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Anxiety can be a crippling disorder.  But in the right quantity at the right time, it can save your life.  A study by William Lee and his colleagues at the Institute for Psychiatry in London in the journal Psychological Medicine, using data from a national British survey of health outcomes, discovered that those individuals who...
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This essay of mine originally appeared in the New Horizons in Education online journal in 2009. The history of special education in the United States is a dramatic one. Without going into the whole legislative history, suffice it to say that during the 1970’s, due in large part to increasing scientific involvement in special needs...
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Despite public fears to the contrary, a new report published in the journal Schizophrenia Bulletin reveals that schizophrenics are the least likely of any group to commit homicide. According to the report, people have only a one in 14 million risk of being killed by a stranger who has been diagnosed as suffering from schizophrenia. ‘What...
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Researchers have discovered a link between the dopamine D4 receptor 7R allele gene (which has been linked to novelty seeking), and a group of adolescent boys with ADHD.  There is an element of semantics in this, because the D4 gene has also been called the “risk-taking” or “thrill-seeking” gene.  In any case, this gene has been associated...
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What do Richard Branson, Charles Schwab, and John Chambers, CEO of Cisco Systems Inc., all have in common?  Answer:  they’re all dyslexic.  They represent three famous examples of what is becoming increasingly more common in the business world: the presence of entrepreneurs who also happen to be dyslexic.  Research carried out  by Julie Logan, a professor of entrepreneurship at...
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Intelligence tests have often been used to differentiate “high functioning” from “low functioning” individuals with autism.  But a recent study published in the journal Psychological Science suggests that “low functioning” children with autism may in fact score much higher if an alternative intelligence test–the Raven’s Progressive Matrices– is used instead of the more conventional Wechsler Intelligence...
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