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What's in a brain?
Cognitive science blog, especially focused on language and education
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Maze Engineers
The Barnes Maze is here! This maze is used to test similar aspects of learning and memory as the Morris water maze, but with reduced stress.
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Home Office Hero
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Raj Persaud Wordpress
Raj Persaud a psychiatrist based in London co-authors with a variety of world authorities and experts topical articles on a diverse range of subjects across psychology, psychiatry, neuroscience and psychotherapy.
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Raj Persaud Huffington Post
Raj Persaud is a psychiatrist based in London - in this blog he co-authors with a variety of world experts a long-standing and popular series on a diverse range of subjects ranging across neuroscience, psychology, psychiatry and psychotherapy.
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A Life Of Brain
"Days in the life of a neuroscientist" I blog about what it's like to be a PhD student, a neuroscientist and an electrophysiologist. I often get asked by my (non-scientist) friends and family about what I do and my answer to them is this blog.
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Learning Mind
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Socially Mindful
Socially Mindful is committed to exploring issues at the intersection of brain sciences and human social behavior. What is going on in the brain, and in the mind, when people process social messages? Some people just intuitively “get” others while other individuals are continually befuddled by social cues; what explains the enormous variability in socio-emotional intelligence? Answering all these questions involves harnessing the combined resources of psychology, neuroscience and the social sciences.
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The Learning Disabilities Elf
Working with Evidence about Learning Disabilities
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The Mental Elf
Keeping you up to date with reliable mental health research, policy & guidance

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Immunological effects from risperidone treatment in autism
The findings from Jai Eun Choi and colleagues [1] suggesting that use of the antipsychotic risperidone may impact on levels of certain cytokines - messenger cells of the immune system - in some cases of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) grabbed my attention recently. I've always been pretty interested in the complexity of the immune system when it comes to something like autism (see here) as well as the various examples of how many of the medications used to 'manage' aspects of […]

Choi JE, Widjaja F, Careaga M, Bent S, Ashwood P & Hendren RL (2014). Change in Plasma Cytokine Levels During Risperidone Treatment in Children with Autism., Journal of child and adolescent psychopharmacology, PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24828014

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When the cuddle hormone turns nasty - oxytocin linked with violent intentions
For many years, the hormone oxytocin was caricatured as the source of all human goodness - trust, altruism, love, and morality. Among the findings that contributed to this picture were the discovery that sniffing oxytocin increases people's trust and generosity in financial games; that it aids face recognition; and that its release is associated with maternal bonding; and with orgasm.However, the picture has grown a lot more complicated of late, with findings showing that […]

DeWall, C., Gillath, O., Pressman, S., Black, L., Bartz, J., Moskovitz, J. & Stetler, D. (2014). When the Love Hormone Leads to Violence: Oxytocin Increases Intimate Partner Violence Inclinations Among High Trait Aggressive People, Social Psychological and Personality Science, 5 (6) 691-697. DOI: 10.1177/1948550613516876

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The blatant sexism of lists about 'attractive girls' | Tauriq Moosa
It's not uncommon to see articles that refer to attractive people as a separate social group, or even a different sort of people altogether. The basis for doing so is often illogical and doesn't stand up to scrutinyRecently, an article was published listing actions and behaviours attractive girls do differently. Differently from whom, you might ask. Well differently from regular girls. Whatever that means. But, naturally, its important to consider the veracity of the writers claims. Its hard […]
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Sugary Beverages In Adolescence Impair Memory
Some critics go after sucrose, and some go after fructose, but new research at the Annual Meeting of the Society for the Study of Ingestive Behavior (SSIB) says it's all bad; daily consumption of beverages sweetened with high-fructose corn syrup or sucrose were shown to impair the ability to learn and remember information, particularly when consumption occurs during adolescence. read more
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We Can Predict Audience Reaction To TV Programming
Marketing experts have long wanted a reliable method of forecasting responses to products and messages. A study that analyzed the brain responses of 16 individuals says even a few people can be a remarkably strong predictor of the preferences of large TV audiences, up to 90 percent in the case of Super Bowl commercials. This is far superior to the wobbly claims made by psychology surveys. read more
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The Impact of Pavlov’s Research Pavlov’s discovery...
The Impact of Pavlov’s Research Pavlov’s discovery of classical conditioning remains one of the most important in psychology’s history. In addition to forming the basis of what would become behavioral psychology, the conditioning process remains important today for numerous applications, including behavioral modification and mental health treatment. Classical conditioning is often used to treat phobias, anxiety and panic disorders. One interesting example of the practical use […]
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Can’t Handle the Stress? Blame your Brain
Do you rise to the occasion, or do you fold under the pressure? No matter which side of the fence you’re, you can thank [or blame] your brain. Some people […]

Kumar, S., Hultman, R., Hughes, D., Michel, N., Katz, B. & Dzirasa, K. (2014). Prefrontal cortex reactivity underlies trait vulnerability to chronic social defeat stress, Nature Communications, 5 DOI: 10.1038/ncomms5537

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“Authors, please call us. Pretty please? OK, we’re going to retract your paper!”
The title of this post isn’t exactly how the one-sided conversation between the editors of Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment and a group of researchers went. But it seems likely it was pretty close. Here’s an expression of concern for “A cross-sectional study on perception of stigma by Chinese schizophrenia patients:” Concerns were raised about the […]

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