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February 26, 2015

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4:20 PM | Experts Talk Vaccine Opt-Out Parameters
An article in the Harvard Crimson about our panel “Measles, Vaccines, and Protecting Public Health,” convened on February 25, 2015: There is a delicate balance between preserving individual rights and protecting public health when it comes to vaccines, experts argued … Continue reading →
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4:10 PM | Is Your Partner Depressed?
A married couple came to psychotherapist Rebecca Nichols, LPC, to improve their communication. The wife was having a hard time concentrating on conversations. In the last few months she’d become increasingly irritable and indecisive. And she constantly snapped at her husband. While the couple’s communication certainly needed work, it turned out that the wife was […]
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4:04 PM | Can we Live without Inferential Statistics?
The journal Basic and Applied Social Psychology (BASP) has taken a resolute and bold step. A recent editorial announces that it has banned the reporting of inferential statistics. F-values, t-values, p-values and the like have all been declared personae non gratae. And so have confidence intervals. Bayes factors are not exactly banned but aren’t welcomed with open arms either; they are eyed with suspicion, like a mysterious traveler in a tavern.There is a vigorous […]
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4:00 PM | Activate These 5 Fundamentals For Conscious Change
Do you believe you can change? These 5 steps are fundamental to positive change.
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3:00 PM | My Challenges with Forgiving Others
This feels like a weird post to write. I say that because I have only now just realized (at a newly-minted age 44), that the challenge I thought I was having with forgiving others is not the challenge I am actually having. By that I mean – in a way, actions others take that affect me […]
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2:40 PM | Swedish Photoshop Master Creates Mind-Blowing Optical Illusions
We all are familiar with optical illusions – visual images that trick our eyes into seeing things differently than they are in reality. Everyone remembers the spinning girl illusion or different ornaments that seem to be moving, while the image is actually static. But what happens when optical illusions are … READ MORE
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2:22 PM | What Happens When A Retail Pharmacy Decides To Stop Selling Cigarettes?
A new post by Andrew Sussman on the Health Affairs Blog, as part of a series stemming from the Third Annual Health Law Year in P/Review event held at Harvard Law School on Friday, January 30, 2015. The sale of cigarettes and tobacco products … Continue reading →
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2:18 PM | SPSP 2015: We're here in Long Beach!
It's been a few months since I've posted on this blog, and I'm planning to change that over the next several days: It is time for the annual convention of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology and we've got three full days packed with social-personality content to share with the blogosphere. I'll be writing a few short posts over the course of the conference--but before I do I want to point out where you can find some of the current and former bloggers on this website, right here at […]
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2:11 PM | Young problem drinkers consume less if they take naltrexone
Young people who drink abusively consume less and suffer fewer consequences from alcohol if they take naltrexone, a Yale School of Medicine study shows. While the drug the did not […]
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2:10 PM | Antifreeze protein from ticks fights frostbite in mice
A protein that protects ticks from freezing temperatures also prevents frostbite when introduced in mice, a Yale-led study has found. The research is the first to demonstrate the protein’s ability […]
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2:09 PM | A new understanding of Alzheimer’s
Although natural selection is often thought of as a force that determines the adaptation of replicating organisms to their environment, Harvard researchers have found that selection also occurs at the […]
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2:07 PM | Electronic alerts may do more harm than good for kidney patients
The use of electronic alerts by hospitals treating patients with acute kidney injury may increase interventions without improving care, a study by Yale researchers found. The study was published Feb. […]
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2:07 PM | Vitamin D Benefits Common Mental Illnesses By Regulating Serotonin
Study reveals how vitamin D benefits mental disorders, as do omega-3 fatty acids. 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:Autism: Vital Link Found Between Vitamin D and Serotonin Production This Vitamin Stops People Feeling SAD and Promotes Good Mental Health Cooking Fish This Way Protects Brain From Gray Matter Loss With Age 9 Nutrients Which Should Be In Your Diet for […]
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2:06 PM | Mollusk shell optics may help develop responsive, transparent displays.
The blue-rayed limpet is a tiny mollusk that lives in kelp beds along the coasts of Norway, Iceland, the United Kingdom, Portugal, and the Canary Islands. These diminutive organisms — […]
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1:03 PM | Rivers of Becoming
  Find yourself a river to meditate on. The rest will come. What, no river nearby?! Look inside: it runs right through you. Spend a contemplative moment on the (meta-cognitive) riverbank of Being as you witness the River of Becoming flow on without you. – “The river is everywhere at the same time, at the […]
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1:00 PM | Who Chokes Under Pressure?
A new study published in the journal Personality and Individual Differences examined whether the Big Five personality factors could predict who thrives or chokes under pressure during decision-making. The effects of the Big Five personality factors on decision-making ability and...            Related StoriesHow to Survive a Slasher FilmWho Gets Addicted to the Internet?When Assaulted Young People Seek Emergency Care 
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11:30 AM | 5 More Tips for Increasing Your Self-Confidence
In a previous post, we discussed five tips for increasing your self-confidence. Here are five more. 1. Speak your mind. Being clear about what you want and need makes it much easier to set personal boundaries. Saying “no” sometimes gives the “yes” more meaning. Speaking up and setting boundaries does not necessarily mean you will […]
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10:35 AM | Some student-professor pairings lead to "unusually effective teaching" (and it's possible to predict which ones)
Video trailers can be used to predict whichlecturers are the best teachers, and whichstudents they are especially suited to.In the near future, students could be presented with a series of video trailers of different professors at their university. Based on their ratings of these videos, the students will be paired with the professors who provide the best fit. The outcome will be superior learning, and greater student satisfaction.That's the promise of a new study that asked 145 psychology […]

Gross, J., Lakey, B., Lucas, J., LaCross, R., R. Plotkowski, A. & Winegard, B. (2015). Forecasting the student-professor matches that result in unusually effective teaching, British Journal of Educational Psychology, 85 (1) 19-32. DOI: 10.1111/bjep.12049

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7:43 AM | Carnitine and autism continued
The paper from everyone's favourite Saudi - Egyptian autism research tag-team that is Gehan Mostafa and Laila AL-Ayadhi [1] (open-access) on plasma polyunsaturated fatty acids and serum carnitine levels in a cohort of children diagnosed with autism / autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is served up for your reading delight today.Regular readers of this blog might have heard me talk before about the pretty interesting research findings to come from this research partnership (see here and see […]

Mostafa, G. & AL-Ayadhi, L. (2015). Reduced levels of plasma polyunsaturated fatty acids and serum carnitine in autistic children: relation to gastrointestinal manifestations, Behavioral and Brain Functions, 11 (1) DOI: 10.1186/s12993-014-0048-2

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2:31 AM | "...the strongest evidence to date" that "97% consensus" messaging is "consequential"
There's a new study out on effect of "97% consensus" messaging. Actually, it is a new analysis of data that were featured in an article published a few months ago in Climatic Change. The earlier paper reported that after being told that 97% of scientists accept human-caused climate change, study subjects increased their estimate of the percentage of scientists who accept human-caused climate change. The new paper reports results, not included in the earlier paper, about what the effect of […]
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2:31 AM | "the strongest evidence to date" on effect of "97% consensus" messaging
There's a new study out on effect of "97% consensus" messaging. Actually, it is a new analysis of data that were featured in an article published a few months ago in Climatic Change. The earlier paper reported that after being told that 97% of scientists accept human-caused climate change, study subjects increased their estimate of the percentage of scientists who accept human-caused climate change. The new paper reports results, not included in the earlier paper, on the effect of the […]

February 25, 2015

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11:55 PM | VIDEO: Open Your Heart to Love With This Yoga Flow
We all want more love, right? But it’s impossible to fully give or receive love unless you have an open heart. Unfortunately, self-loathing, social conditioning, past hurts and even improper posture can lead us to feel that it is safer to close our hearts in order to avoid potential pain or rejection than to open ourselves […]
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10:37 PM | Doh!
Had "comments disabled" for yesterday's post on  Session 7 of virtual "Science of Science Communication 2.0" Was wondering why there weren't the usual 7,000+ "student" comments! The sole purpose of this post is to announce that the comments feature for that one is now enabled.  Because that's the logical place for discussion, I'm disabling comments here.
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9:49 PM | Rethinking Being Like the “Cool Kids”
In the past, the media often portrayed the “cool” skater kids as the kids who perform daredevil tricks, speeding down the ramps, without helmets or pads. (Think Rocket Power.) When I was younger, I was really into rollerblading (I still am) and I was the girl that always tried to race out of the garage before […]
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9:27 PM | Safe Work Australia Continues to Perpetuate Safety Mythology
Safe Work Australia Continues to Perpetuate Safety Mythology In December 2014 Safe Work Australia published Work Health and Safety Perceptions: Construction Industry. Despite the intentions of the report yet again Safe Work Australia continues to perpetuate safety mythology just as it does by endorsing such nonsense as Hazardman. On page 6 of the report is […] The post Safe Work Australia Continues to Perpetuate Safety Mythology appeared first on Safety Risk.
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8:45 PM | What is it Like to Be in Love?
I created this piece in 2004 as part of a heuristic research project in my second year of grad school at Southwestern College in Santa Fe, NM. The objective was to perform this qualitative research study to gain understanding about a topic of our choosing. My research topic was love. I specifically wanted to know […]
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8:23 PM | How to Fall in Love and Uncover Happiness in Four Minutes or Less
One of the primary pathways to an enduring happiness is facilitating a sense of connection. When we feel connected we feel balanced, when we feel balanced, we often feel happy. The problem is as we grow up in this world, we have to learn how to shield ourselves from vulnerability and so we build up […]
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7:55 PM | How Gabrielle Giffords is Using Music Therapy to Heal
The world was stunned when House of Representatives member, Gabrielle Giffords, was shot in the head while meeting constituents in January 2011. The democrat from Arizona was critically injured but never gave up. She has had to learn to walk and talk all over again and, while speaking was initially very difficult, she has regained […]
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7:50 PM | Worth Reading This Week
By Nicolas Terry James C. Robinson, Biomedical Innovation In The Era Of Health Care Spending Constraints, Health Affairs Susan M. Wolf et al, Forty Years of Work on End-of-Life Care — From Patients’ Rights to Systemic Reform, NEJM Leslie P. Francis, … Continue reading →
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6:51 PM | Is Sadomasochism a Uniquely Human Form of Sexuality?
From an evolutionary point of view, the enjoyment of pain would seem to be maladaptive. Is there an animal analog of finding sexual satisfaction in being whipped, poked with needles, or having hot wax dripped on your skin?
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