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December 13, 2014

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8:36 PM | Rosetta Probe Data Refute the Theory That Earth’s Water Came from Comets
It seems that the many-years debate about the origin of water on Earth has been solved with the results of the analysis of the data obtained from Rosetta mission. The researchers who studied these data believe that comets can no longer be regarded as the primary source of the water … READ MORE
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4:45 PM | Leaving a Written Legacy
There are photos and videos that capture certain moments. Birthdays. Anniversaries. The everyday. There are stories that get retold to every generation. But largely when a family member dies, their stories die with them. This holiday season a beautiful gift you can give to a loved one is a glimpse into your personal history. Because […]
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4:41 PM | Here’s The Curious Secret To Perfect Learning While You Are Distracted
How to learn while distracted as if you were totally focused. 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:Caffeine Improves Long-Term Memory When Consumed After Learning Offline Learning: How The Mind Learns During Sleep 10 Superb Psychological Advantages of Learning Another Language How Sleep After Learning Enhances Memory Learning Challenging New Skills Like Photography […]
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4:10 PM | Weekend update: More on the wisdom of SE Fla's *political science* of climate change
From correspondence with friends . . . As you know, I think the science-communication brilliance of the SE Fla Regional Climate Compact is its recognition that constructive public engagement w/ climate change doesn't depend on identifying "magic words" or "frames," or on finding charismatic "conservative messengers" (Hank Paulsen? seriously?). Rather it depends on creating and protecting a conversation in which all participate as people using their reason to figure how to protect […]
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3:48 PM | Interstellar Mystery Solved by Supercomputer Simulations
An interstellar mystery of why stars form has been solved thanks to the most realistic supercomputer simulations of galaxies yet made. Theoretical astrophysicist Philip Hopkins of the California Institute of […]
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3:44 PM | New way to turn genes on
Technique allows rapid, large-scale studies of gene function. Using a gene-editing system originally developed to delete specific genes, MIT researchers have now shown that they can reliably turn on any […]
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3:28 PM | 40 million year war between primates and pathogens
Examination of DNA from 21 primate species – from squirrel monkeys to humans – exposes an evolutionary war against infectious bacteria over iron that circulates in the bloodstream. Supported by […]
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2:56 PM | Fat cells reprogrammed to increase fat burning
White adipose tissue stores excess calories as fat that can be released for use in other organs during fasting. Mammals also have small amounts of brown adipose tissue, which primarily […]
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12:16 PM | Spike activity 12-12-2014
Quick links from the past week in mind and brain news: The new trailer for upcoming Pixar movie Inside Out is very funny and has a remarkably accurate depiction of brain function. Neuroskeptic covers hipster neuroscience. Is the ‘bilingual advantage’ in cognitive performance a result of publication bias? Maybe, suggests the Science of Us. The […]
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11:30 AM | Psychology Around the Net: November 13, 2014
Check out this week’s Psychology Around the Net for information on mindfulness during the holidays, beating stress at work, making insecurity work for you (yes, you read that correctly!), and more. 3 Ways to Embrace Your Need for Solitude and Quiet Time: The holidays are a great time for this lesson on fear, guilt, and […]
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10:19 AM | Social communication disorder (SCD) reviewed
Sometimes I believe in as many as six impossible things before breakfast.A micropost if you will, for today, and a link to a potentially very important paper by Lauren Swineford and colleagues [1] (open-access) talking about the diagnostic concept: social (pragmatic) communication disorder (SCD) and it's various crossings with language impairments and autism spectrum disorder (ASD).SCD, as I've indicated in other posts (see here and see here) is something that the autism community in […]

Swineford, L., Thurm, A., Baird, G., Wetherby, A. & Swedo, S. (2014). Social (pragmatic) communication disorder: a research review of this new DSM-5 diagnostic category, Journal of Neurodevelopmental Disorders, 6 (1) 41. DOI: 10.1186/1866-1955-6-41

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10:00 AM | On Open Dialogue Part 4: Our origins in dialogue
The words that form thoughts are not static symbols. TS Eliot wrote that “the past should be altered by the present as much as the present is directed by the past”. The Russian philosopher and literary critic Mikhail Bakhtin applied this concept to words: “everything anyone has ever said always exist in response to things that have already been said and in anticipation of things that will be said in response. All language and the ideas communicated is dynamic and […]
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9:00 AM | Link feast
Our pick of the best psychology and neuroscience links from the past week or so:2014’s Best Books on Psychology, Philosophy, and How to Live MeaningfullyAn end-of-year roundup from the BrainPickings website.Sickening and Morally ReprehensibleElla Rhodes at The Psychologist magazine reports on the Senate Intelligence Committee report on the CIA's detention and interrogation program (story requires free registration to access).That CIA Torture Methods Were Pointless Is No ShockThe New […]

December 12, 2014

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11:35 PM | Carefully Choose Your Actions with These 3 Mindfulness Tools
“Your task is not to seek for love, but to seek and find the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.” — Rumi As humans, we are creatures of habit. We not only stick to the same brand of shampoo, but we also have many mental, emotional, and behavioral patterns that we fall […]
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10:42 PM | Safety Surveys, Bias and Predictability
Safety Surveys, Bias and Predictability Rob’s new Book: “Following-Leading in Risk” is a MUST READ if you think you already know about Leadership. CHECK IT OUT This week Safe Work Australia released a report on Attitudes Towards Risk Taking and Rule Breaking in Australian Workplaces . The report summarizes findings from the Perceptions of Work […] The post Safety Surveys, Bias and Predictability appeared first on Safety Risk.
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8:55 PM | We’re ruining our kids with Minecraft: The case for unstructured play
Originally posted on Quartz:We are in the process of making a giant mistake on behalf of our children. With all the right intentions, American parents are depriving their kids of the time and space to develop their imaginations, and…
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8:42 PM | A (Not So) Brief History of Psychedelic Science
Psychedelics* (i.e. chemicals that reliably produce altered states of consciousness characterized by sensory distortion and changes in cognition) have been subject to human ritualistic, therapeutic, and recreational use for millennia.  Their profound perceptual effects have the potential to elucidate countless mysteries of human neurobiology, illuminating the sensitivity of our conscious experience to stereotyped, chemically-induced changes. […]
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8:18 PM | Play, Soul Pancake and Building Your Anti-Depressant Brain
For years now I’ve been studying about what helps create more resilience and happiness within us. I’ve looked to my own life, the life of my clients and students and toward the psychological and neuroscience research. What I’ve found is that within each and every one of us are a core set of natural anti-depressants […]
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8:12 PM | Meeting Your Needs When You’re Super Busy
In the last few months Brian and I have been planning our wedding (while experiencing some unexpected drama with our venue), and making improvements on our house. I’ve been revising my book while working on my normal writing projects. Brian has been swamped at work. And, of course, we have the holidays. Things have been […]
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6:55 PM | Interview with Ms. Laura Gersberg, Director General in Argentine Team of Addiction
Novedades en PsicologíaNovedades en Psicología - Blog de Psicología con actualidad, novedades y artículos. Then transcribe interview with Ms. Laura Gersberg, who talks about his work on Substance Abuse. Interview with Ms. Laura Gersberg, Director General in Argentine Team of AddictionDr. Juan Moisés de la Serna
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6:34 PM | Entrevista a Dª. Laura Gersberg, Directora General en Equipo Argentino de Toxicomanías
Novedades en PsicologíaNovedades en Psicología - Blog de Psicología con actualidad, novedades y artículos. A continuación transcribo entrevista realizada a Dª. Laura Gersberg, quien nos habla sobre su labor contra las Toxicomanías. Entrevista a Dª. Laura Gersberg, Directora General en Equipo Argentino de ToxicomaníasDr. Juan Moisés de la Serna
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4:45 PM | Healing My Inner Child
Dear Inner Child, You’ve been through so much and I am not sure how you coped. Your strength inspires me with every memory I recover. I know you are the reason we are alive today. And I thank you for all you did to keep going. Sometimes, others ask me how I lived through it […]
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4:40 PM | Training elderly in social media improves well-being and combats isolation
Training older people in the use of social media improves cognitive capacity, increases a sense of self-competence and could have a beneficial overall impact on mental health and well-being, according […]
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4:38 PM | Happy-go-lucky CEOs score better returns
A CEO’s natural sunny disposition can have an impact on the way the market reacts to announcements of company earnings, according to research from the University of British Columbia’s Sauder […]
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4:34 PM | Obese Children’s Brains More Responsive to Sugar
A new study led by researchers at University of California, San Diego School of Medicine finds that the brains of obese children literally light up differently when tasting sugar. Published […]
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4:31 PM | What really killed the dinosaurs?
Before an asteroid wiped out the dinosaurs, Earth experienced a short burst of intense volcanism. Sixty-six million years ago, an asteroid more than five miles wide smashed into the Earth […]
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4:30 PM | More-flexible digital communication
New theory could yield more-reliable communication protocols. Communication protocols for digital devices are very efficient but also very brittle: They require information to be specified in a precise order with […]
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4:29 PM | Native fungus could be another tool for helping restore ghostly forests
Cathy Cripps doesn’t seem to worry about the grizzly bears and black bears that watch her work, but she is concerned about the ghosts and skeletons she encounters. The ghosts […]
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4:28 PM | A wingman can help when trying to resist sweet holiday treats
Your companion at this year’s holiday parties can be a big influence on how well you’ll resist the tables full of fattening treats. In experiments staged by researchers from Vanderbilt […]
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4:27 PM | Study finds few meet criteria for healthy cardiovascular lifestyle
When it comes to taking care of our hearts, there is a big divide between what we should do and what we actually do, a new multi-institution study reports. “The […]
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