Human Language & Communication: Words, Meaning, and Misunderstandings

Language provides the cognitive scaffolding upon which lexical thought and speech are constructed. Thought and speech, in turn, facilitate complex intrapersonal and interpersonal communication, respectively. Given the importance of language to human cognition and social function, it may not surprise the reader to learn that the average native English speaker knows a staggering 40,000 words […]

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Job Burnout: Risks, Protective Factors, and Prevention

Job burnout is a ubiquitous challenge in the workplace; however, the affliction seems to be particularly prevalent among physicians. In a recent article published in the journal Academic Psychiatry Drs. MacKinnon and Murray argued that to inspire change advocates should reframe burnout as an organizational problem.1 Until now, most policies have focused on individual-level interventions to […]

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The Science of Personality: from Hannibal Lecter to Peter Parker

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary defines personality as, “the set of emotional qualities, ways of behaving, etc., that makes a person different from other people.” As a social species, early humans relied on the ability to accurately assess personality for survival. An explicit demand, effective with a more balanced neighbor, may have spelled trouble when directed towards an […]

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