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April 12, 2014

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10:45 AM | Non-Judging, Non-Striving and the Pillars of Mindfulness Practice
Twelve of us sit in a circle at the third session of the mindfulness-based stress reduction course (MBSR) offered at the hospital. The program was developed 35 years ago by Jon Kabat-Zinn at his Stress Reduction Clinic at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. It is meant to help persons with difficult and chronic illnesses […]
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10:26 AM | Plenty of Meat, No Need to Think
The other day, with a few minutes to kill, I pick up a book from a shelf.  It’s a copy of “Thinking” by Gary Kirby and Jeffrey Goodpastor. The book is “designed to challenge your mind and to strengthen your thinking ability.” A good book. I skimmed it before. I flip to the last page […]
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4:53 AM | Should We Want Our Children Fearless?
Son: Watch my new McTwist-half fakie kickflip! Caption: It’s not that children are fearless! They just don’t know any better… ———————————————————————————————- Is Your Child Fearless There is a noticeable connection between fearless children and the more timid children.  As a father of […]
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4:01 AM | It's Not You...It's How I React to You
Read more about breakup here. From pdlcomics.tumblr.com.
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3:46 AM | Brain Determining Body?
One of the most sensitive, and often the most ignored, sensory system is the ear and the auditory pathways of the brain. Auditory information is so constant in our daily lives, that we can’t possibly attend to all of it at once. Such information is, however, extremely detailed, and with mere micro-adjustments of the body […]
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3:04 AM | Let's play "Guess the Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience Speaker" (soundbytes from #cns2014)
Another CNS meeting, another series of delayed blog posts from The Neurocritic. Long in the vanguard of the slow blogging movement, these conference recaps have attained the cult status of unplanned obsolescence.Without further ado, let's begin our walk down memory lane...The 21st Annual Cognitive Neuroscience Society Meeting was held in Boston from April 4–8, 2014. We'll kick off our recapping festivities with a contest of "Name that Soundbyte!" from an invited symposium on how […]

April 11, 2014

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10:41 PM | 5 Ways to Cope With Heartbleed Bug Anxiety
By now you have probably heard about the Heartbleed Bug that has the Internet community shorting out its circuits. With headlines, tweets and posts with titles like “Why Heartbleed Is the Ultimate Web Nightmare” its a wonder any of us got any sleep last night. That Heartbleed logo alone is enough to kick up my […]
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10:25 PM | Dad's obesity and risk of offspring autism
In this post I'm talking about the paper by Pål Surén and colleagues [1] and their suggestion that "paternal obesity is an independent risk factor for ASDs [autism spectrum disorders] in children". I do so not with the intent of stigmatising parents and specifically parents with weight issues, which tend to be present for many more reasons than just food and exercise (see here), but merely to highlight how parental physical health may show some relationship to […]

Suren, P., Gunnes, N., Roth, C., Bresnahan, M., Hornig, M., Hirtz, D., Lie, K., Lipkin, W., Magnus, P., Reichborn-Kjennerud, T. & Schjolberg, S. (2014). Parental Obesity and Risk of Autism Spectrum Disorder, PEDIATRICS, DOI:

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5:55 PM | A Burglar’s Perspective
  When defining any kind of addiction, decision-making behavior plays a huge role. For many drug addicts, like the crack-addicted Janice in America Anonymous, drug seeking and consumption so overpower other urges that they neglect their other personal and professional obligations. This is also the case for those suffering from behavioral addictions; what separates an […]
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3:30 PM | Learning What You Need to Unlearn
We are too focused on learning (something new) and  not focused enough on un-learning (something old that keeps getting in the way). Much of the time when clients come to see me they want to learn something new.  Much of the time what actually seems to help them is un-learning of something old that kept […]
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3:22 PM | Nearly five weeks later...the fiercest of loves
Come Monday, Snapple will have been with us for five weeks--five weeks that flew by. She has integrated into the furry side of the family very well, and makes sure to love on us humans as she does with her furry brothers and sisters. Ouch. We are having to teach Snapple to not live up to her name--her little bites hurt.Not that Val minds those sharp little teeth. They love to play.As many pets as I have had over my life, it never fails to surprise me how deeply I fall for these […]
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3:15 PM | Helping Your Kids Set Boundaries
I’ve interviewed various experts about boundaries, and one of the running themes is that most of us aren’t taught how to set boundaries as kids. That’s because our parents didn’t know how to set boundaries, and they didn’t know because their parents didn’t know either, said Fran Walfish, Psy.D, a child and family psychotherapist in […]
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1:52 PM | Men, women in more satisfying relationships have lower testosterone
Many people assume that the more testosterone, the better, but […]
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1:51 PM | Why Positive Thinking May Be Harmful for Some
Brainwaves of positive and negative thinkers reveal important insight into positive thinking.→ 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 Creative Power of Thinking Outside Yourself What Might Have Been: The Benefits of Counter-Factual Thinking Destructive Daydreams: Why Wishful Thinking is Dangerous Unusual Thinking Styles Increase Creativity Five Effortless Postures […]
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1:43 PM | How the brain pays attention
Neuroscientists identify a brain circuit that’s key to shifting our […]
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1:39 PM | Inspired by a music box, engineer creates $5 chemistry set
Manu Prakash won a contest to develop the 21st-century chemistry […]
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1:37 PM | Study proposes new treatment method for alcohol problems
A study published by University at Buffalo’s Research Institute on […]
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1:34 PM | Online food reviews reveal inner self, Stanford researcher finds
Stanford scholar Dan Jurafsky found that the words used in […]
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1:33 PM | Water: Too much, too little
Climate change may accentuate seasonal differences in moisture availability Climate […]
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1:29 PM | How widespread is tax evasion?
New study puts a cost on “round-tripping,” a method investors […]
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12:47 PM | A Mad Man, Indeed: Don Draper on the Couch
When last we saw our fearless antihero, Don Draper, he was standing face-to-face...
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12:07 PM | Mindsets, Grades and Test Scores
Dear Friends, I was delighted to arrive home from my spring break and find good SAT results from my students who had taken the test for the second time in March. In every case, their consistent hard work between the two testings had produced significant gains of 50, 100 or more points! Students are always […]
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10:30 AM | Best of Our Blogs: April 11, 2014
Is this normal? Why do I feel this way? What’s wrong with my relationship? What’s wrong with me? We spend a ton of time asking questions like these. We seek solace, validation, and comfort through answers. But rarely do we have the patience to listen. Instead we find ourselves obsessively searching the internet, pouring over […]
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10:02 AM | La Neuropsicopedagogía Sistémica: una novedosa aproximación.
Entrevista D. José María Jiménez López, Fundador y Director de Axón Centro de Neuropsicología y Psicopedagogía Sistémica, quien cuenta sobre su innovadora labor Aquí únicamente se muestra el resumen, para leer la entrada entera pulsa sobre el título.
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9:59 AM | Don’t forget the cerebellum
Many theories of humanness rely on a simple idea that the cerebral cortex is enlarged in humans relative to other primates and in primates relative to other mammals. So it must be the cerebral cortex that is the important part of the brain, giving us our smarts and our skills. What is often overlooked is […]

Baizer, J. (2014). Unique Features of the Human Brainstem and Cerebellum, Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 8 DOI:

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8:00 AM | Facial expressions as social camouflage
Can making faces mask your personality?According to a group of University of Glasgow psychologists, Daniel Gill and colleagues, it can. Writing in the journal Psychological Science, these researchers say that human facial expressions can signal how dominant, trustworthy, or attractive we are – and that these ‘dynamic’ signals can mask or override the impression given off by the ‘static’ structure of the face.In other words, someone might have a face that […]
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4:02 AM | Three Strikes, You’re Out
I thought it was time for an update about my experiment with going off ADHD medication. Yesterday, I confessed about caving in to the temptation to touch a dead screech owl’s beak and talons to see what they felt like (smooth and bone-like, if you’re wondering). As far as I was concerned, the Screech Owl […]
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4:01 AM | Your Partner’s Friends: A Threat to Your Relationship?
Others who could replace you in your relationship typically provoke jealousy. However, your partners’ same-sex friends can also illicit jealousy. Across two studies with over 200 participants, researchers found that partner-friend jealousy was greater for those who: (a) considered their romantic relationships more important to their lives, (b) were less close to their own friends, and (c) perceived their partner was less committed to the relationship. Perhaps for their own benefit, those […]

April 10, 2014

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10:45 PM | A New Approach to Overcoming Psychological Disorders
For more than a decade, researchers have known that all major psychological disorders — including depression, anxiety and even schizophrenia — are associated with an excessive tendency to rumination. When faced with depressive or anxious urges, your mind often goes into overdrive by becoming excessively engrossed in thoughts. “Engrossive” thinking is the primary mediating factor […]
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