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September 22, 2014

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2:35 PM | Evidence supports deep brain stimulation for obsessive-compulsive disorder
Bilateral stimulation is effective for OCD that doesn’t respond to […]
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2:34 PM | Involving female offenders in release planning can increase reintegration success
Women who are about to be released from prison need […]
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2:32 PM | Fungi Eyed to Tackle Weedy Menace of American West
Beneficial fungi could become microbial marshals tasked with wrangling a […]
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2:30 PM | First study examines lifetime health of college athletes
USC’s investigation reflects the modern landscape of sports, including the […]
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2:19 PM | When is Torture Justified?
Imagine that someone close to you was in imminent danger and the only solution involved having police use torture to extract information from someone in custody. Would you agree or not? While torture remains a divisive topic with many countries...            Related StoriesUse and Abuse of Research in the CourtroomCan Childhood Bullying Lead to Suicide?Does Fertility Affect Attractiveness? 
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2:00 PM | Some Frank Personal Thoughts on Depression and Suicide
Last month we were shocked – flattened – to discover our beloved Robin Williams had taken his own life. I blogged about it the day I found out….and I’m still very sad. I miss him. Knowing more about the possible “whys” – he had been diagnosed with early stage Parkinson’s Disease; he may have been […]
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10:45 AM | Owning Our Dark Sides
All of us have a dark side. This dark side includes qualities we don’t dare reveal to others. It’s the traits we are ashamed of and embarrassed about. It’s the traits others have rejected. It’s the traits we believe deem us undeserving or unworthy of love. You may be judgmental, weak, angry, lazy, selfish or […]
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7:32 AM | Omega-3 fatty acids and ADHD
With a title like that, this post could turn out to be quite a long winded blog entry. As it happens, I'm not going to subject you, dear reader, to such a literary onslaught but rather focus my attention on the paper by Elizabeth Hawkey & Joel Nigg [1] who undertook two meta-analyses and concluded that: "Omega-3 levels are reduced in children with ADHD [attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder]" and "Dietary supplementation appears to create modest improvements in symptoms"."Maybe the 80s […]

Hawkey E & Nigg JT (2014). Omega-3 fatty acid and ADHD: Blood level analysis and meta-analytic extension of supplementation trials., Clinical psychology review, 34 (6) 496-505. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25181335

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7:00 AM | LSD boosts people's suggestibility, raising possibility of clinical uses
A rigorously controlled new study reports that a dose of LSD makes us more susceptible to suggestions, a finding that raises the possibility of clinical usage in contexts where hypnosis has proven effective.The study recruited 10 participants (9 men), aged 27–47, all of whom had used psychedelics in the past, but were clear of any diagnosis of mental illness. They attended two testing sessions 5–10 days apart where placebo was administered in the first session, and a standard dose […]
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4:01 AM | Break Up Kindly With Compassionate Love
No matter how you slice it, breakups are not much fun -- someone usually ends up getting hurt. Wouldn’t it be great if ending a relationship with someone could be a little less painful? It turns out that a dose of compassionate love can help ease the pain.  When you think about “love” in romantic relationships, you probably are imaging what researchers refer to as passionate love (read more about passionate love here and here), the intense, desire-filled, longing […]
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3:28 AM | Following-Leading In Risk
Following-Leading In Risk – Book Launch Its just been announced that Dr Rob Long will be launching his latest book: Following-Leading in Risk: Friday 21st November Australian Catholic University L18, 8-20 Napier Street, NORTH SYDNEY 3 to 5pm with Drinks and Nibbles provided RSVP: BRAD MARKHAM:  Brad.Markham@acu.edu.au The post Following-Leading In Risk appeared first on Safety Risk.
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12:50 AM | Chaos and Creative Expression
“The very impulse to write, I think, springs from an inner chaos crying for order, for meaning, and that meaning must be discovered in the process of writing or the work lies dead as it is finished.” Arthur Miller Creative people and writers about the creative process often say creative work is a way to […]

September 21, 2014

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10:55 PM | Dumb Down Safety, Wowserism in the 21st Century
Dumb Down Safety, Wowserism in the 21st Century Despite the backlash against ‘elf ‘n safety’ in both the UK and Australia (eg. Brown and Hanlon In The Interests of Safety; Tim Gill , No Fear  and Long, Risk Makes Sense  the Victorian regulator continues to show just why people hate safety. Safety has become the […] The post Dumb Down Safety, Wowserism in the 21st Century appeared first on Safety Risk.
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10:35 PM | Do You Resist When Anyone Asks or Tells You to Do Something?
It may have been a while since I posted on the Four Tendencies, but have no doubt, I’m still obsessed with this subject. I came up with the Four Tendencies framework as part of my work on Better Than Before, my book on habit change. There, I reveal the secret of habit formation.Really. Ready to hear the mystery solved? To change […]
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8:31 PM | Gab & Rob Talking Risk
Gab & Rob Talking Risk Two of our cool authors Gab Carlton from Resilyence and Rob Sams from Dolphyn have put their heads together and started their own series of short video blogs to go along with their regular articles. Gab & Rob are part of the gang who are doing the post graduate program […] The post Gab & Rob Talking Risk appeared first on Safety Risk.
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5:35 PM | Rereading
Rereading is another student favourite. This involves simply repeatedly reading a text in order to remember the information. It is the most reported learning technique employed by students (Carrier, 2003; Kornell & Bjork, 2007), but is it actually useful for learning and comprehension?Rereading is hypothesised to be effective because it improves the reader's understanding of the text as they process more higher-level information and organise that information internally (the "qualitative […]
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3:45 PM | Suggestions for Parents with Children in Therapy
I greet you in the waiting room, and ask if you need to let me know anything before I bring your child back to my office. You usually say “no,” and likely wonder what is going on behind that therapy wall for the next 50 minutes. Yes, parent of my patient, it is my job […]
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3:45 PM | Can Handwriting Foster Emotions and Relationships?
I have a treasure chest, well ok — a suitcase — in my office of old handwritten letters from friends, ex-sweethearts and family. Every now and then, I open this old-fashioned suitcase and pick out a letter or two reminding me of a great love, a wonderful experience, a heart that touched mine, or vice […]
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2:56 PM | Forgiving Ourselves
This weekend I took out my journal and wrote a kind of letter to myself. I started with these words: I forgive myself… I wrote down the things I am ready to forgive myself for (and a few things I am not). Maybe you, too, want to focus on forgiveness, and write about what you’re […]
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2:37 PM | The Workplace Behaviour That is Unexpectedly Worse Than Bullying
This workplace behaviour does more damage to people's mental and physical well-being than bullying. 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:Effects of Childhood Bullying Last at Least 40 Years The Worse-Than-Average Effect: When You’re Better Than You Think Cyberloafing at Work Makes You More Productive Our Memory for Sounds is Worse Than Touch or Sight Empathy: […]
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2:23 PM | A Sunday Epiphany: I was due one
You ever notice how epiphanies come  at the weirdest of times, you know, like at six in the morning when you are sitting on the toilet surrounded by six cats of various sizes all meowing and some of them climbing on you? And you're talking to them suggesting that if they weren't climbing their way up your body, you would totally be able to pee quicker and then they'd get fed quicker and it would be a win-win for everyone and then the dogs wander in and wonder where their cat food is?Yeah […]
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12:51 PM | Unconscious effects
There is an interesting item in ScienceDaily (here) on the effect of perceptions that we are not conscious of. We can perceive an object, understand its meaning, and have that meaning affect our behavior, without any conscious awareness of the object. The paper’s lead author, Cacciamani, says, “Every day our visual systems are bombarded with […]
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12:00 PM | The Jesus Experiment (Part 2 of 2)
Continued from Part I So, how did the three patients react to seeing other people with the same delusion? Their reactioons were recorded through interviews and through careful observatioon while they were in the same ward together. Rokeach interacted with...            Related StoriesThe Jesus Experiment (Part 1of 2)The Judge in the Asylum (Part 2 of 2)WHO Releases New Suicide Report 
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11:42 AM | Amazing Facts about the Psychology of Learning and Memory
Psychological research has long been fascinated with how humans learn and retain memories. As a result of this fascination research has revealed some amazing facts of exactly how the brain learns and remembers. Recalling Memories Changes Them This is bad news for the expert eyewitnesses. Research by Neuroscientist Daniela Schiller, … READ MORE
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9:51 AM | Mindful Emotional Eating – a Humanistic Harm Reduction Approach
Here’s a question that’s a lot on my clinical mind: “What do clients want and how do I help them get what they want?” This very question is at the core of humanistic harm reduction (HHR). When my client presents with concerns about “emotional eating,” I ask myself the same question. When you, as a […]
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4:18 AM | Whatever. The other title was great before you ate it, Blogger.
“I've crossed some kind of invisible line. I feel as if I've come to a place I never thought I'd have to come to. And I don't know how I got here. It's a strange place. It's a place where a little harmless dreaming and then some sleepy, early-morning talk has led me into considerations of death and annihilation.” ― Raymond Carver, Where I'm Calling From: New and Selected StoriesI was freaking insightful but blogger ate it, so you don't get to appreciate that […]

September 20, 2014

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10:35 PM | Quieting the Voice of the Devil on Your Shoulder
I often equate having schizophrenia to having a little devil on my shoulder that likes to whisper nasty stuff in my ear. He’s a cunning little jerk, too. If he senses a vulnerability or the potential for anxiety he’ll start screaming. In the eight years I’ve lived with the illness I’ve come to recognize these […]
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9:26 PM | Suicide in the Military – What is the Solution?
 Not long ago, war trauma was treated with compassion, understanding and love. But today, the willingness to empathize with the warrior and listen to his experiences has been replaced by a psychiatric pop-a-pill “quick-fix” mentality that employs antidepressants, antipsychotics, stimulants, sedatives or anti-anxiety drugs.~*Drugging The Military Suicide in the Military – What is the Solution? […]
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3:45 PM | Powerful Questions to Inspire Positive Change
Good questions can be powerful in life-changing ways. They can spark exciting ideas and inventions. They can spark personal discoveries, which lead to fulfilling, meaningful lives. According to historian David Hackett Fischer, questions “are the engines of intellect — cerebral machines that convert curiosity into controlled inquiry.” Author and journalist Warren Berger includes Fischer’s quote […]
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2:25 PM | How to Instantly Tell If Someone is About to Make a Good Decision (Or Not)
Study finds intriguing link between decision-making and this subtle signal. 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:High Emotional Intelligence Dramatically Improves Decision-Making What The Eyes Reveal: 10 Messages My Pupils are Sending You The New Science of ‘The Meeting’ How to Use Your Head AND Follow Your Heart How You Can Instantly Tell Which Way a […]
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