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July 28, 2014

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3:45 PM | 5 Practices for Calming Racing Thoughts
Racing thoughts may be a daily reality for you or an occasional annoyance. Racing thoughts are common for people with anxiety when they’re facing a stressor. They’re also common in bipolar disorder, ADHD and other medical conditions, according to Marla Deibler, PsyD, a clinical psychologist who specializes in anxiety disorders. For instance, anxious thoughts may […]
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3:43 PM | Revisiting Tarasoff
In 1976, the California Supreme Court ruled that psychotherapists have a duty to protect potential victims if their patients made threats or otherwise behaved as if they presented a "serious danger of violence to another." In ruling on the case...            Related StoriesWhy We Need Mandatory Psychological Tests For Foreign Adoptive ParentsMisdiagnosed Man Sues After 20 Years in a Psychiatric HospitalHow Dangerous are Opioid
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2:39 PM | Undertheorized and unvalidated: Stocklmayer & Bryant vs. NSF Indicators “Science literacy” scale part I
The paper isn’t exactly hot off the press, but someone recently lowered my entropy by sending me a copy of Stocklmayer, S. M., & Bryant, C. Science and the Public—What should people know?, International Journal of Science Education, Part B, 2(1), 81-101 (2012).  Cool article! The piece critiques the NSF’s Science Indicators “factual knowledge” questions. As is well known to the 9.8 billion readers of this blog (we’re down another couple billion this […]
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2:35 PM | Potential ‘universal’ blood test for cancer discovered
Researchers from the University of Bradford, UK, have devised a […]
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2:32 PM | Why do dogs smell each other’s behinds? Chemical communication explained (video)
Here at Reactions, we ask the tough questions to get […]
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2:25 PM | An FDA-approved multiple sclerosis drug can alter memory?
Finding ways to enhance memory has been a goal of […]
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2:00 PM | Two Steps to Stop Judging Other People
My own tendency to judge (both others and myself) has long mystified me. On the one hand – yuck. A life spent judging self and others isn’t much of a life at all. Yet at times, judging others has also felt like it might serve some evolutionary purpose, perhaps even with my safety foremost in mind. […]
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1:51 PM | 10 Remarkable Ways Nature Can Heal Your Mind
People now spend up to 25% less time enjoying nature than they did 20 years ago. What is that doing to our minds?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:Urban Living: Green Spaces Improve Your Mental Health Meditation Benefits: 10 Ways It Helps Your Mind The Psychology of Why Kids (and Adults) Should Play Outside Tea: 6 Brilliant Effects on the Brain 5 Habits Proven to […]
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1:36 PM | Interfering with interferon
Virus-killing molecules may need all their skills, including inflammation, to […]
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12:53 PM | Food supplies threatened by climate change, air pollution combo
Many studies have shown the potential for global climate change […]
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12:45 PM | Play: One of the most important factors in a child’s development
The previous two articles in this series by Michigan State […]
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12:37 PM | Team achieves ‘holy grail’ of battery design: A stable lithium anode
Engineers use carbon nanospheres to protect lithium from the reactive […]
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12:36 PM | Dinosaurs fell victim to perfect storm of events, study shows
Dinosaurs might have survived the asteroid strike that wiped them […]
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12:35 PM | Hepatitis C virus genotype 1 is most prevalent worldwide
In one of the largest prevalence studies to date, researchers […]
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12:33 PM | Superconductivity could form at high temperatures in layered 2D crystals
An elusive state of matter called superconductivity could be realized […]
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12:30 PM | The consequences of being powerful
An Atlantic article, Being Powerful Distorts Time Perception recently caught my attention. The article discusses a few studies that induced feelings of power in a lab setting in order to observe different time-related cognitive consequences. The first suggested that the more power people have, the more available time they perceive they have. The authors attributed the […]
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11:13 AM | Why It’s So Tough for People in Power to Truly Feel Your Pain
I feel your pain. These words are famously associated with Bill Clinton, who as a politician seemed to ooze empathy. A skeptic might wonder, though, whether such a powerful figure really was personally distressed by the suffering of average Americans. Can people in high positions of power — be they presidents, bosses, celebrities and so […]
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10:45 AM | How to Deal with the Side Effects of Your Meds
When I was diagnosed with schizophrenia eight years ago, the first medication I took was called Abilify. It was a new drug, one that was supposed to protect against metabolic issues like gaining weight. It would’ve been fine but it had a nasty side effect no one told me about — the constant, restless feeling […]
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10:32 AM | A film review from 32,000 feet: Noah
I don't do long haul flights much. They wreck my frontal lobe function and leave me not only with a headache, but with a sense of befuddlement that can take a few days to abate. I also find that if I try to while away the time with work, or read a book, it just makes matters worse, so I am reduced to watching the films. And now at 32,000 feet en rpute to New York, I can think of nothing better to pass the time than to write a review of the film I have just seen, Noah. I grew up enjoying epics […]
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8:51 AM | The mistakes that lead therapists to infer psychotherapy was effective, when it wasn't
How well can psychotherapists and their clients judge from personal experience whether therapy has been effective? Not well at all, according to a paper by Scott Lilienfeld and his colleagues. The fear is that this can lead to the continued practice of ineffective, or even harmful, treatments.The authors point out that, like the rest of us, clinicians are subject to four main biases that skew their ability to infer the effectiveness of their psychotherapeutic treatments. This includes the […]

Lilienfeld, S., Ritschel, L., Lynn, S., Cautin, R. & Latzman, R. (2014). Why Ineffective Psychotherapies Appear to Work: A Taxonomy of Causes of Spurious Therapeutic Effectiveness, Perspectives on Psychological Science, 9 (4) 355-387. DOI: 10.1177/1745691614535216

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8:24 AM | Prenatal and neonatal blood mercury levels and autism
Acknowledging that some topics have the ability to furrow brows when it comes to autism research, mercury and autism is becoming something of a frequent talking point on this blog as a function of a whole slew of articles appearing in the peer-reviewed domain. If I were to [very tentatively] summarise the collected literature so far, it would be to say something like:Mosaic of mercury @ Wikipedia (i) there is quite a bit more research to be done on some sources of mercury being […]

Yau VM, Green PG, Alaimo CP, Yoshida CK, Lutsky M, Windham GC, Delorenze G, Kharrazi M, Grether JK & Croen LA & (2014). Prenatal and neonatal peripheral blood mercury levels and autism spectrum disorders., Environmental research, 133C 294-303. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24981828

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4:00 AM | What Does It Matter? Why Depression Is So Important In Troubled Relationships
Few people would be surprised to hear that couples in troubled relationships can also be depressed -- certainly not those of us who've been in such relationships and know how depressing they can be. Frequently, the conflict in these relationships and distress that results can become so overwhelming that any other problems, like depression, are typically hidden from view. A couple I'm presently treating, Jim and Stacey (not they’re real names), are engrained in an attack-withdrawal […]
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2:22 AM | Book Review: Consciousness and the Brain
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12:27 AM | Does Social media give people an illogical sense of anonymity?
Social Networks connect with the world Social Networks connect with the world – not just via websites or forums or email, but directly to people. Sharing everything from your most important thoughts like, on twitter you might tweet: “I just got up and I’m hungry.” Or post a photo on Facebook of you meal at […]

July 27, 2014

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10:35 PM | 8 Ways You Can Avoid Turning Help into Hurt in Relationships
Fortunately, we live in a society in which helpfulness and kindness are fairly common values. We typically consult with our friends on our troubles, help a neighbor out and offer problem-solving assistance to our spouses, family and friends. This is a beautiful thing. However, if we are not mindful, helpfulness and advice giving can be […]
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9:29 PM | Freud’s Oedipus and Electra Complexes: Right or Wrong?
When people think about psychology and psychotherapy, especially those unfamiliar with the fields, most tend to think about Sigmund Freud and his theories on psychosexual development. One of Freud’s most controversial theories was that boys go through a phallic stage when they have an unconscious sexual attraction towards their mothers … READ MORE
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4:34 PM | Natural News: A Truly Deadly Brand of Pseudoscience
If there was an award for the single greatest hub of pseudoscience on the internet, the website Natural News would well and truly take the crown tin foil hat. Expect to find anti-vaccine paranoia which extends not only to your garden variety antivaxxer favorites such as the debunked link to autism ...Read More
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3:45 PM | Would Your Life Be Better if You Owned More Things?
Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough. ~ Oprah Winfrey Materialists are those who have a central life focus on acquiring more things. They often relate their happiness directly to their possessions while declaring these goods as […]
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3:34 PM | Body Image Boosters From the Blogosphere 7.27.14
A positive body image goes beyond liking your looks. It encompasses taking good care of yourself and leading a fulfilling life. In this weekly series, I share some of my favorite posts from some of my favorite bloggers on this topic. Sometimes I also share relevant pieces that I’ve written elsewhere. Hope you find these […]
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1:40 PM | Poor Sleep Can Lead to False Memories
Short of sleep? Your memory could be playing serious tricks on you.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:Poor Sleep: 8 Hours With Interruptions As Bad As Only 4 Hours How Just One Night’s Poor Sleep Can Hurt a Relationship Sleep Deprivation: The 10 Most Profound Psychological Effects Offline Learning: How The Mind Learns During Sleep Lying: False Denials Are Harder […]
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