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Kinsey - Story of the man who pioneered scientific study of sexual behavior (Movie)

The movie is a biography of Alfred Charles Kinsey's life. For those who may not know him, he is a pioneer in sexology (scientific study of sexual behavior) and the founder of the Institute for Sex Research at Indiana University.

It tells you the story of how Kinsey left home to become a professor in biology, when his father wanted him to be an engineer. How he happened to then shift his focus to sexology driven by the lack of knowledge in the area. How he undertook a big scientific study which first made him famous and then led to his downfall.

Here's the trailer for you.


What Magic Mushrooms can do to your brain (Research)

A new study has revealed that magic mushrooms give users trippy experiences by disrupting communication networks in the brain.

Magic mushrooms contain psilocybin, a drug that causes users to experience frightening but perhaps enlightening experiences. A new study has now revealed psilocybin produces these trippy experiences by altering the way the brain communicates with itself.

Researchers from King’s College in the UK used functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to take brain scans of two groups of participants: individuals who had received a 2 mg dose of psilocybin, and those who were given a placebo.

Brain activity typically follows specific neural pathways, and the scans initially showed random increased activity all across the brain. The team looked more closely at what appeared to be sporadic brain activity and found that the drug was actually forming different connections in the brain

A Dangerous Method - Carl Jung's love story (Movie)

The movie is centered around Carl Jung's relationship with one of his patients Sabina Spielrein (also one of the pioneers of Psychoanalysis, credited with significant contributions to the area), his practice of Psychoanalysis and his relationship with Sigmund Freud, the father of Psychoanalysis. The movie also brings out the considerable impact that Otto Gross had on Carl Jung's world view.

The movie would not help you gain much knowledge of Psychoanalysis, but if you are keen to know more about the pioneers of Psychoanalysis, you should watch it. Assuming there's proper research behind the movie, it would give you good insight into their lives and times.

Here's the trailer for you.

Comprehensive handbook of Psychological Assessment - Vol 2. Personality Assessment by Mark J. Hilsenroth, Daniel L. Segal (eBook)

Essentials of 16PF assessment by Heather E. P. Cattell, James M. Schuerger (eBook)