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August 24, 2014

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1:31 PM | New Study Affirms 4 Very Old-Fashioned Guidelines for a Good Marriage
New research on 1,000 Americans over 5 years upholds some age-old rules about marriage. 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:Still Thinking About Your Ex? Why It’s Bad News for Your Current Partner Kissing: Its Vital Role in Choosing and Keeping Partners How Just One Night’s Poor Sleep Can Hurt a Relationship 10 Psychology Studies Every Lover Should Know […]
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12:00 PM | The Rumour Watchers (Part 1 of 2)
The Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941 was far more than "a date that will live on in infamy." While the American people were well aware of the massive war that was raging across much of the...            Related StoriesThe Price of SexyCan Online Training Help Prevent Sex Assaults?The Judge in the Asylum (Part 2 of 2) 
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10:34 AM | Unhappiness & Depression: An In-Depth Look at the Possible Causes and Solutions
Depression has always been a hot topic of discussion and with the recent death of actor/comedian, Robin Williams; it seems to have people talking even more. Let’s face it; we all get “depressed” from time to time. The daily demands we face are often enough to stress us out and … READ MORE
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10:30 AM | How to Be Diligent in Your Recovery
Recovery is a long process. It takes time and it takes patience to achieve a relative balance and to find a measure of health after you’ve been diagnosed with a mental illness. When I was diagnosed eight years ago with schizophrenia I was so riddled by delusions and paranoia that I could hardly step foot […]
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1:30 AM | Families Engaged in Destructive Tug of War: How to Drop the Rope
Tug of war is an ancient game that is believed to have begun in the 8th century BC as a training exercise for warriors. Today it is a fun game usually played at social events that pits two teams against one another to reveal which team is the strongest and has the most endurance. However, when […]

August 23, 2014

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9:35 PM | Forget the Common Cold! Learn How to Prevent Catching Secondhand Stress
Do you cringe when you see someone get yelled at, hurt, or embarrassed? Do you tend to soak up others’ emotions — especially the feelings of those close to you? A new study has confirmed that “secondhand stress” is a very real thing and that many people catch another person’s stress as easily as the […]
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5:47 PM | You heard me right... autism prevalence and meat consumption
"The paper presents some exploratory analyses demonstrating the correlation between particular aspects of meat consumption and autism prevalence". The paper by Wojciech & Ewa Pisula [1] (open-access) does indeed suggest that there may "a correlation between increasing meat consumption and autism prevalence"."Goonies never say die!"Readers are invited to draw their own conclusions on such a correlation. Personally, I'm not yet convinced that meat consumption is the primary driving force […]

Wojciech Pisula & Ewa Pisula (2014). Autism prevalence and meat consumption - a hypothesis that needs to be tested, Medical Hypotheses, Other:

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5:35 PM | 8 Steps to Like Yourself (More)
Notice the word “like.” I’m not going to be so bold as to introduce eight steps that will have you love yourself. Baby steps, right? For some, self-love is a no-brainer. They grew up in homes where LOVE was the predominant four-letter word. Some possess too much, and like Vanity Smurf, are most comfortable with […]
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2:04 PM | Depressed? You Should Be in Therapy & Taking an Antidepressant
If you’re like most people with depression, you probably should be engaging in two simultaneous treatments — some type of psychotherapy combined with an antidepressant medication. That is, if you have moderate to severe depression and you’ve had it for less than 2 years. So says yet another study confirming what we’ve now known for […]
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1:52 PM | Fungus Deadly to AIDS Patients Found to Literally Grow on Trees
Researchers have pinpointed the environmental source of fungal infections that […]
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1:44 PM | Use a rule of thumb to control how much you drink
Sticking to a general rule of pouring just a half […]
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1:43 PM | Tissue regeneration using anti-inflammatory nanomolecules
Team develops system that may protect against inflammatory reactions Anyone […]
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1:37 PM | Weekend update: "Culture is prior to fact" & what that implies about resolving political conflict over risk
The idea that cultural cognition and related dynamics are peculiar to "unsettled" issues, or ones where the scientific evidence is not yet "clearly established," is a recurring theme.  For some reason, the recent "What exactly is going on in their heads?" post has stimulated many commentators -- in the discussion thread & in correspondence -- to advance this claim.  In fact, that view is at odds with the central tenet of cultural cognition as a research program. […]
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1:19 PM | Why You Should Take a Week-Long Break From All Screens
New study finds 5 days away from electronic devices has dramatic effects on children. 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:Memory Enhanced by a Simple Break After Reading Psychology in Brief: 6 Things We Didn’t Know Last Week (5 July 2013) Social Conformity Effect Lasts Three Days How Many Basic Emotions Are There? Fewer Than Previously Thought The Incubation […]
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12:01 PM | Coordinating Movement, Language, and Thoughts? An Expanded Role for the Cerebellum
Anytime we are using our coordination – whether taking a shot in golf or just reaching for a coffee mug – the cerebellum is at play. The small structure at the base of the brain is well-known to be critical in coordinating our movements, their precision and timing. But according to a growing body of […]
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10:41 AM | Labels for unexplained language difficulties in children: We need to talk
The view from the Tower of Babel This week saw the publication of a special issue of the International Journal of Language and Communication Disorders, focusing on labels for children with unexplained language difficulties. Two target articles, one by Sheena Reilly and colleagues, and one by me, are accompanied by an editorial by Susan Ebbels, twenty commentaries, and a final paper where Sheena and I join forces with Bruce Tomblin to try to synthesise the different viewpoints. These articles […]
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10:30 AM | Psychology Around the Net: August 23, 2014
Overthinking, oversharing, and — well, a few celebrities to boot. That’s what you’ll find in this week’s Psychology Around the Net. When to Think Less About Your Choices: Thinking too much about something could mean you’re focusing on only a few variables instead of blending a more holistic, emotional view into the situation. The Psychology […]
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7:00 AM | Link feast
Our pick of the best psychology and neuroscience links from the past week:Finding a Good TherapistJules Evans' (author of Philosophy for Life and Other Dangerous Situations) recent encounter with a "somatic therapist" didn't go too well.Why Nurture Is Just As Important As Nature For Understanding GeneticsThe influence of genetics on our health and behaviour is not fixed, explains Claire Howarth, but depends on complex interactions with the environment. Why Do We Fear the Wrong Things?Over […]
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3:29 AM | Forecasting Safety
Forecasting Safety Here’s the challenge for anyone who holds to the mantra ‘all accidents are preventable’. Ask them to predict how long it will be in their organisation or any organisation for that matter, that they will be harm free. Hopefully they will go to their injury data and based on the history of injury at their organisation make a prediction to match. Unfortunately, injury data provides no information about safety culture or predictability, but that’s what […]
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2:02 AM | Nuclear reactor reliability: Fast test proves viable
A speedy way to mimic the aging of materials inside […]

August 22, 2014

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10:35 PM | Heartbreak Happens: Get Over It!
Don’t let one setback stop you from finding love and happiness in the rest of your life. Life is a series of events. I want you to look at that statement, and then I want you to read it again. Life is a series of events. In fact, I want you to read it one […]
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7:42 PM | How Your Intuition Reveals Your Brain’s Best Decisions
There is no logical way to the discovery of these elemental laws. There is only the way of intuition, which is helped by a feeling for the order lying behind the appearance. ~Albert Einstein We often hear a lot about the great strength of the human intuition, but rarely are … READ MORE
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6:35 PM | Life is Like a Game of Tetris
I always loved the game of Tetris as a kid. I don’t allow myself the time to play it so much anymore, but maybe it would be a useful practice now and then. Tetris, while a game of speed and strategy, also teaches us acceptance, flexibility, and gratitude if we are open to learning. There […]
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6:22 PM | Smokers consume same amount of cigarettes regardless of nicotine levels
Cigarettes with very low levels of nicotine may reduce addiction […]
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5:19 PM | Creating Your Nourishing List of Yes
Last week I talked about the power of saying no, and shared examples of requests, activities, habits and ideas we can say no to. Because saying no gives us the time, space and energy to say yes to what truly nourishes and serves us. But what are those things for you? Once you say no, […]
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4:53 PM | Comment requested: Academic credit for reviewing
This seems a very interesting blog written by Rebecca Lawrence. The link is below. I am re-posting it for the NIF community. Link to original blog: http://blog.f1000research.com/2014/08/22/peer-review-service-recognition-orcid-casrai-recommendations-need-your-feedback/ Laura Paglione (Technical Director, ORCID) and I (Rebecca Lawrence) have been co-chairing the CASRAI Peer Review Services Working Group to look at the best way to recognise referee reports as a formal […]
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4:21 PM | Bats bolster brain hypothesis, maybe technology, too
Decades of research on how bats use echolocation to keep […]
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4:12 PM | How Does Exercise Improve the Brain?
When I started college, my best friend and I started a regular workout schedule to evade the infamous freshman fifteen. The odds were already out of my favor when I started to work at the dining hall right next to my freshman dorm. We were not as intense as Olympic runner Allyson Felix pictured above. […]
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4:05 PM | Are failing bees our warning sign?
It’s become something of a rite of spring. Every March, […]
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3:47 PM | Progress in Reducing Urban Air Toxics Across the United States
Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released the Second […]
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