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Christian Jarrett

Deputy Editor, Aeon+Psyche

A cognitive neuroscientist by training, Christian was the founding editor of the British Psychological Society’s Research Digest and an award-winning journalist on The Psychologist magazine. His books include The Rough Guide to Psychology, 30-Second Psychology and Great Myths of the Brain. His latest is Be Who You Want: Unlocking the Science of Personality Change, published in 2021. Christian will never forget holding a human brain in his hands as part of a neuroanatomy class, the grey mass so heavy as if filled still with memories and dreams. Find him on Twitter @Psych_Writer.

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Fear not | Aeon
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Film and visual culture

Fear not

You might think that horror movies are a delicious, trashy pleasure. But watching them has surprisingly wholesome effects

Mathias Clasen

Chairwork | Aeon
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Psychiatry and psychotherapy

Chairwork

It is a powerful, liberating therapy that lets you (literally) shift perspective on who you are, and who you could become

Scott Kellogg & Amanda Garcia Torres

A good scrap | Aeon
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Social psychology

A good scrap

Disagreements can be unpleasant, even offensive, but they are vital to human reason. Without them we remain in the dark

Ian Leslie

The seed of suffering | Aeon
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Mental health

The seed of suffering

The p-factor is the dark matter of psychiatry: an invisible, unifying force that might lie behind a multitude of mental disorders

Alex Riley

Nightmares becalmed | Aeon
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Sleep and dreams

Nightmares becalmed

I’m a dream engineer. Through touch, scent and sound, we help people rescript the dramas of their sleeping lives

Michelle Carr

Beautiful monsters | Aeon
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Illness and disease

Beautiful monsters

Cancer is part of multicellular life. Now the riotous growth of crested cacti show how humans might adapt to live with it

Athena Aktipis

Deluded, with reason | Aeon
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Mental health

Deluded, with reason

Extraordinary beliefs don’t arise in a vacuum. They take root in minds confronted by unusual and traumatic experiences

Huw Green

Unboxing mental health | Aeon
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Mental health

Unboxing mental health

Our system for diagnosing mental disorders doesn’t work. The transdiagnostic model offers a humane, clinically sound alternative

Melissa Black

Consciousness regained | Aeon
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Consciousness and altered states

Consciousness regained

After years of deep therapeutic pessimism, emerging therapies offer hope for patients trapped between coma and wakefulness

Aurore Thibaut

Time alone (chosen or not) can be a chance to hit the reset button | Aeon
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Wellbeing

Time alone (chosen or not) can be a chance to hit the reset button

Thuy-vy Nguyen

Chemobrain is real. Here’s what to expect after cancer treatment | Aeon
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Illness and disease

Chemobrain is real. Here’s what to expect after cancer treatment

Anton Isaacs

My psychosis | Aeon
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Mental health

My psychosis

It was one terrifying, exciting night of delusions, hallucinations and paranoia. What would it teach a future psychologist?

Tom Hartley



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Ketamine trips are uncannily like near-death experiences

Christian Jarrett

Consistent with the pattern of findings reported in this study, I just found out that Albert Hofmann described his (and history’s) first bad LSD trip like this: “My ego was suspended somwhere in space and I saw my body lying dead on the sofa.” (as quoted in Michael Pollan’s How To Change Your Mind).

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