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July 30, 2014

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8:52 AM | 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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8:23 AM | 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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6:40 AM | Warum ein Gespräch mit Fremden glücklich macht
Egal ob in der Bahn oder im Wartezimmer: Treffen Unbekannte aufeinander, schweigen sie sich gerne an. Ein großer Fehler – denn eine neue Studie zeigt: Schon kurze Gespräche mit Fremden machen glücklich. Jeden Tag haben wir theoretisch Dutzende von Möglichkeiten, mit anderen Menschen Kontakt aufzunehmen. Morgens sitzen wir eng nebeneinander i‌n der U-Bahn, stehen aneinander […] The post Warum ein Gespräch mit Fremden glücklich macht appeared first […]
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5:01 AM | Now it’s Kim and Kanye Sitting in a Tree: Implicit Egotism Strikes Again
A few years back, on the heels of Kim Kardashian’s ill-fated and short-lived marriage to Kris Humpries, I wrote a post about how their attraction and marriage may be the result of what psychologists refer to as implicit egotism. Essentially, this theory states that people have relatively positive feelings about themselves and that these unconscious preferences extend to things that are associated with the self, like our own name-letter initials.  Think about it. Do you have a […]
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3:57 AM | Back to School: 5 Tips to Help the depressing Life of Grade-Schooler…
9B Pencil: Look at’em in their glass house… Oblivious to their new reality. Caption: The depressing Life of grade-schooler pencils   5 Tips to Help the Depressing Life of Grade-Schooler…PENCILS! 1. YOU have an eraser…comes in handy. 2. Use your eraser sparingly…make it last. 3. Avoid electric pencil sharpeners. 4. Make friends with pens. 5. […]

July 29, 2014

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10:25 PM | Sensorimotor area Spt under attack (but their shooting blanks): Reply to Parker Jones et al. 2014
A recent report in Frontiers (link to it here) by my good friends Oiwi Parker Jones (first author) and Cathy Price (senior author) challenges the claim that area Spt is a sensorimotor integration area for vocal tract actions.  Their attack comes from multiple fronts, both fMRI and lesion data.  On the fMRI side they sought to determine whether Spt was more active during repetition tasks, particularly for pseudowords which demand sensory-to-motor translation, compared to two auditory […]
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10:12 PM | Couples You Meet in Counseling: Mr. Perfect and His Crazy Wife
“What is her problem all the damn time? Why can’t she just chill out? We don’t have problems, she has problems. I have to get back to work.” The man who comes into counseling with this sort of mindset we will call Mr. Perfect. This high-achieving specimen of masculinity is usually in some field requiring […]
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9:01 PM | Brilliant Minds: How LSD Changed the World!
If you read my very first article, Expansion of Consciousness-Psilocybin’s Gateway to the Mind &Well-being, you would know that I have a deep fascination with psychedelic drug research, especially for the benefits of medicinal and therapeutic use. With that being said, I would never advocate that drug use makes a … READ MORE
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5:49 PM | Validation problem with antibodies – get free samples, report back, help community
Antibodyresource.com is running an interesting validation program over in the UK. They are providing free samples of antibodies, the catch is that they would like to see if the antibody validates. If this is something you are interested in, please contact Christian at christian.booty@antibodyresource.com From Christian: “The antibody comparison program, is designed to greatly reduce […]
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5:37 PM | Shuffle Your Mind: Short Film Screenings
If you’re around in London Saturday 2nd August I’m curating a showing of short films about psychosis, hallucinations and mental health as part of the fantastic Shuffle Festival. The films include everything from a first-person view of voice hearing, to out-of-step behaviour in the urban sprawl, to a free-diver’s deep sea hallucinations. There will be […]
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4:41 PM | Jews and Arabs Refuse to Be Enemies: A Compassionate Response to War
Henry David Thoreau said, “It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.” At some point in our development we learn to see others through a lens of fear and hate. Because the brain is so malleable in our younger years these beliefs become that much more ingrained and as we grow older the […]
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4:31 PM | 1 PostDoc & 2 PhD Positions, Language & Predictive Coding, University of Frankfurt / Germany
The Cognitive Neuroscience Lab (Prof. Christian Fiebach) at the Department of Psychology of Goethe University Frankfurt offers three research positions as part of an ERC consolidator project that investigates neurophysiological mechanisms of language processing from a predictive coding perspective: Postdoctoral Researcher (German Salary Level E13, 100%) in Cognitive and Computational Neuroscience of LanguageWe seek a colleague with a strong background in EEG/MEG, fMRI, and/or […]
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4:02 PM | ¿Qué porcentaje de acoso escolar se produce hoy en día?
Uno de los grandes problemas que pueden vivir en épocas tempranas los más pequeños es el buylling escolar, con las consecuencias que ello tiene sobre la salud.
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4:02 PM | What percentage of bullying occurs today?
One of the major problems that children can live in early times is the school bullying, with the consequences this has on health.
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3:45 PM | 6 Summer Activities to Boost Your Spirits
Come summer, we may bask under blue skies, gorge on delicious barbecue and frequent the outdoors, acquiring boosts of vitamin D. However, seasonal affective disorder (SAD) can occur in the summer months, too. Here are summery activities that may reignite innocence and enjoyment: 1. Visit the water. This recent article discusses the healing nature of the […]
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2:54 PM | What Is A Soul-Mate?
Can a soul mate be someone who opposes you?
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1:04 PM | How The Right Type of Materialism Can Make You Happy
All products were not created equal: some can even make you happy, new psychological research finds.Dr Jeremy Dean is a psychologist and author of PsyBlog. His latest book is "Making Habits, Breaking Habits: How to Make Changes That Stick" Related articles:Buy More Experiences and Less Stuff How Aging Changes What Makes You Happy Happy Habits: How to Fix Bad Moods How To Be Happy: 6 Most Uplifting TED Talks Here’s Why Materialistic People Are Less Happy and Less Satisfied
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12:53 PM | Recovery Need Not Be Your Only Identity
Rollins once wrote: He tells me he’s doing better now It’s been a long upward crawl up from the sewer The bottom floor was hell for real He used to be addicted to junk Now he’s addicted to talking about How he’s not addicted to junk Counting the days he’s been clean He talks about […]
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12:41 PM | New protein structure could help treat Alzheimer’s, related diseases
There is no cure for Alzheimer’s disease and other forms […]
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12:38 PM | What 6.9 million clicks tell us about how to fix online education
The rise of online education and massively open online courses […]
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12:37 PM | Regulations only a first step in cutting emissions
Regulations only a first step in cutting emissions MIT study […]
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12:35 PM | Viewing Dentistry in a New Light
New tools are coming soon that could replace traditional dental […]
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12:32 PM | Stem Cell Advance May Increase Efficiency of Tissue Regeneration
A new stem-cell discovery might one day lead to a […]
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12:30 PM | Historically black and Hispanic-serving colleges performing better than thought
Minority students who attend historically black or Hispanic-serving colleges are […]
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12:29 PM | Google searches hold key to future market crashes
A team of researchers from Warwick Business School and Boston […]
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12:28 PM | Memory relies on astrocytes, the brain’s lesser known cells
Salk scientists show that the little-known supportive cells are vital […]
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12:26 PM | Migraine surgery provides significant symptom relief
More than half of those in small Massachusetts General study […]
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12:25 PM | Healthy lifestyle may buffer against stress-related cell aging
UC San Francisco study suggests healthy diet, sleep and exercise […]
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12:00 PM | Carrying Naloxone
When Constables Kevin Bohn, Richard Calabrese and Thomas Lillagore responded to a well-being check in New Jersey's Cinnaminson Township, they found an unconscious adult male lying on his back, the apparent victim of a heroin overdose. Since the residence was...            Related StoriesHow Dangerous are Opioid Painkillers?Revisiting TarasoffMisdiagnosed Man Sues After 20 Years in a Psychiatric Hospital 
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10:30 AM | Best of Our Blogs: July 29, 2015
It is the unknown that scares us most. Pain, anguish, hurt can be grounding. They can prepare us for future challenges. Armed with their knowledge, difficulties can direct us toward action. They can remind us of a sad familiarity from our past. They can be an unconscious justification for victimhood and evidence that life is […]
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