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April 24, 2014

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3:15 AM | Talk at Teachers College
Todd will be talking about some of our self-directed learning research at Teachers College on Tuesday, 4/29/14 at 11:30 in 277 Grace Dodge Hall.
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12:34 AM | Are Brains of Artists Different?
With more and more brain imaging studies in the media, relating to different areas of human behavior including being creative, it is worth noting there are critiques of the validity and meaning of imaging technology. The image is from an article whose authors comment, “The brain is said to be the final scientific frontier, and […]

April 23, 2014

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10:58 PM | Cyber buddy is better than ‘no buddy’
A Michigan State University researcher is looking to give exercise […]
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10:15 PM | Athletic Focus: How to Make the Right Game-Time Decisions
What did you do when you read the word “focus”? You probably zeroed in on the word and prepared for that big, important lesson that’s about to be thrown at you. Many of us are wired to listen only when it’s important. Think about it: when you are sitting in class, listening to Coach, or in […]
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9:53 PM | Look Who’s Talking
Although they don’t have language the way humans do, animals can clearly communicate with each other (otherwise, why would they make sounds at all?). We usually view animals’ vocalizations as reflexive (a yelp in response to pain) or very general … Continue reading →
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9:49 PM | estimating the influence of a tweet–now with 33% more causal inference!
Twitter is kind of a big deal. Not just out there in the world at large, but also in the research community, which loves the kind of structured metadata you can retrieve for every tweet. A lot of researchers rely heavily on twitter to model social networks, information propagation, persuasion, and all kinds of interesting […]
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6:55 PM | Talking Nerdy with Cara Santa Maria
Earlier this week I sat down with my friend Cara Santa Maria to chat on her excellent podcast, Talk Nerdy. The conversation was wide-ranging: we talked about the discovery of a new group of insects... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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6:55 PM | Talking Nerdy with Cara Santa Maria
Earlier this week I sat down with my friend Cara Santa Maria to chat on her excellent podcast, Talk Nerdy. The conversation was wide-ranging: we talked about the discovery of a new group of insects... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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6:30 PM | Differences between genres of social injustice perceived in the workplace
When an unfair situation lives some decide to shut up and put up, while others seek revenge but there are differences according to gender?
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5:30 PM | Ah, It’s Spring. Time To STOP Distracted Driving
In this video, a Belgium driving test shows how impossible it is to drive safely while texting.
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5:06 PM | Some astronauts at risk for cognitive impairment, animal studies suggest
Damage traced in part to dopamine transport system injury in […]
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5:04 PM | Human brain stem cells transplanted into primates survive, differentiate
A team of researchers in Korea who transplanted human neural […]
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3:45 PM | Stop the Drama: 3 Reasons Facebook Is Ruining Your Life
Facebook is, after all, the villain in our lives. A recent article detailing Facebook’s role in the demise of women’s self-esteem came as no surprise. Facebook is after all, the villain in our lives. It is a virtual bulletin board of our possessions, a bragging battle ground and an undercover detective’s most prized tool. Is […]
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3:11 PM | What you "believe" about climate change doesn't reflect what you know; it expresses *who you are*
More or less the remarks I delivered yesterday at Earthday "Climate teach in/out" at Yale University: I study risk perception and science communication. I’m going to tell you what I regard as the single most consequential insight you can learn from empirical research in these fields if your goal is to promote constructive public engagement with climate science in American society.  It's this: What people “believe” about global warming doesn’t reflect what they know; […]
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2:07 PM | Fitting In Just as I am and Passing That On
Like most kids, my kids like to go work with me. Yesterday, the college had its first Wrangler Day on the Abilene campus (we have two campuses), a day of games and food and fun. We put on our matching special tees for the day and off we went.We visited with people, wandered around and watched students try to ride the mechanical bull, ate hamburgers, and then while I helped serve those wonderfully greasy burgers, the kids sat under the big tent and watched the people and kept themselves […]
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1:21 PM | Is nuclear power the only way to avoid geoengineering?
“I think one can argue that if we were to […]
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1:17 PM | Cosmologists Weigh Cosmic Filaments and Voids
Cosmologists have established that much of the stuff of the […]
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1:11 PM | At the origin of cell division: Features of life emerge from inanimate matter
Movement and the ability to divide are two fundamental traits […]
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1:05 PM | Liquid spacetime: A very slippery superfluid, that’s what spacetime could be like
What if spacetime were a kind of fluid? This is […]
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1:03 PM | A Better Way to Cope With Persistent Bad Memories
New technique holds promise for those experiencing disturbing emotional flashbacks.→ 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:Possibility of Selectively Erasing Unwanted Memories Reconstructing the Past: How Recalling Memories Alters Them Childhood Amnesia: The Age at Which Our Earliest Memories Fade The Genetic Predisposition to Focus on the Negative Mind Pops: Memories […]
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12:52 PM | Rural microbes could boost city dwellers’ health
The greater prevalence of asthma, allergies and other chronic inflammatory […]
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12:50 PM | New discovery helps solve mystery source of African lava
Floods of molten lava may sound like the stuff of […]
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12:43 PM | Want calm kids at the table? Cut their food
There’s a new secret to get your child to behave […]
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12:40 PM | Protecting new neurons reduces depression caused by stress
New class of neuroprotective molecules may lead to improved treatments […]
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12:30 PM | What Is A Typical Animal Hoarder?
Sometimes we hear their cases on the news – dozens of sick and frightened dogs or cats removed from the home of an animal hoarder. But is there a typical profile, and how big is the problem?A study by Calvo et al (2014) investigates 24 cases of animal hoarding in Spain between 2002 and 2011. Photo: schankz / ShutterstockAnimal hoarding is not simply having large numbers of pets; it also involves a lack of care for those pets, such that they are sick, not receiving veterinary care and […]

Calvo, P., Duarte, C., Bowen, J., Bulbena, A. & Fatjó, J. (2014). Characteristics of 24 cases of animal hoarding in Spain, Animal Welfare, 23 (2) 199-208. DOI:

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11:18 AM | Diferencias en géneros frente a la injusticia en la empresa.
Cuando se vive una situaicón injusta algunos deciden callarse y aguantar, mientras que otros buscan la venganza ¿pero existen diferencias en función del género? Aquí únicamente se muestra el resumen, para leer la entrada entera pulsa sobre el título.
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10:48 AM | Why are some syllables preferred?
 In a recent paper by Berent and others (citation below) they investigate language universals in syllable structure. Their argument goes: there is a preference for certain syllables over others across languages and even in people whose language does not include those syllables; a set of four syllables which do not occur in English shows this […]

Berent, I., Pan, H., Zhao, X., Epstein, J., Bennett, M., Deshpande, V., Seethamraju, R. & Stern, E. (2014). Language Universals Engage Broca's Area, PLoS ONE, 9 (4) DOI:

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10:35 AM | Scapegoating ADHD — Because It’s Popular
As if people with a mental illness didn’t have enough to worry about. One of the favorite media topics to write about is attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), a potentially serious mental illness that affects millions of Americans. It causes them to not be able to focus on everyday tasks that most of us have […]
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10:03 AM | Answers to the Developmental Cog Neuro Quiz (and potential policy implications)
The "Guess the Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience Speaker" contest yielded two correct guesses (both Martha Farah for #4) and six incorrect guesses. Basically, the entire exercise was an excuse to feature the eminently quotable soundbytes of Dr. Martha Farah. A leader in the growing field of neuroethics, she directs the Center for Neuroscience & Society at the University of Pennsylvania.But all our speakers are winners really... The symposium was a smashing success.Invited Symposium […]
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8:26 AM | Research Digest posts, #1: A self-fulfilling fallacy?
This week I will be blogging over at the BPS Research Digest. The Digest was written for over ten years by psychology-writer extraordinaire Christian Jarrett, and I’m one of a series of guest editors during the transition period to a new permanent editor. My first piece is now up, and here is the opening: Lady […]
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