Is suicide linked to risky behaviour?

Posted on Friday, October 9, 2015 at 4:27 pm

Research led by McGill’s Fabrice Jollant points to a potential connection between suicide vulnerability and high-risk decision-making in families.

Reacting to the rhythm

Posted on Friday, October 9, 2015 at 4:26 pm

by Andrew Mahon Is music truly universal? If so, you’d think that 40 Canadians in Montreal and 40 Mbenzele Pygmies in the Congo would have more or less the same response to, say, Bernard Herrmann’s frenzied score for the infamous shower scene in Psycho. A McGill/ Université de Montréal research team put that notion to [...]

The marvels of microbe poo

Posted on Friday, October 9, 2015 at 4:23 pm

By Mark Reynolds Fool’s gold — that deceptively glittering mineral that filled the matchbox treasuries of many an elementary school geologist — is a key to geological time, opening a door on climate from eons past. It is also made of poop. The sulfide that bonds with iron to create glittering pyrite comes from anaerobic microbe excrement. Boswell Wing, [...]

Rich kids, poor kids, sick kids

Posted on Friday, October 9, 2015 at 4:21 pm

By Erik Leijon The gap between rich and poor is increasing and, along with it, inequalities in mental and physical health among adolescents, according to a study led by associate professor of psychiatry Frank Elgar. The data mining study, published in the leading medical journal The Lancet, looked at 34 countries in Europe and North [...]

The myths around Not criminally responsible

Posted on Friday, October 9, 2015 at 2:27 pm

by Daniel McCabe, BA’89 Watch enough films and you might be forgiven for thinking that violent crimes are typically committed by the mentally ill (Norman Bates, Michael Myers, etc). But a recent study that examined the cases of 1,800 mentally ill individuals who were found not criminally responsible (NCR) for the crimes they committed paints [...]

Frank, funny and unapologetically feminist

Posted on Tuesday, September 22, 2015 at 4:07 pm

Elizabeth Plank, BA’10, is a rising star thanks to her ability to reach a generation that isn’t supposed to want to think about anything serious online.

A fresh take on a cult classic

Posted on Friday, September 18, 2015 at 4:18 pm

Laura Regan, BA’99, has a plum role in the new TV series sequel to Steven Spielberg’s Minority Report. A McGill English course sparked her interest in acting.

Murder on his mind

Posted on Thursday, September 17, 2015 at 11:52 am

As a lawyer, Peter Kirby, BCL’83, LLB’85, is one of Canada’s top international trade specialists. As a crime fiction writer, he specializes in examining some of Montreal’s darker corners.

For the love of dogs

Posted on Tuesday, August 25, 2015 at 2:46 pm

Best-known for her celebrated books about the history of human relationships, Elizabeth Abbott, MA’66, PhD’71, turns to a new subject close to her heart – the shared world of dogs and humans

A Parliamentarian to be proud of

Posted on Tuesday, August 25, 2015 at 11:11 am

After serving for 16 years as a model of cross-party cooperation in an age of bitter partisanship, former justice minister Irwin Cotler, BA’61, BCL’64, bids farewell to Parliament Hill.