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July 21, 2014

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3:51 PM | Percentages, quasi statistics and bad arguments
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2:14 PM | Introducing Reaching Life Goals
We all could use some help in reaching our life goals. Wouldn’t it be nice to get some guidance and tips on how to attain our personal and professional goals from an expert? Well, you’re in luck! That’s why I’m pleased to introduce, Reaching Life Goals with John D. Moore, Ph.D. He is a licensed […]
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2:00 PM | What it Feels Like to Be in a Body
Right now I only get two magazine subscriptions. Birds and Blooms was a gift to my avian from his doting grandma (aka my mom). Time was yet another attempt to use up those expiring airline miles. While you can probably already guess which one I find easier to read all the way through, Time does have the occasional newsworthy highlight. For instance, […]
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1:46 PM | oh BOLD where art thou? Evidence for a “mm-scale” match between intracortical and fMRI measures.
A frequently discussed problem with functional magnetic resonance imaging is that we don’t really understand how the hemodynamic ‘activations’ measured by the technique relate to actual neuronal phenomenon. This is because fMRI measures the Blood-Oxygenation-Level Dependent (BOLD) signal, a complex vascular response to neuronal activity. As such, neuroscientists can easily get worried about all sorts of non-neural contributions […]
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1:42 PM | Steam from the sun: Hi-tech sponge turns solar energy into steam.
A new material structure developed at MIT generates steam by […]
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1:31 PM | How to Deal With Stress and Anxiety: 10 Proven Psychological Techniques
Ten techniques you can use to deal with stress that you can't avoid.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:Feeling Anxious? 5 Scientifically Proven Relaxation Techniques Unwind: The Science of Rest, Relaxation and Sleep 8 Fascinating Facts About Anxiety Chronic Stress Early in Life Causes Anxiety and Aggression in Adulthood The Peaceful Mind: 5 Step Guide to Feeling Relaxed […]
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1:25 PM | Herbivores dine on toxic plants, thanks to gut microbes
Woodrats lost their ability to eat toxic creosote bushes after […]
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1:24 PM | Brain waves show learning to read does not end in 4th grade
Teachers-in-training have long been taught that fourth grade is when […]
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1:23 PM | Nearsightedness increases with level of education and longer schooling
Scientific study undertaken by the Mainz University Medical Center shows […]
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1:20 PM | Marmoset sequence sheds light on primate biology, evolution
A team of scientists from around the world led by […]
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10:49 AM | What Makes Us Laugh?
Scientists ask people what makes them laugh, and share the answers they collected in a fun video.
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10:45 AM | 10 Ways to Boost Your Energy
“Energy is your most precious resource,” writes Susannah Seton in the introduction of Everyday Energy Boosters: 365 Tips and Tricks to Help You Feel Like a Million Bucks, co-written with Sondra Kornblatt. “Without it, you simply go through the motions of your life.” With energy, she notes, we’re able to engage in our work and […]
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9:46 AM | The Neurocritic Critiques Critical Neuroscience
I wanted to submit a paper for the Frontiers in Human Neuroscience Research Topic on Critical Neuroscience: The context and implications of human brain research, but I couldn't decide what I should write about.Could I just submit a blog post like Professor of Literary Neuroimaging that critiqued the entrée of fMRI into Literature Departments?“So literature is abandoning Marxism and psychoanalysis in favor of neuroimaging!! Meanwhile, key neuroimagers have taken up psychoanalysis […]
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8:29 AM | It's time for Western psychology to recognise that many individuals, and even entire cultures, fear happiness
It's become a mantra of the modern Western world that the ultimate aim of life is to achieve happiness. Self-help blog posts on how to be happy are almost guaranteed popularity (the Digest has its own!). Pro-happiness organisations have appeared, such as Action for Happiness, which aims to "create a happier society for everyone." Topping it all, an increasing number of governments, including in the UK, have started measuring national well-being (seen as a proxy for "happiness") - the argument […]

Joshanloo, M. & Weijers, D. (2013). Aversion to Happiness Across Cultures: A Review of Where and Why People are Averse to Happiness, Journal of Happiness Studies, 15 (3) 717-735. DOI: 10.1007/s10902-013-9489-9

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7:24 AM | Autism and asthma yet again
"Asthma is approximately 35 % more common in autistic children".Pipe down @ Wikipedia That was the finding reported by Stanley Kotey and colleagues [1] based on their analysis of the 2007 National Survey of Children's Health (NSCH) dataset, a resource looking at "the physical and emotional health of children ages 0-17 years of age" resident in the United States. I don't intend to dwell too much on the Kotey findings aside from pointing out: (a) the reported prevalence of autism […]

Kotey, S., Ertel, K. & Whitcomb, B. (2014). Co-occurrence of Autism and Asthma in a Nationally-Representative Sample of Children in the United States, Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, DOI: 10.1007/s10803-014-2174-y

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5:28 AM | Understanding and Using the Thoughts and Feelings After Divorce
Divorce statistics tend to obscure the emotional impact of divorce. Whether a divorce is chosen, imposed, contested, litigated or mediated, divorce is difficult. What often adds to the difficulty even after a divorce is finalized are lingering thoughts and feelings that bewilder, disturb, preoccupy and interfere with moving forward in a self-productive way. “ I […]
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5:01 AM | When I Lose You, I Lose Part of Me, Too
There’s no question that romantic breakups can be really hard. Losing a partner we’ve become very close to means losing someone who was previously part of our daily lives. As a result, breakups can undermine our ability to sleep and eat well (among other things). Research has revealed that experiencing a breakup has several unique effects on our sense of self or self-concept (i.e., everything that makes us who we are) as well. For example, research has demonstrated that, after a […]
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2:18 AM | New method for extracting radioactive elements from air and water
Scientists at the University of Liverpool have successfully tested a […]
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2:17 AM | Hepatitis C cured in co-infected HIV patients
A multicenter team of researchers report that in a phase […]
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2:15 AM | Genetic risk for autism stems mostly from common genes
Using new statistical tools, Carnegie Mellon University’s Kathryn Roeder has […]
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2:14 AM | Size and age of plants impact their productivity more than climate
The size and age of plants has more of an […]
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2:12 AM | Tiny laser sensor heightens bomb detection sensitivity
New technology under development at the University of California, Berkeley, […]
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1:28 AM | Facebook research: Harmful or harmless?
Should Facebook be allowed to manipulate users’ newsfeeds in the name of research? This very question has received considerable thought and scrutiny the past few weeks in light of a recent study published in the prestigious Proceedings of the National … Continue reading →

July 20, 2014

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10:35 PM | Encouraging Males to Embrace Safe, Platonic Touch
Touch. It’s a delicate subject. I just read an article that discussed the idea of gentle, platonic touch between men. It made the case that men are often isolated from touch at an early age by both parents, and that the lack of gentle, platonic touch is a killer. The author decided he would try […]
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9:51 PM | Mystery of the Giant Hole in Siberia Remains Unsolved
Alien spacecraft? Meteorite crash? Or maybe underground gas explosion? So far no one has solved the mystery of the giant crater on the Yamal Peninsula in Siberia, Russia, whose name in the local dialect means “The end of the world“. A research mission, which includes the Russian Ministry of Emergency … READ MORE
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3:45 PM | 8 Ways to Live With a Chronic Illness
“Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass…It’s about learning to dance in the rain,” wrote Vivian Greene. “Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, ‘I will try again tomorrow,’” wrote Mary Anne Radmacher. These are two of my favorite quotes about living with […]
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2:15 PM | Your Body Is Not The Enemy
In our culture there is a prevailing belief that if we can’t get our bodies to look a certain way, to lose weight, to fit into an old pair of jeans, then they’re the enemy. They’re an enemy we have to subdue, manipulate and pound into submission. An enemy we need to insult, yell at […]
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1:31 PM | Cyberloafing at Work Makes You More Productive
Surfing the web at work for leisure makes you 9% more productive, a new study finds.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:“Is the Internet Good/Bad For You?” and Other Dumb Questions The Incubation Effect: How to Break Through a Mental Block Can You Be Addicted to Facebook or is it Just a Bad Habit? The Positive Effect of Creative Hobbies on Performance at Work […]
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1:04 PM | Vedic Peace
“Tat tvam asi” is an ancient Vedic mantra which means: “You are that” or “That you are.” What does it mean?  It means that Universe (Reality) is not inter-personal but intra-personal. What does that mean?  It means that when you look “outside” you are looking “inside.” What does that mean?  That means that you are […]
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12:00 PM | Sacrificing Edith (Part 2 of 2)
Continued from Part One At a special session of the Supreme Court on January 1880, a sanity hearing was held and several medical experts argued that Freeman was fit to stand trial. John Davis Long, who was governor of Massachusetts...            Related StoriesSacrificing EdithWhat is a Child Abuser?How Dangerous are Opioid Painkillers? 
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