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Dari Whitehouse with her son, Jerry Peckham, at Dari's birthday party in 2013. Photo: Zach Hirsch
Dari Whitehouse with her son, Jerry Peckham, at Dari's birthday party in 2013. Photo: Zach Hirsch

In Boston marathon bombings, psychological trauma just as real

It's now a year since the Boston marathon bombings. Three people died that day. More than 260 people suffered injuries. This anniversary week, we've heard lots of heartening stories of how far many have come since that frightening day.

Not all of the wounds are physical. Last year, Zach Hirsch profiled two survivors dealing with the psychological aftermath.  Go to full article

Books: "Dawn of Memories: The Meaning of Early Recollections in Life"

For over a century, first memories have been the subject of hundreds of investigations and academic studies. The age of a person's earliest recollections, the content of those memories and various other topics are of enduring interest to lots of people. Experts say early recollections yield deep insights into an individual's personality and ways of perceiving life.

In his new book, Dawn of Memories, St. Lawrence University professor Arthur Clark focuses on tapping into strengths and "an awareness of potentialities" that emerge from early recollections. Clark spoke with Todd Moe about his latest book and how early recollections can influence us throughout life.  Go to full article
Kelly Rohan, UVM Associate Professor of Psychology
Kelly Rohan, UVM Associate Professor of Psychology

Tips for making winter bearable

The days are graying and sunlight is diminishing as winter approaches. It's SAD season. Todd Moe talks with University of Vermont psychologist Dr. Kelly Rohan about treatments for the often unrecognized and sometimes debilitating seasonal affective disorder, or SAD, and its symptoms.  Go to full article

Natural Selections: Curiosity

It may be what killed the cat, but Dr. Curt Stager maintains that curiosity (or noseyness, as Martha Foley puts it) has survival value in humans and other species.  Go to full article

Natural Selections: Tickling

Is there a purpose to tickling? Not much is really known about this behavior we love to hate. Is it about dominance and submission? Dr. Curt Stager reviews some of the theories with Martha Foley and performs some impromptu surveys.  Go to full article

De-mystifying Hypnosis

A recent book de-mystifies hypnotism and shows how careful, respectful use of hypnotism can work for counselors and psychologists, and their clients. Martha Foley talks with author Hugh Gunnison.  Go to full article

Natural Selections: Right Face, Left Face

Most faces are slightly, but noticeably asymetrical. Dr. Curt Stager and Martha Foley talk about two studies that highlight the differences: one that shows how one nostril takes in more air than the other (switching off every couple of hours), and one looking at which side of the face people present to the camera for different kinds of portraits.  Go to full article

Natural Selections: Who Laughs?

Returning to the subject of laughter, Dr. Curt Stager and Martha Foley talk about the anatomy and psychology of laughter--a disarming quality we share with the rest of the apes. Why laughter is contagious, and how to tell a fake from a real laugh.  Go to full article

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