Helping Schizophrenics Fight The Voices In Their Heads
With patients' help, researchers in the UK created a digital avatar of the voice, which then was used to slowly help the patients regain control over their lives.
What's the Latest Development?
This week scientists in the UK announced the results of a preliminary trial of a new method of therapy designed to help schizophrenics who suffer from auditory hallucinations, an experience more commonly known as "hearing voices." Each of 16 test subjects was asked to describe what they imagined their voice sounded like and what the "person" behind it would look like. From the description, a digital avatar was created, which lead scientist Julian Leff used in six 30-minute sessions in which he played the roles of both therapist and avatar. Over time, Leff shifted the power dynamics to allow the subject to gain control over the avatar. After three months of listening to a recording of these sessions, all but one of the subjects showed significant improvement.
What's the Big Idea?
Hearing voices "can stop people from thinking clearly and prevent them from working and sustaining social relationships. [They] are also typically abusive, telling the person to harm themselves or others." The success of Leff's study has encouraged the funding agency, the Wellcome Trust, to provide extra money to support a larger trial with 142 schizophrenics.
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Meteorologists propose a stunning new explanation for the mysterious events in the Bermuda Triangle.
One of life's great mysteries, the Bermuda Triangle might have finally found an explanation. This strange region, that lies in the North Atlantic Ocean between Bermuda, Miami and San Juan, Puerto Rico, has been the presumed cause of dozens and dozens of mind-boggling disappearances of ships and planes.
Nazi supporters held huge rallies and summer camps for kids throughout the United States in the 1930s.
- During the 1930s, thousands of Americans sympathized with the Nazis, holding huge rallies.
- The rallies were organized by the American German Bund, which wanted to spread Nazi ideology.
- Nazi supporters also organized summer camps for kids to teach them their values.
A Bund parade in New York, October 30, 1939.
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Tea and coffee have known health benefits, but now we know they can work together.
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- A new study finds drinking large amounts of coffee and tea lowers the risk of death in some adults by nearly two thirds.
- This is the first study to suggest the known benefits of these drinks are additive.
- The findings are great, but only directly apply to certain people.