Introduction to Personality disorders

After my last entry on personality and the five-factor model, I wanted to start a series discussing personality disorders. Personality is defined as the characteristic way in which an individual thinks and behaves. When these patterns of thought and behavior are problematic and cause a big deal of anxiety and hindrance, we can consider a…

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Why are dementia rates going down?

A recently published, observational study [1] led by Dr. Kenneth Langa shows that the prevalence of dementia in the US has declined significantly from 2000 to 2012. Making use of the Health and Retirement Study (HRS), a source of nationally representative, longitudinal surveyed data, they compared the dementia rates of the 2000 (n = 10 546)…

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Cognitive biases

I decided to write my first post about a very popular Psychology phenomena: Cognitive biases. Cognitive biases are systematic patterns in which we deviate from rational thinking. When pressed to make a decision with limited information, we make use of heuristics -simple and efficient rules- to do so in a faster manner. We make use…

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