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November 21, 2014

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2:14 PM | The Debunking Handbook: now freely available for download
The Debunking Handbook: now freely available for download via The Debunking Handbook: now freely available for download. The Debunking Handbook, a guide to debunking misinformation, is now freely available to download. Although there is a great deal of psychological research on misinformation, there’s … Continue reading →
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12:59 PM | Smell Stimulates Early Visual Processing in Women But Not in Men
Smells are undeniably powerful, able to transport us to different places and times in our memories. Think of how you feel when you smell cookies baking in the oven. But can they also change how we see things? New research shows that smells can enhance visual processing – but only in women, not men. “The […]
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12:38 PM | Dementia Treated Successfully With Anti-Aging Diet
Brain ageing and dementia dramatically slowed by special diet, 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:The Diet Which Postpones Brain Aging 5 Habits Proven to Reduce Risk of Alzheimer’s and Dementia Major Cause of Dementia Identified Which Could Lead to New Treatments 10 Ways to Prevent Alzheimer’s Disease Dementia: The Brain’s Weak […]
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10:58 AM | Genomic instability not linked to autism?
An eyebrow was raised upon reading the findings reported by Penelope Main and colleagues [1] concluding that: "it appears unlikely that genomic instability is a feature of the aetiology of autism." Based on results derived in part from "the cytokinesis-block micronucleus cytome (CBMN-cyt) assay" [2] looking at markers of DNA damage, authors reported very little to see in their small cohort of children with autism (n=35) compared with siblings (n=27) and asymptomatic controls (n=25) although […]
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9:25 AM | Vogue magazine continues neglect of cognitive science
Mind Hacks has been awarded the 2014 British Psychological Society’s Public Engagement and Media Award for its services to obsessive coverage of psychology and neuroscience. I think I can speak for both Tom and I when I say we were actually aiming for recognition by Vogue magazine but it’s better than a poke in the […]
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8:31 AM | The 100 most followed psychologists and neuroscientists on Twitter
Updated for November 2014, here are the 100 most followed psychologists and neuroscientists on Twitter based on follower counts recorded over the last few weeks. If we've missed anyone (individuals, not organisations) who should be in the top 100, please let us know via comments and we'll add them in. This is an update to our February 2014 post. Check the comments to that earlier post for even more psychologists on Twitter than we were able to include here. We're aware there are issues with […]
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12:03 AM | The Unrecognized Genius of Nikola Tesla: How Far Ahead Was He?
A name that is placed next to Einstein, Maxwell, Faraday, Leibnitz, Ohm, Ampere and all the other legendary figures of science. But does he deserve to be there, or does he deserve to be on top of them all? It was July 10, 1856 that he first saw the light … READ MORE

November 20, 2014

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9:32 PM | SfN2014: Day5 (Last Day!) – Smell Spaces, Emotional Posters and the Neuro of Touch
Today was the last day of the meeting. So I grabbed all of my belongings, checked out of the hotel, then headed to the conference (will all of my stuff … Continue reading →
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5:16 PM | Is it possible to train children for false beliefs?
Novedades en PsicologíaNovedades en Psicología - Blog de Psicología con actualidad, novedades y artículos. One of the most useful capabilities for our development in society is the ability to detect both false belief in oneself and others Is it possible to train children for false beliefs?Dr. Juan Moisés de la Serna
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3:00 PM | Celebrating Plumpness
Not so long ago, I found myself standing on a warm, sunny, sandy beach in my very favorite place on earth. My folks and I were passing a pair of binoculars between us. The focus of our avid interest? Soft round brown harbor seals. After struggling through half a mile of soft sand on foot, […]
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2:12 PM | 4 Surprising Advantages of Being Depressed
Why being depressed can sometimes be necessary, even beneficial. 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:A Fast-Acting Treatment Which Helps Severely Depressed Experience Pleasure Again The 5 Biggest Reasons People Get Anxious or Depressed Can Everyday Hassles Make You Depressed? Hyper-Connected: What Depression Does to Your Brain The Surprising Effect of Little Daily […]
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2:06 PM | A new old discovery
Some say that science has been looking at the brain for some time now and yet there is no agreed explanation of how it works. This is sometimes followed by – and therefore maybe science will never understand the brain. But the brain is much more complex than most people think and the tools to […]
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2:00 PM | New study throws (dragon) shade on Chicago economists.
Most people, except psychopaths, consider the harm done to others more carefully than any harm done to themselves when making decisions that benefit themselves, according to a recent report. We thought this was interesting because the Chicago School of economics*,…Read more →
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1:00 PM | As Former POWs Grow Older
A study recently published in the Journal of Behavioral Medicine sought toto (1) assess the long-term impact of war captivity on mortality and various health aspects and (2) evaluate the potential mediating role of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and depressive...            Related StoriesThe Rise of the Robot TherapistGIving up that Driver's LicenceSurviving the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill 
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11:43 AM | Google came up with a formula for deciding who gets promoted—here’s what happened
Originally posted on Quartz:About 7 years ago, Google founded its People Analytics team, which collects and uses data to bolster the company’s own management practices. (You can thank this group for the death of Google’s infamous brain-teaser interview questions.) The group…
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11:15 AM | Reflection Makes Sense
Reflection Makes Sense Organisations, despite their apparent preoccupation with facts, numbers, objectivity, concreteness, and accountability, are in fact saturated with subjectivity, abstraction, guesses, making do, invention and arbitrariness… just like the rest of us. (Weick 1969, p. 5) These are the words of Karl Weick who helps us understand that all organisations and people have […] The post Reflection Makes Sense appeared first on Safety Risk Blog.
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10:30 AM | Intestinal permeability: an emerging scientific area (also with autism in mind)
What is the intestinal barrier? What is intestinal permeability? What factors affect the permeability of the intestinal barrier? How do you measure intestinal permeability? How might [altered] intestinal permeability link to health, well-being and various clinical diagnoses?The new triad @ Bischoff SC et al. 2014These are some of the questions tackled by the excellent open-access review by Stephan Bischoff and colleagues [1] which I would like to draw your attention to […]
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8:37 AM | ¿Es posible entrenar a niños para detectar falsas creencias?
Novedades en PsicologíaNovedades en Psicología - Blog de Psicología con actualidad, novedades y artículos. Una de las capacidades más útiles para nuestro desarrollo en la sociedad es la posibilidad de detectar falsas creencias tanto en uno mismo como en los demás. ¿Es posible entrenar a niños para detectar falsas creencias?Dr. Juan Moisés de la Serna
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8:20 AM | Bankers become dishonest when reminded of their professional identity
The "Natwest 3" jailedfor wire fraud in 2008.Picture a banker tossing a coin ten times. She knows the more tails she gets, the more money she wins (up to $200), so long as she gets more tails than a rival playing the same game. She performs her coin tossing in private and reports her number of tails. Do you think she'll be honest?When a team of researchers surveyed the general population about the likely dishonesty of bankers and other groups in this scenario, they found the bankers had the […]
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5:02 AM | Social Influence and Teen Sex: What Matters and What Doesn’t
American parents often worry that their adolescent children are susceptible to their friends’ influence and will be pressured into having sex before they are ready to do so. Are these worries justified?  Past research has found that social influence is associated with behaviors such as smoking and alcohol use among teenagers. A recent study extended this work and investigated whether three types of social influence predict adolescent sexual behavior...
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4:52 AM | Battling Our Demons
 Demon: Lets go Lee, I have A Bipolar to mentally torture later today… Caption: battling our demons
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12:18 AM | The kids will be all right
Children are generally resilient to acute events and trauma Growth CurveHuman Development,Mental Health by Laura Sanders 7:25pm, November 19, 2014 Parents can't always protect their kids from bad things. But when it comes to acute traumatic events, children are generally as resilient as adults.Tanya Little/ShutterstockAs I was getting Baby V into the car recently, she […]

November 19, 2014

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10:52 PM | Dancing Traffic Light
Dancing Traffic Light A creative and effective safety idea sent in by John Wettstein from safetystrategies.ca who writes: Hi Dave; Some creative fun safety controls for risk management … In a test which was done in Lisbon, Portugal see how the pedestrians actually wait for a green light to cross the street while watching the […] The post Dancing Traffic Light appeared first on Safety Risk Blog.
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10:06 PM | Cushing’s abandoned brains
I’ve just found a great short documentary about the abandoned brain collection of pioneering neurosurgeon Harvey Cushing. The video describes how Cushing’s archives, which genuinely involved hundreds of brains in jars, as well as rare slides and photos of the early days of brain surgery, were rediscovered in the basement of Yale University and restored […]
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8:43 PM | Religious and paranormal believers are high in empathy – but confused about how the world works
There’s a strand of thought that says that belief in the supernatural is founded upon a misunderstanding of how the world works (see: You either believe in it all, or you don’t). On the other hand, there’s another perspective that says the cognitive problem is with the atheists. Belief in gods, according to this school [Read More...]
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8:10 PM | The real reason why new pop music is so incredibly bad
You have probably heard that Pink Floyd recently published their new album Endless River. Will this bring back the wonderful world of good music after the endless awfulness of the popular music scene in the last 20 years or so? Is good music, as we know it from the 60s and 70s, back for good? […]
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5:33 PM | A Unique Way to Practice Gratitude
Gratitude is a self-compassionate practice, according to therapist Lea Seigen Shinraku, MFT, who I recently interviewed for a piece on authentic ways to practice gratitude. “Acknowledging and expressing genuine gratitude for what you appreciate in your life is a deeply kind act,” she said. I agree. When we express gratitude for anything, it deepens our […]
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5:26 PM | What’s the causal link dissociating insula responses to salience and bodily arousal?
Just reading this new paper by Lucina Uddin and felt like a quick post. It is a nice review of one of my favorite brain networks, the ever present insular cortex and ‘salience network’ (thalamus, AIC, MCC). As we all know AIC activation is one of the most ubiquitous in our field and generally shows up […]
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4:43 PM | Popper on direct replication, tacit knowledge, and theory construction
I’ve quoted some of this before, but it was buried in a long post and it’s worth quoting at greater length and on its own. It succinctly lays out his views on several issues relevant to present-day discussions of replication in science. Specifically, Popper makes clear that (1) scientists should replicate their own experiments; (2) scientists should be able to instruct other […]
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3:13 PM | ADHD Time Management: What Will It Take To Get You There On Time?
Brandon Warren via Compfight “What will it take to get you here on time?” I cringed when I heard that question. It wasn’t directed at me, but it had been in the past. I cringed with recognition. I cringed with embarrassment for the person it was directed at. And I cringed because I knew, had […]
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