Why Do I Feel Horny When I Have a Cold?

hormones, cytokines, and the immune systemDon’t laugh, but I get extremely randy whenever I have a cold. Am I the only one? Why does this happen? – Mike

Dear Mike,

It seems counter-intuitive to be lookin’ for love when your body is under attack, but you are not alone. When I searched Google for phrases such as “sick and horny” I found men and women wondering why they feel frisky when they’re fighting infection.

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Don’t Believe Everything Your Mind Says

optical illusionsFor some reason, my publisher cut the best chapters from The User’s Guide to the Human Mind. What happened to my haggis recipes and the chapter on Bigfoot?

Actually, this essay didn’t get cut; it’s an afterthought. Think of it as a bonus chapter to an odd little book that can use all the help it can get. Continue reading “Don’t Believe Everything Your Mind Says”

Intermittent Explosive Disorder or Functional Behavior?

Intermittent Explosive DisorderMy home state of Colorado is no stranger to road rage. Right now, a Parker man is charged with two counts of first degree murder, our own Broncos quarterback has been accused of causing injury and destruction of property, and last March a man was shot in the neck during an alleged road-rage incident. If some in the psychology industry have their way, road-ragers may have the perfect alibi in court. And it’s the perfect threat to individual responsibility. Continue reading “Intermittent Explosive Disorder or Functional Behavior?”

Can Memories Be Passed Down Through DNA?

Q: Could memories and feelings be passed from generation to generation in DNA?  I grew up in Alabama. The first time I came West I was 21 years old and I knew I was coming “home.” Yet I had never been in this area.  The first time I heard Native American chanting and music, it was already in my soul.  I do have a great great great grandmother that was Cherokee Indian. Not much known about her and I was not raised with this knowledge. Could this be similar to “déjà vu,” that feeling you’ve “been there before” whe you know you could not have? – Jill, Golden, Colorado
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