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April 11, 2014

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1:33 PM | Water: Too much, too little
Climate change may accentuate seasonal differences in moisture availability Climate […]
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1:29 PM | How widespread is tax evasion?
New study puts a cost on “round-tripping,” a method investors […]
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12:47 PM | A Mad Man, Indeed: Don Draper on the Couch
When last we saw our fearless antihero, Don Draper, he was standing face-to-face...
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12:07 PM | Mindsets, Grades and Test Scores
Dear Friends, I was delighted to arrive home from my spring break and find good SAT results from my students who had taken the test for the second time in March. In every case, their consistent hard work between the two testings had produced significant gains of 50, 100 or more points! Students are always […]
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10:30 AM | Best of Our Blogs: April 11, 2014
Is this normal? Why do I feel this way? What’s wrong with my relationship? What’s wrong with me? We spend a ton of time asking questions like these. We seek solace, validation, and comfort through answers. But rarely do we have the patience to listen. Instead we find ourselves obsessively searching the internet, pouring over […]
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10:02 AM | La Neuropsicopedagogía Sistémica: una novedosa aproximación.
Entrevista D. José María Jiménez López, Fundador y Director de Axón Centro de Neuropsicología y Psicopedagogía Sistémica, quien cuenta sobre su innovadora labor Aquí únicamente se muestra el resumen, para leer la entrada entera pulsa sobre el título.
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9:59 AM | Don’t forget the cerebellum
Many theories of humanness rely on a simple idea that the cerebral cortex is enlarged in humans relative to other primates and in primates relative to other mammals. So it must be the cerebral cortex that is the important part of the brain, giving us our smarts and our skills. What is often overlooked is […]

Baizer, J. (2014). Unique Features of the Human Brainstem and Cerebellum, Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 8 DOI:

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8:00 AM | Facial expressions as social camouflage
Can making faces mask your personality?According to a group of University of Glasgow psychologists, Daniel Gill and colleagues, it can. Writing in the journal Psychological Science, these researchers say that human facial expressions can signal how dominant, trustworthy, or attractive we are – and that these ‘dynamic’ signals can mask or override the impression given off by the ‘static’ structure of the face.In other words, someone might have a face that […]
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4:02 AM | Three Strikes, You’re Out
I thought it was time for an update about my experiment with going off ADHD medication. Yesterday, I confessed about caving in to the temptation to touch a dead screech owl’s beak and talons to see what they felt like (smooth and bone-like, if you’re wondering). As far as I was concerned, the Screech Owl […]
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4:01 AM | Your Partner’s Friends: A Threat to Your Relationship?
Others who could replace you in your relationship typically provoke jealousy. However, your partners’ same-sex friends can also illicit jealousy. Across two studies with over 200 participants, researchers found that partner-friend jealousy was greater for those who: (a) considered their romantic relationships more important to their lives, (b) were less close to their own friends, and (c) perceived their partner was less committed to the relationship. Perhaps for their own benefit, those […]

April 10, 2014

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10:45 PM | A New Approach to Overcoming Psychological Disorders
For more than a decade, researchers have known that all major psychological disorders — including depression, anxiety and even schizophrenia — are associated with an excessive tendency to rumination. When faced with depressive or anxious urges, your mind often goes into overdrive by becoming excessively engrossed in thoughts. “Engrossive” thinking is the primary mediating factor […]
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9:47 PM | Ancient spider had two sets of eyes, all the better to see you with
Stunning images of a 305-million-year-old harvestman fossil reveal ancestors of […]
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9:12 PM | Appearance of Night-Shining Clouds Has Increased
First spotted in 1885, silvery blue clouds sometimes hover in […]
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5:22 PM | Main-lining the Secret Truth of the Universe: Pessimism and the Brain (part 1)
Cohle: I’d consider myself a realist, alright? But in philosophical terms I’m what’s called a pessimist. Hart: Um, okay, what’s that mean? Cohle: Means I’m bad at parties. Hart: Let me tell you, you ain’t great outside of parties either. A friend in college told me that she only felt like she knew the truth when […]
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4:50 PM | Are there mental health effects cannabis consumption?
The legalization of cannabis use is discussed in several countries, but they have effects on the mental health of young cannabis use?
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4:28 PM | Study: Gutting of campaign finance laws enhances influence of corporations, rich
Affluent individuals and business corporations already have vastly more influence […]
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3:56 PM | Listening to the Language of Your Body
A pivotal part of building a more positive body image and practicing compassionate self-care is listening to our bodies. Our bodies speak to us through sensations, according to psychotherapist Andrea Brandt, Ph.D, MFT, in her book Mindful Anger: A Pathway to Emotional Freedom. Brandt defines sensations as “the perception of stimuli through the senses (sight, […]
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3:52 PM | Git for non-hackers pt. 1: Organizing your research one commit at a time
Version control is all the rage in academia. And when people talk about version control, they generally mean Git, which is by far the most popular version-control system. But what exactly is Git? We all want to control our versions. Especially when you have experienced versions-run-amock situations like these: document-v1-latest_(commented)-trackchanges_3.2-wed_12:00.docx But how?! In very simple terms, Git is a program that allows you to take snapshots of your files at […]
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3:15 PM | Is it Good to Be Bad in the Workplace?
In recent years there has been a growing examination of the dark side of personality. Researchers have begun to appreciate the role played by socially undesirable traits. In fact, recent research has taken an interesting slant, examining the way in which dark traits actually can be advantageous. The book Snakes in Suits is an excellent […]
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2:00 PM | For the Love (or Not) of Service
Sometimes I do not love service. This (not surprisingly) can be inconvenient at times. Service is a big part of what helped me stay in recovery from my eating disorder, especially during the early days. Service is also what has helped me maintain that recovery – and grow stronger and stronger – in the many […]
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1:54 PM | Green Tea Improves Working Memory
Tea boosts connections between frontal and parietal regions of the brain.→ 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:Learning Challenging New Skills Like Photography Improves Memory Caffeine Improves Long-Term Memory When Consumed After Learning Urban Living: Green Spaces Improve Your Mental Health Exercise Can Improve Long-Term Memory Tea: 6 Brilliant Effects on the Brain
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1:51 PM | China looks to science and technology to fuel its economy
Maintaining stability in the face of rapid change and growth, […]
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1:48 PM | Existing technique could accelerate metabolism to fight obesity
Researchers identify a protein in fat and liver cells that […]
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1:46 PM | Forget the honeybadger: Tough marsupial may have hunted prey bigger than itself
The reconstruction of an extinct meat-eating marsupial’s skull, Nimbacinus dicksoni, […]
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1:44 PM | Head injuries can make children loners
Study also suggests potential treatment New research has found that […]
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1:42 PM | HIV battle must focus on hard-hit streets
In U.S. cities, it’s not just what you do, but […]
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1:38 PM | Does action scaling predict 'the embodiment of culture'? (No.)
I recently reviewed a paper for Frontiers by Arthur Glenberg and colleagues called 'Sensory motor mechanisms unify psychology: the embodiment of culture' (Soliman, Gibson & Glenberg, 2014). This is part of an ongoing research topic on embodied cognition run by Guy Dove. Once the paper had been published, I took the opportunity to write up my main remaining problem with the paper as a commentary piece (Wilson, 2014) and I'd like to review that here (and also please see my comment at the end […]
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1:36 PM | Malaysia flight search costs U.S. military $7 million so far
The Defense Department has committed more than $7 million over […]
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1:33 PM | If Focusing Only on the Pleasant Bits Worked
Vonnegut, in Slaughterhouse-Five, has Billy Pilgrim talk about the Tralfamadorians' philosophy of ignoring the unpleasant times and focusing only on the positives. Pilgrim, however, is constantly being pulled back into the war and his times in Dresden. He is helpless to avoid it, although he compensates by creating a future with centerfold Montana Wildhack on a Tralfamadorian zoo where they live happily and procreate.  Wish fulfillment, lovely daydreams or schizophrenic visions?I've […]
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1:31 PM | Drug a dud for diastolic heart failure
A drug that blocks the action of a key hormone […]
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