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February 25, 2015

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12:24 AM | ‘The Week in Health Law’ Podcast
By Nicolas Terry Frank Pasquale and Nicolas Terry are pleased to announce The Week in Health Law Podcast. We (and our guests) enjoy a commuting-length discussion about some of the more thorny issues in Health Law & Policy. Subscribe at iTunes, listen at Stitcher Radio and … Continue reading →

February 24, 2015

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11:31 PM | Dolphins in Captivity: What Do They Think?
In class we recently discussed the harmful effects of orca captivity on these animals’ psychological states. This led me to wonder how captivity may affect dolphins; another popular cetacean in captive settings. It is no secret that dolphins are highly intelligent animals, but what skills do they possess that suggest this intelligence and how might […]
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10:59 PM | 24 Feb 2015: Lingerie, chocolate, and shopping
The psychology of attraction meets consumer psychology: how female fertility influences desire for variety in products. And look but don’t touch: observing male behaviour in lingerie stores.Download the MP3Participate in my research!The psychology of fail videos (women only)How do you help others?More chocolate is always better than less chocolate. But new research shows that women are more interested in getting a good variety of chocolate (and other consumer products) when they're most […]
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10:35 PM | How Personal Writing Can Positively Affect Mental Health
When I write, I aim to get my work published and share my stories with others, hoping that it could leave an impact of some kind. If I can touch at least one person with my writing, I deem the whole process worth it. “If I can string words together to explain life, in some […]
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10:14 PM | Is belief in moral progress a substitute for religion?
There’s a well studied phenomenon called Terror Management Theory which basically says that, when people are reminded of their own death, their beliefs change in certain predictable ways.  People cling more strongly to beliefs that make the future seem more controllable and comfortable – and that includes turning to religion (see: Religion, Patriotism and Death). [Read More...]
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5:59 PM | Why Do So Many Psychologists Write So Badly?
An in-depth look at the fine line between bad writing and "bullshitting" in psychology.Read More
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4:49 PM | Change Your Core Beliefs And You Might Change How You Feel
Do you feel life is uncomfortable, difficult or lonely? Can rethinking about your core beliefs help you shift to a better life?
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4:45 PM | Getting Over the Fear of Taking Medication for Depression
Nine years ago I decided to wean off all my meds and take natural supplements instead. One evening I was fixing a magnesium concoction, chatting with a friend. We were talking about my depression, and this new holistic route I was taking. “You have everything you need inside you to get better,” she said. Yeah, […]
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4:33 PM | The Big Bang May Have Never Happened According to Quantum Equations
Did the Big Bang really happen? Probably not, according to two physicists who wish to revive one of the most popular arguments of the twentieth century. What these guys think is completely different from what cosmologists thought about the universe. Where did the Big Bang theory come from? The words … READ MORE
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4:15 PM | Entrevista a D. Jose R. Ponce sobre Hipnosis y relajación emocional
A continuación transcribo entrevista realizada a D. José Ramón Ponce sobre Hipnosis y relajación emocional. Qué ocurre y cómo realizarla. El artículo original está en Entrevista a D. Jose R. Ponce sobre Hipnosis y relajación emocional
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4:15 PM | Interview with Jose R. D. Ponce on Hypnosis and emotional relaxation
Then transcribe interview with José Ramón Ponce on Hypnosis and emotional relaxation. What happens and how to do it. The original article is in Interview with Jose R. D. Ponce on Hypnosis and emotional relaxation
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2:48 PM | Deal With Stress In Advance But Avoid Two Common Responses
Deal with stress ahead of time but avoid two techniques that will put you in a worse mood. 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:The Best 3 Ways to Deal With Failure (Plus 5 Painful Ones To Avoid) How to Deal With Stress and Anxiety: 10 Proven Psychological Techniques How To Set Better Goals: Avoid Four Common Mistakes Childhood Poverty and Stress Harms Adult Brain […]
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2:41 PM | Vocal Cues of Fertility: Bachelor 19’s Whitney Bischoff May Be the Ultimate Prize
Full disclosure: Watching The Bachelor/ette is a huge guilty pleasure of mine. It’s fascinating not just for the entertaining drama, but also as a unique case study of relationship dynamics. If you’re unfamiliar, The Bachelor is a reality TV show in which 25-30 beautiful and presumably single women contend for the attention, love, and marriage proposal of one eligible gent over the course of about two months of filming. Every season is chock-a-block with romantic and often […]
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1:32 PM | Long-acting HIV medicine in the works
Scientists have created a new molecule that shows promise for controlling HIV without daily antiretroviral drugs. The molecule foils a wider range of HIV strains in the laboratory than any […]
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1:30 PM | Novel Pretreatment Could Cut Biofuel Costs by 30 Percent or More
Researchers at the University of California, Riverside have invented a novel pretreatment technology that could cut the cost of biofuels production by about 30 percent or more by dramatically reducing […]
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1:20 PM | Ocean acidification threatens coastal communities across the U.S.
The first nationwide vulnerability assessment for ocean acidification, published today in Nature Climate Change, shows that coastal communities in 15 states that depend on the nation’s approximately $1 billion shelled-mollusk […]
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1:19 PM | Patent trolls serve valuable role in innovation, Stanford expert says
So-called patent trolls may actually benefit inventors and the innovation economy, according to a Stanford intellectual property expert. Stephen Haber, a Stanford political science professor, suggests in new research that […]
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1:17 PM | ‘Monster’ Hurricanes Have Hit New England For 2,000 Years
A new study shows that the American Northeastern seaboard has been hit by dozens of “monster” hurricanes over the past 2,000 years, many of them dwarfing recent storms such as […]
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1:16 PM | Climate Science Literacy Unrelated to Public Acceptance
Deep public divisions over climate change are unrelated to differences in how well ordinary citizens understand scientific evidence on global warming, according to a new study published by Professor Dan […]
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1:13 PM | Neurons hum at different frequencies to figure out what to store
Our brains generate a constant hum of activity: As neurons fire, they produce brain waves that oscillate at different frequencies. Long thought to be merely a byproduct of neuron activity, […]
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1:12 PM | The Impact of Social Media on Body Image
A new study estimates that approximately a half million teens struggle with eating disorders or disordered eating. Anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating can cause serious physical problems and, at their […]
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1:10 PM | Too many food choices exacerbate the battle against obesity
Some scientists say that when mothers eat poorly during pregnancy, they pass along traits to their children that make them more likely to have poor diets and have related health […]
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1:09 PM | Quick test for Ebola
Simple paper strip can diagnose Ebola and other fevers within 10 minutes When diagnosing a case of Ebola, time is of the essence. However, existing diagnostic tests take at least […]
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1:00 PM | Psychological Testimony Given at "Heart Eater's" Trial
It was a sight Officer Mlungisi Landule isn't likely to ever forget. On June 10, 2014, Landule was the first police officer to arrive at a house in Gugulethu township, not far from Cape Town, South Africa, to investigate what...            Related StoriesThe Baby FarmersHow to Survive a Slasher FilmStalking Eleanor (Part Two of Two) 
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12:49 PM | Editors behaving badly?
The H-index is a metric that was devised to identify talented individuals whose published work had made a significant impact on the field (Hirsch, 2005). One of its apparent virtues was that it was relatively difficult to game. However, analysis of publications in a group of journals in the field of developmental disabilities suggest there has been a systematic and audacious attempt at gaming the H-index by a cabal of editors. What's the evidence for this claim? Let's start by briefly […]
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12:15 PM | If a patent is rejected, but no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?
Why is a psychologist claiming “patent rights” for a basic psychological technique that he did not invent and does not own the patent for? Read the rest of this post at the Big Think.
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11:30 AM | Best of Our Blogs: February 24, 2015
You’re busy as ever. You can barely remember what month it is, let alone the day. You know things are slipping through your fingers. Your health’s been spotty. Your relationships are not where you want them to be. But you don’t have any time to change things. Or do you? You probably prioritize other people’s needs […]
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9:38 AM | Maternal recall vs. medical records: implications for autism research
I don't want to dwell too much on the findings reported by Paula Krakowiak and colleagues [1] talking about the accuracy of "maternally-reported diabetes and hypertensive disorders, and reliability of BMI [body mass index] measurements during periconception and pregnancy compared with medical records when mothers are interviewed 2-5 years after delivery" but they are potentially important.With authors such as Krakowiak and Irva Hertz-Picciotto on the paper in question, those who […]
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9:04 AM | Recruiters think they can tell your personality from your resume. They’re wrong
Recruiters are poor at inferring an applicant’s personality from their resume, but that doesn’t stop them from jumping to conclusions on the back of their flawed assumptions. That’s according to a new study that involved over a hundred professional recruiters evaluating pairs of resumes.The US-based recruiters estimated applicant personality from the limited information in short two-page resumes. Their estimates were poorly correlated with the self-ratings made by the MBA […]
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6:10 AM | Science of Science Communication 2.0, Session 7.1: communicating climate science part 2
It's that again! Another session -- # 7 --of virtual "Science of Science Communication 2.0" Reading list here.  Imagine you were President Obama about to make a speech to the Nation in support of your proposal for a carbon tax;    a zoning board member in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, preparing to give a presentation at an open meeting (at which members of the public would be briefed and then allowed to give comments) defending a proposed set of guidelines on climate-impact […]
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