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October 17, 2014

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3:47 PM | Daniel Kahneman: Scholar. Professor. Nobel laureate.
Daniel Kahneman was born on March 5th, 1934 in Tel Aviv, British Mandate of Palestine known today as Israel, while his mother was visiting family in the region. He spent his youth in Paris, France where his mother and father had immigrated to in the 1920’s from Lithuania. His reason of motivations f... The post Daniel Kahneman: Scholar. Professor. Nobel laureate. appeared first on .
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3:47 PM | What to Do When Your Inner Critic Is Roaring
A few days ago, in this post, I shared the many qualities that make up our inner critics, from Tara Mohr’s powerful book Playing Big: Find Your Voice, Your Mission, Your Message. Because our inner critic is very different from our core self. As Tara writes, “You are not the critical voice. You are the […]
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3:45 PM | Personal Experiences of Depression
Some of the biggest myths about depression are that it’s a character flaw, a sign of weakness, a lack of trying, a lack of will, a choice. You just need to think differently. Remember, happiness is a choice. You just need to suck it up. Be strong! Why aren’t you trying harder? You don’t even […]
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3:06 PM | What Alzheimer’s Patients Feel After Their Memories Have Vanished
Is the emotional life of Alzheimer's patients alive and well? 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:Patients in Vegetative State Can Respond Emotionally to Loved Ones Consciousness in Vegetative Patients Thought Beyond Hope Revealed by Active Brain Networks Childhood Amnesia: The Age at Which Our Earliest Memories Fade How To Get a Narcissist to Feel Empathy Mind […]
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2:32 PM | Consciousness in Vegetative Patients Thought Beyond Hope Revealed by Active Brain Networks
New analysis of brain waves reveals consciousness in patients who appeared to be vegetative. 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:Patients in Vegetative State Can Respond Emotionally to Loved Ones Discovery of Quantum Vibrations Inside Brain Neurons Supports Controversial Theory of Consciousness Reading a Novel Boosts Brain Connectivity Direct Brain-to-Brain […]
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2:09 PM | Fear-Mongering & Ebola
There is nothing better for cable news networks — and online news sites — to whip up a storm about an outbreak of a deadly disease. People click furiously to get the latest updates, and then log on to social media and forums to discuss all of the things the government is doing wrong. Ebola […]
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1:06 PM | What We Can Do to Slow Down the Growing Suicide Rate in Alaska
While I was growing up in a small village of about 250 people, I was abused by my father, my friends, and my older brother....My friends didn't want to hear what I went through. I didn't have anyone to talk...            Related StoriesStigma and Seeking HellpWHO Releases New Suicide ReportSleeping Your Way to a Longer Life 
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10:30 AM | Best of Our Blogs: October 17, 2014
Right now I’m angry. It’s been an hour since I’ve tried to get my son to sleep. He also didn’t sleep the night before. I’m tired. I have a ton of things to do and I’m frustrated. But as I sit here, breathe and really connect with my emotions, the energy fades. Sometimes burning off […]
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10:21 AM | The Economic Impact of Irish Higher Education Institutions – Preliminary results
Originally posted on Brian M. Lucey:So, what do higher education institutions add to the economy? A lot? a little? How would we know anyhow? A recent working paper suggests some answers. Today at the Dublin Economics Workshop Policy Conference we…
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9:22 AM | Altered ghrelin levels in boys with autism
"Honey, it's the '90s, remember?"Saudi Arabia and autism research? It must be at least one author from the research tag-team that is Mostafa and Al-Ayadhi.Indeed, in today's post it is Laila Al-Ayadhi featured on the paper by Felwah S. Al-Zaid and colleagues [1] (open-access) who concluded on: "a potential role for the hormone ghrelin in the pathogenesis of autism".Ghrelin, by the way, is often called the 'hunger hormone' as a result of its effects in relation to energy homoeostasis. […]

Al-Zaid FS, Alhader AA & Al-Ayadhi LY (2014). Altered ghrelin levels in boys with autism: a novel finding associated with hormonal dysregulation., Scientific reports, 4 6478. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25257829

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8:00 AM | Ebola Virus Hysteria What To Do Unequivocally To Survive!
Ebola Virus: I have not FRIENDS no soon do I meet them and they’re gone. Death: I’m Still here… Caption:  Like the Ebola virus & Death, some Relationships are Toxic! Mental Health Humor Cartoons: All rights reserved ©Chato B. Stewart 2014. As the deadly Ebola outbreak devastates West Africa, it is ever more clear the […]
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7:00 AM | "Place cells" discovered in the rat brain
John O'KeefeImage: Nobelprize.orgThis month John O'Keefe, May-Britt Moser and Edvard Moser were awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for their work identifying the brain's "GPS system" - the internal maps that allow us to understand our position in space. The Moser's discovery of grid cells this century built upon O'Keefe's earlier accomplishment at UCL in London, the discovery of place cells in the brain. Here, we look back to his 1971 "Short Communication" in the journal Brain […]
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4:01 AM | Diamonds Aren’t Forever: Expensive Rings and Weddings May Lead to Relationship Problems
My husband and I got hitched this past June, which I can honestly say was one of the happiest and most transcendent experiences of my life. However, we both agree that whereas the wedding was awesome, the wedding planning process was decidedly not awesome. Navigating the wedding industry can be quite frustrating, in part because of the relentless pressure to spend fantastic amounts of money on anything and everything wedding-related. As a relationships researcher, I was particularly […]
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2:55 AM | Service Animals for the Grumpy – Do they work?
Old Blind Rat: Hey I’m walking HERE! Service Dog: (backing up – puzzled and worried) Caption:  Service Animals for the Grumpy Mental Health Humor Cartoons: All rights reserved ©Chato B. Stewart 2014. Are you grumpy? I have to admit, I am more cantankerous these days then I wish to be. I’m sure a lot of […]
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12:38 AM | Lithium: Wonder Drug? Part II
Note from the author: This post is dedicated to my biology nerds out there.  If you follow my Gene-of-the-Week posts (and you should because they’re the weirdest), you know that I often get lost in the cellular and molecular details of life, and it’s totally overwhelming.  I wrote this post specifically to discuss the mechanisms […]

October 16, 2014

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11:51 PM | New front in war on Alzheimer’s, other protein-folding diseases
A surprise discovery that overturns decades of thinking about how […]
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11:35 PM | Interesting Person, Boring Life
You might think that if you are a person who has interesting ideas and inspired imagination, you would be living an exciting life. Sorry, it’s not necessarily so. Why not? There may be an abundance of reasons, but the one that wins the prize for robbing you of that exciting, inspiring, interesting life you could […]
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9:27 PM | Criminologists Try to Solve Murder Mystery: Who Will Become a Killer?
Predicting which people will commit murder is extremely difficult, according […]
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6:45 PM | The Solitude Dilemma
This week The Atlantic shared a video in its Editor’s Picks series called ‘The Benefits of Living Alone on a Mountain.’ It followed a young man named Leif Haugen, a Forest Service firefighter in Montana. For three months out of the year, Leif lives alone at the lookout on top of a mountain. Watching the […]
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6:09 PM | Interview with George Hook
I recently did an interview with George Hook on Newstalk regarding the Wellcome Trust Senior Investigator Award I hold with Professor John Aggleton at Cardiff University. The interview is from 23.30 to 36.30 on the Newstalk site. Filed under: Uncategorized
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6:08 PM | Why Do We Find it So Hard to Write About Ourselves?
For many students right now, an overwhelming mountain stands between them and th...
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6:00 PM | The Brain’s White Matter–Learning beyond Synapses
A new study shows that learning a new motor skill requires generation of new myelin, the electrical insulation on nerve axons.
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5:24 PM | NEURO.tv Episode 13 – Neuroscience in the courtroom and invasion of privacy, with Nita Farahany.
Nita Farahany, Professor of Law and Philosophy at Duke University is a leading scholar on the ethical implications of biosciences and emerging.
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4:23 PM | Network of BioThings Hackathon – Nov 7-9
The Network of BioThings is sponsoring a hackathon. NoB Hackathon poster Come one, come all. Mainly though, sign up because space is fairly limited.
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4:18 PM | NASA Study Finds 1934 Had Worst Drought of Last Thousand Years
A new study using a reconstruction of North American drought […]
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4:09 PM | ‘Nature’s comedian’ the lemur enjoys an informative trip to the toilet
Emily loves Justin – Stop global warming – Two more […]
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4:07 PM | Adenosine can melt ‘love handles’
The number of overweight persons is greatly increasing worldwide – […]
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2:37 PM | Empathy Can Sometimes Motivate This Dark, Unjustified Behaviour
Empathy has a dark side which is at odds with its image as a cure-all for the world's problems. 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:How To Get a Narcissist to Feel Empathy Neuroscience Reveals The Deep Power of Human Empathy The Honking Experiment: Can You Predict Your Driving Behaviour? People’s Suprising Empathy With The Pain of Their Enemies Chronic Stress […]
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2:33 PM | Sound Therapy: an Amazing Tool to Change Your State of Mind & Enhance Well-being
“If you want to find the secrets of the universe, think in terms of energy, frequency and vibration.” ― Nikola Tesla Using sound to heal the body and relax the mind is nothing new; in fact it goes back to the beginning of time, but some of the most interesting … READ MORE
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2:23 PM | Top 10 ADHD Blogs of 2014
Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is characterized by inattention, hyperactivity and impulsivity. It’s also sometimes known as just attention deficit disorder. What happens when people with ADHD enter the blogosphere? Often they navigate their behavior with quirky, fun and informative blogging, and tell the story of ADHD as it really is, transcending the stereotype of a […]
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