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November 14, 2014

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11:34 AM | Hearing WiFi
New Scientist has a fascinating article on Frank Swain who has hacked his hearing aid to allow him to hear WiFi. It’s a great idea and riffs on various attempts to ‘extend’ perception into the realm of being able to sense the usually unnoticed electromagnetic environment. I am walking through my north London neighbourhood on […]
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11:30 AM | Best of Our Blogs: November 14, 2014
As the seasons change and the holidays approach, some spotlights are shone on certain mental health factors. We might feel more stressed (and this isn’t isolated to adults!) or dealing with mental illness might become more of a challenge. Our bloggers tackle those topics and more in today’s Best of Our Blogs. The #1 Thing […]
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9:40 AM | One fifth of schizophrenia cases linked to Toxoplasma gondii?
"The PAF [population attributable fraction] for schizophrenia in those exposed to T. gondii is tentatively 21.4%". That was the headline conclusion made by Prof. Gary Smith [1] in his modelling analysis estimating what percentage of cases of schizophrenia might involve the protozoan Toxoplasma gondii. Some of the accompanying media about this potentially very important finding can be found here and here.You don't need to study scaring, you just do it.Although no expert on the PAF - defined as […]

Smith, G. (2014). Estimating the population attributable fraction for schizophrenia when Toxoplasma gondii is assumed absent in human populations, Preventive Veterinary Medicine, DOI: 10.1016/j.prevetmed.2014.10.009

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9:32 AM | Call for Neuroscience Ireland Travel Bursaries
Originally posted on Neuroscience Ireland:The 2nd call of 2014  for Neuroscience Ireland Travel Bursaries is now open.  The deadline for this call is 30th November 2014.  These bursaries are awarded to post-graduate and post- doctoral members of NI whose work has been accepted for presentation at an…
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8:46 AM | Reformers say psychologists should change how they report their results, but does anyone understand the alternative?
The rectangular bars indicate samplemeans and the red lines represent theconfidence intervals surrounding them.Image: Audriusa/WikipediaPsychological science is undergoing a process of soul-searching and self-improvement. The reasons vary but include failed replications of high-profile findings, evidence of bias in what gets published, and surveys suggestive of questionable research practices.Among the proposed solutions is that psychologists should change the way they report their […]
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2:28 AM | 9 Quotes about Life from ‘Garden State’
“Garden State” is a comedy-drama movie featuring Zach Braff and Natalie Portman that captures the state of transition young adults experience in a refreshing light. The narrative features psychological undertones. Andrew Largeman (Braff) has been medicated since he was 10 years old, resulting in his emotional detachment. He is simply going through the motions of […]
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12:17 AM | Visiting Speaker Presentation - Shaistha Mohamed: "Leadership as a Contest for Influence"
Please join us for a research presentation on the 18th of November by a visiting research scholar from the Australian National University. This talk is sponsored by Dr Emina Subasic and the School of Psychology’s Social and Organisational Psychology Research Group.WHEN: 12.00pm -1.00pm Tuesday 18th NovemberWHERE: Keats Reading Room, AVLG17 Psychology Building, CallaghanWHERE ELSE:  Video conferenced to The Science Offices Meeting Room, Ourimbah (please advise Stefania is you plan to […]
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12:04 AM | NeuWriteSD’s picks for SfN 2014!!!
The annual Society for Neuroscience meeting begins this Saturday, November 15th and you can bet that NeuWriteSD will be there!  Many of us will be presenting our own work at the meeting as well as tweeting and blogging about it.  Below you can find out what we’re excited about for this year’s meeting as well […]

November 13, 2014

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10:45 PM | 7 Signs Your Workplace is Toxic
For many people, the office can feel like a second home. You spend the majority of your waking hours there and your co-workers may likely be the people you interact with most in your life, after family or a spouse. If you’re not happy with your work environment, that dissatisfaction can carry over into your […]
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9:43 PM | 6 ideas from creative thinkers to shake up your work routine
Originally posted on ideas.ted.com:To improve your ability to think creatively, try one of these changes to your work routine. Every seven years, designer Stefan Sagmeister (TED Talk: The power of time off) closes his New York design studio for…
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8:32 PM | The Expectation of Safety
The Expectation of Safety A thought provoking article by Phil LaDuke who says: “On one hand the only one who can keep us safe is ourselves and on the other hand where ever you are and whatever you’re doing you are (often without realizing it) assuming things are safe with nothing more than faith to go on. In this week’s post I explore how we often assume that the things with which we interact are safe, but ridicule others for doing the same. I hope you will read the article […]
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7:02 PM | Bio-inspired bleeding control
Taking a cue from the human body’s own coagulation processes, researchers at UC Santa Barbara synthesize platelet-like nanoparticles that can do more than clot blood Stanching the free flow of […]
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7:00 PM | Want to Improve Your Putt? Try Listening to Jazz
Listening to jazz music while putting can boost your performance on the putting green, according to new university research. While any kind of music improves performance compared to listening to […]
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6:56 PM | Aggression in male chimpanzees leads to mating success
In the animal kingdom, the battle of the sexes often truly becomes a battle. Among chimpanzees, males may violently attack females, sometimes resulting in serious wounds. While unpleasant to watch, […]
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6:34 PM | Common cholesterol drug may prevent fibroid hysterectomies
Researchers at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, in collaboration with The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth), Baylor College of Medicine and the Georgia […]
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6:08 PM | #sfn14 – As time goes by: The gradual impact of chronic stress on rodent hippocampal structure and function
I won’t be there but go see our poster anyway – presented by Mostafizur Rahmen. Program#/Poster#: 745.05/SS30 Presentation Title: As time goes by: The gradual impact of chronic stress on rodent hippocampal structure and function Location: WCC Hall A-C Presentation … Continue reading →
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5:15 PM | Prelude to SfN2014
Well, I’m getting ready for my trip to DC for the Society for Neuroscience annual meeting. Over 30,000 neuroscientists will be descending upon the Washington DC starting this Saturday, November 15th. And … Continue reading →
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5:01 PM | The tenure-track: The first months
Apparently people read this blog and have noticed I’ve not updated in a few months. People are all like, “hey man, what happened to your bloviating?”Here’s the (shocking!) gist: moving to a new city, starting a faculty job, writing a book, having a second child, and creating a new class from scratch has been somewhat time consuming.My burgeoning lab has just been renovated.Voytek lab: pre-renovation (L) and post-renovation (R)I’ve got one post-doc (Erik Peterson) […]
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4:45 PM | Developing Self-Awareness as a Parent
For parents, being self-aware is key for connecting to their kids. When parents aren’t self-aware, they might get caught up in their own emotions instead of being present with their children. They also might not recognize that they’re unconsciously repeating the patterns of their own childhoods in their parenting today. As Carla Naumburg, Ph.D, writes […]
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4:10 PM | Your Body Belongs
“Our bodies know they belong; it is our minds that make our lives so homeless.” ~ John O’Donohue The above quote is part of Anna’s #CurvyLoveNotes, which she shares on Instagram. It inspired the below words:   Your body belongs at the gym, if that’s where you’d like to take it.   Your body belongs […]
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3:38 PM | Neuroscience Reveals the Secrets to Unlocking Your Brain’s Potential
The claim about humans using only 10% of their brain capacity has long been debunked. In fact, most parts of our brains are active almost all the time. It has been confirmed thanks to neuroimaging technologies, including positron emission tomography (PET) and functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), which make it … READ MORE
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3:18 PM | Touchdown! Rosetta’s Philae probe lands on comet
ESA’s Rosetta mission has soft-landed its Philae probe on a comet, the first time in history that such an extraordinary feat has been achieved. After a tense wait during the […]
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3:16 PM | The Reason Overwhelming Happiness Makes People Cry
Why lottery winners cry, teenage girls scream at Bieber concerts and people pinch the cheeks of cute babies. 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:Happiness is Contagious and Powerful on Social Media Happiness: 10 Fascinating New Psychology Studies Everyone Should Know 4 Dark Sides To The Pursuit of Happiness The Irritating Reason That Overconfident People Get All The […]
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3:06 PM | What long term marijuana smoking does to the brain
Researchers document physical changes in brain size, structure and connectivity A new paper released in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) examines long term effects of marijuana […]
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3:00 PM | What I Need to Feel Truly Human
I recently returned from our family’s annual pilgrimage to Cape Cod. Cape Cod is my favorite place on Earth. I can learn more there, unwind more there, rest more there, restore more there, in just 24 hours than in 24 days back in my hometown of Houston, Texas (or anyplace else, for that matter). This […]
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2:30 PM | Can I Use Mechanical Turk (MTurk) for a Research Study?
Amazon Mechanical Turk (MTurk) has quickly become a highly visible source of participants for human subjects research. Psychologists, in particular, have begun to use MTurk as a major source of quick, cheap data. Studies with hundreds or thousands of participants can be identified in mere days, or sometimes, even a few hours. When it takes […]The post Can I Use Mechanical Turk (MTurk) for a Research Study? appeared first on NeoAcademic.Related articles from NeoAcademic:Gamification, […]

Landers, R.N. & Behrend, T.S. (2015). An inconvenient truth: Arbitrary distinctions between organizational, Mechanical Turk, and other convenience samples, Industrial and Organizational Psychology, 8 (2)

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1:02 PM | China’s old-growth forests vanishing
China’s anti-logging, conservation and ecotourism policies are accelerating the loss of old-growth forests in one of the world’s most ecologically fragile places, according to studies led by a Dartmouth College […]
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1:00 PM | Latest Supercomputers Enable High-Resolution Climate Models, Truer Simulation of Extreme Weather
Berkeley Lab researcher says climate science is entering a new golden age. Not long ago, it would have taken several years to run a high-resolution simulation on a global climate […]
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1:00 PM | Why do Former Mental Patients Commit Suicide?
A research study published in the journal Psychiatry Research looked at the deaths of 98 victims of suicide in Tel Aviv, Israel between the years 2007 and 2010. This was done by examining background features and clinical characteristics among suicide...            Related StoriesListening to the GodsCan We Control the Aging Process?GIving up that Driver's Licence 
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12:57 PM | Fighting crime through crowdsourcing
University of Miami researchers are developing a computing model that uses crowdsourcing to combine and optimize human efforts and machine computing, to perform complex tasks Crowdsourcing utilizes the input of […]
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