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October 13, 2014

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3:45 PM | Love Crimes: When the Abused Believe It’s for Their Own Good
One of the most nurturing, compassionate women I know is also an abused wife who once shared her biggest regret. Did she regret staying with her abusive husband? No. The most regretful day of her life was when she phoned the police after he physically assaulted her yet again. “I ruined his life,” she said. […]
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2:58 PM | The Shocking Effect of ‘Hidden’ Sibling Bullying on Adult Depression
Around half of children were bullied by a sibling, sometimes with serious consequences, a new study finds. 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 Workplace Behaviour That is Unexpectedly Worse Than Bullying The Effect Being Called ‘Fat’ Has on 10-Year-Old Girls, 9 Years Later Childhood Poverty and […]
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2:55 PM | Ebloa on the Brain
The purpose of this article is to describe how the Ebola virus affects the brain.
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2:55 PM | Ebola on the Brain
The purpose of this article is to describe how the Ebola virus affects the brain.
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2:48 PM | Swallowing frozen, encapsulated feces could cure C. difficile
A preliminary study has shown the potential of treating recurrent […]
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2:45 PM | Scientists create a ‘smart’ lithium-ion battery that warns of fire hazard
Scientists have developed a “smart” lithium-ion battery that gives ample […]
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2:44 PM | A new land snail species named for equal marriage rights
Scientists from the Department of Life Science, National Taiwan Normal […]
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2:44 PM | Impact of mental stress on heart varies between men, women
Men and women have different cardiovascular and psychological reactions to […]
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2:41 PM | Tailored flexible illusion coatings hide objects from detection
Developing the cloak of invisibility would be wonderful, but sometimes […]
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2:37 PM | FDA approves first combination pill to treat hepatitis C
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has  approved Harvoni (ledipasvir and […]
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2:36 PM | Scientists sniff out unexpected role for stem cells in the brain
For decades, scientists thought that neurons in the brain were […]
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2:33 PM | Want whiter teeth? Fruit mixture is not the answer
Can you ditch the strips and dump the dentist for […]
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2:31 PM | Solid nanoparticles can deform like a liquid
A surprising phenomenon has been found in metal nanoparticles: They […]
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2:31 PM | Single gene links susceptibility to rare infections with predisposition to autoimmune disease
The mutations were familiar, but the patients’ conditions seemed baffling […]
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2:26 PM | Keeping Rural Veterans Alive
For veterans who return home from a tour of duty in Iraq, Afghanistan, or any of the other hotspots where members of the U.S. military may serve, the possibility of suicide needs to be taken very seriously. In 2012 alone,...            Related StoriesChild Abuse and Raising the Next GenerationSleeping Your Way to a Longer LifeWHO Releases New Suicide Report 
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2:00 PM | Our Place in the Universe
I don’t typically pay much attention to daily news. This is because I know if really big news hits, I will hear about it from someone. Such is the case with Nature‘s recent discovery. It would seem our universe is quite a bit more vast than we may have previously assumed it was. With study results […]
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1:13 PM | How People Use Social Media to Manage Their Emotions
People usually search out positive posts on social media -- but not always. 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:Happiness is Contagious and Powerful on Social Media Facebook Reveals Secret Experiment To Control Your Emotions Social Rejection Triggers Release of Natural Painkillers in the Brain The Cheerleader Effect: Why People Appear Better-Looking in Groups How […]
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10:45 AM | You Can’t Force Things
It’s been tough getting to sleep the last few nights. I’ll go to bed and turn off the light and then the thoughts start pouring in. I’ll worry that I didn’t do the right thing in any number of situations during the day. I’ll worry about the work I have to do the next day. […]
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8:46 AM | Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT) for anxiety in autism
I'll readily admit that despite having a tinge of psychology running through my research career, I'm not overly enthused about the impact of the discipline on the autism spectrum down the years. I'm not necessarily just talking about the Freudian effect which set autism research back decades and shamefully added needless worry and stigma to those on the spectrum and their loved ones, but also the grand over-arching psychological theories which seemed, for example, to completely miss the […]

Ung D, Selles R, Small BJ & Storch EA (2014). A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Anxiety in Youth with High-Functioning Autism Spectrum Disorders., Child psychiatry and human development, PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25246292

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8:26 AM | Evolutionary psychologists expose the "shoddy" treatment of their discipline by textbooks
The Gendered Society contained 12 errors about evolutionary psychology, morethan any other book in this evaluation. Evolutionary theory is universally accepted among the mainstream science community. And yet, when the evolutionary perspective is applied to human behaviour, the approach continues to meet with resistance, and in some cases outright disdain.A team led by Benjamin Winegard thinks part of the reason is because of the misrepresentation of evolutionary psychology in textbooks, […]

Winegard BM, Winegard BM & Deaner RO (2014). Misrepresentations of evolutionary psychology in sex and gender textbooks., Evolutionary psychology : an international journal of evolutionary approaches to psychology and behavior, 12 (3) 474-508. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25299988

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5:00 AM | Ada Lovelace, Innovation and Imagination
“Imagination…discovers the real.” Augusta Ada, Countess of Lovelace, was a daughter of poet Lord Byron, and worked with polymath Charles Babbage, who called her The Enchantress of Numbers. The computer language ADA was named after her, in recognition of her work that helped originate software and computers. Ada Lovelace talked about her passions for creative […]
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4:01 AM | Debunking Myths About Sexual Fluidity
I’m a huge fan of Slate Magazine (I read it almost daily). But recently they ran a piece that portrayed sexual fluidity in a way that was less than accurate, and perhaps ideologically biased. In the interest of scientific accuracy, I wanted to set the record straight. What is sexual fluidity? The Slate article contained a bold claim that, “there's absolutely no scientific evidence that female sexuality is fluid—at least not in any novel way.” This is […]

October 12, 2014

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11:30 PM | How Self-Loathing and Self-Worshipping Lead to Lies
I once asked a friend whether she knew anything about Russian literature. “No,” she intoned, shaking her head with a studiedly blank look in her eyes. “Not a thing.” Later I learned that she’d written her Master’s thesis on Anna Karenina. She had lied in order to avoid the fate — dire, she thought — […]
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7:46 PM | Gab and Rob–One Brain, Three Minds
Gab and Rob Talking Risk – One Brain, Three Minds In this video, we introduce a model developed by Dr Robert Long from Human Dymensions called One Brain, Three Minds. This model helps explain how we make decisions using both the conscious and non-conscious parts of our brain. This video is a little longer than […] The post Gab and Rob–One Brain, Three Minds appeared first on Safety Risk Blog.
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6:35 PM | Circadian Rhythm Sleep Disorder: Do You Have an Abnormal Sleep Pattern?
I was always bad at sleeping. My mom still talks of nightmarish times trying to get me to sleep as a baby and toddler. As a child, I kept a flashlight and a book on my nightstand so I could stay up after lights-out to read. As I grew, this trend continued. I’m never tired […]
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4:26 PM | Some thoughts on use of metrics in university research assessment
The UK’s Research Excellence Framework (REF) is like a walrus: it is huge, cumbersome and has a very long gestation period. Most universities started preparing in earnest for the REF early in 2011, with submissions being made late in 2013. Results will be announced in late December, just in time to cheer up our seasonal festivities.   Like many others, I have moaned about the costs of the REF: not just in money, but also the time spent by university staff, who could be more […]
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3:46 PM | 5 Classic Signs of Depression Most People Don’t Recognise
A hidden epidemic: research reveals many Americans are depressed without knowing it. 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:Hyper-Connected: What Depression Does to Your Brain A Blood Test for Depression Depression Alleviated By Feeling Connected to a Group Long-Held Belief About Depression Challenged by New Study Depression: 10 Fascinating Insights into a […]
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2:46 PM | 4 Ways Great Literature Benefits Your Mind (Video)
“A great book should leave you with many experiences, and slightly exhausted at the end. You live several lives while reading.” -- William Styron 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 What Might Have Been: The Benefits of Counter-Factual Thinking How To Be a Great Leader (in under 300 words) 4 Ways […]
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2:35 PM | Sidestepping Depression Stigma
According to the mental health charity Mind, one in four people will experience a mental health problem each year. These figures aren’t too dissimilar to those for cancer; it is estimated that more than one in three people will be diagnosed with cancer at some point in their lives. Despite these statistics regarding the prevalence […]
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1:08 PM | Gut microbe to blame in anorexia, bulimia?
Eating disorders (ED) such as anorexia nervosa, bulimia, and binge […]
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