General Psychology

An Evolutionary Look at Depression

I’m not a clinician–I would never be able to master the non-judgmental part–but I’ve always been interested in psychological disorders. Given my other interests in functionalism and evolutionary psychology, I found a recent article by Andrews and Thomson about depression as an adaptation to be quite fascinating. Their basic idea Read more…

By Laura Freberg, ago
Teaching Psychology

The Class of 2013

Each of the last several years, I’ve posted about the Beloit Mindset List, which is a subtle reminder to faculty that the students sitting in front of us have had very different experiences than our own. My own children now range in age from 25 to 30, so they are different Read more…

By Laura Freberg, ago
General Psychology

Adult Videogamers and Health

A new article in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine points to some correlations between depression in women and high BMI and Internet use in men and the likelihood that they played videogames. I’m fairly certain that the original article is careful about the distinction between correlation and causality, but Read more…

By Laura Freberg, ago
Dieting

Fired for Telling the Truth

I have a new hero–Dr. Jason Newsom, a veteran of the war in Iraq who is also not afraid to tell Americans that what they’re eating is killing them. According to today’s news, Dr. Newsom lost his job at the Bay County Health Department for putting some less-than-subtle messages on Read more…

By Laura Freberg, ago