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Psychology is probably most commonly thought of as a discipline that identifies and treats psychological disorders. And while it’s true that clinical psychologists are important contributors to mental health fields both in terms of advancing clinical science and providing clinical services, there are numerous other branches of psychology that collectively interface with just about every...
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Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD) can be characterized as a pervasive pattern of grandiosity, the need for admiration, and a lack of empathy beginning by early adulthood and present in a variety of contexts. A core feature is interpersonal dysfunction, which in an extreme form can be physically, emotionally, and sexually abusive. The etiology of this...
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Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a disorder that is becoming more and more common. ASD is a developmental diagnosis which means it is first apparent during the developmental period around the age of 2 or 3 years. Individuals with ASD have deficits in social communication as well as restricted or repetitive patterns seen in their...
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As a society, we are becoming increasingly aware of the impact trauma, particularly complex trauma, has on individual physical and mental health. This has led to increased research on treatments for disorders such as PTSD.  In the field of psychology, this research has focused heavily on the use of evidence-based treatments such as prolonged exposure...
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You can watch a couple of excellent documentaries that personalize and localize the opioid epidemic on Netflix, like “Heroin(e)” and “Recovery Boys.” Both documentaries were created by Elaine McMillion Sheldon, who describes herself as an Appalachian filmmaker. She spoke on EKU’s campus recently.
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Although significant in many ancient cultures, dreaming didn’t work its way into the mainstream conversation until the 1899 Freud publication, The Interpretation of Dreams. We have been fascinated with dreams ever since; however, that fascination hasn’t exactly translated into knowledge of the field. There is still so much about dreams that we do not know that...
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Psychology Major Sydney Garner Lewis
Online psychology major Sydney Garner Lewis is the undergraduate recipient of the EKU Omega Nu Lambda scholarship. The senior from Berea, Ky. has taken a unique journey as she pursued her bachelor’s degree – quite literally. She’s a proud Army wife who currently lives in Kaiserslautern, Germany. She began her freshman year on EKU’s Richmond...
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Kelli Jo Blair EKU Graduate
This is a defining moment. Standing here in awe of all of you. In a place I never dreamed I would be,” Kelli Jo Blair said when she addressed her graduating class at Eastern Kentucky University’s commencement ceremony. Nearly a decade after she dropped out of high school, Kelli Jo was washing the breakfast dishes...
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Netflix weighed into the crowded true crime genre in 2017 with the release of its show, Mindhunter, which is based on the book by FBI agent John Douglas and Mark Olshaker. The first season of the show highlighted the early work by the FBI in profiling incarcerated serial killers (even coining the term along the way).
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It seems to me that people watch American Idol (currently in its 12th season!) for two reasons: to watch and root for the talented singers in the last phase of each season, and to laugh at the many contestants in the early phase that clearly have much less talent although no less confidence. How can we explain why...
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