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December 19, 2014

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5:01 AM | Are Americans Becoming Less Secure?
We’ve written extensively about attachment styles1 in romantic relationships (for example, read here and here for more on this topic). In a nutshell, people who are anxious tend to intensely desire connections with other people and are worried that their partners will abandon them whereas those who are avoidant tend to be wary of closeness to others and often feel that their partners want to be closer to them than they would like. Anxiety and avoidance are forms of insecure attachment, […]
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5:01 AM | This Holiday Season, Get Your Romantic Partner Exactly What He or She Wants
As the gift giving swings into full gear, the pressure is on to find that perfect gift for your significant other. But what sort of present will best communicate your affections? Should you scour the mall (or internet) in search of new gift-giving inspiration? Or should you “stick to the list”, and just give your partner what he or she wished for? In a study on gift-giving, participants imagined1 either that they were trying to find a present for their romantic partners or […]
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1:06 AM | Mix of Bacteria in Gut May Depend More on Diet than Genes
Genes are important, but diet may be even more important in determining the relative abundance of the hundreds of health-shaping bacterial species comprising an individual’s gut microbiota, according to UC […]
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1:06 AM | Santa, Myths and Regulators.
Santa, Myths and Regulators. I was at a building site yesterday and up pulled a ute full of cases of beer, gifts for loyal and faithful service. A few weeks ago the same company hired a cruise boat for a Christmas party complete with endless alcohol and strippers as a way of saying thanks to […] The post Santa, Myths and Regulators. appeared first on Safety Risk.
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1:04 AM | Breastfeeding past two months helps babies avoid obesity
Infants at risk for childhood and adult obesity have a better chance of not becoming overweight if breastfeeding continues beyond two months, nutritional scientists at Cornell have discovered. “Children at […]
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12:34 AM | Semester 2 Highlights
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December 18, 2014

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11:35 PM | What 2 Little Words Can Have a BIG Impact on Your Relationship?
No one — including your partner — has to do anything for you. Remember that. “Thank you.” Two simple words that feel SO good to hear. So, why do so many couples use them so infrequently? William James, the great American psychologist, said, “The deepest principle in human nature is the craving to be appreciated.” […]
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11:01 PM | The celebrity analysis that killed celebrity analysis
Most ‘psy’ professionals are banned by their codes of conduct from conducting ‘celebrity analysis’ and commenting on the mental state of specific individuals in the media. This is a sensible guideline but I didn’t realise it was triggered by a specific event. Publicly commenting on a celebrity’s psychological state is bad form. If you’ve worked […]
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9:39 PM | Why are unfalsifiable beliefs so attractive?
Recently, Dr. John Wentworth, professor of physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, argued that regardless of future advances, science will likely never discover whether the supernatural exists. He said,”almost always, our research raises more questions than it answers, therefore the question of God’s existence just isn’t scientifically testable.” If you are religious, how does [Read More...]
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7:07 PM | Five Questions That Reveal How Much You Care About Animals
Psychologists are turning to short scales to assess our attitudes and personality. We have developed several brief instruments to measure beliefs about the use of other species. You can take the 5-item Animal Attitude Scale here.read more
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7:04 PM | No cerebellum? No problem!
What happens when you are born missing 80% of your neurons? Well, pretty much nothing, as it turns out, at least when it comes to those missing a cerebellum. Comprising 70 billion of the brain’s 85 billion neurons (Herculano-Houzel 2009), this hindbrain structure is “the primary center of motor coordination in the central nervous system” […]
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6:13 PM | Interview with José Manuel Petisco, Psychologist expert in nonverbal behavior
Novedades en PsicologíaNovedades en Psicología - Blog de Psicología con actualidad, novedades y artículos. Interview with José Manuel Petisco, who tells us about the valuable information you provide nonverbal behavior. Interview with José Manuel Petisco, Psychologist expert in nonverbal behaviorDr. Juan Moisés de la Serna
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6:13 PM | Interview with José Manuel Petisco, Psychologist expert in nonverbal behavior
Interview with José Manuel Petisco, who tells us about the valuable information you provide nonverbal behavior. Por / By Dr. Juan Moisés de la Serna En Novedades en Psicología - Blog de Psicología con actualidad, novedades y artículos. / In News in Psychology. Blog with news interviews and articles of Psychology.
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5:55 PM | Entrevista a D. José Manuel Petisco, Psicólogo experto en comportamiento no verbal
Novedades en PsicologíaNovedades en Psicología - Blog de Psicología con actualidad, novedades y artículos. Entrevista realizada a D. José Manuel Petisco, quien nos comenta sobre la valiosa información que proporciona el comportamiento no verbal. Entrevista a D. José Manuel Petisco, Psicólogo experto en comportamiento no verbalDr. Juan Moisés de la Serna
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5:00 PM | Moral Boundaries in Relationships: Relationship Matters Podcast 41
Consider the following (probably fictional) scenario, described in detail by pop culture writer Chuck Klosterman1 and paraphrased here: Jack and Jane are in a happy romantic relationship for 2 years. One day Jack receives an invitation from another woman living in his building to watch her masturbate in her apartment (with absolutely no physical contact and no emotional intimacy). Intrigued, he goes to her apartment to watch her masturbate, then returns to his room and goes to sleep. Jack […]
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4:45 PM | How to Approach the Holidays When You’re Depressed
It’s a myth that suicide rates skyrocket between Thanksgiving and Christmas. The truth is that the month of December has the fewest number of suicides than any other time of year (Karr, 2012). What is interesting to note, however, is that there is a significant increase of suicides right after Christmas — a 40 percent […]
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3:15 PM | Expectant fathers experience prenatal hormone changes
Impending fatherhood can lower two hormones–testosterone and estradiol–for men, even before their babies are born, a new University of Michigan study found. Other studies indicate that men’s hormones change once […]
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3:14 PM | Wild blueberries (bilberries) can help tackle the adverse effects of a high-fat diet
Eating bilberries diminishes the adverse effects of a high-fat diet, according to a recent study at the University of Eastern Finland. For the first time, bilberries were shown to have […]
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2:44 PM | Study Hints that Ancient Earth Made Its Own Water—Geologically
Evidence that rock circulating in the mantle feeds world’s oceans even today A new study is helping to answer a longstanding question that has recently moved to the forefront of […]
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2:42 PM | Healthy brain development balanced on edge of a cellular ‘sword’
A new Yale-led study of children with neurodevelopmental abnormalities of the brain identifies a “cutting” enzyme crucial to the shaping and division of brain cells as well as the replenishment […]
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2:36 PM | Probing bacterial resistance to a class of natural antibiotics
Antimicrobial peptides are a distinctive class of potent, broad-spectrum antibiotics produced by the body’s innate immune system – the first line of defense against disease-causing microbes. In a new study, […]
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2:32 PM | Stem cells faulty in Duchenne muscular dystrophy
In a mouse model of Duchenne muscular dystrophy, muscle stem cells express connective-tissue genes associated with fibrosis and muscle weakness, according to a new study. Like human patients, mice with […]
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2:28 PM | Fine particulate air pollution linked with increased autism risk
Women exposed to high levels of fine particulate matter specifically during pregnancy—particularly during the third trimester—may face up to twice the risk of having a child with autism than mothers […]
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2:03 PM | You Might Be Surprised How Much a Hug Helps Fight Illness, Stress and Depression
Psychologists go to surprising lengths in new study to show how much a hug can help. 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:Empathy: Women Better Under Stress But Men Worse Childhood Poverty and Stress Harms Adult Brain Function This is How Exercise Protects You From Stress-Induced Depression How Easily Stress is Transferred Between People A Fast-Acting Treatment […]
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1:00 PM | Volunteering and the Elderly
There is an urgent need to identify lifestyle activities that reduce functional decline and dementia associated with population aging. A article recently published in Psychological Bulletin reviewed the evidence on the benefits associated with formal volunteering among older adults, propose...            Related StoriesAs Former POWs Grow OlderCynicism, Paranoia and Stress Can Dramatically Impact Your HealthThe Geography of Suicide 
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12:03 PM | Predisposed to Kill: The emerging field of neurocriminology
In the 2002 Steven Spielberg film Minority Report special police unit uses humans with precognition powers, or precogs, to prevent crimes before they happen.  The neuroscience of precognition would be an incredible topic to breach. This isn’t that. Instead, medical and technological advances have brought forth a much more exciting topic: neurocriminology - which has far reaching ethical implication for punishment, prevention and prediction of criminal […]
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11:45 AM | How to Lower Your Holiday Stress
It’s holiday time. In addition to everything else you have to do, you now have shopping, decorating, wrapping, entertaining, organizing, cleaning and cooking to tend to. Why does life have to be so hectic? Why can’t the celestial stars align in a more efficient way? With perfect timing, you know you’d get everything done with […]
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10:25 AM | A child's popularity is related to where the teacher seats them in the classroom
Teacher training doesn't usually include a module on how to arrange the seating of pupils. Perhaps it should - a new study by psychologists finds that where children are placed in the classroom is associated with how well-liked they are by their classmates.Yvonne van den Berg and Antonius Cillessen studied 34 classrooms at 27 elementary schools in The Netherlands. The 336 participating pupils had an average age of 11, and 47 per cent of them were boys. In all classrooms, it was the school […]
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10:08 AM | Autistic traits in adults with epilepsy
"Increased autistic characteristics found in adults with epilepsy without an ASD [autism spectrum disorder] diagnosis suggest that epilepsy syndromes may incorporate behavioral aspects of autism in the absence of some of its core cognitive features."Contrariwise, if you think we're alive you ought to speak to us.That was the intriguing finding reported by Sally Ann Wakeford and colleagues [1] who examined test performance on the Autism Spectrum Quotient (AQ) and "systemizing […]

Wakeford S, Hinvest N, Ring H & Brosnan M (2014). Autistic characteristics in adults with epilepsy., Epilepsy & behavior : E&B, 41C 203-207. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25461216

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9:42 AM | Dividing up the pie in relation to REF2014
OK, I've only had an hour to look at REF results, so this will be brief, but I'm far less interested in league tables than in the question of how the REF results will translate into funding for different departments in my subject area, psychology. I should start by thanking HEFCE, who are a model of efficiency and transparency: I was able to download a complete table of REF outcomes from their website here. What I did was to create a table with just the Overall results for Unit of Assessment 4, […]
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