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July 16, 2014

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5:10 PM | What to do when you just can’t seem to focus
Last week, I sat down to outline a guest blog post I’m writing for someone. I knew what I wanted to write about, I just needed to do it. I opened up a Google Doc, scanned my notes and prepared to write. And then…nothing. I couldn’t focus. My eyes started wandering around the room. All […] The post What to do when you just can’t seem to focus appeared first on Home Office Hero.
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5:10 PM | What to do when you just can’t seem to focus
Last week, I sat down to outline a guest blog post I’m writing for someone. I knew what I wanted to write about, I just needed to do it. I opened up a Google Doc, scanned my notes and prepared to write. And then…nothing. I couldn’t focus. My eyes started wandering around the room. All […] The post What to do when you just can’t seem to focus appeared first on Home Office Hero.
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3:41 PM | Measuring "ordinary science intelligence": a look under the hood of OSI_2.0
As the 12 billion readers of this blog (we are down 2 billion, apparently because we’ve been blocked in the Netherlands Antilles & Macao. . .) know, I have been working on & reporting various analyses involving an “ordinary science intelligence” (OSI) science-comprehension measure. Indeed, one post describing how it relates to political outlooks triggered some really weird events—more than once in fact! But in any case, I’ve now assembled a set of […]
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2:04 PM | Vacation
I will not be posting to my blog for a while for various reasons including a holiday – see you in a few weeks.
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1:52 PM | Months Before They Start to Talk, Babies are Mentally Rehearsing Speech
Baby's brains find it easier to process their native language.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 10 Superb Psychological Advantages of Learning Another Language Origins of Language: Neanderthals May Have Been Able to Talk Unique Human Brain Area Identified that Separates Us From Monkeys New Study of Improvising […]
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1:48 PM | An Attitude of Acceptance
Mori Ogai once wrote: “Neither fearing nor yearning for death, I walk down the descending slope of life.” Sounds like surrender? It’s not. It’s acceptance. Acceptance is power.
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1:36 PM | New Study Confirms That Friends Have Similar DNA
Our friends seem to be genetically more similar to us than strangers, according to a new U.S. scientific study led by prominent Greek-American professor of sociology and medicine at Yale University Nicholas Christakis and James Fowler, professor of medical genetics and political science at the University of California. The researchers, who … READ MORE
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1:30 PM | How to Write a Publishable Social Scientific Research Article: Exploring Your “Process”
If you ever talk to an artist about how they create whatever it is they create, whether that is acting, pottery, or blog articles, you will eventually begin to talk about their “process.” The process is whatever technique people use to go from a default state (e.g., bored and watching TV) to a state of creation. […]Related articles from NeoAcademic:Grad School: How Do I Write a Personal Statement? Scientific Research in Organizations Psychology Research Laboratories on […]
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12:30 PM | Do Puppy Tests Predict Adult Dog Behaviour?
A new study follows dogs from neonates to adults to find out if puppy tests predict adult behaviour.Photo: Mikkel Bigandt / ShutterstockLots of people want to know if a puppy’s behaviour will tell you what it will be like as an adult dog. From people choosing a pet dog from a breeder’s litter, to organizations training service, police or military dogs, making the right choice of puppy could really help later on. But there have long been concerns that puppy personality tests […]
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10:15 AM | Everything you always wanted to know about language but were too afraid to ask
The Max Planck Institute in Nijmegen has started a great initiative which tries nothing less than answer all your questions about language. How does it work? 1) Go to this website: http://www.mpi.nl/q-a/questions-and-answers 2) See whether your question has already been answered 3) If not, scroll to the bottom and ask a question yourself. The answers […]
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8:50 AM | Organic acids as biomarkers of autism?
Whilst I am always a little cautious about the use of the word 'biomarker' when applied to a heterogeneous condition like autism, even the autisms, I am nevertheless always intrigued at any reasonable prospect reported in the scientific literature. So it was when I read the paper by Joanna Kałużna-Czaplińska and colleagues [1] and their assertion that "there is a significant metabolic difference between autistic and non-autistic children" and onwards that "21 metabolites […]
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8:06 AM | What does it feel like to be depressed?
We're used to reading about depression as a checklist of symptoms. These lists have their uses, but arguably they miss the human story of what depression truly feels like. Now the psychologists Jonathan Smith and John Rhodes have published their analysis of the first-hand accounts of seven therapy clients, (three women and four men) about what it's like to be depressed for the first time. The participants had an average age of 44, and all had been referred for therapy in London.The first theme […]
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12:35 AM | New Study Suggests Audio Hypnosis Could Help With Deep Sleep
A new study suggests that listening to audio hypnosis just before bed may help some people reach a state of deep sleep and remain there for a longer period of time. The research, published in the journal Sleep, is the first to observe the connection between hypnosis and sleep through the measurement of brain wave […]

July 15, 2014

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11:56 PM | As an effect of a traumatic experience, is long-term depression or suppression of the event more damaging psychologically?
I don’t know the answer to this question. My knowledge of mental disorders is very limited. Perhaps cognitivedefusion can help you?
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6:38 PM | New Feathered Dinosaur From China Sheds Light on Dinosaur Flight
Research findings from an international team of scientists including Alan […]
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6:36 PM | Brain responses to emotional images predict PTSD symptoms after bombing
The area of the brain that plays a primary role […]
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6:35 PM | PLOS Blogger Calls Out PLOS ONE Journal — Huh?
We’re living in strange times. You don’t have to look any further than this lengthy critique of a recent journal article. The critique appears on a Public Library of Science (PLOS) blog called Mind the Brain penned by James Coyne, PhD. Ployne is a well-published and diverse researcher himself, so he knows bad research when […]
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5:52 PM | PSA: Proper Grammar
Here’s a plea for using proper grammar! Thanks Weird Al!
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5:39 PM | Have you ever wondered what is the longest gestation period for a bird, or what is the maximum age for a squirrel?
Well wonder no more! NIF is here to help answer these burning questions. This week we have a couple of new sources from the aging community: AnAge and the Lifespan Observations Database. The AnAge data set contains data based on the phylogenetic tree and users can select or search for individual species or groups of […]
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5:03 PM | 25 Statements for Speaking Kindly to Ourselves
I love this powerful post from Joyce on 50 loving sentiments to say to our partners, family members and friends. It inspired me to think of the statements we can say to ourselves. Because so many of us get stuck in a self-critical dialogue. So many of us get stuck ruminating over the same harsh […]
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4:09 PM | Does psychological consequences have pulmonary embolism?
When there is any chronic physical illness brings consequences in everyday life which must be adapted to cope with it as best as possible.
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2:42 PM | What’s it Like to Experience and Recover from Psychosis?
A short documentary made by a person with lived experience of psychosis, on what it's like and recovery.
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2:35 PM | 3 Mindful Ways to Navigate Anger
Anger is a natural and normal emotion. It’s also a valuable one. It lets us know when our boundaries have been crossed in all areas of our lives. However, anger also can distract us. We may become lost in our anger, blind to the blessings around us. Anger can isolate us from others. And it […]
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1:50 PM | You Can Learn a New Language While You Sleep, Study Finds
Swiss study finds memory for new words reinforced by listening again during sleep.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:Offline Learning: How The Mind Learns During Sleep Hidden Caves in the Brain Open Up During Sleep to Wash Away Toxins How Sleep After Learning Enhances Memory Later School Start Times Improve Sleep and Daytime Functioning in Adolescents The Miracle and […]
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1:30 PM | Months before their first words, babies’ brains rehearse speech mechanics
Infants can tell the difference between sounds of all languages […]
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1:19 PM | Bothered by hot flashes? Acupuncture might be the answer
In the 2,500+ years that have passed since acupuncture was […]
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1:18 PM | Pre-diabetes label ‘unhelpful and unnecessary’
Labelling people with moderately high blood sugar as pre-diabetic is […]
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1:17 PM | Young women with sexy social media photos seen as less competent
Girls and young women who post sexy or revealing photos […]
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1:15 PM | New technique may transform hunt for antibiotics and cancer therapies
Antibiotic resistance is depleting our arsenal against deadly diseases and […]
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1:14 PM | Physicians influence therapy decisions for prostate cancer patients
New research from The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer […]
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