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April 19, 2014

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9:07 AM | Spike activity 18-04-2014
Quick links from the past week in mind and brain news: Wired has a fascinating interview with psychopath researcher Kent Kiehl. He of the mobile brain scanner. Scanning brain energy could help predict who will wake from vegetative state. Interesting piece on preliminary research covered by The Conversation Contrary to news stories, a recent study […]
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8:00 AM | High-Energy Laser Beams Aimed At Clouds To Control Weather
Optics researchers from the University of Central Florida's College of Optics&Photonics and the University of Arizona are working on a new technique to aim a high-energy laser beam into clouds to make it rain or trigger lightning. They are developing the a technique to surround a primary beam with a second beam that acts as an energy reservoir, sustaining the central beam to greater distances than previously possible. The secondary "dress" beam refuels and helps prevent the dissipation of […]
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6:54 AM | Brain oscillations bind smell to memory
Image credit: Pixar As a foodie, one scene in Pixar’s Ratatouille particularly resonated with me: Anton Ego, the acerbic food critic, takes one bite out...
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6:51 AM | Music Therapy: Religious Music Helps Seniors Reduce Anxiety
A new article reports that listening to religious music is associated with a decrease in anxiety about death and increases in life satisfaction, self-esteem, and sense of control over their lives among older Christians.  The associations are similar for blacks and whites, women and men, and individuals of both low- and high-socioeconomic status.read more
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4:46 AM | 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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3:43 AM | Alcohol
As a college student I often hear stories from friends and classmates that involve lots and lots of alcohol. Not one to drink, I didn’t really know much about alcohol and its effects, other than what kids are told in grade school. After doing some searching I found out that, not only was there a […]

April 18, 2014

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10:34 PM | 28 Percent Of Morning After Pills In Study Are Counterfeit
Emergency contraceptive pills haven't reduced teen pregnancies or abortions but at least in America those incidents have not risen - in South America, unprotected sex is really taking a pregnancy gamble, even if there is access to a morning after pill. A survey of emergency contraceptive pills in Peru found that 28 percent of the batches studied were either of substandard quality or falsified. Many released the active ingredient too slowly, others had the wrong active ingredient, one batch was […]
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10:33 PM | New Blog…
As you probably noticed I stopped updating this blog. If you’re still interesting in reading my new posts, you can find me at medium. Thanks for all the support/comments so far.  
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10:05 PM | Sun Emits A Mid-level Solar Flare
The sun emitted a mid-level solar flare, peaking at 9:03 a.m. EDT on April 18, 2014, and NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory captured images of the event. Solar flares are powerful bursts of radiation. Harmful radiation from a flare cannot pass through Earth's atmosphere to physically affect humans on the ground, however -- when intense enough -- they can disturb the atmosphere in the layer where GPS and communications signals travel. To see how this event may impact Earth, please visit NOAA's […]
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9:45 PM | Truth and science – As I suspected
As promised, but I am rather annoyed, so this will be short and a little rambling… I saw this church sign while driving around my neighborhood (I parked my car before taking the picture, AND this is not the church I attend). I did not know what to think (well, I did but I was …
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9:28 PM | Holistic Conservation: Forget 20th Century Claims About People And Species Extinction
The USA alone has more wilderness than the entire continent of Africa does, but the natural world is not the same as it was 20, 50 or 100 years ago.  And the natural world than was far different than preceding generations.read more
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9:09 PM | Sexual Healing in Bonobos
Bonobos have earned a reputation as a “sexy” ape. Sexual activity — in many creative forms — plays a large role in bonobo society. Sexual contacts occur often, in virtually all partner combinations and in a slew of different positions. Read my latest Zoologic post, a Q&A with Emory University’s Zanna Clay about her research looking at how bonobos use sex to break the tension after conflicts: Sexual Healing: How Bonobos Use Sex to De-Stress .
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8:55 PM | The varieties of peer review
I’ve been very pleased with the response to my Neuron article on post-publication peer review. (Read more about the backstory here). The commentary on PubPeer got me thinking some more about the different kinds of peer review. In particular, the topic of pre-print servers like arXiv came up. I noted that arXiv is “moderated by experts”... which sounds kind of like peer review.This lead me to thinking about the continuum from traditional pre-publication peer review to […]
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7:22 PM | Downside To LED Bulbs - Like HDTV, It Makes Some Things Look Worse
If you have ever seen set pieces from a science-fiction show, you have probably been amazed at how cheap and silly the whole things looks. That was the initial concern with high-definition television too. Standard definition hid a lot of cosmetic defects in people and things that are quite obvious in the real world. Lighting can do the same thing in the real world, of course. Everyone has had a table in their place that looked fine, only to open the windows and have natural light reveal a […]
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6:21 PM | New Study Suggests A Better Way To Deal With Bad Memories
What's one of your worst memories? How did it make you feel? According to psychologists, remembering the emotions felt during a negative personal experience, such as how sad you were or how embarrassed you felt, can lead to emotional distress, especially when you can't stop thinking about it. When these negative memories creep up, thinking about the context of the memories, rather than how you felt, is a relatively easy and effective way to alleviate the negative effects of these memories, a […]
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6:21 PM | Ancient DNA Offers Clues To How Barnyard Chickens Came To Be
Durham, NC — Ancient DNA adds a twist to the story of how barnyard chickens came to be, finds a study to be published April 21 in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Analyzing DNA from the bones of chickens that lived 200-2300 years ago in Europe, researchers report that just a few hundred years ago domestic chickens may have looked far different from the chickens we know today. The results suggest that some of the traits we associate with modern domestic chickens […]
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6:21 PM | Plants With Dormant Seeds Give Rise To More Species
Durham, NC — Seeds that sprout as soon as they're planted may be good news for a garden. But wild plants need to be more careful. In the wild, a plant whose seeds sprouted at the first warm spell or rainy day would risk disaster. More than just an insurance policy against late frosts or unexpected dry spells, it turns out that seed dormancy has long-term advantages too: Plants whose seeds put off sprouting until conditions are more certain give rise to more species, finds in a team of […]
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6:14 PM | Sleep Deprived?
As a graduating college student one has time to look back and reflect on many things. Although the intended goal of college is to nurture one’s thirst for knowledge, gain critical thinking skills, and to improve one’s connection to society, it inadvertently harms its students. Most college students at Colby College, are not just students, […]
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5:14 PM | Data analysis: ten tips I wish I'd known sooner
I enjoy analysing data and I've been doing it for years, but I still do things inefficiently. All the same, I have learned some things along the way. As I work through another complex dataset, I thought it worth sharing some of the most useful tips I've picked up to make life simpler and smoother.  Some are very elementary and they will mostly be of relevance to psychologists who use Excel and SPSS to do fairly straightforward analyses, though some points are more generic. A lot of […]
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5:14 PM | Happy Birthday Happy Hours
It’s Amy’s 28th birthday!  Today’s Friday Happy Hours will be honoring that fact. Our Happy Hours will run between 2-4 pm EST.  The rules are as follows: Score 1,000 points, we’ll add an additional 280 points to your score. Score 2,800 points, we’ll add an additional 2,800 points to your …
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5:07 PM | Overcomming Social Phobia with CBT and Pharmacotherapy
photo credit: ParadigmMalibu.comSocial phobia, a type of anxiety disorder, is characterized by persistent fear of one or more social or performance situations in which the person is exposed to unfamiliar people or to possible scrutiny by others (1). The individual fears that he or she will act in a way (or show anxiety symptoms) that will be embarrassing and humiliating.  Exposure to the feared situation almost invariably provokes anxiety, which may take the form of a situationally […]
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4:45 PM | New Science Publication from Sebastian Seung Finds Variation in Axonal Myelination
A new publication from Seung Lab (coauthored by Sebastian Seung and former lab member Daniel Berger) is out today in Science. Daniel found that individual neurons have variations in axonal myelin (insulation) where often long “myelinated sections are interspersed with long, unmyelinated tracts.” Myelin distribution is an “integral feature of …
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4:17 PM | Is the fish an effective treatment against Alzheimer’s?
Current therapies look for how to stop the progression of Alzheimer's disease, a recent study appears to have succeeded thanks to the omega-3 along with alpha lipoic acid.
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4:09 PM | Lost World: 3-Million-Year-Old Landscape Still Exists Under Greenland Ice Sheet
Parts of the landscape underlying the massive Greenland ice sheet may have been undisturbed for almost 3 million years, since the island became completely ice-covered, say researchers who based their discovery on an analysis of the chemical composition of silts recovered from the bottom of an ice core more than 3,000 meters long.  The find suggests "pre-glacial landscapes can remain preserved for long periods under continental ice sheets."  In the time since the ice sheet formed "the […]
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4:02 PM | Artificial Intelligence Programs Go Head To Head
Most academics don't like competition but in the field of artificial intelligence, everyone wants to square off against the best in their discipline.In June, the International Planning Competition held every two years will take place in  New Hampshire. It  is divided into four categories, the most significant of which is considered the “deterministic track”. This is for programs designed to eliminate any element of chance from automated planning in a wide range of […]
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3:51 PM | Development problems associated with children with hyperactivity
According to the theory of the cognitive complexity and Control, children with ADHD have less development in theory of mind and cognitive flexibility
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3:00 PM | 1 in 20 Misdiagnosed by Doctors: 10 things you can do about it
A new study out this week says that 1 in 20 adults will be misdiagnosed in outpatient clinics in the US. Thats roughly 12 million people each year, if that […]

Singh H., Meyer A.N.D. & Thomas E.J. The frequency of diagnostic errors in outpatient care: estimations from three large observational studies involving US adult populations, BMJ Quality & Safety, DOI:

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1:19 PM | Truth and science – Post coming soon (see pic)
I saw this church sign while driving around my neighborhood (I parked my car before taking the picture, AND this is not the church I attend). I do not know what to think (well, I do but I am trying really, **really** hard not to judge). Anyway, I will find out and then write a …
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11:40 AM | Indie reports on surprising structure of artists’ brains
Artists brains are ‘structurally different’ according to The Independent, who report on a small, thought-provoking but as yet quite preliminary study. The image used to illustrate the article (the one on the right) is described as showing “more grey and white matter in artists’ brains connected to visual imagination and fine motor control”. This could […]
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11:25 AM | Presentación del libro “Psicohigiene. El cuidado de uno mismo y de los demás”
Entrevista a D. Javier Urra quien nos devela los secretos de su último libro sobre salud mental titulado "Psicohigiene. El cuidado de uno mismo y de los demás" Aquí únicamente se muestra el resumen, para leer la entrada entera pulsa sobre el título.
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