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July 15, 2014

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2:35 PM | 3 Mindful Ways to Navigate Anger
Anger is a natural and normal emotion. It’s also a valuable one. It lets us know when our boundaries have been crossed in all areas of our lives. However, anger also can distract us. We may become lost in our anger, blind to the blessings around us. Anger can isolate us from others. And it […]
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1:50 PM | You Can Learn a New Language While You Sleep, Study Finds
Swiss study finds memory for new words reinforced by listening again during sleep.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:Offline Learning: How The Mind Learns During Sleep Hidden Caves in the Brain Open Up During Sleep to Wash Away Toxins How Sleep After Learning Enhances Memory Later School Start Times Improve Sleep and Daytime Functioning in Adolescents The Miracle and […]
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1:30 PM | Months before their first words, babies’ brains rehearse speech mechanics
Infants can tell the difference between sounds of all languages […]
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1:19 PM | Bothered by hot flashes? Acupuncture might be the answer
In the 2,500+ years that have passed since acupuncture was […]
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1:18 PM | Pre-diabetes label ‘unhelpful and unnecessary’
Labelling people with moderately high blood sugar as pre-diabetic is […]
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1:17 PM | Young women with sexy social media photos seen as less competent
Girls and young women who post sexy or revealing photos […]
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1:15 PM | New technique may transform hunt for antibiotics and cancer therapies
Antibiotic resistance is depleting our arsenal against deadly diseases and […]
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1:14 PM | Physicians influence therapy decisions for prostate cancer patients
New research from The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer […]
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1:12 PM | The power of making amends: How conciliatory gestures promote forgiveness
It’s well known that when a person takes steps to […]
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1:10 PM | New combo drug controls tumor growth and metastasis in mice
Researchers at UC Davis, University of Massachusetts and Harvard Medical […]
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1:08 PM | Study reveals how gardens could help dementia care
A new study has revealed that gardens in care homes […]
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12:38 PM | Perfectionism: Uncertainty Training
Psychologically speaking, koans are a unique way to inoculate a human mind to the anxiety of uncertainty. When we encounter uncertainty, we are stumped. Uncertainty frustrates us with its enigmatic nonsense. Koans, in their unanswerable quality, effectively simulate such moments of uncertainty. Author Hee-Jin Kim explains: the koans are “realized, not solved” (1975, 101). Admittedly, […]
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12:30 PM | "Bounded rationality": the Grigori Rasputin of explanations for public perceptions of climate change risk
Another excerpt from Climate Science Communication and the Measurement Problem.  4.  Is identity-protective cognition irrational? The idea that “disbelief” in global warming is attributable to low “science literacy” is not the only explanation for public conflict over climate change that fails to survive an encounter with actual evidence. The same is true for the proposition that such controversy is a consequence of “bounded rationality.” Indeed, […]
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12:00 PM | How Dangerous are Opioid Painkillers?
While there is no question that opioid dependence is becoming a major problem, new research is also showing a rise in opioid-related deaths as well. Along with prescription drug abuse, opioids being sold as street drugs, and patients who doctor-shop...            Related StoriesSecondary Trauma in Child Protection WorkersCaring for High-Risk ChildrenThe Toll Trauma Takes on the Families of Victims 
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10:30 AM | Best of Our Blogs: July 15, 2014
It could come from disappointing others or being disappointed. It could start from grief and an accumulation of bitterness, resentment, and years of feeling misunderstood. It could spiral down from a bad morning, a critical thought, a negative image of yourself and your body. It could even come from disease and physical illness. Suffering is […]
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7:51 AM | Why do we bite our nails?
It can ruin the appearance of your hands, could be unhygienic and can hurt if you take it too far. So why do people do it? Biter Tom Stafford investigates What do ex-British prime minster Gordon Brown, Jackie Onassis, Britney Spears and I all have in common? We all are (or were) nail biters. It’s […]
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7:45 AM | It's possible to "forget" unwanted habits
New research shows that we can weaken and even undo practised habits by deliberately deciding to forget them.Gesine Dreisbach and Karl-Heinz Bäuml from Regensburg University first instilled new habits in their participants by presenting them with German words and training them over many trials to make the same response to each word - a left-handed key-press for half of them, a right-hand response for the remainder.Later, participants had to categorise the same words by gender, with […]

Dreisbach, G. & Bauml, K. (2014). Don't Do It Again! Directed Forgetting of Habits, Psychological Science, 25 (6) 1242-1248. DOI: 10.1177/0956797614526063

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5:01 AM | What Attachment Style is The Bachelorette’s Andi Dorfman?
So I have a confession to make, and you have to promise not to judge me.  I am totally “fangirling” over the current Bachelorette Andi Dorfman. There is something remarkable about her, and whatever it is is generating some polarizing opinions. Oh, and did I mention that Andi was an assistant district attorney before she resigned to do the show? What more could you ask for in a lead role! If Andi is so great, why is she provoking such mixed reactions?
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12:08 AM | Overcome These Five Obstacles to Your Mindfulness Meditation Practice
Many media outlets have been talking for a number of years now about how ubiquitous mindfulness is, the impact it’s having in a variety of sectors and all the wonderful science that continues to be published. But I noticed that many people in the media don’t talk much about the actual formal practice of mindfulness meditation and […]

July 14, 2014

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11:52 PM | Proof: Parkinson’s Enhances Creativity?
Prof. Rivka Inzelberg of Tel Aviv University’s Sackler Faculty of […]
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11:49 PM | Introducing the Blog, Being Borderline
Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is probably one of the most misunderstood and most stigmatized of mental disorders. Even mental health professionals sometimes have a hard time hiding their disdain for people who have this disorder. Discrimination against people with BPD is rampant. That’s why I’m pleased to introduce, Being Borderline with Sonia Neale, a long-time […]
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9:31 PM | The concept of stress, sponsored by Big Tobacco
NPR has an excellent piece on how the scientific concept of stress was massively promoted by tobacco companies who wanted an angle to market ‘relaxing’ cigarettes and a way for them to argue that it was stress, not cigarettes, that was to blame for heart disease and cancer. They did this by funding, guiding and […]
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8:31 PM | "Nothing Holy About Agony"
Maybe it's because, at the age of 82, he is thinking more personally about what it means to have a good death. But for whatever reason, Archbishop Desmond Tutu wrote an article this past weekend in favor of assisted dying, a reversal in his previous position that will no doubt have an impact far beyond his native South Africa.read more
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8:31 PM | House of Lords Bill Would Allow Physician-Assisted Dying
Maybe it's because, at the age of 82, he is thinking more personally about what it means to have a good death. But for whatever reason, Archbishop Desmond Tutu wrote an article this past weekend in favor of assisted dying, a reversal in his previous position that will no doubt have an impact far beyond his native South Africa.read more
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7:51 PM | Justin Bieber: Is It Biological?
Last week, when Justin Bieber pleaded no contest to a charge of misdemeanor vandalism in his highly-publicized egg throwing barrage on a neighbor’s home earlier this year, it was the most recent of a rash of run-ins with the law for the 20 year-old Canadian singer-songwriter. The precocious pop star’s growing rap sheet over the […]
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6:45 PM | How to Deal with Burnout
We all know what it feels like when you’ve had enough. It’s that listless, weary feeling of not wanting to proceed but knowing that you have to. Some refer to it as ennui; others simply call it burnout. It happens when the stress of performing a certain task overrides its enjoyment. It can take place […]
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4:56 PM | Starting Over From Despair
There is a point of deep, true goodness inside you that can be nurtured and grown. If we hang onto the good in ourselves and look for the good in others, we can begin to repair the hurt in our lives.
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4:26 PM | Cómo resetear la mente dando un paseo
En uno de sus cuentos, Lewis Carroll nos dice que cuando Aquiles finalmente alcanzó a la tortuga se sentó sobre su caparazón y entablaron un diálogo. ¿Cómo, contrariamente a lo […]
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3:21 PM | Brain Freeze
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3:03 PM | Drawing Draws on Complex Cognitive Processes
Drawing objects seems like a simple task – most of us, from young to old, can copy simple pictures even if we lack artistic talent. If you can’t, it may be a sign of a cognitive disorder or brain damage. New research looking at stroke patients has found that drawing depends on several complex cognitive […]
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