive. [An edited transcript of the interview follows.]

The Experimental Generation of Interpersonal Closeness: A Procedure and Some Preliminary Findings. An Important but Rarely Discussed Lesson of the Stanford Prison Experiment - Beautiful Minds - Scientific American Blog Network. Any man can withstand adversity; if you want to test his character, give him power. — Abraham Lincoln I recently watched the movie adaptation of the Stanford Prison Experiment.

An Important but Rarely Discussed Lesson of the Stanford Prison Experiment - Beautiful Minds - Scientific American Blog Network

Animals Can Be Given False Memories. Mental Health May Depend on Creatures in the Gut. The notion that the state of our gut governs our state of mind dates back more than 100 years.

Mental Health May Depend on Creatures in the Gut

Many 19th- and early 20th-century scientists believed that accumulating wastes in the colon triggered a state of “auto-intoxication,” whereby poisons emanating from the gut produced infections that were in turn linked with depression, anxiety and psychosis. Patients were treated with colonic purges and even bowel surgeries until these practices were dismissed as quackery. Can Fear Be Erased? When University of Bonn psychologist Monika Eckstein designed her latest published study, the goal was simple: administer a hormone into the noses of 62 men in hopes that their fear would go away.

Can Fear Be Erased?

And for the most part, it did. The hormone was oxytocin, often called our “love hormone” due to its crucial role in mother-child relationships, social bonding, and intimacy (levels soar during sex). The Philosophical Implications of the Urge to Urinate. If one thing’s for sure, it’s that I decided what breakfast cereal to eat this morning.

The Philosophical Implications of the Urge to Urinate

MacArthur “Genius” Winner: Math Might Help Crack Mysteries of Schizophrenia. The views expressed are those of the author and are not necessarily those of Scientific American.

MacArthur “Genius” Winner: Math Might Help Crack Mysteries of Schizophrenia

Are You a “Pre-crastinator”? The views expressed are those of the author and are not necessarily those of Scientific American.

Are You a “Pre-crastinator”?

Personality Science. Full Analysis If you want a completely customized report that is designed to fully analyze your personality, and provide bonus tools to help you on your way to personal development, this is the version for you. (Scroll down to start test) Results Include A pie chart showing you what you scored in all 4 colors. You Are Less Beautiful Than You Think. In April 15, 2013 Dove launched a 3-minute video entitled “Dove Real Beauty Sketches.” The video achieved instant popularity and has been watched millions of times — a successful viral campaign which has been widely talked about. In the video, a small group of women are asked to describe their faces to a person whom they cannot see. The person is a forensic artist who is there to draw pictures of the women based on their verbal descriptions.

How can we enhance working memory? Even a seemingly simple behavior–like trying to remember if the name of the person you just met is “Elizabeth” or “Patricia”–can tax our memories. These short-term memory drains are part of what we neuroscientists call “working memory”. Life After Death: 'Near-Death Experience' Study Shows Awareness Continues After Brain Shutdown. Researchers conducting the largest ever study into near-death experiences have discovered that awareness may continue even after the brain has shut down, revealing more about what happens when we die. Scientists at the University of Southampton studied more than 2,000 people who suffered cardiac arrests at 15 hospitals across Britain, Austria and the United States. 12 Most Mind-Blowing Mental Delusions and Syndromes. Alice-in-Wonderland syndrome, thought insertion, clinical lycanthropy, Paris syndrome and more… Delusions come in all shapes and sizes; from transient episodes to full-blown and incurable mental illnesses.

But they all have one thing in common: being detached from reality. Delusions do not listen to reason and they do not bow to facts. Here are twelve of the strangest delusional beliefs… Magic Mushrooms Create a Hyperconnected Brain. Magic mushrooms may give users trippy experiences by creating a hyperconnected brain. The active ingredient in the psychedelic drug, psilocybin, seems to completely disrupt the normal communication networks in the brain, by connecting "brain regions that don't normally talk together," said study co-author Paul Expert, a physicist at King's College London. Beauty in Math and Art Activate Same Brain Area. 10 Most Brilliant Social Experiments. Ten of the most influential social psychology experiments. Of Pacifiers and Pearl Harbor: See the Stuff First Memories are Made Of [Interactive]