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February 27, 2015

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9:37 AM | Hyperprolactinemia and risperidone use in autism
The findings reported by Yaowaluck Hongkaew and colleagues [1] (open-access) on prolactin levels being "positively and significantly associated with risperidone dose" in cases of children and adolescents diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is the point of discussion today.Prolactin by the way, is the hormone most commonly associated with stimulating breast development and milk production in women. To quote from the US National Institute of Health (NIH) entry on prolactin: "There is […]

Hongkaew Y, Ngamsamut N, Puangpetch A, Vanwong N, Srisawasdi P, Chamnanphon M, Chamkrachchangpada B, Tan-Kam T, Limsila P & Sukasem C & (2015). Hyperprolactinemia in Thai children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorder treated with risperidone., Neuropsychiatric disease and treatment, 11 191-6. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25653528

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5:43 AM | Going Organic: Good for the Brain?
The Picturesque Setting: I spent half my life living in rural Lancaster County Pennsylvania, on a farm my paternal grandparents purchased when they left the suburbs of New York City in the ‘70s to return to their roots.  They spent many years fixing up the farm (and yes it does look almost as quaint as […]
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5:24 AM | Focus on ‘Meeting’ people, not legislation – a path to risk maturity
Focus on ‘Meeting’ people, not legislation – a path to risk maturity ‘Due Diligence’ seems a buzz term in health and safety in Australia at the moment. I’ve heard many refer to ‘due diligence’ and it’s six steps, as the answer to what we have long been searching in health and safety. Many believe that […] The post Focus on ‘Meeting’ people, not legislation – a path to risk maturity appeared first on Safety Risk. […]
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2:48 AM | Understanding How People Make Decisions and Judgments
Understanding How People Make Decisions and Judgments Robert Sams presented at the 2015 National Workers Compensation Summit in Melbourne NSW on 25 February. In the midst of presentations that mainly focused on numbers, graphs and data, most of which were about how to ‘control’ workers compensation (including people, organisations and stake holders), Rob’s presentation focused […] The post Understanding How People Make Decisions and Judgments appeared first on Safety […]

February 26, 2015

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11:55 PM | The Perfect Office Design: Does Your Office Measure Up?
I’m a huge fan of the work of Christopher Alexander, and yesterday, for the hundredth time, I found myself urging someone to read his book, A Pattern Language: Towns, Buildings, Construction. This strange, brilliant, fascinating book uses architecture, sociology, psychology, and anthropology to describe the most satisfying environments. Instead of talking about familiar architectural styles and […]
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11:54 PM | Thinking of God makes people bigger risk-takers
Reminders of God can make people more likely to seek out and take risks, according to research published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science. The […]
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11:52 PM | New insight found in black hole collisions
New research by an astrophysicist at The University of Texas at Dallas provides revelations about the most energetic event in the universe — the merging of two spinning, orbiting black […]
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11:51 PM | How humans can develop immunity to deadly Marburg virus
A collaborative team from The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, Vanderbilt University and The Scripps Research Institute have identified mechanisms involved in antibody response to the deadly Marburg […]
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11:25 PM | On practicing what you preach
Sometimes in practice, I have found I feel somewhat hypocritical. An example of this was when I was a primary care mental health worker, helping people to work on their blood / needle / injury phobias. Whilst I could explain the principles,  support people to build graded exposure ladders, talk about how blood-related phobias are … Continue reading On practicing what you preach
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10:15 PM | Putting Humpty Dumpty Together Again: Consolidating Regulatory Authority Over Food Safety
By Diana R. H. Winters [Cross-posted from the Health Affairs Blog] The fragmented nature of regulatory authority over food in the United States is well known. More than a dozen federal agencies are responsible for the safety of the nation’s food supply. … Continue reading →
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9:59 PM | The effects of neglect on white matter in the developing brain
Several decades ago, both contraception and abortion were banned in Romania, leading to the institutionalization of hundreds of thousands of abandoned children. Some of the institutions provided adequate food and shelter, but almost none of them were able to provide the human interactions that are so vital to healthy brain development. Is is known that […]
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9:56 PM | The Hot Wave of Anti-Abortion Legislation
Allison M. Whelan, J.D. Senior Fellow, Center for Biotechnology &Global Health Policy, University of California, Irvine School of Law Guest Blogger As the majority of state legislatures get back in session, it is clear there will be no dearth of … Continue reading →
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8:45 PM | Anxiety 101: Don’t Cross the Rocky Mountains in February
I know what you’re thinking. “Of course you shouldn’t cross the Rockies during the coldest, snowiest time of year.” But while it may seem obvious that you could be setting yourself up for disaster, worriers like me throw ourselves headlong into harrowing obstacles all the time. We ignore that voice in our heads that says “I can’t […]
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8:25 PM | Affective Forecasting: Can We Predict Our Emotions?
We also are concerned with our future emotions and feelings. We all want to know how we are going to be. Will it be enjoyable if we go to that restaurant?  Will we live a happy life? The term Affective Forecasting is defined as our predictions about our future emotions. Definition The term “affectiv...The post Affective Forecasting: Can We Predict Our Emotions? appeared first on .
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8:11 PM | SPSP 2015: The world thinks that atheists are immoral
At the self and identity pre-conference this morning Will Gervais presented a series of studies (available open access right here) suggesting that people seem to automatically associate atheism with a lack of moral character.Read More->
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6:47 PM | A little tablet time probably won’t fry a toddler’s brain
Scientists weigh the pros and cons of smart screen time for toddlers Growth CurveHuman Development,Neuroscience by Helen Thompson 4:00pm, February 26, 2015 Scientists and parents wonder whether tablets are all fun and games for toddlers.ARSELA/iStockLaura Sanders is away on maternity leave.Give a toddler an iPhone and 10 minutes, and she’ll take at least 50 selfies and […]
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6:25 PM | SPSP 2015: The Contagious Spread of Affect
I was fortunate to attend the first session of the emotion pre-conference this morning and had a chance to hear about some amazing research conducted by Wendy Mendes (my post-doc advisor), Sara Waters, and Tessa West. The research examined the extent that affective states are transmitted between individuals.The researchers reasoned that social living organisms are widely characterized by synchronous actions and states--with humans groups being particularly likely to synchronize their emotions […]
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5:52 PM | Why Do So Many Psychologists Write So Badly?
As this blog has evolved, I’ve spent a great deal of time and energy looking at psychological research, exploring some of the best the field has to offer and examining how poorly conducted or communicated research can leave us misinformed. This job has been made much more time-consuming than necessary by the fact that [...]
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5:03 PM | SPSP Coverage, Broadcasting from Long Beach
Greetings from California! Many of us at Science of Relationships are part of an organization known as the Society for Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP), which is a community of scholars who study all things related to social behavior and individual differences (e.g., morality/religion, self-esteem, aggression, and of course, relationships!). Every year, SPSP hosts a conference that unities social and personality scientists worldwide. This year, we’re gathering in Long Beach, […]
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5:01 PM | The Neural System That Prevents You From Constantly Falling On Your Ass
Those living in cold climates know what a daily struggle walking and staying upright can be: every icy path is a potential hospital bill. Most of the time, the human body manages to keep us vertical. Other times, gravity betrays us, and we are down for the count. But what exactly is going on in […]
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4:24 PM | Navigating Daily Disappointments
Many days I feel disappointed in myself. I’m disappointed I didn’t wake up early. I’m disappointed I missed the morning yoga class. I’m disappointed I didn’t work hard enough. I’m disappointed I’m easily distracted. I’m disappointed I didn’t do the laundry or make the bed or organize that thing I was going to organize but […]
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4:20 PM | Experts Talk Vaccine Opt-Out Parameters
An article in the Harvard Crimson about our panel “Measles, Vaccines, and Protecting Public Health,” convened on February 25, 2015: There is a delicate balance between preserving individual rights and protecting public health when it comes to vaccines, experts argued … Continue reading →
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4:10 PM | Is Your Partner Depressed?
A married couple came to psychotherapist Rebecca Nichols, LPC, to improve their communication. The wife was having a hard time concentrating on conversations. In the last few months she’d become increasingly irritable and indecisive. And she constantly snapped at her husband. While the couple’s communication certainly needed work, it turned out that the wife was […]
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4:04 PM | Can we Live without Inferential Statistics?
The journal Basic and Applied Social Psychology (BASP) has taken a resolute and bold step. A recent editorial announces that it has banned the reporting of inferential statistics. F-values, t-values, p-values and the like have all been declared personae non gratae. And so have confidence intervals. Bayes factors are not exactly banned but aren’t welcomed with open arms either; they are eyed with suspicion, like a mysterious traveler in a tavern.There is a vigorous […]
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4:00 PM | Activate These 5 Fundamentals For Conscious Change
Do you believe you can change? These 5 steps are fundamental to positive change.
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3:00 PM | My Challenges with Forgiving Others
This feels like a weird post to write. I say that because I have only now just realized (at a newly-minted age 44), that the challenge I thought I was having with forgiving others is not the challenge I am actually having. By that I mean – in a way, actions others take that affect me […]
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2:40 PM | Swedish Photoshop Master Creates Mind-Blowing Optical Illusions
We all are familiar with optical illusions – visual images that trick our eyes into seeing things differently than they are in reality. Everyone remembers the spinning girl illusion or different ornaments that seem to be moving, while the image is actually static. But what happens when optical illusions are … READ MORE
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2:22 PM | What Happens When A Retail Pharmacy Decides To Stop Selling Cigarettes?
A new post by Andrew Sussman on the Health Affairs Blog, as part of a series stemming from the Third Annual Health Law Year in P/Review event held at Harvard Law School on Friday, January 30, 2015. The sale of cigarettes and tobacco products … Continue reading →
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2:18 PM | SPSP 2015: We're here in Long Beach!
It's been a few months since I've posted on this blog, and I'm planning to change that over the next several days: It is time for the annual convention of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology and we've got three full days packed with social-personality content to share with the blogosphere. I'll be writing a few short posts over the course of the conference--but before I do I want to point out where you can find some of the current and former bloggers on this website, right here at […]
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2:11 PM | Young problem drinkers consume less if they take naltrexone
Young people who drink abusively consume less and suffer fewer consequences from alcohol if they take naltrexone, a Yale School of Medicine study shows. While the drug the did not […]
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