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October 25, 2014

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10:30 AM | Psychology Around the Net: October 25, 2014
Still afraid you’ll contract Ebola? Ever thought about how your city affects your happiness? What about reverse psychology–does that really work? Read up on all this and more in this week’s Psychology Around the Net. Quiz: How Does Your City Affect Your Happiness?: TIME has compiled 13 questions to help you determine if your city […]
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8:02 AM | Link feast
Our pick of the best psychology and neuroscience links from the past week or so:Brain Games Exploit Anxieties About Memory Loss For Profit – ScientistsA group of over 70 psychologists and neuroscientists has written an open letter warning that the claims of brain training companies are unsubstantiated, and that playing the games could divert people from healthier activities.Free Journal Articles on the Psychology of Violence and AggressionA digital give away from the publishers Psychology […]
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7:47 AM | Autism and intolerance of uncertainty
Good morning, gentlemen, the temperature is 110 degrees'Change' is often mentioned as something potentially problematic for many on the autism spectrum, and how unexpected change can sometimes have profound effects in terms of those so-called 'challenging behaviours' or when it comes to the presentation of important comorbidity such as anxiety. Like many others from the outside looking in, I was always taught that change as a more general concept was the important issue in autism, but recently […]

Boulter C, Freeston M, South M & Rodgers J (2014). Intolerance of uncertainty as a framework for understanding anxiety in children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorders., Journal of autism and developmental disorders, 44 (6) 1391-402. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24272526

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4:01 AM | How Love Usually Goes...

October 24, 2014

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10:30 PM | 10 Introductory Questions Therapists Commonly Ask
Therapy is about the fine art of asking directive questions. So what should you expect from your first appointment with a counselor, social worker or psychologist? The answer is simple: You should expect easy, brain-expanding questions, questions and more questions. A “change map” (often called “treatment goals”) is then created to guide you in solving […]
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10:14 PM | Newly Discovered Microbe Is Key in Climate Change
Tiny soil microbes are among the world’s biggest potential amplifiers […]
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10:10 PM | Massive debris pile reveals risk of huge tsunamis in Hawaii
A mass of marine debris discovered in a giant sinkhole […]
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8:54 PM | How to Study: 5 Basic Practices for Academic Success
Many students complain that they don’t know how to study, so I’ve compiled this short and sweet page of the basics. Perhaps now, as the first grading quarter winds to a close, is a good time to read down this list and get back on track with these five essential good-student behaviors: How to Study Five […]
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8:41 PM | The Ultimate Paradox: Travelling Faster Than Light Without Travelling Faster Than Light
When Albert Einstein stipulated his theories on general and special relativity, he proved that travelling with the speed of light is the absolute limit any material object could achieve. Yet in 1994 a Mexican scientist said that it was possible to travel faster than light, while Einstein’s theories would still … READ MORE
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7:49 PM | Art therapy: A Grieving Process “and death will be no more”
DEATH:(running~yelling) Oh No! Right Boot: (kicking Death butt) I am going to KICK your Butt! Left Boot: (About to Kick Deaths Butt) GRRRrrrrrr! Caption:  (Bible verse of Revelation Chapter 21, Verse 4:) Revelation 21:4 ~ “…and death will be no more,…”  Mental Health Humor: All rights reserved©Chato B. Stewart 2014. My Top 5 Favorite Mental […]
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7:26 PM | Spike activity 24-10-2014
Quick links from the past week in mind and brain news: A Victorian lunatic asylum begins to reveal its secrets. The Wellcome Library now has the first of many digitised asylum records online. Narratively has an excellent piece on legendary San Francisco eccentric Emperor Norton. The marketers latest fad – make it seem it’s a […]
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5:52 PM | How Do Children Learn to Read? Structural Changes in the Brain
Ka-Ka-Ka-r-r-r-et-et-et: Carrot. For parents helping their children learn to read, sounding out words like that is a daily occurrence. Letter-by-letter, syllable-by-syllable, kids make the sounds before thinking about the meaning of the words. As they become reading proficient, they can recognize the words without this painstaking process. The path that children take to reading proficiency […]
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5:29 PM | 2 OPEN-RANK TENURE-TRACK FACULTY POSITIONS IN SPEECH AND HEARING SCIENCE AT ARIZONA STATE UNIVERSITY
The Department of Speech and Hearing Science at Arizona State University, Tempe Campus, invites applicants with expertise in communication disorders and related disciplines to apply for two open-rank tenure-track faculty positions starting August, 2015. For the first position, we are seeking candidates whose areas of expertise will complement and augment our current research strengths in psychoacoustics, cochlear implants, auditory neurophysiology and pediatrics. Candidates with research […]
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5:22 PM | ROCing the Boat: When Replication Hurts
Though failure to replicate presents a serious problem, even highly-replicable results may be consistently and dramatically misinterpreted if dependent measures are not carefully chosen. This sentence comes from a new paper by Caren Rotello,Evan Heit, and Chad Dubé to be published in Psychonomic Bulletin & Review. Replication hurts in such cases because it reinforces artifactual results. Rotello and colleagues marshal support for this claim from four disparate domains: […]
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3:53 PM | Embodied or Symbolic? Who cares!
I still don't understand the hype over embodied cognition. It's too abstract a concept for me, I guess.  I need more grounding in the real world. (Am I getting it?) So let's consider a real world example of neural computation. For the record, this is partially excerpted/paraphrased from a discussion in The Myth of Mirror Neurons. Sound localization in the barn owl is fairly well-understood in neurocomputational terms.  Inputs from the two ears converge in the brainstem's nucleus […]
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3:45 PM | 25 Questions for Cultivating Self-Compassion
As I wrote in this piece on journaling prompts for self-reflection and self-discovery, part of building a healthy relationship with ourselves is keeping an open and honest dialogue. It’s continually asking ourselves questions and welcoming the answers. It’s getting to know ourselves, at our core. Another part of building a healthy relationship is cultivating self-compassion. […]
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3:16 PM | Growing a Blood Vessel in a Week
The technology for creating new tissues from stem cells has […]
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3:09 PM | MOOC “Las preguntas de PISA y TIMSS: una práctica para el aula”
Curso online masivo GRATUITO del Instituto Nacional de Evaluación Educativa titulado "Las preguntas de PISA y TIMSS: una práctica para el aula".
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3:06 PM | Molecular beacons shine light on how cells ‘crawl’
Adherent cells, the kind that form the architecture of all […]
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3:01 PM | New research offers hope in treating sleeping sickness
In early drug dis­covery, you need a starting point, says […]
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2:57 PM | Ebola’s evolutionary roots more ancient than previously thought
A new study is helping to rewrite Ebola’s family history. […]
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2:47 PM | High Protein to Lower Blood Pressure
New weapons against hypertension: omelets, peanut butter, chicken stir-fry? Nearly […]
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2:27 PM | Alcohol’s Surprising Influence on Memory Loss in Later Years
How light to moderate alcohol intake affects memory for past events. 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:Heavy Drinkers Lose Memory Faster With Age This Blood Type Linked to Memory Loss Later in Life The Surprising Power of an Emotional ‘Memory Palace’ The Facial Expression That Fights Memory Loss Green Tea Improves Working Memory
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1:25 PM | Seeing clearly
Why do we not notice the limitations of our eyes and any time lag in perception? A recent paper by A. Herwig which was reported in ScienceDaily (here) looks at the mechanics of vision. Only one portion of the retina has detailed vision, the fovea. If we hold our arm out, a bit about the […]
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12:04 PM | The Diablog on Replication with Dan Simons
Dan SimonsLast year, I had a very informative and enjoyable blog dialogue, or diablog, with Dan Simons about the reliability and validity of replication attempts. Unfortunately, there was never an easy way for anyone to access this diablog. It has only occurred to me today (!) that I could remedy this situation by creating a meta-post. Here it is.In my first post on the topic, I argued that it is important to consider to consider not only the reliability but also the validity of replication […]
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10:30 AM | Best of Our Blogs: October 24, 2014
Something we all struggle with or have struggled with is self-worth and self-love that’s not conditional on external circumstances. And it’s not just loving yourself despite your depression, mistakes and imperfections. It’s about loving the whole of who you are and realizing you’re worthy of love regardless of the things you haven’t quite figured out […]
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9:03 AM | Publication bias afflicts the whole of psychology
In the last few years the social sciences, including psychology, have been taking a good look at themselves. While incidences of fraud hit the headlines, pervasive issues are just as important to address, such as publication bias, the phenomenon where non-significant results never see the light of day thanks to editors rejecting them or savvy researchers recasting their experiments around unexpected results and not reporting the disappointments. Statistical research has shown the extent of this […]

Kühberger, A., Fritz, A. & Scherndl, T. (2014). Publication Bias in Psychology: A Diagnosis Based on the Correlation between Effect Size and Sample Size, PLoS ONE, 9 (9) DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0105825

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9:03 AM | Blaming universities for our nation's woes
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6:51 AM | Autism, siblings and DSM-5 Social Communication Disorder
A quick post to bring to your attention the paper by Meghan Miller and colleagues [1] who concluded that: "Pragmatic language problems are present in some siblings of children with ASD [autism spectrum disorder] as early as 36 months of age". Further: "As the new DSM-5 diagnosis of Social (Pragmatic) Communication Disorder (SCD) is thought to occur more frequently in family members of individuals with ASD, it is possible that some of these siblings will meet criteria for SCD as […]
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5:06 AM | Cerebellar Pruning
One day you’re chopping down an unwanted palm tree, the next you’re flashing your machete through a dense forest in god knows where. The life of a tree hacker boasted plenty of travel opportunity, but not a lot of stability. Camille swung her weapon through yet another thicket. “We better be getting bonuses for this […]
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