Serial: The Case for Memory

 A repost from Psychology in Action by Tawny Tsang! Serial has quickly become an international obsession. From the master storytellers of This American Life, the focal story of the inaugural season is about details surrounding the 1999 conviction of then high-school student Adnan Syed for the murder of ex-girlfriend Hae Min Lee. A new episode is released every Thursday (this week will be the 11th episode), and narrator Sarah Koenig artfully pieces together recollections from other suspects, high school friends of Adnan and Hae, detectives, judges, family members and friends, and Adnan to form a complicated and nuanced story. The…

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The “Side Effects” of Big Pharma as Examined by Hollywood

By Richard LeBeau from Psychology in Action.   [Warning: The following article contains major spoilers of the film Side Effects. If you have not seen the film and do not wish to have key plot points (including the ending) revealed, do not read further.] In the last two decades, enormous shifts have occurred in health care, but few (if any) have had the economic or social impact of the proliferation of psychiatric drugs. According to the American Psychological Association, the rate of adults in the United States who use psychiatric drugs rose 22% between 2001 and 2010, with one in…

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