The gift of you

Posted on Tuesday, December 15, 2015 at 7:44 pm

Want to buy great gifts for your loved ones? Assistant professor of psychology Lauren Human advises you to focus on your interests, not theirs.

Shutting down salmonella

Posted on Wednesday, November 11, 2015 at 2:52 pm

Food scientist Lawrence Goodridge is leading an ambitious research effort aimed at dramatically reducing the impact of salmonella, a bacteria that costs the Canadian economy $1 billion.

Simulating a world of high stakes

Posted on Tuesday, October 20, 2015 at 3:59 pm

by Patrick McDonagh How do medical students learn to be doctors? How do nursing students learn to be nurses? The answer seems straightforward. By going to university and studying under the guidance of experts. By going into hospitals and observing seasoned practitioners in action. But how do they learn to master a tricky medical procedure [...]

The brothels of 19th century Montreal

Posted on Sunday, October 18, 2015 at 4:24 pm

In her new book, social historian Mary Anne Poutanen, BA’83, MA’86, explores the lives of prostitutes in Montreal two centuries ago.

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 [...]

Flummoxed in the food aisles

Posted on Monday, August 17, 2015 at 8:46 pm

When you pick up a grocery item, do you know how healthy it is? Psychology professor Thomas Shultz compared food labels to see which ones best helped consumers make wise nutritional choices.