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September 13, 2014

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2:17 PM | Job announcement: Department Head, Communication Sciences & Disorders (CSD), Penn State
Department Head, Communication Sciences & Disorders (CSD)The Pennsylvania State UniversityWork Unit: College of Health & Human DevelopmentDepartment: Communication Sciences & DisordersJob Number: 52263Date Announced: July 9, 2014The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD), College of Health and Human Development (HHD), at The Pennsylvania State University, invites applications for the position of Department Head to begin Fall 2015. Penn State seeks an innovative and […]
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2:15 PM | In rats and man, nicotine withdrawal sucks the pleasure from life
Reduced reward response in brains helps explain why it’s so […]
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2:14 PM | Hunt for water may have led human evolution
Our ancient ancestors’ ability to move around and find new […]
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2:08 PM | Brain inflammation dramatically disrupts memory retrieval
Research sheds light on cognitive losses seen with chemotherapy, autoimmune […]
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2:06 PM | Where’s the atmosphere’s self-cleaning power?
In a finding that could alter how scientists quantify emissions […]
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2:03 PM | A Link Between Jacobsen Syndrome and Autism
A rare genetic disorder known as Jacobsen syndrome has been […]
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1:35 PM | Weekend update: geoengineering and the expanding confabulation frontier of the "climate communication" debate
Despite its astonishingly long run in grounding just-so story telling about public risk perceptions and science communication (e.g., the Rasputin "bounded rationality" account of public apathy), the "climate debate" at some point has to get the benefit of an infusion of new material or else the players will ultimately die out from terminal boredom.  That's the real potential, of course, of geoengineering. Critics took the early lead in the "science communication confabulation game" by […]
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10:30 AM | Psychology Around the Net: September 13, 2014
What happens when you and your partner are on different sleep-wake schedules? Do you experience anxiety when waiting on a text reply? What about social media — how is it affecting both your brain and your body? Find out within this week’s Psychology Around the Net. Couples on Different Sleep Schedules Can Expect Conflict — […]
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7:00 AM | Link feast
Our pick of the best psychology and neuroscience links from the past week:“Cyranoids”: Stanley Milgram’s Creepiest ExperimentMilgram is most famous for his obedience experiments, but Neuroskeptic reports on new research into another of Milgram's ideas - that our speech can be fed to us by someone else (so we become a Cyranoid) without anyone realising anything is amiss.Rising star of business psychology, Professor Adam Grant, has launched a new, free newsletter called […]
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12:14 AM | Coronation Street: Examining the Usual (ADHD) Suspects
I’ve been asked by readers to follow up on the ever-evolving Coronation Street plot featuring 7 (or 8, depending on the source) year-old Max as a potential candidate for the dreaded ADHD diagnosis. So here’s the promised update (as of the Canadian programming schedule; further episodes have aired elsewhere and, spoiler alert, it looks like […]

September 12, 2014

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11:35 PM | How Somatic Therapy Can Help Patients Suffering from Psychological Trauma
Whatever happens in our lives impacts our mind either consciously or unconsciously. Sometimes events — such as the unexpected death of a loved one, illness, fearful thoughts, near-death accidents or experiences — result in traumas. Psychological trauma causes damage to the psyche that occurs as a result of a severely distressing event. How Somatic Psychotherapy […]
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9:31 PM | New Ethics Code to Bind Behavior Analysts January 1, 2016
The Behavior Analysis Certification Board (BACB) recently issued a special September ethics edition of its newsletter (BACB, September, 2014). It announced their new Professional and Ethical Compliance Code for Behavior Analysts, version September 10, 2014 (BACB, August, 2014) which will bind all BACB "certificants and registrants" to their new rules on its effective date, January 1, 2016.Their Guidelines for Responsible Conduct (BACB, 2013) and their Disciplinary and Ethical Standards […]
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8:15 PM | Spike activity 12-09-2014
Quick links from the past week in mind and brain news: New Scientist reports that sleeping brains can process and respond to words. Forward directly to boss. “Cyranoids” – Stanley Milgram’s Creepiest Experiment. Neuroskeptic covers the science behind a little known Milgram experiment and a curiously common TV trope. The Neurocritic reports on a case […]
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7:50 PM | How To Say “No” With Psychology and Kindness
“Learn to say ‘no’ to the good so you can say ‘yes’ to the best.” ~John C. Maxwell As children, we are often taught how to say yes to just about everything and anything under the sun. However, rarely are we taught how to effectively say “no” to things that … READ MORE
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6:30 PM | Outer-Directed Distractors and How They Benefit the Mind
During a recent interview about my new book Unworthy: How to Stop Hating Yourself, the interviewer asked me to suggest a practical anti-self-loathing strategy. “Engage in activities that occupy your mind,” I ventured. “I get it!” the interviewer interjected. “You mean helping others! Volunteering at a food bank or animal shelter! Cooking for sick friends!” “Sure,” […]
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3:47 PM | Safety First: On Blossoming, Embracing Our Bodies And Practicing Self-Care
This week I talked about creating a safe space to listen to ourselves, without judgment or criticism. Because it can be scary to explore our needs and wants. Because for many of us we’re doing this for the first time. For the first time, we’re shining the spotlight on ourselves. We’re asking questions like: What […]
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3:47 PM | Insulin, growth hormone and risk of schizophrenia?
"Overall, the present findings suggest that metabolic and hormonal disturbances such as effects on insulin and growth hormone may represent a vulnerability factor to develop mental disorders". That was the conclusion reported by van Beveren and colleagues [1] (open-access) looking at "disruption of insulin and growth factor signaling pathways as an increased risk factor for schizophrenia"."Years ago you served my father in the Clone Wars"Drawing on data derived from participants taking part […]

van Beveren NJ, Schwarz E, Noll R, Guest PC, Meijer C, de Haan L & Bahn S (2014). Evidence for disturbed insulin and growth hormone signaling as potential risk factors in the development of schizophrenia., Translational psychiatry, 4 PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25158005

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3:44 PM | Stanford-led study assesses the environmental costs and benefits of fracking
A strange thing happened on the way to dealing with […]
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3:42 PM | New Family of Materials for Energy-Efficient Information Storage and Processing
Switching the polarity of a magnet using an electric field […]
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3:41 PM | Yogic breathing shows promise in reducing symptoms of PTSD
A new study from the Center for Investigating Healthy Minds […]
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3:35 PM | In the beginning there were three elements
In the beginning, or at least following the Big Bang […]
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3:34 PM | Study suggests changes in farming practices can save evolutionary diversity
A new study by biologists at Stanford University and UC […]
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3:34 PM | Clarifying the auditory dorsal stream, again: a comment on Rauschecker 2014
Josef Rauschecker has a new paper out in Frontiers titled, "Is there a tape recorder in your head? How the brain stores and retrieves melodies." It's worth a look.  The problem of coding sequences of information is an important, and poorly understood one. But that's not I want to highlight here.  Instead I want to put some comments of Rauschecker's in their proper context, i.e., the context of the neuroscience of hearing that exists outside of his laboratory. He writes,  The […]
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3:30 PM | How should science museums communicate climate science? (lecture summary & slides)
I had the great privilege of participating in a conference, held at the amazing Museum of Science in Boston, on how museums can engage the public in climate science.  Below are my remarks--as best as I can remember them a week later.  Slides here. You are experts on the design of science-museum exhibits. I am not. Like Dietram, I study the science of science communication with empirical methods.  I share his view that there are things he and I and others have learned that are of […]
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3:10 PM | Researchers say a major quake may occur off the coast of Istanbul.
When a segment of a major fault line goes quiet, […]
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3:09 PM | Physicists find a new way to push electrons around
Discovery might ultimately lead to new, more energy-efficient transistors and […]
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3:07 PM | Fluid mechanics suggests alternative to quantum orthodoxy
New math explains dynamics of fluid systems that mimic many […]
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3:06 PM | Ripples in ancient rock may be signs of early life
Take a walk along any sandy shoreline, and you’re bound […]
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2:59 PM | Scientists take key step toward solving a major astrophysical mystery
Magnetic reconnection in the Earth and sun’s atmospheres can trigger […]
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2:35 PM | Strategizing to Break Old Habits and Pick Up Better Ones
I’m writing my next book, Better Than Before, about how we make and break habits – an issue very relevant to happiness. Each week, I post a before-and-after story submitted by a reader, about how he or she successfully changed a habit. This way we can all learn from each other. If you’d like to share your story, contact […]
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