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September 12, 2014

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11:34 AM | Mindfulness: la vida en el bosque de la mente
El mindfulness o meditación de consciencia plena ofrece una vía para regular nuestras emociones y pensamientos, con efectos beneficiosos en términos de aumento del bienestar subjetivo y reducción de síntomas […]
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10:30 AM | Best of Our Blogs: September 12, 2014
You might have felt it-a slight stir in the weather, the change in decor at stores, the waft of pumpkin, cinnamon and nutmeg at the coffee shop. We’re on the verge of a season change. But before you get swallowed up by all of the holidays that come with it, I hope you’ll take time […]
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8:33 AM | Astrocyte role in gamma waves
The study of the brain has been very neuron centered. Glial cells outnumber neuron by about 10 to 1 in the cortex and are known to be important to brain function but it is not clear just what they do other than some housekeeping tasks and shepherding neurons to their final locations during development. Astrocyte […]

Lee, H., Ghetti, A., Pinto-Duarte, A., Wang, X., Dziewczapolski, G., Galimi, F., Huitron-Resendiz, S., Pina-Crespo, J., Roberts, A., Verma, I. & Sejnowski, T. (2014). Astrocytes contribute to gamma oscillations and recognition memory, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 111 (32) DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1410893111

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8:23 AM | Psychologists compare the mental abilities of Scrabble and crossword champions
Completed Scrabble (left) and crossword grids (image from Toma et al 2014).Every year, hundreds of word lovers arrive from across the US to compete in the American Crossword Puzzle tournament. They solve clues (e.g. "caught some Z's") and place the answers (e.g. "sleep") in a grid. Meanwhile, a separate group of wordsmiths gather regularly to compete at Scrabble, the game that involves forming words out of letter tiles and finding a suitable place for them on the board.Both sets of players have […]

Toma, M., Halpern, D. & Berger, D. (2014). Cognitive Abilities of Elite Nationally Ranked SCRABBLE and Crossword Experts, Applied Cognitive Psychology, DOI: 10.1002/acp.3059

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4:01 AM | Easy Love: Is it Easier for Some People to Love than it is for Others?
The other day, I asked my kids (7 and 8 years old) to sign a birthday card for a relative that they had only met a few times. I expected that their misspelled words and child-like handwriting would be appealing to the card’s recipient. What I didn’t expect was for their messages to be full of love: “I love you,” “xoxox,” and hearts dotting each letter "i". Where were these demonstrative notes for a relatively unknown person coming from?  Should I […]
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2:19 AM | Some Basics on Social Psychology & Risk
Some Basics on Social Psychology & Risk I’ve been on a cracker of a journey for about two years now since I discovered social psychology and all that it brings to the area of risk and safety. I’ve discovered how much I don’t know, how much I thought I knew but didn’t, and most wonderfully, how much more I have to learn. I find this liberating! When we better understand people and how our social environment can impact the decisions we make, we can then better support […]
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2:15 AM | 9 11: Remember
World Trade Center’s Twin Towers: 9 11 Tribute with Twin Towers Memorial. I felt compelled to draw the above tribute today.  I kept seeing images of the World Trade Center in my mind but it was transparent – fading ~ yet it was an ever-present, unabating image.  If you read between the lines, you may theoretically […]

September 11, 2014

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11:30 PM | How You Can Find Gratitude When You’re Overwhelmed with Grief
It’s pretty easy to feel grateful when good things happen. Win the lottery or fall in love? Easy. But what if you lose your spouse, or child, or even your job, how do we find gratitude then? Scientifically, we know gratitude is strongly linked to well being. People just feel better when gratitude is part […]
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10:06 PM | Sesame Street Safety
Sesame Street Safety Sesame Street was first broadcast in 1969, a TV show aimed to help preschool children prepare for schooling, particularly in literacy and numeracy. As I presented to safety advisors this week at a conference I was stunned that no one in the room (all highly experienced safety people) knew of or had read, HB327 The Handbook on Communicating and Consulting About Risk. This neat little publication is a wonderful handbook to the Risk Management Standard AS/NZS ISO 31000:2009. […]
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10:03 PM | A History of the Essex Lunatic Asylum: Part 1
“...aims at making the Institution really and truly an Asylum, a place of refuge and retreat from pain and sorrow; an Hospital and a home.” Extract from the Essex Lunatic Asylum Medical Superintendent’s Annual Report, 1874
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8:30 PM | Zero Accident PPE
Zero Accident PPE I apologise if this offends anybody but I was doing some serious research on the positive benefits of using ZERO for Heath, Safety and accident prevention when…....um, this is what came up! So if you are spruiking about the value of zero and accident prevention and PPE this may very well be the reason why nobody is taking it seriously! No, I’m not sure if they come in Hi-Viz. Not sure what sort of a warranty that Ansell offer with this product but they seem to be […]
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8:01 PM | The Deadly Higgs Field Could Destroy the Entire Universe: Should We Be Worried?
There have been rumors and rumors of rumors that say that the universe will be destroyed at any given moment. Warning signs are new each and every day, proclaiming that the conditions are just right for a cataclysmic happening.  Is this true? Stephen Hawking wrote, in the preface of his … READ MORE
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6:45 PM | How Music Heightens Our Experiences
There’s a whimsical, charming scene in Begin Again, starring Keira Knightly, Mark Ruffalo and Adam Levine, that showcases two of the characters strolling through the streets of New York City, bonding through music. The gold and silver lights of Times Square shimmer in the dark, and earbuds are plugged in as they absorb favorite songs […]
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6:04 PM | Scientists discover neurochemical imbalance in schizophrenia
Using human induced pluripotent stem cells (hiPSCs), researchers at Skaggs […]
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6:02 PM | New superfoods could help key protein keep bodies healthy
A new generation of new superfoods that tackle heart disease […]
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5:46 PM | Facebook posts reveal personality traits, but changes complicate interpretation
A study from the University of Kansas finds that people […]
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5:34 PM | Is there a deficiency in the calculation of the cost of addiction?
There are many consequences of substance addiction, both for work, family and personal life and this can be given by a mistake at the cost of addiction.
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3:57 PM | Association between sunshine and suicide examined in study
Lower rates of suicide are associated with more daily sunshine […]
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3:53 PM | Last decade’s slow-down in global warming enhanced by an unusual climate anomaly
A hiatus in global warming ongoing since 2001 is due […]
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3:51 PM | Some male scientists willing to forsake careers for family
One third of men in academic science are willing to […]
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3:49 PM | Is The Pattern Of Brain Folding A ‘Fingerprint’ For Schizophrenia?
Anyone who has seen pictures or models of the human […]
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3:44 PM | Suicide Prevention: The Most Powerful Words You Should Never Forget!
On the evening of September 10th, I walked for suicide prevention as the sunset at Gilchrist park, Punta Gorda. I was given the above-piece of paper to pin on my shirt and to write “WHO” I was walking for? “I AM WALKING FOR”…many walked for loved ones that had lost their battles/lives to mental illness. […]
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3:15 PM | 7 Picture Books That Can Help Adults & Teens Talk About Their Feelings
For some adults and adolescents, picture books can offer a non-threatening way to explore their feelings and emotions.
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2:30 PM | 3 Tips for Sparking Your Kids’ Creativity
“Creativity is a gift, given in some measure to all of us,” said Tom Sturges, an accomplished music executive, author, teacher and speaker. For over 15 years, Sturges has mentored and taught thousands of students to explore their creativity, “to let their creative instinct ‘emerge’ rather than to force it out into the open.” (There’s […]
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1:55 PM | Treating autism in the first year of life
I had been waiting y'know. Waiting a while for the paper by Sally Rogers and colleagues [1] to finally appear quite a few days after the media headlines about 'reducing', 'reversing' and even 'eliminating' the signs and symptoms of autism in early infancy had appeared. Personally, I prefer the New Scientist headline: 'Early autism intervention speeds infant development' given the text of the paper. I should perhaps also add the words 'for some' to that sentence as you will hopefully […]

S. J. Rogers, L. Vismara, A. L. Wagner, C. McCormick, G. Young & S. Ozonoff (2014). Autism Treatment in the First Year of Life: A Pilot Study of Infant Start, a Parent-Implemented Intervention for Symptomatic Infants, Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, Other:

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1:04 PM | Hallucinogen in ‘magic mushrooms’ helps longtime smokers quit
Johns Hopkins researchers report that a small number of longtime […]
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12:58 PM | Will the real unemployment rate please stand up?
America’s unemployment rate — most recently reported as 6.1 percent […]
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12:57 PM | Happiness: 10 Fascinating New Psychology Studies Everyone Should Know
Where we feel happiness in the body, how it affects our genetic code, why it changes with age, unexpected pleasures and much more... Here are 10 of my favourite recent psychology studies about happiness. 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:4 Dark Sides To The Pursuit of Happiness The Body Map of Emotions: Happiness Activates the Whole Body How to Set Goals That Lead […]
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12:56 PM | NASA sees a significant flare surge off the sun
The sun emitted a significant solar flare, peaking at 1:48 […]
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12:00 PM | Will Legalized Marijuana Lead to Substance Abuse Among Minors?
An opinion article recently published in the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management discusses the legalization of recreational marijuana in United States. One of the key unknowns in the debate over legalization concerns the relationship between alcohol and marijuana use....            Related StoriesSeptember 10 is World Suicide Prevention DayCan Childhood Bullying Lead to Suicide?"Evil Spirit" Blamed for U.K. Murder 
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