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Neuropsy

Memory Surgery

By Tim Hannan

Recent discoveries about memory modification open the way to erasing traumatic memories.

Many people have memories they would rather not possess. For some, it may be of a particularly embarrassing moment in adolescence; for others, it involves a vivid and terrifying re-experiencing of a traumatic event.

All of This Has Happened Before

By Tim Hannan

A new case report shows that déjà vu can be persistent, debilitating and psychogenic.

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The Walking Dead

By Tim Hannan

People with the Cotard delusion are convinced that they are dead.

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An Honest Face

By Tim Hannan

The brain decides whether an unfamiliar face is trustworthy, even before it is consciously perceived.

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Diagnosis, Dissent and the DSM

By Tim Hannan

The publication of the DSM-5 prompts debates over the science of diagnosing and treating mental illness.

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The Crimes of Sleepwalkers

By Tim Hannan

Sleep experts and lawyers are wrestling over the criminal responsibility of sleepers.

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The Demise of Dyslexia

By Tim Hannan

Leading scholars argue for the abandonment of a flawed concept.

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Rebooting the Brain

By Tim Hannan

A study of recovery from anaesthesia finds that returning to consciousness is not a simple path.

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Crying Wolf

By Tim Hannan

A new review offers a modern perspective on clinical lycanthropy and other delusions of animal metamorphoses.

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Knowing When to Fold ‘Em

By Tim Hannan

The discovery that some brain injuries may eliminate the gambler’s fallacy could lead to pharmaceutical treatments for problem gambling.

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