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Nucleus #8: Mental Health and Hollywood


Nucleus Mag

March 8 · Issue #8 · View online

Science and Culture Stories Curated by Journalist Dinsa Sachan

Anyoung haseyo! 🇰🇷
I watched M. Night Shyamalan’s latest thriller, Split, last week and was very impressed. It’s an incredibly gripping story, with James McAvoy delivering a scintillating performance as a patient of DID (dissociative identity disorder).
Despite the movie’s success, mental health practitioners have vehemently criticized it for its misleading depiction of the mental health condition.
This isn’t the first time a movie has drawn flak for this reason though. So in this week’s Nucleus Mag, I focus on stories at the intersection of science, mental health and Hollywood.

When it comes to portraying mental illness, Hollywood has a bad rap.
When it comes to portraying mental illness, Hollywood has a bad rap.
How Good Is Hollywood at Portraying Mental Illness?
What TV Gets Wrong About Mental Illness
Why is schizophrenia portrayed so negatively on screen?
'You're the Worst' Keeps Getting Mental Illness Right
Have you heard about The Development Set? This online-only publication is funded by Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and focuses on global health and development. To get a taste of what they do, I would recommend two pieces: this piece that argues that mentally ill people should be able to end their lives; and this piece that argues that men shouldn’t call themselves feminists.
The science of language is one of my favorite areas as a journalist. Last week, I reported about a recent study on Mandarin Chinese for Science News for Students. The study found that kids who speak Mandarin Chinese perceive musical pitch better than English-speaking youngsters. 
Do you speak a second language? What are some of the benefits of bilingualism/multilingualism that you have experienced in your own life?
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Until next time,Dinsa SachanFreelance Science and Culture Journalist
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