I recently watched a documentary called The Pleasure of Finding Things Out (1981) which focussed on the life of Richard Feynman, a physicist who has widely been called a scientific genius. I was delighted to hear him describe how valuable ‘doing things just for fun’ was to his work. He told of how, at a certain moment, he let go of trying to make his work ‘useful’ and started doing things ‘just for the fun of it’. It was then that the insights started to flow which eventually led him to winning the Nobel Prize.
For years scientists searched fruitlessly for the causes of autism by looking for genes shared by families prone to the disorder. Now researchers taking a new approach have begun to unlock its secrets.
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The government is promoting cognitive behavioural therapy as a cost-effective, no-nonsense remedy for our psychological ills. It's the triumph of a market-driven view of the human psyche, says Darian Leader
Brain scientists have succeeded in fooling people into thinking they are inside the body of another person or a plastic dummy. The out-of-body experience - which is surprisingly easy to induce - will help researchers to understand how the human brain constructs a sense of physical self. The research may also lead to practical applications such as more intuitive remote control of robots, treatments for phantom limb pain in amputee patients and possible treatments for anorexia.
Women who have an elective legal abortion do not experience depression or long term psychological distress afterward, according to researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, in Baltimore, Maryland (Contraception 2008;78:436-50, (doi:10:1016/j.contraception.2008.07.005). They reviewed the best 21 studies published in the past 20 years, involving thousands of women.
Welcome to Jacinta Tan's research website. Jacinta works in the area of ‘empirical psychiatric ethics', researching some areas in the ethics of psychiatry using methods that examine the issue through research amongst people who work and live with the dilemmas. Jacinta Tan has a dual background of medicine as well as philosophy and psychology. She is a Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist who is also an empirical medical ethics researcher. Her research interests are treatment decision-making in anorexia nervosa, the ethics and law of capacity, the development of autonomy, treatment decision-making models and the ethics of research. What is Medical Ethics? What is Psychiatric Ethics? What is Empirical Ethics Research?