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August 22, 2014

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6:22 PM | Smokers consume same amount of cigarettes regardless of nicotine levels
Cigarettes with very low levels of nicotine may reduce addiction […]
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5:19 PM | Creating Your Nourishing List of Yes
Last week I talked about the power of saying no, and shared examples of requests, activities, habits and ideas we can say no to. Because saying no gives us the time, space and energy to say yes to what truly nourishes and serves us. But what are those things for you? Once you say no, […]
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4:53 PM | Comment requested: Academic credit for reviewing
This seems a very interesting blog written by Rebecca Lawrence. The link is below. I am re-posting it for the NIF community. Link to original blog: http://blog.f1000research.com/2014/08/22/peer-review-service-recognition-orcid-casrai-recommendations-need-your-feedback/ Laura Paglione (Technical Director, ORCID) and I (Rebecca Lawrence) have been co-chairing the CASRAI Peer Review Services Working Group to look at the best way to recognise referee reports as a formal […]
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4:21 PM | Bats bolster brain hypothesis, maybe technology, too
Decades of research on how bats use echolocation to keep […]
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4:12 PM | How Does Exercise Improve the Brain?
When I started college, my best friend and I started a regular workout schedule to evade the infamous freshman fifteen. The odds were already out of my favor when I started to work at the dining hall right next to my freshman dorm. We were not as intense as Olympic runner Allyson Felix pictured above. […]
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4:05 PM | Are failing bees our warning sign?
It’s become something of a rite of spring. Every March, […]
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3:47 PM | Progress in Reducing Urban Air Toxics Across the United States
Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released the Second […]
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3:46 PM | Monthly blood transfusions reduce sickle cell anemia-related brain injury in children
Regular blood transfusions prevent recurrent blockage of brain blood vessels, […]
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3:44 PM | U.S. FDA 2014 Ebola Outbreak in West Africa Fact Sheet
Fast Facts Ebola is the cause of a viral hemorrhagic […]
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3:40 PM | The irregular firing properties of thalamic head direction cells mediate turn-specific modulation of the directional tuning curve
Take-home message: Anterior thalamic head direction cells are interesting in all sorts of ways. Here, we show that head direction cells remain active during sleep (how interesting is that?!), replicate the finding that these cells fire at different rates depending on whether … Continue reading →
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3:38 PM | Can twitter help autism spectrum disorder?
One of the main problems of the professional, caregiver, or the family member of a patient affected with autism spectrum disorder is the information.La entrada Can twitter help autism spectrum disorder? aparece primero en Novedades en Psicologia.
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3:30 PM | Confirmed: 800 meters beneath Antarctic ice sheet, subglacial lake holds viable microbial ecosystems
In a finding that has implications for life in other […]
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2:57 PM | For what it's worth: breaking down "belief in" GW vs. "belief in" AGW as function of partisanship & OCSI
As a result of (a) my aggregation of responses to the two-part question used to assess "belief in" human-caused global warming and (b) my failure to indicate that in the Figure label, there was some understandable confusion in the discussion in response to the "What exactly is going on in their heads?" post. This should help. Again, the "belief in" question I used -- patterned on standard opinion polling ones used by firms like Pew & Gallup-- has two parts: "From what you’ve read and […]
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2:35 PM | 10 Things Parents Wish Educators Knew about Eating Disorders
1. Eating disorders are real and deadly illnesses and having one is not a choice. Your reaction, as an administrator or teacher, to a disclosure of an eating disorder should be the same as if you were told a child had leukemia. Certain eating disorders have a mortality rate as high as 20 percent. Eating disorders are […]
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2:22 PM | How Unwanted Negative Thoughts Could Be Treated By Changing Memories
Cutting-edge research explores how memories can be modified after recall. Hope for effectively treating unwanted negative thoughts may come from new techniques that can alter vivid, long-established memories. Unwanted negative thoughts are core components of problems like addictions and... 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:Possibility of Selectively Erasing […]
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1:58 PM | Nerdoscientist on the job: Sensory Market Research
I’ve definitely dropped the ball on my own blog here at the Nerdoscientist blog. Basically, I’ve taken a position with a market research company that utilizes psychological testing and applied … Continue reading →
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10:30 AM | Best of Our Blogs: August 22, 2014
Why You Struggle With Relationships If you’re constantly stumbling over relationships with relatives, co-workers, friends and romantic partners, you’re probably fed up. Maybe you want to give up. But before you throw in the towel, check out this Sounds True podcast with clinical psychologist Dr. Welwood. Here is a snippet that explains the root of […]
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9:32 AM | Calligraphy of Change
Change, growth is often invisible. Too subtle, too gradual, too incremental to notice. Sometimes too erratic, too spontaneous – each precedent, each pattern-break as messy as a brush stroke. Yet, eventually a healing vector emerges. A pattern of wellbeing begins to evidence itself. Shinagawa Tetsuzan, a Buddhist calligrapher and a poet, wrote: “Don’t know when, […]
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7:49 AM | Many Paths, Many Ends
Human beings are driven by many different goals throughout their life and though the goals of one individual would be different from other, the major goals of life can be classified as striving towards finding happiness, success, integrity and meaning in life. I have blogged elsewhere about how the [...]Rating: 0.0/10 (0 votes cast)
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7:49 AM | Reader reactions to news of terrorism depend on the images that are used
After viewing images of terrorists people reported feelings of anger and fearHow readers' emotions are affected by media reports of terrorist attacks depends on the the photos used to accompany the story. That's according to an analysis by Aarti Iyer and colleagues, who say these different emotional reactions in turn lead to support for different government policies.Over two-hundred British adults (aged 18 to 68; 92 women), many based in London, read a news summary of the London terrorist […]
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7:47 AM | Serum microRNA profiles and autism
I cannot pretend to be an expert on microRNA (miRNA). Indeed, it was only after reading the paper by Mahesh Mundalil Vasu and colleagues [1] (open-access) talking about serum microRNA profiles in children diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), that I started my learning journey about these small non-coding RNAs. So please, go easy with me on this one...Hamlet @ Wikipedia Quite a good [short] introduction to microRNAs can be found here. If you want something a […]

Mundalil Vasu, M., Anitha, A., Thanseem, I., Suzuki, K., Yamada, K., Takahashi, T., Wakuda, T., Iwata, K., Tsujii, M., Sugiyama, T. & Mori, N. (2014). Serum microRNA profiles in children with autism, Molecular Autism, 5 (1) 40. DOI: 10.1186/2040-2392-5-40

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4:01 AM | “Pillow Talk” Speaks A Lot About Your Relationship
We know that the frequency of sexual activity, the quality of communication during sex, and partners’ reasons for having sex can all influence relationship satisfaction. So while it’s good to embrace the throes of passion and be vocal about it, does what you say after sex matter?  Intimate conversations that occur between romantic partners after sexual activity are commonly referred to as “pillow talk.” Pillow talk often involves disclosing positive sentiments […]
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1:09 AM | How to speak the language of thought
We are now beginning to crack the brain’s code, which allows us to answer such bizarre questions as “what is the speed of thought?” When he was asked, as a joke, to explain how the mind works in five words, cognitive scientist Steven Pinker didn’t hesitate. “Brain cells fire in patterns”, he replied. It’s a […]

August 21, 2014

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10:35 PM | Understanding the Cycle of Guilt
The cycle of guilt is the ultimate Catch-22 situation, an emotional prison where no matter what you do, you end up feeling bad. I know this place, because it’s taken me weeks to write this article, and all the while I’ve been running laps on the hamster wheel of guilt. And it’s not just me. The […]
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10:26 PM | To Dust, You Shall Return: Exploring the Universe to Discover Our Origins
You see, there is a growing desire to return to the basics – a basic truth or our existence. Scientists are carefully sifting through the dusts of our beginnings. Do they fear that there is, after all, something more than the “big bang”? This is very possible. As of this … READ MORE
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6:51 PM | Reading ‘Fifty Shades’ linked to unhealthy behaviors
Young adult women who read “Fifty Shades of Grey” are […]
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6:48 PM | Robin Williams: Intensity Is Not Pathology – Part 2
[Continued from Part 1] As Dr. Webb explains “Existential depression is a depression that arises when an individual confronts certain basic issues of existence… (or ‘ultimate concerns’) – death, freedom, isolation and meaninglessness.” [Gifted, Sensitive, In Need Of Meaning: Existential Depression.] His related book: Searching for Meaning: Idealism, Bright Minds, Disillusionment, and Hope. Webb has written […]
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3:45 PM | Does Living in the Moment Mean Forgetting the Past?
Let it go. Move on. Live in the moment. These are valid sentiments — words of wisdom that are featured in self-help books and spoken by personal development gurus. And I honestly adhere to those notions; moving forward from certain chapters and releasing old ghosts is freeing. And healthy. Staying present encourages appreciation, of beauty, […]
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2:09 PM | Assistant Professor in Cognitive Neuroscience, Brown University, Providence, R.I. 02912
The Department of Cognitive, Linguistic, and Psychological Sciences (CLPS) invites applications for atenure-track Assistant Professor position in cognitive neuroscience beginning July 1, 2015. Allcandidates utilizing methodological approaches such as neuroimaging to address basic questions in anyarea of cognitive neuroscience will be considered. Exceptional candidates whose research addressestopics relevant to psychiatric disorders are particularly encouraged to apply. This appointment will […]
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2:00 PM | What One Little Stomach and One Big Lion Have in Common
The other night I had a dream that a big lion bit me in the stomach and I died. It was a sad dream. My family was there, and many friends, but no one could do a thing to save me. Please understand – this kind of dream is nothing out of the ordinary for […]
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