Let’s Talk about Neuro-Law

A rare and well-known neuroimaging case in the court of law is that of a 40-year-old man who inexplicably became a sexual impulsive with pedophilia [1]. He had no history of prior sexual misconduct, but he abruptly began frequenting prostitutes and attempted to molest his 12-year-old stepdaughter [1]. The patient attempted to conceal his activities because he felt they were …

The Portrayal of Science in the Media

Scientific reporting in the media allows the public access to information regarding various research around the world. It benefits our society by making scientific knowledge more accessible to the general public, and provides people with relevant information that can impact their daily lives. Despite the benefits associated with the circulation of scientific knowledge, there also comes a great potential for …

The Gothic Zombie: A Neo-Scientific Horror

Originating in the Caribbean in “Voodoo” practice and moving on to film, videogames, and novels, zombies have undergone numerous transformations. Traditionally lacking in physical beauty, social skills, and intelligence, they do not evoke emotions of sympathy, but rather face repulsion – owing to their popular representation as “a humanoid creature with half a face, slavering over the intestines of a …

A Mysterious Speech Condition – Foreign Accent Syndrome

Foreign Accent Syndrome (FAS) is a medical condition in which the patient speaks his or her native language with a speech impediment similar to a foreign accent [1]. It is a very rare condition with only around 50 known cases, the first case being described and reported in 1907 in France [2]. In some cases, the speech impediment resolved itself …

No Consensus: The Lingering Controversy in the Media Violence Debate

The New York Times recently ran an editorial by forensic psychiatrists Vasilis K. Pozios, Praveen R. Kambam, and H. Eric Bender asserting: “There is now consensus that exposure to media violence is linked to actual violent behavior [1].” The editorial makes reference to four studies and posits that most psychologists are reaching an agreement over the controversial question of whether …

Contextual Personality: A Multifaceted Theory of Who We Are

Traditionally, personality has been viewed as an intrinsic characteristic of each individual that remains consistent across situations and through time [1]. Over time, psychologists began exploring whether personality traits varied across different situations [2]. Concurrently, some research explored personality as a combination of personal attributes and goals, mediated by situational demands [3]. This brought about the notion that personality may …