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July 22, 2014

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9:18 PM | Alaska frogs reach record lows in extreme temperature survival
Freezing and thawing might not be good for the average […]
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9:17 PM | The 92 Percent Clean Plate Club
If you’re a member of the Clean Plate Club – […]
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9:16 PM | NASA’s Fermi finds a ‘Transformer’ pulsar
n late June 2013, an exceptional binary containing a rapidly […]
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8:31 PM | Medical comorbidities in autism
A very quick micropost to direct you to the second version of the document: 'Medical comorbidities in autism spectrum disorders' published by Treating Autism, a group based here in Blighty.Covering a fair chunk of the peer-reviewed science examining the various medical comorbidities which seems to crop up with some regularity when a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is made, this free document (complete with a 6 page reference list) is pretty comprehensive.The message is quite a clear […]
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7:44 PM | Late Night Musings on the Origin of Life
The conventional view of the origin of life is that […]
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5:45 PM | Suspicious Things Really Make Us ‘Smell Something Fishy’
When we say “Fred is a warm person,” we don’t usually mean his body temperature is hotter than average. We use metaphors such as “warm”, “high”, and “clean” to describe more abstract concepts like “friendly,” “powerful,” and “morally sound.” So we mean that Fred is friendly, not that he has a fever. But these metaphors […]
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5:30 PM | On Courage And Not Loving Our Bodies
I just read this great post from Dani Shapiro on Marianne’s blog. In it she explains that we don’t need confidence to write something great. In fact, confidence gets in the way. She writes: Show me a confident writer, and in all likelihood you will also be showing me work that falls short of originality […]
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4:54 PM | Open call for abstracts for Special Issue of Cognitive Neuropsychology: Conceptual Knowledge Representation
This is an open call for original research, reviews, and commentaries associated with representations ofconceptual knowledge in the mind and brain.For the purposes of this Special Issue, conceptual knowledge refers to the knowledge by which weunderstand, make inferences, and produce statements about objects, actions, events, settings, humansocial roles and interactions, and their states or properties.Target topics include:1. Neural theories of conceptual knowledge representation, e.g. how are […]
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4:23 PM | Research Assistant - Royal Holloway, University of London - Department of Psychology
Research AssistantRoyal Holloway, University of London - Department of PsychologyLocation:EghamSalary:£32,862 to £34,724 includes London AllowanceHours:Full TimeContract:Contract / TemporaryPlaced on:16th July 2014Closes:14th August 2014Job Ref:0714-123Full Time, Fixed term for 3 years from January 2015Salary is in the range £32,862 to £34,724 per annum inclusive of London AllowanceApplications are invited for the post of Research Assistant to work with Dr Carolyn […]
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3:07 PM | The psychology of first impressions - digested
Piercings convey low intelligence and greater creativity, according to researchYou’ll have had this experience - you meet a new person and within moments you feel good or bad vibes about them. This is you performing “thin slicing” - deducing information about a person based on “tells”, some more obvious than others.Psychologists have studied this process in detail. For example, they’ve shown that we form a sense of whether a stranger is trustworthy in less […]
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2:09 PM | Learning to Let Go of Past Hurts: 5 Ways to Move On
We’ve all been hurt. You can’t be an adult — or teen — alive today who hasn’t experienced some kind of emotional pain. It hurts. I get that. But what you do with that hurt is probably more important than the hurt itself. Would you prefer to get back to being an active liver of […]
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1:36 PM | How Cannabis Causes Paranoia
Cannabis study provides insight into how to treat serious mental disorders.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 Long-Term Stress Affects Short-Term Memory Exercise Can Improve Long-Term Memory Caffeine Improves Long-Term Memory When Consumed After Learning OCD: The Surprising Truth Magic Mushrooms: How They Affect the Brain’s Emotion Centres
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1:33 PM | Viral therapy could boost limb-saving cancer treatment
Viruses designed to target and kill cancer cells could boost […]
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1:33 PM | Should Pets Be Banished From the Bedroom?
New research examines the effect of sleeping with pets on their owner's health and happiness.read more
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1:19 PM | Fires a major cause of wind farm failure
Fire is the second leading cause of accidents in wind […]
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1:17 PM | Greenhouse gas from livestock increased 51% in last half century, comprise 28% of total warming activity
Eating meat contributes to climate change, due to greenhouse gasses […]
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1:16 PM | Scientists set aside rivalry to preserve knowledge
Scientists from two experiments have banded together to create a […]
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1:13 PM | New Platinum Alloy Shows Promise as Fuel Cell Catalyst
Fuel cells are a promising, non-polluting way to power cars, […]
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1:10 PM | Fly’s Super-Hearing Power Could Aid Humans
A team of researchers at the Cockrell School of Engineering […]
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12:50 PM | Dealing with alcoholism and depression with a text message
The last thing an alcoholic wants, besides a hangover, is to be reminded that she has a “drinking problem.” I know. Back in my drinking days I would avoid conversations about last night’s festivities – especially if I had been in a blackout most of the night. Which is why I think this will work: […]
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12:30 PM | How Loss of Hearing Leads to Improved Vision in the Deaf
We have all heard the amazing things the brain can do when deprived of one of the senses – stories about blind people with incredible hearing or deaf people with amazing visual skills. That is because the part of the brain responsible for hearing reorganizes itself in the deaf to take in visual information (and […]
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12:00 PM | Can Better Health Care Prevent Dementia?
Several new studies presented at the Alzheimer's Association International Conference recently held in Copenhagen, Denmark suggest that lifestyle changes could reduce the risk of developing dementias such as Alzheimer's Disease. According to a Finnish study, two years of exercise, diet,...            Related StoriesCan Virtual "House Calls" Help Dementia Patients?The Problem with Fat JokesWhat is a Child Abuser? 
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11:03 AM | Embodying Culture: My ongoing conversation with Soliman & Glenberg
Would a formal reply make me this guy?I've been exchanging views with Art Glenberg and his colleagues about a paper he published recently in Frontiers. I reviewed it, had reservations but eventually let it through, then published my concerns as a commentary on the original paper. Soliman and Glenberg (2014; S&G) then replied to my reply which I didn't know about until I noticed the commentary had a citation in my Google Scholar profile. I could simply publish a reply to their […]
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10:30 AM | Best of Our Blogs: July 22, 2014
“Blame is a defensive substitute for an honest examination of life that seeks guidance in our mistakes.” – Thomas Moore, Care of the Soul When we hear the cry of wrongdoing, it is easy to pass the torch to another. The fear of messing up is an alarm set off by our ego. When we’re […]
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8:39 AM | Study of dynamic facial expressions suggests there are four basic emotions, not six
New research suggests that humans recognise facial emotional expressions in a dynamic way. We search for urgent signals first, before seeking out more nuanced information. The University of Glasgow researchers also argue their data show there are four basic facial expressions of emotion rather than the widely accepted six.Rachael Jack and her colleagues developed computerised 3-D faces that began neutral and relaxed before transforming over one second into a random expression, created through a […]
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8:32 AM | Common variation and the genetics of autism
The paper by Trent Gaugler and colleagues [1] reporting that the genetic architecture of the autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) seems in the most part to be due to "common variation" over and above "rare variants or spontaneous glitches" adds to the quite voluminous literature in this area.Everything in proportion? @ Wikipedia Based on an analysis of "a unique epidemiological sample from Sweden" researchers looked at DNA variations in some 3000 individuals with autism and asymptomatic […]

Gaugler T, Klei L, Sanders SJ, Bodea CA, Goldberg AP, Lee AB, Mahajan M, Manaa D, Pawitan Y, Reichert J & Ripke S (2014). Most genetic risk for autism resides with common variation., Nature genetics, PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25038753

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July 21, 2014

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11:17 PM | Misdiagnosed Man Sues After 20 Years in a Psychiatric Hospital
A Florida man who was released last year from a Nebraska psychiatric hospital is now suing the hospital and staff for $22 million due to the misdiagnosis that kept him hospitalized for 20 years. John Maxwell Montin, 52, was arrested...            Related StoriesHow Dangerous are Opioid Painkillers?What is a Child Abuser?Caring for High-Risk Children 
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10:35 PM | Lessons from ‘Eat, Pray, Love’
If you’re brave enough to leave behind everything familiar and comforting, which can be anything from your house to bitter, old resentments, and set out on a truth-seeking journey, either externally or internally, and if you are truly willing to regard everything that happens to you on that journey as a clue, and if you […]
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9:52 PM | Is Pain Real or Is It All In Your Head? Neuroscience Explains
“Pain feels like a fast stab wound to the heart. But then healing feels like the wind against your face when you are spreading your wings and flying through the air. We may not have wings growing out of our backs, but healing is the closest thing that will give … READ MORE
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8:53 PM | STOP – This Blog May Save Your Life Today
Take two minutes to read this blog post; it may truly be the thing today that can save your life. First before we begin, watch this surprising video below (runtime 1:47). The National Safety Council says there are currently 1.6 million accidents per year for texting while driving. How could it not be true that […]
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