Tagged: Psychological

Facilitated Communication Case Fails to Deliver - Skepticon

Darcy Cowan Feb 16, 2010

The indefatigable Dr. Novella has been keeping track of the Facilitated Communication case of Rom Houben and via his blog I have learned that further investigation into the case has failed to deliver the goods. As a refresher, late in November last year the news broke of a man who had been misdiagnosed as being [...] … Read More

Smoking Bans and the Effect of Health Warnings - Skepticon

Darcy Cowan Jan 21, 2010

In the world today there is an increasing focus on the negative aspects of smoking and a concerted attempt to reduce the presence of smoking in society. Given the harmful effects of this addiction on not only the active smoker but those around them this seems like a prudent move. Two of the approaches with [...] … Read More

I Trust You More if I Think You Think I’m Attractive. - Skepticon

Darcy Cowan Jan 13, 2010

As always things aren’t as simple as headlines suggest and the headlines of science based blogs are no exception. Of course people don’t actually go around assessing how attractive other people think they are and modifying their behaviour accordingly. These psychological biases and effects go on below conscious awareness but the point is that they [...] … Read More

Persistent Vegetative States and the Problem with Facilitated Communication - Skepticon

Darcy Cowan Nov 25, 2009

If you read the print version of the NZ Herald today you would have seen featured on the front page a miraculous case of a man [Rom Houben] recovering from a persistent vegetative state and communicating with the world through a touch screen with the help of a carer. The topic of persistent vegetative state [...] … Read More

Rats, Bad Decisions and Jelloshots - Skepticon

Darcy Cowan Nov 13, 2009

It is an accepted fact of life that alcohol and good decision making have only loose a acquaintance  with one another. Like ships passing in the night, they may meet or they may not. This is true for the momentarily intoxicated but does that propensity for poor choices follow us even after the libations cease? [...] … Read More