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September 23, 2014

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12:23 AM | Safety Lessons From Animals
And now here’s something we hope you’ll really like……. Safety Lessons From Animals A classic by the late George Robotham  Introduction Dealing with animals has a lot of lessons for dealing with people. A lot of the things that are asked of people in safety are simply hard work; you should not be surprised when […] The post Safety Lessons From Animals appeared first on Safety Risk.
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12:05 AM | Rollin' rollin' rollin'
Scientopia has meant so much to me. It has been a home, a comfortable place, for so long. It has seen me through the biggest transition of my career. My career(s). The people here have been a source of advice, mentorship, strength. Scientopia is a wonderful group of people. With my new job came new […]

September 22, 2014

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10:18 PM | Symptoms of Bipolar Disorder: What A Bipolar Mood Swing Looks Like
Depressed MOOD downer Swing: Life is Hopeless!! Manic MOOD Twisted Swing: What a Ride!! It’s Awesome!! Make it Stop!! Negativity MOOD broken Swing:  I HaTe  You BOTH!!! Caption: Bipolar Mood Swing When I was young, I experienced bipolar differently then I do now:…Now, that I’ve been medicated and have it in a manageable place in my […]
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9:36 PM | 14 Truths about Being an Introvert (That Mainly Introverts Will Understand)
In her book “Quiet: The power of introverts in a world that can’t stop talking“, Susan Cain illustrates how today’s world has created an Extrovert culture; the ideal is to be sociable, loud, bold, and it is so because it resonates with how most of our interactions are nowadays. We … READ MORE
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9:31 PM | NEURO.tv Episode 12 – Optogenetics and anxiety-related behaviors, with Kay Tye.
What is optogenetics and how is it used to determine the contribution of brain areas to normal and dysfunctional behaviors? We discuss with Kay Tye, Assistant Professor of Neuroscience at MIT.
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6:24 PM | Where Did The Thoughtful Animal Go?
If you’ve been paying attention, you’ve no doubt noticed that things have been a little quiet around here. While this blog isn’t dead, per se, it’s on an extended hibernation.... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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6:24 PM | Where Did The Thoughtful Animal Go?
If you’ve been paying attention, you’ve no doubt noticed that things have been a little quiet around here. While this blog isn’t dead, per se, it’s on an extended hibernation.... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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3:45 PM | Stigma and Publicity
#DoubtfireFace Challenge for Suicide Prevention? Never heard of it. The ALS “Ice Bucket Challenge” is undoubtedly one of the most successful and engaging fundraising efforts in recent history. The challenge, which involved posting a video of yourself getting doused by a bucket of ice water, quickly gained popularity and became a social phenomenon. Teens, adults, […]
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3:40 PM | Three Universal Questions To Ask Ourselves During Rosh Hashana
Humankind is the focal point of creation, we're given a spark of the Divine in the form of a soul and a greater power of autonomy than any other creation.
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2:44 PM | The Ironic Reason Why Chilling Out Does Not Re-Energise You
Your down-time may be doing you no good unless you follow this guidance. 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:8 Ironic Effects of Thought Suppression Rethinking The Stress Mindset: Can You Find The Upside of Pressure? One More Reason Why Teenage Behaviour Can Be So Extreme The Irritating Reason That Overconfident People Get All The Breaks Facebook or Twitter? How […]
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2:43 PM | New ‘star’ shaped molecule breakthrough
Scientists at The University of Manchester have generated a new […]
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2:41 PM | Brief intervention may prevent increased risk of depression in teens  
A low-cost, one-time intervention that educates teens about the changeable […]
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2:40 PM | Finding hints of gravitational waves in the stars
New model describes overlooked prediction of Einstein’s theory of relativity, […]
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2:39 PM | From light into matter, nothing seems to stop quantum teleportation
Physicists at the University of Geneva (UNIGE) have succeeded in […]
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2:39 PM | Scientists discover an on/off switch for aging cells
The switch controls the growth of telomeres, the timekeepers of […]
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2:36 PM | Arctic sea ice helps remove CO2 from the atmosphere
Climate change is a fact, and most of the warming […]
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2:35 PM | Evidence supports deep brain stimulation for obsessive-compulsive disorder
Bilateral stimulation is effective for OCD that doesn’t respond to […]
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2:34 PM | Involving female offenders in release planning can increase reintegration success
Women who are about to be released from prison need […]
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2:32 PM | Fungi Eyed to Tackle Weedy Menace of American West
Beneficial fungi could become microbial marshals tasked with wrangling a […]
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2:30 PM | First study examines lifetime health of college athletes
USC’s investigation reflects the modern landscape of sports, including the […]
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2:19 PM | When is Torture Justified?
Imagine that someone close to you was in imminent danger and the only solution involved having police use torture to extract information from someone in custody. Would you agree or not? While torture remains a divisive topic with many countries...            Related StoriesUse and Abuse of Research in the CourtroomCan Childhood Bullying Lead to Suicide?Does Fertility Affect Attractiveness? 
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2:00 PM | Some Frank Personal Thoughts on Depression and Suicide
Last month we were shocked – flattened – to discover our beloved Robin Williams had taken his own life. I blogged about it the day I found out….and I’m still very sad. I miss him. Knowing more about the possible “whys” – he had been diagnosed with early stage Parkinson’s Disease; he may have been […]
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10:45 AM | Owning Our Dark Sides
All of us have a dark side. This dark side includes qualities we don’t dare reveal to others. It’s the traits we are ashamed of and embarrassed about. It’s the traits others have rejected. It’s the traits we believe deem us undeserving or unworthy of love. You may be judgmental, weak, angry, lazy, selfish or […]
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7:32 AM | Omega-3 fatty acids and ADHD
With a title like that, this post could turn out to be quite a long winded blog entry. As it happens, I'm not going to subject you, dear reader, to such a literary onslaught but rather focus my attention on the paper by Elizabeth Hawkey & Joel Nigg [1] who undertook two meta-analyses and concluded that: "Omega-3 levels are reduced in children with ADHD [attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder]" and "Dietary supplementation appears to create modest improvements in symptoms"."Maybe the 80s […]

Hawkey E & Nigg JT (2014). Omega-3 fatty acid and ADHD: Blood level analysis and meta-analytic extension of supplementation trials., Clinical psychology review, 34 (6) 496-505. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25181335

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7:00 AM | LSD boosts people's suggestibility, raising possibility of clinical uses
A rigorously controlled new study reports that a dose of LSD makes us more susceptible to suggestions, a finding that raises the possibility of clinical usage in contexts where hypnosis has proven effective.The study recruited 10 participants (9 men), aged 27–47, all of whom had used psychedelics in the past, but were clear of any diagnosis of mental illness. They attended two testing sessions 5–10 days apart where placebo was administered in the first session, and a standard dose […]
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4:01 AM | Break Up Kindly With Compassionate Love
No matter how you slice it, breakups are not much fun -- someone usually ends up getting hurt. Wouldn’t it be great if ending a relationship with someone could be a little less painful? It turns out that a dose of compassionate love can help ease the pain.  When you think about “love” in romantic relationships, you probably are imaging what researchers refer to as passionate love (read more about passionate love here and here), the intense, desire-filled, longing […]
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3:28 AM | Following-Leading In Risk
Following-Leading In Risk – Book Launch Its just been announced that Dr Rob Long will be launching his latest book: Following-Leading in Risk: Friday 21st November Australian Catholic University L18, 8-20 Napier Street, NORTH SYDNEY 3 to 5pm with Drinks and Nibbles provided RSVP: BRAD MARKHAM:  Brad.Markham@acu.edu.au The post Following-Leading In Risk appeared first on Safety Risk.
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12:50 AM | Chaos and Creative Expression
“The very impulse to write, I think, springs from an inner chaos crying for order, for meaning, and that meaning must be discovered in the process of writing or the work lies dead as it is finished.” Arthur Miller Creative people and writers about the creative process often say creative work is a way to […]

September 21, 2014

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10:55 PM | Dumb Down Safety, Wowserism in the 21st Century
Dumb Down Safety, Wowserism in the 21st Century Despite the backlash against ‘elf ‘n safety’ in both the UK and Australia (eg. Brown and Hanlon In The Interests of Safety; Tim Gill , No Fear  and Long, Risk Makes Sense  the Victorian regulator continues to show just why people hate safety. Safety has become the […] The post Dumb Down Safety, Wowserism in the 21st Century appeared first on Safety Risk.
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10:35 PM | Do You Resist When Anyone Asks or Tells You to Do Something?
It may have been a while since I posted on the Four Tendencies, but have no doubt, I’m still obsessed with this subject. I came up with the Four Tendencies framework as part of my work on Better Than Before, my book on habit change. There, I reveal the secret of habit formation.Really. Ready to hear the mystery solved? To change […]
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