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Friday, January 27, 2012

Culture bound syndromes - Wendigo psychosis

Wendigo psychosis is a mental disorder where a person intensely craves human flesh and thinks they are turning into a cannibal despite an abundance of food available. This was mainly present in specific Aboriginal communities.

Click the link above to see a brief video about cannibalism and a subsequent explanation of Wendigo psychosis. Dr. Volkan, professor of psychology, gives an explanation about the disorder briefly at 2 mins.

The following is part 2 of a series which Deb started a while back

It features a brief description of 17 different Culture- bound disorders

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Brain function can start declining 'as early as age 45'

Some interesting research being done in the UK shows that brain function can start declining "as early as age 45". Previous research had suggested that cognitive decline does not begin much before the age of 60.

These new findings indicate that the early changes in Alzheimer's could begin much earlier than we once thought. Take a look at the short video above!