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April 16, 2014

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4:01 AM | Do Men or Women Say “I Love You” First in Relationships?
If you ask 100 people at the mall whether men or women fall in love more quickly, most would predict women. That’s the stereotype, right?  In a survey of 171 people, researchers confirmed that most (over 70%) believe women fall in love first and are quicker to say “I love you” compared to men. However, the survey also found that the stereotype is WRONG. In reality, men fell in love more quickly than women and were also the first to say “I love you.” […]

April 15, 2014

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10:58 PM | Do You Care If The Grass Is Always Greener On The Other Side – Why Maybe You Should!
Do You Care If The Grass Is Always Greener On The Other Side – Why Maybe You Should! Keeping up with the Joneses or staying ahead of the Smiths– have you ever heard that expression? What about the expression, the grass is always greener on the other side of the fence? It’s easy to see […]
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10:21 PM | Further Secrets of Adulthood — for Habits
I collect axioms, paradoxes, maxims, teaching stories, proverbs, and aphorisms of all sorts, because I love to see complex ideas distilled into a few words. For years, I’ve been writing my “Secrets of Adulthood,” which are the principles I’ve managed to grasp as I’ve become an adult. Right now, I’m hard at work editing my […]
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6:33 PM | Life-style determines gut microbes
The gut microbiota is responsible for many aspects of human […]
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6:29 PM | Real-time audio of spanking shows kids misbehave within 10 minutes
A new study based on real-time audio recordings of parents […]
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4:50 PM | Gorski on Charting – Patient Placement
One more cartoon published one the  Medivance Billing services blog. If you remember, I told you I’ve had “the privilege and honor of illustrating each blog post with my Mental Health Humor  style of cartooning” – LOL I’m quoting myself! The cartoon series created for Terry is titled “Gorski On Charting“. In his latest article […]
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4:45 PM | Is it Possible to Inherit a Resistance to Cocaine?
     As to date, human genetic studies have shown that cocaine addiction is heritable. Shocking? Not really. When you think of a cocaine addict producing offspring, you’d assume that the offspring would be at high risk or rather, predisposed to using cocaine. We’ve thought for years that yes, addiction is heritable and tends to […]
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3:55 PM | The Benefits of Stress
Stress. What comes to your mind when you hear, read or write this word? Most people consider stress to be bad. Many books and articles have been written about it. Much advice has been given on how to manage or overcome it. It is an unpleasant condition, which each of us try to avoid. But […]
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1:20 PM | Are People Born Nice or Nasty?
Genes which influence social behaviour enable some 'nice' people to overcome feelings of fear.→ 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:How We Know Babies Are Born With The Structure of Language People Are More Moral in the Morning People Are Happier When They Do The Right Thing Intelligent People Are More Inclined to Trust Others Do Posh People Cheat More Than the Lower […]
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1:14 PM | Air Pollution Over Asia Makes Pacific Storms More Intense
In the first study of its kind, scientists have compared […]
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1:06 PM | When it comes to underage sex trafficking, pimps may not be the problem
Media portrayals of underage sex trafficking include pimps luring girls […]
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1:04 PM | Outgoing behavior makes for happier humans
Across cultures, extroverts have more fun Happy is as happy […]
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1:02 PM | Study builds on the power of whey protein for improved body composition
Whey protein consumption may lead to significant decreases in body […]
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12:53 PM | Cultivating happiness often misunderstood
Stanford research explores the concept of maximizing happiness, and finds […]
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12:51 PM | Neuroscientists reverse Alzheimer’s symptoms in mice
Limiting a certain protein in the brain reverses Alzheimer’s symptoms […]
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12:49 PM | Targeting cancer with a triple threat
MIT chemists design nanoparticles that can deliver three cancer drugs […]
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12:00 PM | Halifax "Mystery Man" Hospitalized for Giving Away Money
Just days after reports of a "mystery man" giving away money to strangers across Halifax, Nova Scotia, the unnamed man quickly became seen as a folk hero to many city residents. Dressed in patched pants and wearing a wool jacket,...            Related StoriesHanging Out With The Wrong CrowdThe Great BillickDid You Know I Have a Book Coming Out? 
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10:30 AM | Best of Our Blogs: April 15, 2014
One man tells his partner everything’s fine, but is secretly unhappy. One woman is lonely and isolated, but turns down opportunities to hang out with new people. Why do we say we want to be happy, then do the very thing that causes our unhappiness? Love is both an antidote and the cause of our […]
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7:45 AM | The biases of pop psychology
I just found this great piece at Scientific American that makes a fascinating point about how pop psychology books that inform us about our biases tend not to inform us about our most important bias – the effect of making things into stories – despite the fact that they rely on it to get their […]
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2:00 AM | Raleigh Reflections
Yesterday I ran in the fourth race of my crazy idea to do 12 half marathons in 12 months. The race was in Raleigh, NC, which put out its best spring colors for the occasion. And its pollen. It brought LOTS of pollen. Thanks, Raleigh. Unfortunately, the amazing traffic horror that is Northern VA did […]
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12:30 AM | Amazon drought, fire lead to sharp increases in tree mortality
Ongoing deforestation and fragmentation of forests in the Amazon help […]
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12:29 AM | FDA Says Keep Lilies Away From Your Cats
The white, trumpet-shaped Easter lily symbolizes Easter and spring for […]
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12:27 AM | NASA Cassini Images May Reveal Birth of a Saturn Moon
NASA’s Cassini spacecraft has documented the formation of a small […]

April 14, 2014

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10:40 PM | Yes, the GOP is the Party of Big Business
Or at least big “economic sectors.” From a new study by the the University of Maryland’s James Gimpel, Frances Lee, and Michael Parrott: We identify the economic interests in the United States that have a partisan alignment. We disaggregate corporate and trade association political action committees by economic sector, using the most fine-grained classifications available. We then analyze […]
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9:34 PM | Dog Ownership Benefits Families of Children with Autism
Many families face the decision of whether to get a […]
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9:32 PM | Study says we’re over the hill at 24
It’s a hard pill to swallow, but if you’re over […]
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7:37 PM | Essential Skills of Mindfulness and More: An Interview with the Authors of Sitting Together
I began the Mindfulness and Psychotherapy blog on Psychcentral.com over 5 years ago now. Since then I’ve written hundreds of posts on the intersection of mindfulness and psychotherapy. Recently a new book has been published called Sitting Together: Essential Skills for Mindfulness-Based Psychotherapy. While this is a wonderful and practical guide for therapists, someone who is not a […]
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6:47 PM | Against the evidence
I would have thought that the argument was over (but of course this sort of argument never is). I keep thinking that Chomsky and his adherents will have accepted the evidence and moved on but I keep being surprised that they have not changed their theories.   Chomsky has not yet accepted that language has […]
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6:38 PM | Introducing Addiction Under 30
Addiction is a hard thing to overcome, and people from all walks and ages in life struggle with it. But in some ways, it’s especially tragic when a young adult or teenager is dealing with addiction. A teenager’s brain is still under development, and battling addiction can impact their neurological growth and stunt brain connections. […]
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5:10 PM | Does Access to Birth Control Reduce Poverty?
In American politics the proliferation of birth control is important because of how it affects the eternal resting place of our immortal souls. But believe it or not, there are also non-metaphysical policy consequences to increasing access to birth control. A new study by a pair of economists — Stephanie Browne of J.P. Morgan and […]

Browne, S. & LaLumia, S. (2014). The Effects of Contraception on Female Poverty, Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, DOI:

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