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April 01, 2015

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9:34 PM | Study Sheds New Light on the Origins of Conscious Awareness
Unless you are currently suffering from a Borne Identity type of amnesia, at this moment, you will consciously know who you are, where you are and what you are reading this blog on; but where does this knowledge of ourselves and the world around us stem from? … READ MORE
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7:09 PM | 4/14: The FDA’s Impact on Pharmaceutical Innovation: A Lecture by Neil Flanzraich
The FDA’s Impact on Pharmaceutical Innovation: A Lecture by Neil Flanzraich April 14, 2014 12:00 PM Harvard Law School Griswold Hall, Room 110 1525 Massachusetts Ave. Cambridge, MA [Map] Please join us for a lecture by Neil Flanzraich, Chairman and CEO of … Continue reading →
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5:55 PM | Journeys Into Myself – How Shamanic Journeying Connected Me
It wasn’t until a couple of years ago, in my mid 20’s, that I read about Shamanic Journeying. I was in a very hard place in my life, and the idea that all of these spirits and animals and helpers were just a meditation away really appealed … READ MORE
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5:00 PM | NEXT WEEK (4/8): Moral Decisions in the Law: What’s the Brain Got to Do with It?
Moral Decisions in the Law: What’s the Brain Got to Do with It? April 8, 2015 12:00 PM Harvard Law School Wasserstein Hall, Room 3019 1585 Massachusetts Ave. Cambridge, MA [Map] Law – particularly criminal law – is infused with moral … Continue reading →
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3:45 PM | Schizophrenia: Labels Aren’t a Magic Bullet
A new report from the British Psychological Society challenges “the received wisdom” about psychosis and schizophrenia. “Many people believe that schizophrenia is a frightening brain disease that makes people unpredictable and […]
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3:43 PM | Loss of Space Threatening North American Sasquatch
There are many reasons the U.S. Forest Service conserves open space. It allows us to deliver clean water, provide space for recreation activities and maintain wildlife habitat for a variety […]
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3:41 PM | Folic acid may help elderly weather heat waves
Supplemental folic acid can enhance blood vessel dilation in older adults, according to Penn State researchers, suggesting that folic acid supplements may be an inexpensive alternative for helping older adults […]
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3:40 PM | Natural nanocrystals shown to strengthen concrete
Cellulose nanocrystals derived from industrial byproducts have been shown to increase the strength of concrete, representing a potential renewable additive to improve the ubiquitous construction material. The cellulose nanocrystals (CNCs) […]
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3:27 PM | ‘Exploding head syndrome’ affects more young than thought
Washington State University researchers have found that an unexpectedly high percentage of young people experience “exploding head syndrome,” a psychological phenomenon in which they are awakened by abrupt loud noises, […]
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3:24 PM | Chronic loneliness in older adults leads to more doctors’ office visits
Experiences of loneliness and social isolation can lead to increased health care use among older adults, according to new research from the University of Georgia College of Public Health. The […]
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3:23 PM | Physician recommendations result in greater weight loss
Patients advised to lose weight by their physicians dropped more pounds on average than those who didn’t receive a recommendation, according to new research from the University of Georgia published […]
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3:15 PM | ASA releases consensus statement
Several months ago, the journal Basic and Applied Social Psychology published an editorial announcing a “ban” on p-values and confidence intervals, and treating Bayesian inferential methods with suspicion as well. The editorial generated quite a bit of buzz among scientists and statisticians alike. In response the American Statistical Association released a letter expressing concern about the prospect […]
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3:14 PM | Language Big Bang? The rapid rise of human language
At some point, probably 50,000 to 100,000 years ago, humans began talking to one another in a uniquely complex form. It is easy to imagine this epochal change as cavemen […]
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3:13 PM | Better traffic signals can cut greenhouse gas emissions
Sitting in traffic during rush hour is not just frustrating for drivers; it also adds unnecessary greenhouse gas emissions to the atmosphere. Now a study by researchers at MIT could […]
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3:10 PM | Keys Discovered to Female and Male Brains
During prenatal development, the brains of most animals, including humans, develop specifically male or female characteristics. In most species, some portions of male and female brains are a different size, […]
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3:04 PM | Isotope Study Shows Which Urban Ants Love Junk Food
Research from North Carolina State University finds that some – but not all – of the ant species on the streets of Manhattan have developed a taste for human food, […]
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2:46 PM | The Personality Trait That’s Unexpectedly Sexy To Both Men And Women
New study reveals the personality trait that is attractive to both sexes. » Continue reading: The Personality Trait That’s Unexpectedly Sexy To Both Men And Women » Read HealthiestBlog.com, the new site from PsyBlog's author Related articles:Are Sexy People Really More Selfish? New Study Reveals Men and Women Differ The Personality Trait That Doubles Alzheimer’s Risk Are Narcissists As Sexy As They Think? This Personality Trait Linked to a Healthier Heart The […]
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2:00 PM | The problem of "pointing" in modern journalism
A new study examines over a hundred rumors spread through over a thousand news articles in 2014 and investigates the role major news publications play in the spread of misinformation.Read More
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1:51 PM | ‘The Week in Health Law’ Podcast
By Nicolas Terry This week Ross Silverman joins us to discuss HR2 Minutiae, his NEJM take on Vaccination Law & Policy, and Indiana’s HIV Emergency Order. The Week in Health Law Podcast from Frank Pasquale and Nicolas Terry is a commuting-length discussion about some of the more thorny issues in Health Law & … Continue reading →
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1:39 PM | Bioethicist Art Caplan: Ten years after Terri Schiavo, death debates still divide us
A new piece by contributor Art Caplan on Today Health: Terri Schiavo died 10 years ago today — not long after her feeding tube was removed by order of a Florida judge acting at the request of Schiavo’s husband that his … Continue reading →
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1:30 PM | Grade Predictor Add-in for Blackboard Learn
If you teach college classes like I do, around this time of year you begin to get an astonishing number of emails of the “Can I pass?” and “What do I need to get some arbitrary grade I’ve decided is a worthwhile goal?” variety. Although I’m happy to help these students feel better about their […]The post Grade Predictor Add-in for Blackboard Learn appeared first on NeoAcademic.Related articles from NeoAcademic:Can Graduate Students Grade Writing As […]
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12:30 PM | Companion Animal Psychology Turns Three!
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10:45 AM | Mind Wandering at Work? Try This to Refocus
You’re at work. You have a long list of tasks that require your full attention. But your brain keeps wandering, and you’re finding it harder and harder to focus — […]
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9:37 AM | Gulf War agents and delayed onset of symptoms in mice
I was recently intrigued by the findings reported by Zuchra Zakirova and colleagues [1] (open-access) on what happened to mice following 'acute' exposure to pyridostigmine bromide (PB) and the pesticide permethrin (PER) in the context of these compounds being "key contributors to the etiology of GWI [Gulf War Illness] post deployment to the Persian GW [Gulf War]."I've covered the topic of Gulf War Syndrome (GWS) before on this blog (see here) and how, […]

Zakirova, Z., Tweed, M., Crynen, G., Reed, J., Abdullah, L., Nissanka, N., Mullan, M., Mullan, M., Mathura, V., Crawford, F. & Ait-Ghezala, G. (2015). Gulf War Agent Exposure Causes Impairment of Long-Term Memory Formation and Neuropathological Changes in a Mouse Model of Gulf War Illness, PLOS ONE, 10 (3) DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0119579

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6:54 AM | Walking backwards boosts creativity
The established routines and habits of everyday life can stifle our ability to think creatively. That's according to a new study that's based on the "embodied cognition" idea that performing bodily movements in a conventional manner encourages the mind to follow suit, and vice versa. The researchers say that by breaking out of physical conformity – such as by walking backwards instead of forwards – we can foster a more creative mindset.The study began by asking 30 students to spend […]
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4:01 AM | 10 Essential Relationship Lessons that Women Should Learn about Men
Women should know that… …men fall in love faster than they do (link). …their sense of humor doesn’t typically matter to men (link). …contrary to stereotypes men associate romantic images with pleasant more than sexual images (link). …if they’re looking for a man who prefers romance to sex, they should look for a male who is low in extroversion (link). …men who are more in love act more affectionately (e.g., sharing their feelings, making […]
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3:45 AM | Why Is It: Acts Of The Few Can Condemn Us All
Caption:  Concrete Mental Health Advocates Help Fill In the Gaps Mental Illness: Same Stuff Different Day! The acts of the few condemn us all.  I feel it around me more and more. You try to make something beautiful only to have someone defecate all over it! Yes, it’s like a thickening broth on the stove.  […]

March 31, 2015

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9:55 PM | How to Let Go of Letting Go
The art of moving into the peaceful state of Letgo. After thirty years in the mental health profession, I have grown leery of psychological catchphrases. Sure, they make good headings […]
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9:15 PM | Religious authority increases the number of donations but decreases the value
In a run-down market place in Kabul, Afghanistan, groups of men hang around hoping that someone will offer them a job for the day. But today is different. Today they get an unusual offer. Somebody is willing to pay them a whole days wage (about $9) just to fill out a survey. Of course, many [Read More...]
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7:46 PM | Toss back Tuesday: 1988
This was a year of great turmoil in my life.  I remember it with so much pain and so much personal growth.  The year leading up to it, 1987, was filled with some great pop-music, fun parties and a year-long fence I was proverbially sitting on.  A life-altering-change was needed, but I was too foolish, childish […]
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