How Hoarding Works

You may be familiar with compulsive hoarding from TV, but something that’s often missing from those shows and the news is the deep and overwhelming shame that this disorder creates in its victims who are neurologically incapable of parting with their stuff.

Nostalgia is not the most toxic impulse

Nostalgia is a funny thing. It's not home sickness, it's more connected to emotions and a time in your life. But is nostalgia worthwhile? Nascent science says it just might be.

How Droughts Work

Droughts can be an inevitable feature of a local climate or a catastrophic result of human meddling. Learn the ins and outs of droughts including the American mother of them all, the Dust Bowl.

The Best Stuff We've Read This Week

Each week, Josh and Chuck read tons of articles - many of them pretty good. Here are the best of the bunch for you to enjoy.

The Best Stuff We've Read This Week

Each week Josh and Chuck read a ton of stuff. Here is the best of the bunch for your enjoyment.

One of the most vitally important parts of any prescription drug regimen for treating depression is that the prescription drug actually work. Becasue of this maxim, clinically depressed patients who are taking the drug reboxetine are going to have trouble getting to well.

Great Scott! Science Uncovers Link between Depression and People who Fear Fear

I hadn't heard of this before: anxiety sensitivity. I also can't think of too many worse conditions that don't involve substantial wounds. Anxiety sensitivity is a clinical condition where an individual suffers anxiety about anxiety. More succinctly, it's the fear of fear. Well you've pretty much lost at the start, haven't you?

A big thank you to SYSK listener Ani (pronounced ah-nee) over in Madrid for sending us a link to a recent Economist article on a University of Essex study that found an optimistic outlook may be genetic. For the most part humans tend to maintain an optimism bias; an unfounded belief (at least as far as the law of averages goes) that things will pan out well for us. There are also those among us who truly excel at irrationally processing the positive and patently ignoring the negative; we commonly refer to them as optimists. Irrationality irks scientists like nothing else can, and so, of course, they've set about trying to get to the bottom of why optimists see things the way they do. Using our friend the Wonder Machine, New York University researchers conducting a 2007 study found that the area of the brain associated with clinical depression in humans activates differently in the skulls of optimists.