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April 10, 2014

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1:17 PM | Mars scientist: Crater once held a lake after all
If desert mirages occur on Mars, “Lake Gusev” belongs among […]
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12:00 PM | Hanging Out With The Wrong Crowd
Adolescence and early adulthood is a time when peer groups become increasingly influential in the lives of young people. Youths exposed to deviant peers risk susceptibility to externalizing behaviors and related psychopathology. In addition to environmental correlates of deviant peer...            Related StoriesIn Praise of ChildrenThe Great BillickOnline Support Groups and Suicide 
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11:05 AM | ¿Tienen efectos en la salud mental el consumo de cannabis?
La legalización del consumo de cannabis está debatiéndose en diversos países, pero ¿Tienen efectos en la salud mental de los más jóvenes el consumo de cannabis? Aquí únicamente se muestra el resumen, para leer la entrada entera pulsa sobre el título.
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10:35 AM | How to Get Over Impostor Syndrome
Impostor syndrome is a sneaking feeling that you’re a fake, according to Melody Wilding, LMSW, a therapist who works with young professionals and business owners. You dismiss your achievements and successes as the result of timing, luck or anything else that’s beyond your control, she said. You worry that others will find out you’re a […]
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9:52 AM | Can we drive our own evolution?
The way we eat, cook, explore and interact with others can influence our genes, says Jason G Goldman. So how will modern culture shape our children?
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7:56 AM | Gluten exposure and "feelings of depression"?
Could exposure to dietary gluten affect a person's moods or emotional state?Well, if the paper by Simone Peters and colleagues [1] (open-access here) is to be believed the answer may very well be yes, at least in some cases, as they report a link between gluten consumption and feelings of depression under [short-term] experimental conditions. If replicated, such a finding may have profound consequences for how we view our relationship between food and mental health and wellbeing.Bread […]

Peters SL, Biesiekierski JR, Yelland GW, Muir JG & Gibson PR (2014). Randomised clinical trial: gluten may cause depression in subjects with non-coeliac gluten sensitivity - an exploratory randomised clinical study., Alimentary pharmacology & therapeutics, PMID:

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4:18 AM | Atheists and Their Capacity for Awe at Life
The emotion of awe is a self-transcendent one, in the sense that the experience of awe entails a feeling of being confronted with something much greater than oneself. Many people think of awe as a particularly religious emotion and therefore seem to assume that people with no religious beliefs at all, e.g. atheists are closed to the experience of awe. This assumption is quite false and reflects a wider prejudice against atheists. An illustrative example of this particular prejudice occurred […]

Caldwell-Harris, C., Wilson, A., LoTempio, E. & Beit-Hallahmi, B. (2011). Exploring the atheist personality: well-being, awe, and magical thinking in atheists, Buddhists, and Christians, Mental Health, Religion & Culture, 14 (7) 659-672. DOI:

Rudd M, Vohs KD & Aaker J (2012). Awe expands people's perception of time, alters decision making, and enhances well-being., Psychological science, 23 (10) 1130-6. PMID:

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4:01 AM | Don’t Kiss the Cat
There are two kinds of people: those who will kiss their cat on the cheek or their dog on the lips and those who won’t. I once had a vet who kissed her dogs on the lips. She’s lived to tell the tale. Don’t kiss the cat As most of you know, I recently made […]
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12:35 AM | RRID’s are in the wild! Thanks to JCN and PeerJ
We believe that reproducing science starts with being able to know what “materials” were used in generating the results. Along with a truly dedicated group of volunteers from academia, government and non-government institutes, publishers and commercial antibody companies we have been running the Resource Identification Initiative. This initiative is meant to accomplish the following lofty […]

April 09, 2014

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11:42 PM | Selfies as an Addiction?
Two things prompted me to write this post: 1. an article that my friend sent me on the topic and 2. our class’ recent discussions on all types of addictions. So first, what is a selfie? Selfie: (noun) A photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically one taken with a smartphone or webcam and uploaded […]
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11:28 PM | Best of March, 2014
March was a busy month! Here’s everything I wrote last month. Here on The Thoughtful Animal: Oil Pollution is Making Gulf Dolphins Sick Studying Contagious Yawning Might Help Us Build Better... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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11:28 PM | Best of March, 2014
March was a busy month! Here’s everything I wrote last month. Here on The Thoughtful Animal: Oil Pollution is Making Gulf Dolphins Sick Studying Contagious Yawning Might Help Us Build Better... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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10:45 PM | Invisible Victims: When Men Are Abused
In cases of domestic abuse throughout the world, the stereotype involves a man abusing a woman. For some, however, the story goes the other way around. In figures quoted by HelpGuide.org, approximately one in three abuse victims are male. That’s 33 percent — a startlingly high number. Men usually are blamed for abuse because of […]
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8:07 PM | The Power of Surrender: Why Giving Up is an Act of Courage and Wisdom
In our culture the notion of surrendering has a negative connotation to it. It means you’ve been defeated and that you’re powerless. But if you look to the world’s wisdom traditions you’ll find that the idea of surrendering is a courageous act that creates more insight and freedom from the unnecessary mental struggles of life.  […]
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6:58 PM | Emotional Instability: Help For Borderline Traits
People with the borderline trait of emotional instability feel like they're at the mercy of their emotions. Debbie Corso of DBT Path shares some skills readers can learn to cope with emotions in a healthier way.
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6:55 PM | When Less is Worth More
Often when problem solving, we don’t have the time or cognitive capacity to painstakingly evaluate each solution. Instead, we make an educated guess or rely on our common sense or a rule of thumb. These shortcuts (called “heuristics”) may save … Continue reading →
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6:46 PM | Video game technology. Part 2 of 3: The HD Experience.
  claimtoken-534595084c47dOne of the most recent advances in entertainment technology has been the switch from standard resolution to High Definition. The change has affected not only displays but also the complexity of the media produced. Most TV shows, movies and video games are now made in this format. The capacity to offer higher resolution images even became a powerful weapon in the last version of the console wars. The technology has been so well received by the public that Ultra HD […]
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6:26 PM | neurolove: MYTH: Once your brain cells die, they can’t grow...
neurolove: MYTH: Once your brain cells die, they can’t grow back. The brain does not change. This follows the myth that you are born with all the neurons you’ll ever have. In fact, some neurons do regenerate and/or change. If they couldn’t, you’d have lost your sense of smell years ago! Not to mention, you’d never be able to form new memories or learn new things. In the neuroscience community, we often discuss this with terms like “neurogenesis” and […]
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5:51 PM | Are there differences in depression according to sex?
Although the knowledge you have about depression, in terms of diagnosis and treatment still remain some doubts regarding the effect of the gender.
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5:36 PM | Why I Am Against Targeting Zero Symptoms For Bipolar Disorder and Calling That Thriving
There is a new effort to promote complete remission as the goal of treatment for people with bipolar in disorder and I am fundamentaly opposed to it. I have written about the topic many times, so I will repost the article that had the most discussion: I wrote an article some time ago that I […]
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5:29 PM | ¿Existen diferencias en la depresión en función del sexo?
A pesar los conocimientos que se tiene sobre la depreisón, en cuanto a diagnóstico y tratamiento todavía quedan algunas dudas en cuanto al efecto del género. Aquí únicamente se muestra el resumen, para leer la entrada entera pulsa sobre el título.
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3:38 PM | Introducing Going on the Ride of Your Life
I’ve known Ran Zilca for a number of years now, since he and his company, Signal Patterns, developed an innovative personality test that gave you a personality profile report that was meaningful to ordinary people. So it was a pleasure when we recently reconnected and he suggested sharing some of his insights, tips, and findings […]
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1:30 PM | People That Think Social Media Helps Their Work Are Probably Wrong
In an upcoming special issue of Social Science Computer Review, Landers and Callan[1] set out to understand how people actually use social media while at work and how it affects their job performance.  By polling workers across a wide variety of jobs (across at least 17 industries), they identified 8 broad ways that people use social […]Related articles from NeoAcademic:Textual Harassment at Work: Romance and Sexual Harassment on Social MediaGamification, Social Media, Mobile, […]
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1:19 PM | More on "Krugman's symmetry proof": it's not whether one gets the answer right or wrong but how one reasons that counts
Okay, I've finally caught my breath after laughing myself into state of hyperventilation after reading Krugman's latest proof (this is actually a replication of an earlier empirical study on his part) that ideologically motivated reasoning is in fact perfectly symmetric with respect to right-left ideology. Rather than just guffawing appreciatively, it's worth taking a moment to call attention to just how exquisitely self-refuting his "reasoning" is! There's the great line, of course, about how […]
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1:14 PM | Lied-to Children More Likely to Lie and Cheat Themselves
What percentage of children will lie and cheat after being lied to themselves?→ 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 Teach Children to Share Irregular Bedtimes Reduce Children’s Cognitive Performance Spanking Children Promotes Antisocial Behaviour and Slows Mental Development Free Play: Simple Items More Fun For Children Same-Sex Parenting Does Not Harm […]
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1:13 PM | Personal Touch Signature Makes Mobile Devices More Secure
New system provides security by monitoring how user touches the […]
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1:09 PM | Images From NASA Mars Rover Include Mysterious Bright Spots
Images taken by NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover on April 2 […]
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1:04 PM | Tiny particles may pose big DNA risk
Some nanoparticles commonly added to consumer products can significantly damage […]
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1:03 PM | Processing new information during sleep compromises memory
Animal study highlights importance of brain activity during sleep for […]
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1:01 PM | Is the power grid too big?
Right-sizing the grid could reduce blackout risk, according to new […]
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