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October 20, 2014

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1:50 PM | Forget Goldilocks: Too hot and too cold is just right for particle assembly
Microscopic particles that bind under low temperatures will melt as […]
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1:48 PM | Cold sore virus increases the risk of dementia
Infection with herpes simplex virus increases the risk of Alzheimer’s […]
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1:42 PM | Novel solutions to fight the obesity gene
Potent inhibitors a potential new class of anti-obesity drugs that […]
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1:38 PM | Sexual preference for masculine men and feminine women is an urban habit  
In a world of matinee idols and cover girls it’s […]
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1:35 PM | Exercise Could Help Predict Susceptibility to Chronic Pain
Scientists know that exercise helps the body tolerate pain. But […]
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1:26 PM | Can Anger in Infants Predict Later Problems?
How does your baby handle anger? Research studies suggest that young children responding with excessive anger to blocked goals (such as taking away a favourite toy) can help identify whether they might be at risk for later problems such as...            Related StoriesStigma and Seeking HellpWhat We Can Do to Slow Down the Growing Suicide Rate in AlaskaChild Abuse and Raising the Next Generation 
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10:41 AM | Can prevent workplace bullying before it arises?
One of the most dramatic situations for a worker is suffering workplace bullying by their superiors with all the consequences this has.
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8:37 AM | Decades of lie detection research has been unrealistic
According to decades of psychology research, most people, including law enforcement professionals, are useless at detecting lies. But in a new paper, a team led by Tim Levine argues that nearly all previous research has been unrealistic. The field has been dominated by studies that place the "lie detector" in a passive role, tasked with spotting "tells" leaked by the liar. But this just isn't how deception detection works in real life, say Levine and his team. Rather, the interrogator interacts […]
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8:36 AM | Reasons for visiting ER by those with autism
ER - Emergency Room - or as we call it here in Blighty Accident & Emergency (A & E), is never a particularly desirable place to visit given the emphasis on illness or injury of yourself or loved one. That being said, staff there do a sterling job sometimes under very stressful circumstances, responding to all-manner of complaints, some of which are life-threatening.The paper by Dorothea Iannuzzi and colleagues [1] sought to identify some of the medical reasons why ER […]

Iannuzzi DA, Cheng ER, Broder-Fingert S & Bauman ML (2014). Brief Report: Emergency Department Utilization by Individuals with Autism., Journal of autism and developmental disorders, PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25261249

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4:24 AM | Human Dymensions Newsletter–October 2014
Human Dymensions Newsletter–October 2014 Book Launch 21 November 2014   DOWNLOAD THE FLYER WITH CONTACT LINKS Follow-Leading in Risk Launch Flyer RSVP: Email Brad Markham Rob and Craig are pleased to invite you to the launch of book 4 in the series on risk. The details of the book launch are pictured above and the […] The post Human Dymensions Newsletter–October 2014 appeared first on Safety Risk Blog.
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4:01 AM | How Do Important Relationship Events Impact Our Well-Being?
Perhaps no life events fill us with more joy or sadness than those that involve important relationship partners. Whether we are committing to lifelong partnerships with someone we love, bringing a new addition to the family, leaving a bad relationship, or losing a loved one, relationship events may have different effects on how satisfied and happy we are with our lives.  How do important relationship events impact our well-being over time? In a recent meta-analysis (a research paper […]
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2:38 AM | Does Forgiveness Have a Dark Side?
Forgivenessis widely considered to be a psychologically healthy and morally virtuous approach to coping with victimization. Research suggests that people who forgive more easily are happier and healthierthan those who hold grudges. In addition, forgiveness interventions have been shown to reduce stress reactivity, increase optimism, and facilitate reconciliation with offenders.Read More->
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1:59 AM | Newsweek misrepresents autism and misrepresents me
Newsweek's featuring a new article about autism. When you finish girding your loins or gathering your spoons, take a look at it. OK. Forget the horrible headline. No, wait. Don't forget it. Substitute in "Did a son's paraplegia drive a woman to murder?" or "Did a son's deafness drive a woman to murder?" How does it feel at your moral center, that offhand reference to a child's disability driving a parent to murder? Seem ethical, right, OK, defensible to you? Keep in mind that the son in […]
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12:10 AM | Social Media and Safety
Social Media and Safety and, Safety in Social Media There is no doubt that social media has changed the way we live, relationships, communication, politics and worldview. Hoffer (1951) The True Believer; Ellul, (1973) Propaganda; Sunstein (2006) Infotopia; Kirkpatrick (2010) The Facebook Effect ; Turkle (2011) Alone Together and Keen (2007, 2012) The Cult of […] The post Social Media and Safety appeared first on Safety Risk Blog.

October 19, 2014

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10:35 PM | It Helps to Focus on the Positive Stuff
Things are OK as they are. That’s the one fact I’ve been struggling with recently. I have this image in my mind as to how I want things to be. I want to make lots of money, I want a house in the mountains, I want to get married. All of this I worry about […]
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4:58 PM | There Could Be Half As Much Dark Matter In The Milky Way As Previously Thought
Dark matter has never been easy to understand, neither has it been a piece of cake to measure. According to recently attained measurements, however, it seems that there is only half the amount of dark matter than what we previously thought. If you have no idea what dark matter is, … READ MORE
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3:45 PM | Why Real Love Is Hard Work
A month into our relationship, my now-husband asked me, “Where do you see yourself in five years?” I didn’t hesitate. “As a nun in a third-world country doing missionary work,” I said. “Interesting.” Somewhere around that time I also told him it would be five years before I slept with him. It was the quickest […]
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2:36 PM | How to Feel Happy Just By Walking Differently
Our mood clearly affects how we walk, but how does our walking style affect our mood? 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:Happy Habits: How to Fix Bad Moods Here’s Why Materialistic People Are Less Happy and Less Satisfied What Alzheimer’s Patients Feel After Their Memories Have Vanished The Item of Clothing That Can Help People Feel Less Angry The […]
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1:54 PM | ​Immersed in Violence: How 3-D Gaming Affects Video Game Players
Playing violent video games in 3-D makes everything seem more […]
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1:12 PM | Self-Care Sunday 10.19.14
In this new series I share links to all kinds of posts, which explore taking kinder care of ourselves — from appreciating our bodies to getting to know ourselves better to expressing our creativity (which goes hand in hand with self-discovery) to feeling our feelings to saying no to saying yes to savoring supportive, healthy […]
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12:00 PM | The Case of the Brooklyn Enigma (Part One of Two)
Throughout the late 19th century, she was known as "America's Most Famous Invalid" and "The Brooklyn Enigma." Though skeptics denounced her as a fraud, spiritualists and curiosity seekers still came in droves to see the bedridden woman whose paranormal claims...            Related StoriesThe Rumour Watchers (Part 2 of 2)What is Grisi Siknis?The Jesus Experiment (Part 2 of 2) 
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10:45 AM | Stories that Sabotage Coping and Spike Stress
Our belief systems, or personal stories, dictate our behavior. The stories we spin about ourselves can shape everything from the decisions we make to how we interact with others to the goals we accomplish. “Our thoughts have tremendous power and largely create our realities,” said Joyce Marter, LCPC, a psychotherapist who writes the Psych Central […]
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10:42 AM | ‘Measuring’ does things to people…. (and what to do about it)
‘Measuring’ does things to people…. (and what to do about it) It has become fashionable for organisations to use positive or leading indicators as a way to ‘measure’ their risk and safety ‘performance’. Leaders in some organisations have proudly told me how they are ‘progressive’, ‘generative’ and ‘world class’ because they focus on leading indictors […] The post ‘Measuring’ does things to […]
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3:33 AM | Cognitive Psychology Group Colloquium (and The Great Bayes Debate!)
This week we have two special events.First, a colloquium from Prof. Cliff Hooker (a pioneer of Cognitive Science at Newcastle, now an Emeritus Professor) in our usual time slot.Then on Friday we debate whether "Bayesian cognitive models advance our understanding of the human mind." with Dan Navarro (University of Adelaide, http://health.adelaide.edu.au/psychology/ccs/people/dan/) and Don van Van Ravenzwaaij in the affirmative and Ben Newell (http://www2.psy.unsw.edu.au/Users/BNewell/) and Scott […]

October 18, 2014

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11:25 PM | What Drives a Person to Suicide?
Each of us has swings in our mood or has highs and lows in our emotional feelings. If these swings are within a certain normal range, we remain self-governed and functional. But when they become extreme, they can lead us into the poles of mania and depression. In some cases if the manias become extremely […]
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9:01 PM | Sharpen your thinking about business advice: Sensitivity, specificity and base rates
Your news feed might have pieces about how to get better at business (or indeed your living your life). They might have a seemingly empirical basis, and offer numbers of great specificity: the ten ways the successful manage their time; … Continue reading →
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8:25 PM | 6 Mind Expanding Movies That Will Make You Question Reality and Life
Some movies are made to touch our heart and soul with an overabundance of sentiment. They make us come in touch with our humanity and empathy. And some films are made to touch our mind, to get our mental cogs working, to awaken and expand our consciousness. They are films … READ MORE
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6:38 PM | Does Literary Fiction Challenge Racial Stereotypes?
A book is a mirror: if a fool looks in, do not expect an apostle to look out.                                                                Georg Christoph Lichtenberg […]

Johnson, D., Huffman, B. & Jasper, D. (2014). Changing Race Boundary Perception by Reading Narrative Fiction, Basic and Applied Social Psychology, 36 (1) 83-90. DOI: 10.1080/01973533.2013.856791

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6:35 PM | Blue Collar Roots vs. White Collar Reality
My father was a machinist and my mother a nurse. I still recall the smell of the machine shop on my father’s clothing when he came home from work, the name “Gary” embroidered on his blue shirt. When I was a child, my father chopped wood and sold it by the side of the road to […]
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6:27 PM | Buddhist Musings in Ramadan
Ramadan is the month of fasting and a time for spiritual growth among Muslims. The traditionalist approach to "spiritual growth" is for Muslims to complement their fasting with performing additional prayers at night and regular reading of the Quran throughout the month. My own approach is somewhat different, I tend to complement my fasting with the reading of writings and scriptures from other philosophies or faith traditions, including atheist and humanist teachings. This year, I decided […]
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