Editor’s Selections: Blood Tests for Depression, the Axolotl, Dopamine, and The Bachelor

Editor's Selections 20 Comments
By Jason Goldman

Jason GoldmanJason Goldman selects several notable posts each week from Psychology and Neuroscience. He blogs at The Thoughtful Animal.

  • “Imagine that there was a blood test that could detect depression,” writes the Neuroskeptic. “Wouldn’t that be useful?”
  • What can the axolotl – a weird-looking salamander – tell us about how our brains process smell? A lot, actually. Read about it at The Cellular Scale.
  • “Ah, dopamine,” says Dirk Hanson. “Whenever it seems like researchers have finally gotten a bead on how that tricky molecule modulates pleasure and reward, and the role it plays in the process of drug and alcohol addiction, along come new findings that rearrange its role, deepening and complicating our understanding of brain function.” Say Hello to Dopamine’s Leetle Friend.
  • Juliana Breines argues quite convincingly that The Bachelor is a lot like Zimbardo’s famous Stanford Prison Experiment. Find out why at Psych Your Mind.

That’s it for this week… Check back next week for more great psychology and neuroscience blogging!

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    I think that depression has nothing to do with the blood cells, if things in life go the wrong way then people become depressed, no major blood tests are needed, to figure out if someone is depressed.

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