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July 15, 2014

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10:30 AM | Best of Our Blogs: July 15, 2014
It could come from disappointing others or being disappointed. It could start from grief and an accumulation of bitterness, resentment, and years of feeling misunderstood. It could spiral down from a bad morning, a critical thought, a negative image of yourself and your body. It could even come from disease and physical illness. Suffering is […]
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7:51 AM | Why do we bite our nails?
It can ruin the appearance of your hands, could be unhygienic and can hurt if you take it too far. So why do people do it? Biter Tom Stafford investigates What do ex-British prime minster Gordon Brown, Jackie Onassis, Britney Spears and I all have in common? We all are (or were) nail biters. It’s […]
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7:45 AM | It's possible to "forget" unwanted habits
New research shows that we can weaken and even undo practised habits by deliberately deciding to forget them.Gesine Dreisbach and Karl-Heinz Bäuml from Regensburg University first instilled new habits in their participants by presenting them with German words and training them over many trials to make the same response to each word - a left-handed key-press for half of them, a right-hand response for the remainder.Later, participants had to categorise the same words by gender, with […]

Dreisbach, G. & Bauml, K. (2014). Don't Do It Again! Directed Forgetting of Habits, Psychological Science, 25 (6) 1242-1248. DOI: 10.1177/0956797614526063

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5:01 AM | What Attachment Style is The Bachelorette’s Andi Dorfman?
So I have a confession to make, and you have to promise not to judge me.  I am totally “fangirling” over the current Bachelorette Andi Dorfman. There is something remarkable about her, and whatever it is is generating some polarizing opinions. Oh, and did I mention that Andi was an assistant district attorney before she resigned to do the show? What more could you ask for in a lead role! If Andi is so great, why is she provoking such mixed reactions?
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12:08 AM | Overcome These Five Obstacles to Your Mindfulness Meditation Practice
Many media outlets have been talking for a number of years now about how ubiquitous mindfulness is, the impact it’s having in a variety of sectors and all the wonderful science that continues to be published. But I noticed that many people in the media don’t talk much about the actual formal practice of mindfulness meditation and […]

July 14, 2014

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11:52 PM | Proof: Parkinson’s Enhances Creativity?
Prof. Rivka Inzelberg of Tel Aviv University’s Sackler Faculty of […]
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11:49 PM | Introducing the Blog, Being Borderline
Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is probably one of the most misunderstood and most stigmatized of mental disorders. Even mental health professionals sometimes have a hard time hiding their disdain for people who have this disorder. Discrimination against people with BPD is rampant. That’s why I’m pleased to introduce, Being Borderline with Sonia Neale, a long-time […]
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9:31 PM | The concept of stress, sponsored by Big Tobacco
NPR has an excellent piece on how the scientific concept of stress was massively promoted by tobacco companies who wanted an angle to market ‘relaxing’ cigarettes and a way for them to argue that it was stress, not cigarettes, that was to blame for heart disease and cancer. They did this by funding, guiding and […]
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8:31 PM | "Nothing Holy About Agony"
Maybe it's because, at the age of 82, he is thinking more personally about what it means to have a good death. But for whatever reason, Archbishop Desmond Tutu wrote an article this past weekend in favor of assisted dying, a reversal in his previous position that will no doubt have an impact far beyond his native South Africa.read more
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8:31 PM | House of Lords Bill Would Allow Physician-Assisted Dying
Maybe it's because, at the age of 82, he is thinking more personally about what it means to have a good death. But for whatever reason, Archbishop Desmond Tutu wrote an article this past weekend in favor of assisted dying, a reversal in his previous position that will no doubt have an impact far beyond his native South Africa.read more
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7:51 PM | Justin Bieber: Is It Biological?
Last week, when Justin Bieber pleaded no contest to a charge of misdemeanor vandalism in his highly-publicized egg throwing barrage on a neighbor’s home earlier this year, it was the most recent of a rash of run-ins with the law for the 20 year-old Canadian singer-songwriter. The precocious pop star’s growing rap sheet over the […]
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6:45 PM | How to Deal with Burnout
We all know what it feels like when you’ve had enough. It’s that listless, weary feeling of not wanting to proceed but knowing that you have to. Some refer to it as ennui; others simply call it burnout. It happens when the stress of performing a certain task overrides its enjoyment. It can take place […]
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4:56 PM | Starting Over From Despair
There is a point of deep, true goodness inside you that can be nurtured and grown. If we hang onto the good in ourselves and look for the good in others, we can begin to repair the hurt in our lives.
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4:26 PM | Cómo resetear la mente dando un paseo
En uno de sus cuentos, Lewis Carroll nos dice que cuando Aquiles finalmente alcanzó a la tortuga se sentó sobre su caparazón y entablaron un diálogo. ¿Cómo, contrariamente a lo […]
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3:21 PM | Brain Freeze
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3:03 PM | Drawing Draws on Complex Cognitive Processes
Drawing objects seems like a simple task – most of us, from young to old, can copy simple pictures even if we lack artistic talent. If you can’t, it may be a sign of a cognitive disorder or brain damage. New research looking at stroke patients has found that drawing depends on several complex cognitive […]
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2:36 PM | Oooops! 80 Percent of Mentally Ill are Not Jobless
While I’m sure NAMI appreciates all the media coverage on their new National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI) report on the state of unemployment and people who suffer a mental illness, some of the stories are missing a pretty big qualifier. It’s not among all people with mental illness who have the 80 percent jobless […]
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2:26 PM | Nucleus reuniens of the thalamus contains head direction cells | eLife
Nucleus reuniens of the thalamus contains head direction cells | eLife. Maciej M Jankowski, Md Nurul Islam, Nicholas F Wright, Seralynne D Vann, Jonathan T Erichsen, John P Aggleton, Shane M O’Mara DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7554/eLife.03075 Cite as eLife 2014;10.7554/eLife.03075 Abstract Discrete … Continue reading →
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2:21 PM | Monkeying Around with the Hot Hand
Imagine you're at a roulette table in Las Vegas. You've been having an amazing run of luck (yes, it does happen on occasion). After winning five times in a row using a can't-fail new system, do you become convinced that...            Related StoriesSacrificing EdithCaring for High-Risk ChildrenThe Toll Trauma Takes on the Families of Victims 
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2:00 PM | Of People and Pedestals (and why the latter makes for uncomfortable seating)
As of this year, I am in the 3rd year of my 40th decade. First of all (just for the record) I can’t understand why anyone dreads turning 40. The 40′s are awesome!! When I turned 40, I dyed my hair purple. At 41, I added bright blue. In my 42nd year, I launched a […]
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1:39 PM | 3D printed anatomy to mark a new era for medical training
The creators of a unique kit containing anatomical body parts […]
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1:38 PM | Technology produces clean-burning hydrogen fuel
Rutgers researchers have developed a technology that could overcome a […]
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1:37 PM | How cannabis compound could slow tumour growth
Scientists at the University of East Anglia have shown how […]
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1:34 PM | New treatment increases pregnancy rate for women with infertility disorder
The drug letrozole appears to be more effective than the […]
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1:33 PM | Dry ice, not rivers, forms gullies on Mars
Seasonal carbon dioxide frost, not liquid water, is the main […]
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1:31 PM | Stanford study finds order in the apparent randomness of Earth’s evolving landscape
As we all know, water runs downhill, forming channels and […]
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1:30 PM | Contemplative practices boost creativity in problem-solving
While traditional biomedical training focuses on acquiring disciplinary expertise, a […]
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1:27 PM | ‘Hot’ yoga yields fitness benefits
Researchers at Colorado State University have produced some of the […]
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1:25 PM | Getting a charge out of water droplets
Last year, MIT researchers discovered that when water droplets spontaneously […]
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1:22 PM | Squishy robots
Phase-changing material could allow even low-cost robots to switch between […]
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