Erica Won (LFAS)

Neuroplasticity

Erica Won (LFAS)
“Neurons that fire together wire together” — Donald Hebb. I've decided to look into neuroplasticity and how we can use it to heal patients in medicine. This post goes over what neuroplasticity is, how it works, and examples of doctors using it to alleviate patient suffering. How do our brains learn? The answer to this question is quite simple. Our brains learn whenever we learn. Whether that be memorizing bits of information or picking up new motor skills, we are unconsciously changing the...Read More...
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Proactive VS. Reactive Aggression

Erica Won (LFAS)
In my last post, I stated that the significance of genetics could not be ignored when determining whether criminal behaviour was inherited or learnt. I focused on a story of a serial killer and the results of twin studies to prove my point. In this post, I would like to introduce the two forms of aggression and compare between the people who display these behaviours: proactive aggression and reactive aggression. Proactive aggression is a calculated goal-oriented method of hurting others.Read More...
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Where do racial biases come from?

Erica Won (LFAS)
Where do racial biases come from? From past research, we know that there are biological reasons behind racial bias. Using common sense, we know that racist behaviour stems from our environment, culture, parents, etc. Yet although racial slurs themselves are learned from others, where exactly does the need to racially categorize and discriminate others come from? Can we trace certain qualities of this human attitude to biology, to evolution, to man’s satisfaction? I will be basing this post...Read More...
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In this post, I will be covering several topics such as the way children perceive racial dissimilarities, how beneficial the discussion of racial beliefs are to children, what colour-blindness is and how it affects our social lives, and how prejudiced people can train their brains to unlearn such bias. As we know, humans are predisposed to recognize similarities and differences between themselves and others from a very young age. A study done by psychologists Katz and Kofkin has shown that...Read More...
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