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December 22, 2014

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5:50 AM | On Autism Speaks' Suzanne Wright, the frustrated savior
Suzanne Wright, founder of Autism Speaks, made some comments at the Vatican (transcribed here at Unstrange Minds), addressing Pope Francis. In her remarks, she practically glows blue herself as she waxes enthusiastic about how awesome she and her organization are for getting people to use blue lights around the world. Throughout, she draws some not-remotely-subtle comparisons to St. Francis, of all people, who was known not only for not Othering his fellow human beings but also for even […]
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5:25 AM | Cartoons of Christmas Past – Maine-ly Reindeer
Call them reindeer, mistake them for a moose if you’re lucky enough to see one. The Caribou (or reindeer) are amazing deer. Being from New England I would hear “Old-timers” talking about spotting the tracks or actually spotting a wild caribou (reindeer) in Maine.  That was when I was a child, more than 30 years ago…Listening […]
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4:25 AM | Mindfulness Meditation Video for Working with Difficulties
A short guided mindfulness meditation for dealing with life's difficulties, including emotions and body sensations.

December 21, 2014

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11:35 PM | Pros and Cons of Exposing Kids to Fairytales
Many parents are apprehensive about the messages fairytales convey. However, some say that such narratives illustrate important lessons. According to an article by Elizabeth Danish, fairy tales provide us with what Joseph Campbell called “the hero’s journey,” a quest that reflects a universal truth. “The hero’s journey essentially begins with the hero being in a […]
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4:45 PM | Before Children, After Children
You can be so smart. You have a college-educated pedigree. You are a mature person with sophistication and depth. You know what you want out of life. You know how to maintain a loving relationship. You have well-thought-out ideas about how to raise your children. You surely must be living in the B.C. (before children) […]
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4:42 PM | The Essential Brain System That is Hijacked in OCD, Alcoholism, Binge Eating And More
Study of OCD finds this indispensable system could be the key to multiple psychological problems. 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:Probiotic Therapy Shows Promise for Treating Autism How New Ideas Change Your Brain Cells Brain Changes Associated With Casual Marijuana Use Electrical Brain Stimulation Can Instantly Improve Self-Control Mysterious Brain Region That […]
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3:47 PM | Positive Education: The Power of Praisings
We can only get better and further in life by learning. Most of us are always acquiring new information and studying no matter what. However, everyone is different and everyone studies differently. In order to promote learning, instructing and encouraging students individually is going to help these...The post Positive Education: The Power of Praisings appeared first on .
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3:29 PM | Self-Care Sunday 12.21.14
On some Sundays I share my favorite links on everything from taking compassionate care of ourselves to embracing imperfection to leading a meaningful life on our own terms. “I remember that this life isn’t meant to be perfect.” Try an “End of Year Personal Summit.” Self-compassion is most definitely a verb. Why each of us […]
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3:00 PM | 11 Laws of Motivation That Will Help You Achieve Any Goal
1. What am I motivated about and why? At the very beginning of achieving anything, you have to determine what you are going after but most importantly why. Your actions will be determined in direct proportion to what level of desire you have to achieve your goals and dreams. Your … READ MORE
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1:30 PM | Seasons Greetings
Photo: gurinaleksandr / ShutterstockSeasons Greetings from Companion Animal Psychology Blog! We wish you Happy Holidays and all the best for a wonderful 2015. 
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1:00 PM | The Language of Faces
If you are at all familiar with the early history of neurology, you have likely heard of Dr. Guillaume-Benjamin-Amand Duchenne (de Boulogne). Born in Boulogne in 1806 (which is why "de Boulogne" is often added in brackets after his name),...            Related StoriesThe Case of Thomas WeirP.T. Barnum and YouAccused Witch Burned at the Stake in Paraguay 
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11:45 AM | 3 Tips for Staying Present with Your Kids
Being present with your kids is fundamental to connecting with them. As clinical social worker Carla Naumburg, Ph.D, writes in her brilliant book Parenting in the Present Moment: How to Stay Focused on What Really Matters: It is not possible to truly see and soothe our children if we aren’t attuned to their internal and […]
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10:00 AM | Bulletproof and Perfect in Safety
Bulletproof and Perfect in Safety One of the messages of Christmas in the Western world is that of vulnerability. The story of Christmas and the many things that contradict the narratives of kingship, power, dominion and certainty make the story of a human baby in a feedbox at the back of a pub so interesting. […] The post Bulletproof and Perfect in Safety appeared first on Safety Risk.
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8:51 AM | Vitamin D for autism... a double-take?
Yes, I know. Another post on the 'day of rest' but I promise you that this will not become a habit. The reason: the paper by Feiyong Jia and colleagues [1] published in the premier journal Pediatrics. The authors describe a case report of a young child with autism who is observed to have shown improvement in some of the core symptoms of autism following supplementation with the [sunshine] vitamin/hormone of the hour: vitamin D. Further reporting on the paper can be seen […]

Feiyong Jia, Bing Wang, Ling Shan, Zhida Xu, Wouter G. Staal & Lin Du (2014). Core Symptoms of Autism Improved After Vitamin D Supplementation, Pediatrics, Other:

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5:05 AM | Cartoons of Christmas Past – The Mayans
Caller: Mayan apocalypse is coming! Box sign: the end is here! Volunteer ringing the bell: pal, you’re too late… They are at the height of apathetic gifting. Caption: December 21, 2012: ARE you ready? I love the way this cartoon came out, and took me a long time to draw this one, I remember it […]
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5:02 AM | Reading Between The Lines: Bringing Your Partner Home For The Holidays
Read more about parental approval and interference in romantic relationships here.
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1:40 AM | The Absurdity of “Medical Marijuana”
Science is strangled by a government-imposed catch-22 that restricts access to marijuana on the basis that there is insufficient evidence supporting its medical benefits and safety, while blocking the research that would provide such information.

December 20, 2014

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11:35 PM | 8 Surprising Habits that Might Prevent Authentic Happiness
“We first make our habits, then our habits make us.” – John Dryden This may look good, sound good, and maybe even feel good at first, but it’s not serving you well in the end! I’d hear this thought in my head over and over and still not believe it. But it had persisted ever […]
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10:51 PM | BNA2015: Festival of Neuroscience – ABSTRACT DEADLINE EXTENDED! | Neuroscience Ireland
http://neuroscienceireland.com/2014/12/19/bna2015-festival-of-neuroscience-abstract-deadline-extended/Filed under: Uncategorized
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6:29 PM | There May Be a Parallel Universe That Is Moving Backwards in Time
There are many things that we know about time, and many other things that we still struggle to comprehend. Time, as we previously understood the concept, moves forward and forward alone. There are ways that allow for time travel, rather extensive ways that take a stretch of the imagination.  Have … READ MORE
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4:46 PM | Two Personal Qualities More Vital To Success Than IQ That Most People Don’t Know
Here are two trainable personal qualities which predict success four times more than intelligence. 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:Can People’s Personalities Change? 4 Qualities of Truly Horrible Managers Here’s Why Believing People Can Change Is So Important in Life Intelligent People Are More Inclined to Trust Others The Personality Trait Linked […]
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4:45 PM | ADHD Tip: A Simple System for Managing Paperwork
For people with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), paperwork can become a big problem. ADHD impairs executive functioning, making it difficult to make decisions, sort and prioritize. Clients commonly come to psychotherapist and ADHD coach Terry Matlen needing help with paperwork — everything from bills to receipts to school papers to taxes. She explains exactly […]
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3:49 PM | American college students say they would rather study with real books, not laptops
Originally posted on Quartz:Ebooks, tablets and computer-based learning might be pervading elementary and middle schools throughout the US, but college students are still old-school. A Student Monitor survey of about 1,200 students in 100 American colleges in October found that…
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2:24 PM | Neuroscientists identify brain mechanisms that predict generosity in children
University of Chicago developmental neuroscientists have found specific brain markers that predict generosity in children. Those neural markers appear to be linked to both social and moral evaluation processes. There […]
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2:22 PM | AIDS Drug Also Offers Protection Against Malaria
Children with HIV/AIDS in Africa are at a higher-than-average risk for another deadly disease: malaria. But a team of Yale School of Public Health researchers has discovered that people taking […]
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2:21 PM | Knee meniscus fixed using revolutionary stem cell procedure
Researchers report on a revolutionary new procedure that uses 3-D printing and the body’s stem cells to regenerate knee meniscus, a tissue lining that acts as a natural cushion between […]
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2:20 PM | In one aspect of vision, computers catch up to primate brain
Newest computer neural networks can identify visual objects as well as the primate brain. For decades, neuroscientists have been trying to design computer networks that can mimic visual skills such […]
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2:19 PM | Study: Industrial clusters fuel economies
New study shows clusters, across fields, help growth, jobs, and innovation. Experts have long theorized that having a cluster of firms within a given industry helps a region’s economy grow. […]
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2:00 PM | PhD Smoothie
I woke up yesterday morning feeling reluctant to tackle the day. The class I TA had a final exam at 11:30, which meant that my office would likely be overflowing all morning with panicked students wanting to cram at the last minute. Then, I’d get to stare at them take a test for 3 hours, followed by […]
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1:11 PM | Spike activity 19-12-2014
Quick links from the past week in mind and brain news: MIT Tech Review has an interesting piece about ‘troll hunters’ – a new wave of internet abuse vigilantes. ABC All in the Mind has a good edition asking whether mirror neurons have been oversold. Spoiler alert: yes, they have. The New York Magazine’s Science […]
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