Positive/ Negative Expectancies and Dopamine

Individuals not infrequently use terms to describe themselves such as, “I am worthless…I am useless…etc.” These individuals apparently believe that they have no value. The whole concept of value is tied in with dopamine secretion and motivation in the literature. In addition, dopamine is apparently insufficient in certain regions of the brain of those with […]

Genes, Epigenetics, and Psychosocial Interventions

I have been talking recently to a psychology student and mentioned that I thought in the future there will be a much greater concentration on providing psychosocial interventions for a wide variety of medical diseases including diabetes, hypertension, gastrointestinal disorders (ex. IBS), and heart disease. Also, in all probability, psychosocial strategies will be used for […]

Genes, Epigenetics, and Psychosocial Interventions

I have been talking recently to a psychology student and mentioned that I thought in the future there will be a much greater concentration on providing psychosocial interventions for a wide variety of medical diseases including diabetes, hypertension, gastrointestinal disorders (ex. IBS), and heart disease. Also, in all probability, psychosocial strategies will be used for […]

Comparison of Schizophrenia with Parkinson’s Disorder: The Vulnerability-Stress Model of Schizophrenia

Let us consider two disorders that have been considered neurodegenerative. Kreaplinapplied the term dementia praecox because he thought these individuals had a progressive structural defect. Jung challenged this and pointed out that not only were these disorders not progressive, but a number of patients made a complete recovery. He particularly emphasizes the importance of activity […]