Exercise and Depression


By Ken Niemann Summary Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) presents a considerable challenge to public health in the United States. Estimates of lifetime prevalence are 22.9% in females and 15.1% in males and the condition is likely increasing among younger cohorts. Successful treatment does not seem to increase with rising costs…

Negativland – a home for all findings in psychology


Abstract Psychology has been historically plagued by the under-reporting of both replications and null findings. The avoidance of these core ingredients of scientific practice means that the psychology literature is unquestionably distorted. The bias in psychology is pervasive and systemic, afflicting researchers, reviewers, editors and journals, all of whom are…

Want My Sex Back: Transgender people who regretted changing sex


[embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-pxxBQm114k[/embed] See also: 76 Students In One School Came Out As Transgender… Is That News? Why the Transgender Movement Can’t Sustain Itself Transgender patients who regret changing gender are being BASHED as TRANSPHOBIC Hundreds Of Young Trans People Seek Help To Reverse Artificial, Damaging Changes Of Hormone Blockers FDA: Over…

Philosophical Problem with the Brain Disease Model of Addiction: Epiphenomenalism


​The essay below so perfectly articulates my view on epiphenomenalism and its importance to psychology that I couldn't resist sharing it. (Epiphenomenalism is a self-referentially refuting concept.) Please give Steven Slate some traffic if you are interested in either Philosophy of Mind or Addiction: "Behaviorists believe that materialist determinism is…

Epigenetics And Addiction


By Ken Niemann Important controls in the switching on and off of genes include but are not limited to: timing, gravity, spatial organization, environmental cues, and epigenetic mechanisms. It is the latter that we are exploring here. Epigenetics may be defined as changes in gene expression that don’t involve changes…

Johns Hopkins Psychiatrist: Transgender is ‘Mental Disorder;’ Sex Change ‘Biologically Impossible’


See also: Study: Nearly Four-Fifths Of "Gender Minority" Students Have Mental Health Issues By Michael W. Chapman | June 2, 2015 | 1:34 PM EDT Dr. Paul R. McHugh. (Photo: Johns Hopkins Medicine) (CNSNews.com) --  Dr. Paul R. McHugh, the former psychiatrist-in-chief for Johns Hopkins Hospital and its current Distinguished Service Professor of Psychiatry, said…

Beyond determinism and materialism, or isn’t it time we took consciousness seriously?


Locke, E. A. (1995). Beyond determinism and materialism, or isn’t it time we took consciousness seriously? Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry, 26(3), 265–273. BEYOND DETERMINISM AND MATERIALISM The author launches a devastating attack on materialism, behavioralism, epiphenomenalism, psychological determinism, etc. However, he does make some errors not critical to…

Editors of World’s Most Prestigious Medical Journals: “Much of the Scientific Literature, Perhaps HALF, May Simply Be Untrue”…


Editors of World’s Most Prestigious Medical Journals: “Much of the Scientific Literature, Perhaps HALF, May Simply Be Untrue"... Lancet and the New England Journal of Medicine are the two most prestigious medical journals in the world. It is therefore striking that their chief editors have both publicly written that corruption…

Recommended Reading in Cognitive Science


  On the use and abuse of Bayesian modeling Bayesian Fundamentalism or Enlightenment? Is this a unified theory of the brain? Why Bayesian Rationality Is Empty, Perfect Rationality Doesn’t Exist, Ecological Rationality Is Too Simple, and Critical Rationality Does the Job Whatever Next? Predictive Brains, Situated Agents, and the Future…

Philosophical Problem with the Brain Disease Model of Addiction: Epiphenomenalism


The essay below so perfectly articulates my view on epiphenomenalism and its importance to psychology that I couldn't resist sharing it. (Epiphenomenalism is a self-referentially refuting concept.) Please give Steven Slate some traffic if you are interested in either Philosophy of Mind or Addiction: "Behaviorists believe that materialist determinism is…