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April 13, 2015

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6:47 PM | Gibbon calls
There is some interesting news on gibbons. But first, what are gibbons? They are apes, called lesser apes but definitely in our group with chimps, gorillas, and orangs and not with monkeys. The Chinese used to call them “gentlemen of the forest” to separate them from troublesome monkeys. Our lineage split from theirs about 18 […]

Clarke, E., Reichard, U. & Zuberbühler, K. (2015). Context-specific close-range “hoo” calls in wild gibbons (Hylobates lar), BMC Evolutionary Biology, 15 (1) DOI: 10.1186/s12862-015-0332-2

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6:13 PM | Probabilistic programming does in 50 lines of code what used to take thousands
Most recent advances in artificial intelligence — such as mobile apps that convert speech to text — are the result of machine learning, in which computers are turned loose on […]
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6:07 PM | Mars might have liquid water
Researchers have long known that there is water in the form of ice on Mars. Now, new research from NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity shows that it is possible that there […]
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6:06 PM | Immune system can control re-awakened HIV, suggesting cure is possible
The human immune system can handle large bursts of HIV activity and so it should be possible to cure HIV with a ‘kick and kill’ strategy, finds new research led […]
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6:04 PM | Study finds testicular cancer link for muscle-building supplements
Men who reported taking muscle-building supplements, such as pills and powders with creatine or androstenedione, reported a significantly higher likelihood of having developed testicular cancer than men who did not […]
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6:02 PM | How a bacterial cell recognizes its own DNA
It may come as a bit of a surprise to learn that bacteria have an immune system – in their case to fight off invasive viruses called phages. And like […]
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6:00 PM | Tango dancing benefits Parkinson’s patients
Dancing the Argentine tango could have potential benefits for people at certain stages in the development of Parkinson’s disease (PD), according to findings in a new study by researchers at […]
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5:57 PM | Passenger-focused air conditioning
How can a pleasant vehicle climate be achieved efficiently? Researchers at the Technische Universität München (TUM) pursued this question in the context of the research project Visio.M funded by the […]
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5:34 PM | Inside the most powerful explosions
New research by an international team that includes Penn State University scientists provides new information about what can happen inside the gigantic bursts of gamma rays that are produced by […]
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5:31 PM | Acetaminophen reduces both pain and pleasure, study finds
Researchers studying the commonly used pain reliever acetaminophen found it has a previously unknown side effect: It blunts positive emotions. In the study, participants who took acetaminophen reported less strong […]
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5:28 PM | Some Atrial Fibrillation Patients Receive Unnecessary Blood Thinners
About a quarter of all atrial fibrillation (AF) patients at the lowest risk for stroke receive unnecessary blood thinners from cardiology specialists, according to UCSF researchers, and these providers must […]
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5:21 PM | New Method Demonstrates That the Eyes Are Actually the Window to Our Brains
Understanding brains is one of the largest research topics within science and with so many different areas; it’s easy to see why the subject is so fascinating to study. The eyes are often said to be the window of the soul, but it’s much more accurate to … READ MORE
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5:00 PM | Schizophrenia
To quickly improve the lives of individuals and families suffering from schizophrenia by providing high quality (science-based) information, as well as support and education, research and discussions on all relevant topics. o To more widely and quickly disseminate schizophrenia research and information so that treatment techniques, medications or cures can more rapidly be identified and adopted so that the lives of people with schizophrenia are more quickly improved. o To facilitate […]
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4:31 PM | The Gifts of Depression
I have been trying to let everyone know that it is possible to find value in all states, including depression. The following was written by Margaret Miller and it so […]
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3:45 PM | 6 Ways to Nurture Your Partnerships: An Antidote to Coasting
It’s all too human to get lazy in our relationships and take things for granted. When things are going well, we have a tendency to coast. Perhaps there are times when coasting is well-deserved as we’ve done the difficult work of building a safe and […]
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2:33 PM | Watching Too-Cute Sloth Videos For Depression?
Can cute animal videos really help with depression? One woman says yes.
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2:30 PM | Surprising Link Between Body Weight and Dementia Risk, Study Finds
New study finds a surprising link between body weight and dementia risk. » Continue reading: Surprising Link Between Body Weight and Dementia Risk, Study Finds » Read HealthiestBlog.com, the new site from PsyBlog's author Related articles:The Vitamin Which May Reduce Risk of Alzheimer’s and Dementia How Cynical Personality Traits Affect Dementia Risk 5 Habits Proven to Reduce Risk of Alzheimer’s and Dementia 4 Very Common Medicines Newly Linked to Irreversible […]
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2:14 PM | The "Paying it Forward" Principle
We are constituted so that simple acts of kindness, such as giving to charity or expressing gratitude, have a positive effect on our long-term moods. The key to the happy life, it seems, is the good life: a life with...            Related StoriesCan Healthy Living Reduce Cancer Risk? (Part Two of Two)Preventing Cancer With Healthy Living (Part One of Two)The Five Ws of Bullying 
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1:57 PM | Yale Bioethics Newsletter: 4/10/15
The latest newsletter from the Yale Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics is now available online. For an archive of past newsletters, please visit the Center’s website.
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1:14 PM | Watch 2 Videos: Anjan Chatterjee and Marta Kutas at CNS 2015
Two videos from CNS 2015 are now available: 1. From the origins of Max Factor to the evolutionary role of art, Anjan Chatterjee of the University of Pennsylvania delivered the CNS 2015 keynote address about the neuroscience of art and aesthetics. Watch the full talk here: Check out highlights of his talk on our meeting […]
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12:59 PM | So are humans very good at designing computer programs to predict Supreme Court decisions? You tell me!
I’ve posted previously about the quality of “computer models” developed by political scientists for predicting judicial decisions by the U.S. Supreme Court. So this is, in part, an update, in which I report what I’ve learned since then. As explained previously, the models are integral to the empirical proof that these scholars offer in favor of their hypothesis that judicial decisoinmaking generally is driven by “ideology” rather than “law.” That […]
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11:45 AM | ¿Sabe que junto con autismo se puede presentar la ansiedad?
Muchas son las características asociadas al trastorno del espectro autista, pero algunas son menos conocidas como los problemas de ansiedad asociados. El artículo original está en ¿Sabe que junto con autismo se puede presentar la ansiedad?
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11:45 AM | Did you know that with autism can present anxiety?
There are many characteristics associated with autism spectrum disorder, but some are less well known as the problems associated anxiety. The original article is in Did you know that with autism can present anxiety?
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11:30 AM | Highlights from the Consortium of Universities for Global Health Conference: Part II
By Guest Blogger Dan Traficonte  In this second blog post covering my visit to the Consortium of Universities for Global Health Conference, I highlight some fascinating new research on the relationship between global poverty and population health. Dr. Joseph Dieleman … Continue reading →
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10:45 AM | 3 More Mental Health Tips that Miss the Mark
In February we shared five mental health tips that get recommended over and over but actually aren’t accurate. This month we asked different clinicians to set the record straight on more myths. Here’s what they shared. 1. Myth: It’s important to have a job you’re […]
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9:10 AM | Specification and Some of Its Consequences (A Purple Peril)
Perception is how we maintain psychological contact with functionally relevant objects and events in our environments. Explaining how we do this means describing that environment in appropriate terms and investigating what information might possibly exist for that environment, given that description. The ecological hypothesis is that the correct level is dynamics, and that describing the environment this way allows there to be information that can specify those dynamics. This information can […]
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9:08 AM | The (Somewhat) Forgotten Kardashian: Rob’s Hidden Pain
It seems as though we cannot make it through a single day without some news about the Kardashian family. Whether it’s about Kim’s fashion, Bruce Jenner’s transition or extended family […]
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9:08 AM | Psychologists can influence people's moral choices by tracking their gaze
Where we look betrays what we're thinking. For instance, given a choice between two snacks, people spend longer looking at the alternative that they ultimately choose. A new study digs deeper into this process and asks: is gaze direction also related to moral choices, and does it actually influence those choices?Twenty students donned an eye tracker and made a series of moral judgments. On each trial, the students heard a statement over headphones (e.g. "murder is sometimes justifiable") and […]
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9:07 AM | Zoe Kravitz Drew From Past Eating Disorder for New Role
Zoe Kravitz, the daughter of Lenny Kravitz and Lisa Bonet, is just starting to make a name for herself in Hollywood but people shouldn’t assume that her talented pedigree has prevented […]
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6:37 AM | The Esperanto of Empathy
Stumbled upon this amazing video on Facebook.  A Facebook friend commented: “People are beautiful.” Yes, they are.  I think – and this might be overly optimistic of me to say […]
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