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PsychBrief
Giving you (hopefully) relevant and interesting information about how people work and make sense of the world. Sharing the facts and ideas I come across in my readings in easy to digest bites.
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Positively Social
Blog about psychology and research methods by a graduate student in social psychology
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Shane O'Mara's Blog
brains, behaviour, society
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Neurolore
Stories about Science, Communication, & Surviving Grad School
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CuriousCortex
From the moment we enter the world, our brain is bathed in the cognitive
and sensory information that ultimately shapes our perception of reality
and together with the code of our genes influences our daily decisions.
 However, what flushes our otherwise ordinary existence with color is
emotion. Emotion's universality connects us on an esoteric level, has the
capablity of transforming  our psychological health and
affect decision-making, memory and learning.   Curiosity in this field has
led me to ask pertinent questions such as: How does the brain create
emotion? What are the cultural influences on the development of
socioemotional skills? Is the nature of the self fundamentally related to
emotions?   This website is a way to provide information on current emotion
research and to share ideas and resources with the public.  I hope to
distill tricky scientific concepts into palatable pieces of knowledge
individuals can put to use. I believe investigating emotion can lead to a
better understanding of ourselves and in turn has the capability to enrich
our lives. I hope space feeds your brain and awakens your curiosity. 
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The Hero Archetype
Research based analysis of how specific attributes of video games and media affect the user experience.
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Homoskepticus
the truth behind popular science
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Vita et al.
Biology news and research, dissected.
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NeuWrite San Diego
collaborative science writing for the mind inclined
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On Your Mind
On Your Mind is a weekly podcast about neuroscience and life as a scientist. The three hosts discuss interesting goings on in the scientific community and issues affecting our lives as graduate students. We finish each episode with an in-depth review of a recent neuroscience paper.

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Finding Stable Matches: The Mathematics of Computer Dating -...
Finding Stable Matches: The Mathematics of Computer Dating - Professor Tony Mann Can an algorithm find true love? Professor Mann looks at the mathematics that powers dating. Computer systems use mathematics to fly aircraft, carry out complex financial transactions and calculate the optimal design for racing cars. But mathematics helps solve many other problems: how to assign students to rooms in university halls of residence? how a computer dating agency can most effectively pair off its […]
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Morsels For The Mind – 18/04/2014
Every day we provide you with Six Incredible Things Before Breakfast to nibble away at. Here you can fill your brain with the most intellectually stimulating “amuse bouches” from the past week – a veritable smorgasbord for the cranium. They’re all here for you to load up your plate – this week’s “Morsels for the mind”. Enjoy! If you do nothing else, make sure to check out the “Reads / views / listens of the week”. **** Feather, fur […]
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Morsels For The Mind – 18/04/2014
Every day we provide you with Six Incredible Things Before Breakfast to nibble away at. Here you can fill your brain with the most intellectually stimulating “amuse bouches” from the past week – a veritable smorgasbord for the cranium. They’re all here for you to load up your plate – this week’s “Morsels for the mind”. Enjoy! If you do nothing else, make sure to check out the “Reads / views / listens of the week”. **** Feather, fur […]
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The nose knows: How to pick your friends
We all have that friend. Let's call her Jane. Jane is bubbly and gregarious. Jane doesn't attend a party, she manifests it. She seeks out social gatherings and is enlivened by human presence. Jane is a good listener and has many trusted friends. What can explain Jane's extroversion? The answer, astonishingly, is her attraction to human body odor. 

Lübke, K., Croy, I., Hoenen, M., Gerber, J., Pause, B. & Hummel, T. (2014). Does Human Body Odor Represent a Significant and Rewarding Social Signal to Individuals High in Social Openness?, PLoS ONE, 9 (4) DOI:

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Brains Anti-Distraction System Found
So once my Grandmother… oh wait sorry, I was distracted while typing. As it turns out I’m not the only one. But there is hope, two Psychologists at Simon Fraser University […]

Gaspar J.M. & McDonald J.J. (2014). Suppression of Salient Objects Prevents Distraction in Visual Search, Journal of Neuroscience, 34 (16) 5658-5666. DOI:

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Myelin Finding Turns Neuroscience On Its Head
Myelin, the electrical insulating material long believed to be essential for the fast transmission of impulses along the axons of nerve cells, is not as ubiquitous as thought, according to a new paper that turns 160 years of neuroscience on its head.read more
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Energy Expenditure (Calories Burned) in Anorexia Nervosa Patients
How many calories do patients with anorexia nervosa need to eat to gain a kilo (2.2 lbs)? It seems like a simple question and one that we should have figured out a long time ago, given the importance (err, necessity) of refeeding and weight restoration in recovery from anorexia nervosa. Unfortunately, research in this area has often led to contradictory results (see Salisbury et al., 1995 and de Zwaan et al., 2002 for reviews). Fortunately, a paper by Stephan Zipfel and colleagues […]

Zipfel S, Mack I, Baur LA, Hebebrand J, Touyz S, Herzog W, Abraham S, Davies PS & Russell J (2013). Impact of exercise on energy metabolism in anorexia nervosa., Journal of Eating Disorders, 1 (1) 37. PMID:

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Meeting myself at 17
For something I’m writing I looked up a newspaper article I was interviewed in in, from June 7, 1989.  Here’s what I had to say: Ellenberg on mathematics: “I always think of it — this is kind of crazy — as a zoo. There are a million different mathematical objects. They are like animals. Some […]

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