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December 10, 2014

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1:35 AM | Do You Connect or Control?
My youngest always fought with me over the littlest of things. Lately I had even resorted to bribing her in return for the peace it brought. “Put away your plate,” I reminded her after dinner the other night, “otherwise no iPad.” “I don’t care,” she retorted. “And you can’t stop me.” I was taken aback […]

December 09, 2014

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10:35 PM | Cognitive Psychology Colloquium Thursday 10th December
When: Thursday 11th December, 12-1pmWhere: Keats Reading Room, Psychology BuildingWhat: Rachel Vickery's PhD Confirmation Seminar  Criterion setting has been largely assumed and unexplored in psychology. Traditionally criteria are used in signal detection models to distinguish between the presence or absence of stimuli on a given trial or in decision making models to quantify the decision criterion or threshold. This thesis will investigate criterion setting via two experimental […]
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10:29 PM | Introducing Commitment Strategies
Most of us try and take personal responsibility for the decisions we make in our life. But sometimes our commitments get the better of us, despite our best efforts. How do we employ new or different strategies to get back on track and prevent a failure? Well, good news — we have just the blog […]
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7:51 PM | Can You Hear Your Body’s Song Of Emotion?
Do you listen to your body? Do you understand what its messages? Miriam Manela of Thrive OT suggests we listen without judgment, without shaming or blaming.
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7:23 PM | When Things Don’t Turn Out How You’d Hoped, Expected or Planned
Maybe you took a job that was supposed to be fulfilling, but you dread going to work. Maybe you studied intensely for many months but still didn’t pass the bar. Maybe you thought you’d be married by now, but you aren’t even dating anyone. Maybe you poured your heart into a project or relationship only […]
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5:18 PM | Read the report on US torture after 9/11
Originally posted on Quartz:The US Senate Intelligence Committee has released the first documents from its multiyear investigation of the CIA’s controversial “enhanced interrogation” techniques used on al-Qaeda terrorism suspects after the attacks of September 11, 2001. According to a press…
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4:58 PM | Paying Attention to the Most Beautiful Details
Last week I mentioned the power of paying attention to details. The details of our lives. The details of our surroundings. The details of our relationships. The details in the details. Writing my book has helped me notice the small yet big things of our lives, the things I used to regularly dismiss and some […]
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4:03 PM | Reality and Imagination Flow In Opposite Directions in the Brain
Above: Professor Barry Van Veen wearing an electrode net that measures brain activity. 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 The Brain Processes The Emotions Consciousness in Vegetative Patients Thought Beyond Hope Revealed by Active Brain Networks Unique Human Brain Area Identified that Separates Us From Monkeys Electrical Brain Stimulation Can Instantly Improve […]
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3:27 PM | Cynicism, Paranoia and Stress Can Dramatically Impact Your Health
As the average lifespan of people in most industrialized countries slowly increases, we are seeing a sharp rise in new cases of dementia. According to World Health Organization forecasts, there are already the equivalent of 7.7 million new dementia patientss...            Related StoriesThe Geography of SuicideAs Former POWs Grow OlderLearning to Live Together, Jaffa Style 
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3:14 PM | ‘I Can’t Breathe:’ People with Mental Illness & the Police Response
The outrage for no one being held accountable for Eric Garner’s death at the hands of the police — for selling cigarettes on the street, a petty crime at best — is pouring over. And it’s no wonder. The officers’ heavy-handed tactics in handling this nuisance crime were over-the-top. Garner repeatedly told the officers, “I […]
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3:10 PM | The Amazing Effect of Mother’s Mere Presence on Infant Pain and Brain Development
Wonderful influence of mother's presence on infants brain development and experience of pain. 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:Loving Touch is Critical for Premature Infants Family Problems In Childhood Affect Brain Development The Baby Illusion: Mothers Underestimate the Height of Their Youngest Child People’s Suprising Empathy With The Pain of Their […]
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1:00 PM | Russian Government Charges LGBT Support Group For Suggesting Gay Youths are Brave
In its latest attack on sexual minorities, the Russian government has formally accused Lena Klimova of "illegal gay propaganda." Klimova is the founder of Children 404, an online support network for LGBT teens, who has come under fire for a...            Related StoriesThe Acid Test (Part Two of Two)British Doctor Goes Undercover to Expose Gay "Cures"Learning to Live Together, Jaffa Style 
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11:46 AM | Interview with Ms. Natalia Moreno, Psychologist and Coordinator Department Psychosocial AVT
Novedades en PsicologíaNovedades en Psicología - Blog de Psicología con actualidad, novedades y artículos. Then transcribe interview with Ms. Natalia Moreno, who informs us of his psychological work in the Association of Victims of Terrorism (AVT). Interview with Ms. Natalia Moreno, Psychologist and Coordinator Department Psychosocial AVTDr. Juan Moisés de la Serna
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11:36 AM | Anti-Toxoplasma gondii IgM Antibodies in Acute Psychosis
A very brief post today to bring to your attention once again the paper by Joel Monroe and colleagues [1] which concluded that there was: "An increased seroprevalence of T. gondii [Toxoplasma gondii] IgM in patients with acute psychosis". I had touched upon this study in a previous post not-so-long-ago covering T. gondii infection and schizophrenia (see here) which also covered some of the various background research history on this topic.Looks like his optometrist has a sense of […]
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11:31 AM | Entrevista a Dª. Natalia Moreno, Psicóloga y Coordinadora Departamento Psicosocial AVT
Novedades en PsicologíaNovedades en Psicología - Blog de Psicología con actualidad, novedades y artículos. Entrevista realizada a a Dª. Natalia Moreno, quien nos informa de su labor psicológica en la Asociación de Víctimas del Terrorismo (AVT). Entrevista a Dª. Natalia Moreno, Psicóloga y Coordinadora Departamento Psicosocial AVTDr. Juan Moisés de la Serna
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11:30 AM | Best of Our Blogs: December 9, 2014
Perhaps there is no other time than the holidays that exhibits such dichotomy in the way things should be and the way things really are. The season signals a shared ritual of giving and goodwill in its jovial music, decorations and opportunities to give back. Yet, it’s also the time of year that pushes us […]
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9:43 AM | Is sexism in science really over?
A new review (pdf) of how women fare in the sciences has provoked a lot of online response, thanks mainly to a pugnacious newspaper op-ed concluding "Academic science isn't sexist" penned by the review co-authors Wendy Williams and Stephen Ceci.The full review team - two psychologists and two economists (two women and two men) - focused on issues within the mathematical sciences comprising geo-science, engineering, economics, maths and computer science, and physical sciences, which they […]
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5:49 AM | Enhance Giving: Recognize the Connection Between Giving and Receiving
The Holiday Season has always been about giving. It is reflected both in terms of gifts given to family and friends and increasingly in terms of generosity of action and spirit to those we love and to those in need. What about the other side of giving–What about receiving? Do you give in a way […]
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5:02 AM | Can You Spot The Cheater? It Should Only Take You a Few Minutes
The next time you see a couple together, take a few minutes to observe how the partners interact with each other. Based on what you see, consider what you might be able to determine about their relationship. It seems reasonable that you could tell whether they enjoy spending time together or if they’re fighting. But based on your brief observation, could you pick out a cheater? It may sound implausible that anyone could accurately and quickly determine whether someone is cheating on a […]

December 08, 2014

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11:57 PM | Controversial Theory Suggests Humans Do Not Come from Earth
In another article, we discussed the possibility that Earth is a prison planet with the Moon as its guardian. Suddenly, Dr. Ellis Silver stipulates a theory that corroborates the prison part of that article. Furthermore, Dr. Silver’s theory comes to give credit to older theories maintaining that the human being is … READ MORE
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11:35 PM | The Middling Effect of ‘Hit and Run’ Parenting
Parenting the older adopted child (or any child, for that matter) can be trying. I forever seem to be competing against his impressions that I just can’t relate to his beliefs, ideas, or perceptions, however reasonable they might or might not be. After all, adults from his past likely were not paragons of physical, mental, […]
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10:53 PM | Mind is a Pigsty of Opinions
I came upon this graffiti on a Pittsburgh sidewalk and it caught my clinical-philosophical eye – a face of a pig (from what I can tell) with the word “truth” inscribed on it.  Enigmatic, I thought.  I snapped a photo and continued on with my walk. And then a possible meaning of this dawned on […]
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9:27 PM | Can religion reduce crime?
Studying links between religious belief and crime is notoriously difficult. On a crude level, people in prisons in the USA are more likely to be religious than the general population. Of course, there are any number of confounding factors that could be at play here. So you need to look over time to have any [Read More...]
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8:17 PM | You won’t find the data in my pants
The journal contexts has an excellent article on the long history of exploring the sex lives of sex researchers as a veiled attempt to discredit their work. …these stories suggest a troubling pattern: they tend to focus on researchers’ alleged sexual proclivities, spinning them as deviant motivations which compromise the research. For example, James Miller’s […]
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6:02 PM | Crows
I think it is time to look at crows again. There are three interesting papers want to commented on. What reminds me of crows is that I stumbled across a few years old blog by a linguist (he has probably changed his tune – so no references) who ridiculed the idea that birds were at […]
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5:00 PM | The Hot Stove Project
This web site is called the Hot Stove Project. Why? The hot stove metaphor refers to situations in which different perspectives appear equally valid and worthy of respect, but are not easily reconcilable. These are situations which are also rendered more problematic by the stigmatizing of those whose thinking and behavior do not conform to societal norms. What follows are some examples. We invite you to consider them and join the discussion on Facebook.
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4:45 PM | The Power of Music
I’ve known the lows of depression, I’ve known the terror of delusions and paranoia and I’ve known the itchiness of anxiety. In every instance, I know I need to calm down. Most times this means going home pulling the covers up and putting on soft music. I do it so much that it’s become something completely […]
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3:54 PM | fNIRS: The In-Between for Brain Activity in Real-World Settings
Guest Post by Nick Wan, Utah State University  Imagine driving in a simulator while undergoing an fMRI. No, you won’t be lying down — this is not your typical large, chamber-like scanner. An instrument called functional near-infrared spectroscopy, or fNIRS, is using a smaller, more portable design to record brain activity in more real-world settings. “It’s really that […]
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3:52 PM | Haikus and Landays in Science
Summer grass:That's all that remainsOf warriors' dreams.                 --BashoMy favorite scientific experiments are those which resemble a haiku: simple and beautiful with a revelatory twist. This is why the haiku is very well suited for expressing scientific ideas in a poetic form.  Contemporary haiku poets do not necessarily abide by the rules of traditional Japanese haiku, such as including a word which implies the season of the poem or […]
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2:53 PM | Learning to Live Together, Jaffa Style
Considering the political tensions and violent outbreaks throughout Israel and the Palestinian territories, it is hardly surprising that relations between Israelis and Palestinians is at an all-time low. Surveys show that Israeli-Jews regard Israeli-Palestinians (who are often referred to as...            Related StoriesThe Devil Made Me Do It.The Geography of SuicideThe Marital Selection Minefield (Part Two) 
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