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January 24, 2015

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10:40 AM | "Dogs ARE Persons!" (The Other Side of the Debate)
In a recent post (Are Dogs People? Really?), I criticized the claim that new dog brain studies show that non-human animals are persons. Here three smart protectionists explain why they think I am wrong—and why the courts should grant legal status to non-human species.
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10:40 AM | The Dog Movie Star Effect: Is It Real?
In 1943, MGM released the movie Lassie Come Home. In the three years after the release of the movie, the number of Collies registered with the American Kennel Club jumped from about 2,000 to over 15,000 puppies a year. But was this sudden in the desire of Americans to live with a collie a coincidence or was it an example of the “dog movie star effect.”
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10:40 AM | Who's Lying About Not Eating Meat?
A new study shows that just thinking about the treatment of animals in slaughterhouses causes women—but not men—to "strategically under-report" their meat consumption. Why are women more likely to lie about eating animals?
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10:40 AM | Should Pets Be Banished From the Bedroom?
New research examines the effect of sleeping with pets on their owner's health and happiness.
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10:40 AM | Can Dogs Warn Their Owners of Impending Migraines?
Dogs can be keenly sensitive to subtle changes related to the health of their owners. For example, seizure alert dogs can sense the onset epileptic seizures. A new study suggests that dog can also warn about imminent migraine headaches hours in advance.
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10:40 AM | Service Animal Scams: A Growing Problem
The present system governing the legal status of service dogs and emotional support animals is rife with abuse. Here's why:
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10:40 AM | The Morality of Marathon Dog Races
What would you rather be: a sled dog or a race horse? The answer is surprising.
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10:40 AM | Five Questions That Reveal How Much You Care About Animals
Psychologists are turning to short scales to assess our attitudes and personality. We have developed several brief instruments to measure beliefs about the use of other species. You can take the 5-item Animal Attitude Scale here.
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10:40 AM | 84% of Vegetarians and Vegans Return to Meat. Why?
I was shocked when my long-time vegetarian daughter asked me for suggestions about what types of meat she might enjoy. I should not have been surprised. According to new research, the vast majority of vegetarians and even vegans eventually return to meat-eating. Here are the implications for the animal rights movement.
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10:40 AM | Does Animal-Assisted Therapy Really Work?
Can interacting with dogs or horses help treat mental and physical illnesses? I recently reviewed the scientific evidence on the effectiveness of animal assisted therapies. The good news is that the vast majority of studies have reported that animal therapy works. The bad news is that...
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10:40 AM | The Catcher In The Rye
Steve argues that failures are necessary and overprotecting your child is counter-productive; I argue that exposing your child to failures, without adequate safety nets in place, can lead to great harm and an 'off hands' parenting style is not to be preferred.
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10:40 AM | Traps and Pitfalls of All Is In The Mind
What are the dangers of being enamored by a philosophy that happiness-is-entirely-in-the-mind? Can it lead to passivity? Can it lead to apathy towards those who are unhappy and suffering due to their circumstances? This is a response to Raj's post that believed these threats to be not real.
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10:40 AM | Psychosis And The City
Does living in the city increase your risk for psychosis? If so, what are the mediating factors and mechanisms? Does being obsessed with 'the big picture' have something to do with it? Find out today!
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10:40 AM | Does Happiness Reside in the Head? If I Am Unhappy, Is It My Fault?
Raj argues that happiness lies in the head and it is our responsibility to reinterpret events in a positive light. I argue, that placing too much emphasis on personal responsibility, especially when the events are beyond control, is counter-productive.
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10:40 AM | The Basic Structure of Emotions
The Factor structure of PANAS-X sheds important insights into the nature of basic emotions—that combined with insights from Eight rasas of Indian culture and the four dimensions of emotions, leads to a rich and useful taxonomy and classification system for emotions.
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10:40 AM | Functional Networks in Worms—Cultural Effects
How many functional networks are there in the nervous system of Nematode worm? Can Indian philosophical insight help in that regard?
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10:40 AM | Creativity and Intelligence: The Underlying BVSR Process
This post continues the previous discussion of opposition between creativity and intelligence and does this time by looking at one of the theories of creativity: Blind variation and selective retention, proposed by Campbell about 50 years ago .
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10:40 AM | Creativity and Intelligence: a Tripartite Structure?
Creativity and Intelligence have traditionally been conflated; here I break them into their constituents and argue that there is a dynamic tension between the creative process and the intellect.
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10:40 AM | Narrow vs Broad: Apologies for Being a Generalist
Jonathan Fields, writes in the defense of the pursuit of Mastery; I reply why generalization may also be equally relevant and why earning livelihood from multiple sources is not a crime, or to be looked down on.
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10:40 AM | The Mind and its Maladies
The different types of mental disorders, though intimidating by their sheer number and complexity, can be clustered in a few discrete categories and groups, and this greatly aids our understanding of the mind and its maladies.
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10:40 AM | Creativity: Products, Processes, and People
The field of creativity needs equal focus on products, processes, and people to advance further; an integrative approach and research program that rises above the distinctions of small c and Big C is more likely to be successful and fruitful in the long run.
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10:40 AM | The Little c and Big C of Creativity
Sam McNerney argues that a focus on little c creativity detracts from doing justice to big C creativity. I beg to differ!
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10:40 AM | Academic Success Is Multi-Factorial
Academic outcomes are dependent on multiple factors like innate ability, self control, hard work and positive mindset. Some of the outcomes may differentially depend on one factor rather than the other, but to succeed in life you need both smarts and character.
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10:40 AM | Autism and ADHD: the intelligent and the creative child!
People on the autism spectrum are more likely to be intelligent; while ADHD leans towards the creativity side of the spectrum. These childhood disorders are the cost one pays for the evolution of intelligence and creativity.
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10:40 AM | Emotions and Motivations
That 'emotions arise from progress or hindrance in goal-pursuit' is a simplistic notion. Read the post to know the difference between approach and avoidance motivation, between promotion and prevention regulatory focus and how they interact together to give rise to all the myriad complex emotions and affective states.
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10:40 AM | Basic Emotions and Basic Psychological Disorders
We need a valid and useful taxonomy and classification system for mental illnesses.
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10:40 AM | Your Unconscious Calls The Shots
A review of Leonard Mlodinow's 'subliminal' focusing on how our unconscious mind rules our behaviors.
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10:40 AM | The 4 Fundamental ICN’s/Stances
There are four stances you can take towards the animate as well as the inanimate world and surprisingly there are four major brain networks that underlay and correlate with each of them.
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10:40 AM | Choice and Well-being
Why we choose to do something goes beyond maximizing our hedonistic happiness and well-being. Factors like purpose in life or relationship happiness also play a major role.
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10:40 AM | To Label or Not To Label
To Label or Not to Label, that is the question: Whether it’s nobler in the mind to suffer the taunts and stigma of same-age bullies, or by defying the label given by the insensitive society, and not taking a pill, end it!
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