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The Drama of the Gifted Child: The Search for the True Self

The Drama of the Gifted Child: The Search for the True Self by Alice Miller examines how one loses their self during childhood and how as an adult struggle to discover or accept ones true identity that Miller focuses on children who undergo the process of overcoming an "abusive" childhood. Abuse does not necessarily have to be physical or sexual, but in many of the cases outlined in this book they refer to a child growing up in an environment where the child loses their identity and becomes passive to emotional abuse that their parents may indirectly put them through. This results in a child ignoring his or her own needs, which results in the disappearance of the "real" self.

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Does our I-function sleepwalk?

There are countless stories of sleepwalkers suddenly waking up and finding themselves naked in their backyards. Between 1 and 15% of the population are prone to sleepwalking, which involves people getting up and walking around while asleep and often doing bizarre things (1). Frequent sleepwalking can lead to health problems since it interrupts normal patterns of sleep. But what causes sleepwalking and are there ways to control it? How does this relate to the structural mechanisms of neurobiology that we have learned over the semester?

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The Role of Nervous System Architecture in Language Acquisition

It is a known fact that infants learn language with remarkable speed, but how they do it remains a mystery. Recent research proves that these infants and younger children's brains are better equipped to learning new languages than adults are. I plan to investigate the observations and evidence related to this assertion, by connecting the arguments to the new neurobiological frameworks such as the I-function and central pattern generation (CPG). I would like to use these two frameworks to explain the phenomena of children being better language learners than adults.

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Body Dysmorphic Disorder: More than Psychological

Body Dysmorphic Disorder: More than Psychological

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