Measuring Personality: Crash Course Psychology #22

Measuring Personality: Crash Course Psychology #22

How would you describe your personality? Maybe friendly, creative, quirky? What about nervous, or timid, or outgoing? But has anyone ever called you a sanguine? What about a Kapha, or full of metal? Ancient Greek physician Hippocrates believed personality manifested itself in four different humors, and, basically, you are who you are because of your …

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The Heart, Part 1 – Under Pressure: Crash Course A&P #25

The Heart, Part 1 – Under Pressure: Crash Course A&P #25

Your heart, that throbbing, beating muscle, is probably the most iconic organ in your body. No other organ gets its own holiday, or as much radio play. And you’re not likely to get a love note decorated with a kidney or a spleen, or even a brain, which is really what rules the emotions. Don’t …

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Blood, Part 1 – True Blood: Crash Course A&P #29

Blood, Part 1 – True Blood: Crash Course A&P #29

Don’t take this the wrong way, but you’re pretty replaceable. When it comes to your body, science has figured out how to hack, synthesize, or replace a surprising amount of its parts and processes. We have implants to keep heart beats steady, and steel rods to mimic bones. We’ve got drugs that can replace hormones, …

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The Heart, Part 1 – Under Pressure: Crash Course A&P #25

Your heart, that throbbing, beating muscle, is probably the most iconic organ in your body. No other organ gets its own holiday, or as much radio play. And you’re not likely to get a love note decorated with a kidney or a spleen, or even a brain, which is really what rules the emotions. Don’t …

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2D Glasses! Take the Headache out of 3D

2D Glasses! Take the Headache out of 3D

Good morning John, so as you may have noticed, 3D movies are all the rage, and when I say rage, in some cases I mean actual, physical, literal RAGE. I mean really, isn’t there enough 3D in our lives already? Almost everything I have ever known has been 3-dimensional. Seeing a movie in 2D, that …

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OCD and Anxiety Disorders: Crash Course Psychology #29

OCD and Anxiety Disorders: Crash Course Psychology #29

Ever heard a really good joke about polio? Or made a casual reference to someone having hepatitis? Or maybe teased your buddy by saying he has muscular dystrophy? Of course you have never done that, because you are not a terrible person. You’d never make fun of someone for having a physical illness, but folks …

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Social Influence: Crash Course Psychology #38

Social Influence: Crash Course Psychology #38

If someone in a position of authority told you to like, stop walking on the grass, you would stop walking on the grass, right? And if they told you to help someone’s grandma cross the street, or pick up your dog’s poop, or put your shoes on before you go into a store, you’d probably …

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Depressive and Bipolar Disorders: Crash Course Psychology #30

Depressive and Bipolar Disorders: Crash Course Psychology #30

American psychologist, and professor of psychiatry, Kay Redfield Jamison, is one of the world’s foremost authorities on bipolar disorder. She’s spent her career researching, lecturing, and writing seminal books on the condition. A condition that she also happens to have had her entire adult life. In her memoir, “An Unquiet Mind,” Jamison details what it …

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Introduction to Anatomy & Physiology: Crash Course A&P #1

Introduction to Anatomy & Physiology: Crash Course A&P #1

I’d like you to take a second and really look at yourself. I don’t mean take stock of your life, which really isn’t any of my business, but I mean just look at your body. Hold up a hand and wiggle it around. Take a sip of water. Hold your breath. Sniff the air. These …

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On Mental Illness (and the end of Pizzamas)

On Mental Illness (and the end of Pizzamas)

[John:] Good morning, Hank; It’s Friday! It’s the final day of Pizzamas 2015. And, what a ride it’s been. We’ve laughed, we’ve cried, we’ve suited up, we’ve learned some art history; and, perhaps most importantly, we have made the accquaintance of Cheese Doodles Guy. [Cheese Doodles Guy:] [Screaming] YEAAAHHH!!! YEAAAAAAAHHHH!!! [John:] But, all good things …

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