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September 02, 2014

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1:25 PM | What habits would you change?
We all have habits — good or bad — in many aspects of our lives: Productivity: strategically planning breaks (good), getting distracted by Twitter every five minutes (bad) Health: exercising regularly (good), eating family-size bags of Doritos regularly (bad) Happiness: active gratitude (good), active grouchiness (bad) Relationships: talking things out (good), giving your partner the […] The post What habits would you change? appeared first on Home Office Hero.
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1:25 PM | What habits would you change?
We all have habits — good or bad — in many aspects of our lives: Productivity: strategically planning breaks (good), getting distracted by Twitter every five minutes (bad) Health: exercising regularly (good), eating family-size bags of Doritos regularly (bad) Happiness: active gratitude (good), active grouchiness (bad) Relationships: talking things out (good), giving your partner the […] The post What habits would you change? appeared first on Home Office Hero.
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10:30 AM | Best of Our Blogs: September 2, 2014
It’s not enough that we’re here, we’re alive, we’re together reading this. We need to be conscious parents so we can create responsible, compassionate, confident, yet humble, emotionally intelligent and bright human beings. We should be mindful of our actions, successful at work, dependable, creative, and unique yet socially adept. We need to be flexible […]
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8:33 AM | The epigenetics of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome?
"These data are consistent with evidence of multisystem dysregulation in CFS [Chronic Fatigue Syndrome] and implicate the involvement of DNA modifications in CFS pathology". So said the paper by Wilfred de Vega and colleagues [1] (open-access here) which, I think, represents a bit of a first for CFS with their examination of the possible role of epigenetic modifications in relation to the condition(s) [2].Ladies first @ Wikipedia I have to say that I was really quite excited […]

de Vega WC, Vernon SD & McGowan PO (2014). DNA Methylation Modifications Associated with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome., PloS one, 9 (8) PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25111603

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4:01 AM | For Richer: How Your Spouse Influences Your Job Success
Picking a romantic partner with the “right” characteristics can be difficult, but it is also important. We all want a partner who is smart, funny, kind, and all around fantastic, because the assumption is that such a person makes us happy and will generally lead to a better life overall. But can your relationship partner influence your job success? Researchers Brittany Solomon and Joshua Jackson from Washington University in St. Louis speculated that there are at least three […]
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12:08 AM | NASA’s Spitzer Telescope Witnesses Asteroid Smashup
NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope has spotted an eruption of dust […]
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12:06 AM | The power of hidden patterns
Interfaces within materials can be patterned as a means of […]
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12:05 AM | Ride-sharing could cut cabs’ road time by 30 percent
A new analytic framework enables analysis of GPS data on […]
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12:04 AM | Nature’s tiny engineers
Coral organisms use minuscule appendages to control their environment, stirring […]

September 01, 2014

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10:35 PM | 5 Ways to Tell if You’re Having an Emotional Affair
Would your partner really be OK with this? Successful relationships are built on safety and trust — and a betrayal of that trust can derail a partnership before you know it. Both in the media and in our personal lives, we tend to associate such betrayals with physical affairs; however, an emotional affair, even without […]
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10:34 PM | THE PLAN – HOW SHIT HAPPENS
There was a great comment recently made on this article (are-you-creating-an-obeyience-culture) about the problem of safety programs designed to satisfy the board or make it look like they are doing something  but really not being practical or effective when implemented and probably only perpetuating a culture of blame shifting, hiding incidents and fear. I thought this little poem, published years ago, portrays that notion perfectly and should be resurrected (I have it on my office […]
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8:54 PM | Daydreaming: a Surprising Way to Gain Insight into Your Life
“A daydream is a meal at which images are eaten. Some of us are gourmets, some gourmands, and a good many take their images precooked out of a can and swallow them down whole, absent-mindedly and with little relish.” Dreams have been at the center of Psychology’s most profound questions, … READ MORE
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8:29 PM | Chronic immobilization stress occludes in vivo cortical activation in an animal model of panic induced by carbon dioxide inhalation
It has been known since at least the 1920’s that inhaling high amounts of CO2 (20%) induces panic attacks in healthy individuals. There is a remarkable literature deriving from diving and respiratory physiology in submariners available treating this topic. The great … Continue reading →
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5:00 PM | MindYourMind
MindYourMind is an award-winning, non-profit mental health program that engages youth, emerging adults and the professionals who serve them to co-develop reliable and relevant resources.
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4:48 PM | So I Got My Test Back; Now What?
Dear Friends, It’s such a shame that in our culture testing has such a bad name. The dad of one of my students is a physician; he recalls that: Medical school is all about being tested. We were constantly quizzing, taking tests, and flipping flash cards (each flash card is a tiny test). We were […]
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3:45 PM | Is It Guilt or Shame?
I started this column about guilt — why it stalks me. Why, no matter how hard I try to be a good girl, I can’t get rid of the knot in my stomach that says I’ve been busted, just like I was with a bottle of vodka at band camp in high school. However, upon […]
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3:31 PM | "Krugman's 'magic motivated reasoning mirror' show"-- I've stopped watching but not trying to learn from reflective people who still are
So here is an interesting thing to discuss.  A commenter on the What's to explain? Kulkarni on "knowing disbelief" post made an interesting connection between “knowing disbelief” (KD) and the “asymmetry thesis.”  The occasion for his comment, it’s apparent, was not or not only the Kulkarni post but rather something he saw on the show “Paul Krugman & the Magic Motivated Reasoning Mirror,” in every episode of which Krugman looks in […]
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2:00 PM | Past-Gazer Versus Future-Gazer
The other night I was watching something…..I think it might have been “Longmire” but don’t quote me on that. Speaking of which, while watching, I paused the show to write down this great quote: There is no past that we can bring back by longing for it….only a present that builds and creates itself as the […]
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1:40 PM | How To Get a Bigger Buzz From Upbeat Music
How you can get that beautiful chills-down-the-spine feeling. 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:10 Magical Effects Music Has On the Mind Why Do We Enjoy Listening to Sad Music? Revealed: The Type of Music That Makes You Feel Most Powerful Making Music Dramatically Improves Young Children’s Behaviour The Simple Mindset That Makes Everyone Happier, All Around […]
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1:14 PM | Can Media Use Cause ADHD Symptoms in Children?
Can there be a link between the rising rate of ADHD diagnoses in children and adolescents and the proliferation in fast-paced media aimed at children? Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is characterized by symptoms such as attention problems, hyperactive behaviour, and impulsivity...            Related StoriesDoes Walking Speed Predict Dementia?Can Online Training Help Prevent Sex Assaults?Naming That Tune 
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10:35 AM | When a Friend Struggles with Anxiety, Fear, and Depression
What do you do when someone you know has to deal with persistent fears, anxieties, or even depression? Well the first thing you need to do is to get the person to seek the services of a professional who can lead them in the right direction and give them the help they need. In addition, […]
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8:34 AM | Students with more autistic traits make fewer altruistic choices
Most people with autism have difficulties socialising and connecting with others. It's generally agreed that part of this has to do with an impairment in taking other people's perspective. More specifically, an emerging consensus suggests that autism is associated with having normal feelings for other people, but an impaired understanding of them. Little explored before now is how this affects the behaviour of people with autism towards others who need help.Leila Jameel and her colleagues […]

Jameel L, Vyas K, Bellesi G, Roberts V & Channon S (2014). Going 'Above and Beyond': Are Those High in Autistic Traits Less Pro-social?, Journal of autism and developmental disorders, 44 (8) 1846-58. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24522968

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7:32 AM | Lithium for mood disorder symptoms in autism?
Modern classroom? @ Wikipedia The paper published by Matthew Siegel and colleagues [1] talking about some preliminary observations on the use of lithium where symptoms of mood disorder might be present in cases of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) caught my eye recently. Concluding that: "lithium may be a medication of interest for those who exhibit two or more mood disorder symptoms, particularly mania or euphoria/elevated mood" the sentiments of more research-to-do in this area […]

Siegel M, Beresford CA, Bunker M, Verdi M, Vishnevetsky D, Karlsson C, Teer O, Stedman A & Smith KA (2014). Preliminary Investigation of Lithium for Mood Disorder Symptoms in Children and Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder., Journal of child and adolescent psychopharmacology, PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25093602

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1:35 AM | Say Hello To ‘Michael Scotti Jr’ Creator of the #doubtfireface
In my last few posts, you got to see My #doubtfireface Suicide Prevention Challenge.  Also, my research on American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and the #doubtfireface challenge this led me to Michael Scotti, Jr. creator of the viral video: Say “Helloooo” to #suicideprevention! I reached out to him via e-mail and he I asked if […]

August 31, 2014

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11:30 PM | Money and Relationships: Are You REALLY Fighting About Finances?
Don’t let your money troubles prevent you from having a great relationship. My husband and I have had countless arguments about money. And we’re not alone; divorce statistics suggest that money is the major cause of most divorces. Suffice it to say that money is a hot topic and one that a lot of relationships […]
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10:18 PM | Whitman Was Not a Neuroscientist
Do I contradict myself?Very well then I contradict myself,(I am large, I contain multitudes.)-Walt Whitman, "Song of Myself" (from Leaves of Grass)Science is the search for objective truth based on physical laws of the universe. Scientific theories try to explain the consistent and predictable behavior of natural systems. They are generally reductionist, meaning that complex systems are reduced to simpler and more fundamental elements. The principles of physics, for instance, are expressed in […]

Chen, C., Huang, M., Yen, J., Chen, C., Liu, G., Yen, C. & Ko, C. (2014). Brain correlates of response inhibition in Internet gaming disorder, Psychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences, DOI: 10.1111/pcn.12224

Daniel Z. Freedman (1994). Some beautiful equations of mathematical physics, CERN-TH.7367/94, arXiv: http://arxiv.org/abs/hep-th/9408175v1

Ko, C., Hsieh, T., Chen, C., Yen, C., Chen, C., Yen, J., Wang, P. & Liu, G. (2014). Altered brain activation during response inhibition and error processing in subjects with Internet gaming disorder: a functional magnetic imaging study, European Archives of Psychiatry and Clinical Neuroscience, DOI: 10.1007/s00406-013-0483-3

Zeki, S., Romaya, J., Benincasa, D. & Atiyah, M. (2014). The experience of mathematical beauty and its neural correlates, Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 8 DOI: 10.3389/fnhum.2014.00068

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8:35 PM | American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and the #doubtfireface challenge
Researching #doubtfireface  On American Foundation for Suicide Prevention In my last blog post, I got my #doubtfireface on for American Foundation for Suicide Prevention personal campaign. The truth is the first time I heard about it was from one of my Facebook friends after my friend saw my ALS video. I did not get the reference […]
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6:35 PM | Single & Surviving as a Woman
Being 34 and single, the last 10 years have been a time of a lot of emotional stress for me. I had been a very successful student in my younger days. So I used to take praise for granted. In the extended family I was touted as someone that the children should emulate. However, as […]
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5:33 PM | This is what happens in your brain when you hear your favorite song, whether it’s Bieber, Biggie or The Beatles
Originally posted on Quartz:In 1973, the British rock star Peter Frampton posed an important scientific question via a killer talkbox solo: “Do you feel like I do?” According to a new study, when it comes to our reactions to…
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4:15 PM | Yoga: If It’s Good Enough For the A-Listers
  Let me tell you something about me, in about 8 days time, my life is about to explode and I will become an over-scheduled, sometimes cranky, workaholic for the next 10 months. Along with my regular 40 hour a week full time job, I also have a part time teaching practice (that is just […]
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