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April 17, 2014

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3:05 PM | In sex-reversed cave insects, females have the penises
Researchers reporting in the Cell Press journal Current Biology on April 17 […]
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3:00 PM | Numbers in the brain
If you look around, number quantities are inescapable: our culture is based on precisely measuring time, distance, and quantities. However, even creatures that aren’t exposed to sophisticated human number systems are inevitably exposed to quantities of things. Animals in the wild come into contact with varying quantities of other animals and of their food, and […]
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2:58 PM | Wireless power transfer achieved at 5-meter distance
The way electronic devices receive their power has changed tremendously […]
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2:56 PM | Newlyweds, be careful what you wish for
A statistical analysis of the gift “fulfillments” at several hundred […]
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2:55 PM | New evidence of suicide epidemic among India’s marginalised farmers
Latest statistical research finds strong causal links between areas with […]
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2:00 PM | Is It Good For Kids To Have A Pet?
People overwhelmingly believe that having pets is overall a good thing for children. Indeed, a 2003 paper by developmental psychologist Gail F. Melson reports that most parents say that they acquired... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

Mueller M.K. (2014). Is Human-Animal Interaction (HAI) Linked to Positive Youth Development? Initial Answers, Applied Developmental Science, 18 (1) 5-16. DOI:

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2:00 PM | Is It Good For Kids To Have A Pet?
People overwhelmingly believe that having pets is overall a good thing for children. Indeed, a 2003 paper by developmental psychologist Gail F. Melson reports that most parents say that they acquired... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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2:00 PM | What I (Really) Learned from Taking Defensive Driving
Recently I may or may not have turned left in a bus-only lane. When this allegedly occurred, I was blissfully unaware….as I had been for the past approximately seven prior months’ worth of turning left at that very same corner. I was genuinely mystified when I parked, looked in my rearview mirror, and saw flashing […]
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1:58 PM | NASA: Vitamin B3 Might Have Been Made in Space, Delivered by Meteorites
Ancient Earth might have had an extraterrestrial supply of vitamin […]
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1:54 PM | Radiation therapy for cervical cancer increases risk for colorectal cancer
Researchers at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston […]
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1:53 PM | Close to truth
I have been thinking about induction and deduction. I was taught that I could prove something was true with deduction but not with induction. A logical argument gives truth with a capital T. But for years I have not accepted this way to thinking. All the logical argument gives is a relationship. If the axioms […]
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1:52 PM | Neighborhood cops: Some immune cells defend just 1 organ
Scientists have uncovered a new way the immune system may […]
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1:20 PM | 4 Ways Mindfulness Meditation Benefits So Many Conditions
Four central components of how mindfulness meditation works.→ 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:Meditation Benefits: 10 Ways It Helps Your Mind Mindfulness Meditation: 8 Quick Exercises That Easily Fit into Your Day 4 Wonderful Ways Meditation Relieves Pain Meditation is an Effective Treatment for Depression, Anxiety and Pain Mindfulness at School Decreases Chance of […]
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12:45 PM | Vaccine risk perceptions and risk communication: study conclusions & recommendations
From CCP's "Vaccine Risk Perceptions and Ad Hoc Risk Communication: An Empirical Assessment" report:  II. Summary conclusions A. Findings 1.   There is deep and widespread public consensus, even among groups strongly divided on other issues such as climate change and evolution, that childhood vaccinations make an essential contribution to public health. A very large supermajority believes that the benefits of childhood vaccinations outweigh their risks and that public health […]
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12:00 PM | Teaching Suicide Prevention Skills to Health Professionals
An article in Health Psychology examined a series of studies examining the association between gatekeeper training and suicide knowledge among a diverse set of health care workers (case managers, clinicians, administrators, nurses, physicians, support staff). An additional aim of the...            Related StoriesIn Praise of ChildrenOnline Support Groups and SuicideDid You Know I Have a Book Coming Out? 
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11:10 AM | Presentación del libro tiulado “Estilo de Vida y Depresión”
Entrevista a D. Mauro García Toro, doctor y profesor de Psicopatología de la UIB, quien nos desvela los secretos de su última obra "Estilo de Vida y Depresión" Aquí únicamente se muestra el resumen, para leer la entrada entera pulsa sobre el título.
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10:44 AM | The Lie of Focusing on Those with Serious Mental Illness
I’ve long scratched my head at one of the arbitrary political lines drawn in the sand in the world of mental health and mental illness advocacy — “serious mental illness.” (Some people refer to it as “severe mental illness,” but the correct term is “serious.”) Focusing on this division is a lie. It is a […]
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8:31 AM | Mitochondrial dysfunction as a neurobiological subtype of autism
The paper by Suzanne Goh and colleagues [1] reporting on "a possible neurobiological subtype of mitochondrial dysfunction in ASD [autism spectrum disorder]" is a worthy addition to the research roll call which has graced this blog down the years. Based on the analysis of brain lactate levels - a potential marker of mitochondrial dysfunction - via the analysis of lactate doublets on brain magnetic resonance spectroscopic imaging (MRSI), authors picked up a significantly higher rate of […]

Goh, S., Dong, Z., Zhang, Y., DiMauro, S. & Peterson, B. (2014). Mitochondrial Dysfunction as a Neurobiological Subtype of Autism Spectrum Disorder, JAMA Psychiatry, DOI:

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8:00 AM | A photograph can be worth a thousand words
There has long been a tradition of using photographs to capture, reveal, and expose. A photograph has the ability to arouse emotion – oftentimes, some would argue, more effectively than a verbal or written description.In a recent article in Social Dynamics, Rory du Plessis of the University of Pretoria (South Africa) has brought to life a case example of the power photographs can hold. In an analysis of two sets of photographs produced by the Grahamstown Lunatic Asylum between 1890 and […]

April 16, 2014

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10:15 PM | It’s your own time you’re wasting
British teachers have voted to receive training in neuroscience ‘to improve classroom practice’ according to a report in the Times Educational Supplement and the debate sounded like a full-on serial head-desker. The idea of asking for neuroscience training at all sounds a little curious but the intro seemed like it could be quite reasonable: Members […]
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9:02 PM | What Do Preschoolers Learn from Fantastical Picture Books?
One of the new picture books making the bedtime rounds at our house is How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight?, which describes and depicts dinosaurs doing such un-dinosaurly things as tucking themselves into bed or kissing their human mothers good night. The book is whimsical, gorgeously illustrated, and includes a scientific angle, as the genus names […]

Ganea, P., Canfield, C., Simons Ghafari, K. & Chou, T. (2014). Do cavies talk? The effect of anthropomorphic picture books on children's knowledge about animals, Frontiers in Psychology, 5 DOI:

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6:54 PM | Spotting Bad Science: Kindly ignore the playmate and the pediatrician
I refuse to write about the recent op-ed from the nude Playboy model-cum television host and parenting expert who learned everything she needs to know at Google University and one suspects Hugh Heffner's famed grotto. Girlfriend knows how to get media attention even if it means re-branding herself as a vaccine advocate, a defender of public health who had absolutely nothing to do with the return of measles, an illness that as recently as 1989 to 1991 sickened thousands and killed 123 kids in […]
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6:15 PM | Why Does the Boss Prefer the Bully to You?
Bullying, it seems, pays off. Did you ever wonder why the bully gets away with it and even benefits with a promotion or other reward? Your gut feeling is correct: the boss really does prefer the bully to you. No wonder you hesitate in reporting workplace bullying. Not only is it unlikely you’ll get a […]
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5:08 PM | Fish Exposed to Antidepressants Exhibit Altered Behavioural Changes
Fish exposed to the antidepressant Fluoxetine, an active ingredient in […]
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5:05 PM | Toddlers ‘surprisingly sophisticated’ at understanding unfamiliar accents
A new University of Toronto study has found that by […]
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4:57 PM | HIV+ women respond well to HPV vaccine
HIV-positive women respond well to a vaccine against the human […]
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4:56 PM | Cancer drugs block dementia-linked brain inflammation
A class of drugs developed to treat immune-related conditions and […]
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4:35 PM | What use are PhD’s? What future do they have?
 A picture attached to a tweet I received from Where will a biology PhD take you? Probably not academia: <8% of new PhDs will get tenure. via @jameswilsdon http://t.co/wtkafMWOWZ— Mo Costandi (@mocost) April 15, 2014 @mocost (and others) is profoundly … Continue reading →
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1:20 PM | The Effects of Vitamin E on Alzheimer’s and Age-Related Memory Problems
Day-to-day living is one of the greatest challenges for those with Alzheimer's.→ 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:Family Problems In Childhood Affect Brain Development Autism: Vital Link Found Between Vitamin D and Serotonin Production Heavy Drinkers Lose Memory Faster With Age Memory Enhanced by a Simple Break After Reading 20 Wonderful Effects Exercise Has on the […]
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1:11 PM | Building Better Soybeans for a Hot, Dry, Hungry World
A new study shows that soybean plants can be redesigned […]
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