mental health

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Placebos and Psychosomatic Symptoms

Psychosomatic symptoms refer to a mind (psych) and physical body (soma) relationship. Illnesses of psychosomatic nature are caused by mental processes of the sufferer rather than physiological causes. This mind-body dialogue is powerful and is instrumental in both health and diseased states. Perhaps there is a mental aspect to every physical disease, and this possibility has important implications for the way we diagnose, treat and study sickness.

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Illegal Drugs and the Potential for Therapeutic Use with an Emphasis on Ecstasy

Ecstasy, or MDMA, has been around for nearly a century, and it’s popularity in the media has waxed and waned for the past 30 years or so as the issues around it come and go. It is important to know where ecstasy came from and all the places it has been in order to better understand where it is going. And due to its potential for therapeutic benefits, ecstasy is definitely going somewhere…


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Mind-Body Dualism/Unity in Medicine

Molly Pieri
April 6, 2008
Mind-Body Dualism/Unity in Medicine

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Into Thin Air...

            A hobby that is as dangerous as it is exhilarating is that of mountain climbing.

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Affected, or Merely Effected?

There is a long-standing debate as to whether or not nonhuman animals experience emotion. Serious debaters of this issue represent varying fields of thought, from veterinary medicine to religion. Do other species lack the chemical or neurological capacity to receive such signals? Are we that different?

Those outside the field of veterinary medicine may not know, but our brain chemistry is so similar to that of dogs that behavioral disorders are treated with the same

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Questioning Moral Behavior: how should we interpret innate evil?

Questioning Moral Behavior: how should we interpret innate evil? 

This paper stems from the Biology 202 class discussion which asked can self responsibility and neuroscience coexist.   

Biology 202 2008 - Web Paper 2

Biology 202, Fall 2008, Bryn Mawr College

Second Set of Web Papers


Students in Biology 202 write web papers on topics of interest to themselves. These are made available to encourage continuing exploration by others with similar or related interests.


Allison ZObediency and group mentality
Angel DesaiConquering the I-function
Anna G.Emotions: the key to rational thought?
anonstudent01Phantom Limbs and Acupuncture
asavannahIn the mind of a person with Dyslexia
Caitlin JeschkeSynesthesia and Cross-Modal Perception
Caroline FeldmanA Not So Pleasant Fairy Tale: Investigating Alice in Wonderland Syndrome
cheffernanConcussions: It’s Only Your Brain
eambashDrawing Conclusions about Withdrawal: Antidepressants and Dangerous Discontinuation
EB Ver HoeveDon't Cross Mama Bear: A Central Pattern Generator in Maternal Aggression
Emily AlspectorRisk-Taking and the I-Function
evanstiegelScent Marketing: Does it Work? Who Nose…
gflahertyInto Thin Air...
heatherAffected, or Merely Effected?
Jackie MaranoThe Tones of Tinnitus: Are Those 'Sounds' That You 'Hear'?
jchung01@brynmawr.eduRunner's High, Endorphins and Questions
Jen BensonDog Breeding: Canine Evolutionary History and Implications for Human Genetics
Jessica KruegerThe End of Man: Myth or Delightful Truth?
Jessica VarneyNinety Percent of the Game... Imagery and Athletic Performance
jriedersConfucius vs Aristotle
jwongThere And Back Again... Re-Entering Reality
K. SmytheNeurotheology: Interpretation of Reality or Creation of Religion
KendraSo, I'm really, really afraid of spiders: Phobias and the Brain
llamprouAre There Two (or More) Consciousnesses?
Lyndsey CA New Pitch on ALS: Striking Out Lou Gehrig’s Disease
Madina G.Mind and Body Possessed: Schizophrenia and Rapid Eye Movement Behavioral Disorder
maggie_simonAn Overview of Pain Perception
Mahvish QureshiWhy the Male Voice Dominates Auditory Hallucinations
Margaux KearneyChildren of a Greater God
MarieSagerWhen Panic Attacks
mcrepeauCalling Down the Gods and Invoking the Spirit: Entertaining the Possibility of Ritual Possession as Discreet Behavior versus Abj
merry2eConscious Children: A Brief Look at Hydranencephaly
Mimi N.Insomnia and the Mechanisms of Sleep
mkhiljiThe Role of Nervous System Architecture in Language Acquisition
Molly PieriMind-Body Dualism/Unity in Medicine
nasabereLessons Learned from Haitian Voodoo: Zombification and the Altered Consciousness Experience
Nelly KhaselevLearning
Paul BThe Language and the I-Function: Are they Mutually Exclusive?
PS2007Evil on the Brain
ptongA Teaspoon of Laughter
Rica Dela CruzLove: More Complicated Than Chemistry
Simone ShaneMirroring Emotions: The Role of Mirror Neurons in Empathy
Skye HarmonyThe Truth Is in There (the Brain, That Is): Sleep, Memory and Alien Abductions
Sophie FIt's Not a Feminist Thing
Tara RajuThe Biological and Behavioral Exploration of Why Politicians Cheat
Zoe Fuller-YoungQuestioning Moral Behavior: how should we interpret innate evil?


Corollary discharge, I-function, personal resonsibility

Biology 202
Neurobiology and Behavior
Spring 2008

Course Notes


Class discussion - 1 April

Corollary discharge signals (CDS): what else might they be used for?

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