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July 16, 2014

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8:50 AM | Organic acids as biomarkers of autism?
Whilst I am always a little cautious about the use of the word 'biomarker' when applied to a heterogeneous condition like autism, even the autisms, I am nevertheless always intrigued at any reasonable prospect reported in the scientific literature. So it was when I read the paper by Joanna Kałużna-Czaplińska and colleagues [1] and their assertion that "there is a significant metabolic difference between autistic and non-autistic children" and onwards that "21 metabolites […]
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8:06 AM | What does it feel like to be depressed?
We're used to reading about depression as a checklist of symptoms. These lists have their uses, but arguably they miss the human story of what depression truly feels like. Now the psychologists Jonathan Smith and John Rhodes have published their analysis of the first-hand accounts of seven therapy clients, (three women and four men) about what it's like to be depressed for the first time. The participants had an average age of 44, and all had been referred for therapy in London.The first theme […]
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12:35 AM | New Study Suggests Audio Hypnosis Could Help With Deep Sleep
A new study suggests that listening to audio hypnosis just before bed may help some people reach a state of deep sleep and remain there for a longer period of time. The research, published in the journal Sleep, is the first to observe the connection between hypnosis and sleep through the measurement of brain wave […]

July 15, 2014

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11:56 PM | As an effect of a traumatic experience, is long-term depression or suppression of the event more damaging psychologically?
I don’t know the answer to this question. My knowledge of mental disorders is very limited. Perhaps cognitivedefusion can help you?
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6:38 PM | New Feathered Dinosaur From China Sheds Light on Dinosaur Flight
Research findings from an international team of scientists including Alan […]
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6:36 PM | Brain responses to emotional images predict PTSD symptoms after bombing
The area of the brain that plays a primary role […]
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6:35 PM | PLOS Blogger Calls Out PLOS ONE Journal — Huh?
We’re living in strange times. You don’t have to look any further than this lengthy critique of a recent journal article. The critique appears on a Public Library of Science (PLOS) blog called Mind the Brain penned by James Coyne, PhD. Ployne is a well-published and diverse researcher himself, so he knows bad research when […]
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5:52 PM | PSA: Proper Grammar
Here’s a plea for using proper grammar! Thanks Weird Al!
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5:39 PM | Have you ever wondered what is the longest gestation period for a bird, or what is the maximum age for a squirrel?
Well wonder no more! NIF is here to help answer these burning questions. This week we have a couple of new sources from the aging community: AnAge and the Lifespan Observations Database. The AnAge data set contains data based on the phylogenetic tree and users can select or search for individual species or groups of […]
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5:03 PM | 25 Statements for Speaking Kindly to Ourselves
I love this powerful post from Joyce on 50 loving sentiments to say to our partners, family members and friends. It inspired me to think of the statements we can say to ourselves. Because so many of us get stuck in a self-critical dialogue. So many of us get stuck ruminating over the same harsh […]
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4:09 PM | Does psychological consequences have pulmonary embolism?
When there is any chronic physical illness brings consequences in everyday life which must be adapted to cope with it as best as possible.
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2:42 PM | What’s it Like to Experience and Recover from Psychosis?
A short documentary made by a person with lived experience of psychosis, on what it's like and recovery.
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2:35 PM | 3 Mindful Ways to Navigate Anger
Anger is a natural and normal emotion. It’s also a valuable one. It lets us know when our boundaries have been crossed in all areas of our lives. However, anger also can distract us. We may become lost in our anger, blind to the blessings around us. Anger can isolate us from others. And it […]
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1:50 PM | You Can Learn a New Language While You Sleep, Study Finds
Swiss study finds memory for new words reinforced by listening again during sleep.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:Offline Learning: How The Mind Learns During Sleep Hidden Caves in the Brain Open Up During Sleep to Wash Away Toxins How Sleep After Learning Enhances Memory Later School Start Times Improve Sleep and Daytime Functioning in Adolescents The Miracle and […]
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1:30 PM | Months before their first words, babies’ brains rehearse speech mechanics
Infants can tell the difference between sounds of all languages […]
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1:19 PM | Bothered by hot flashes? Acupuncture might be the answer
In the 2,500+ years that have passed since acupuncture was […]
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1:18 PM | Pre-diabetes label ‘unhelpful and unnecessary’
Labelling people with moderately high blood sugar as pre-diabetic is […]
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1:17 PM | Young women with sexy social media photos seen as less competent
Girls and young women who post sexy or revealing photos […]
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1:15 PM | New technique may transform hunt for antibiotics and cancer therapies
Antibiotic resistance is depleting our arsenal against deadly diseases and […]
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1:14 PM | Physicians influence therapy decisions for prostate cancer patients
New research from The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer […]
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1:12 PM | The power of making amends: How conciliatory gestures promote forgiveness
It’s well known that when a person takes steps to […]
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1:10 PM | New combo drug controls tumor growth and metastasis in mice
Researchers at UC Davis, University of Massachusetts and Harvard Medical […]
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1:08 PM | Study reveals how gardens could help dementia care
A new study has revealed that gardens in care homes […]
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12:38 PM | Perfectionism: Uncertainty Training
Psychologically speaking, koans are a unique way to inoculate a human mind to the anxiety of uncertainty. When we encounter uncertainty, we are stumped. Uncertainty frustrates us with its enigmatic nonsense. Koans, in their unanswerable quality, effectively simulate such moments of uncertainty. Author Hee-Jin Kim explains: the koans are “realized, not solved” (1975, 101). Admittedly, […]
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12:30 PM | "Bounded rationality": the Grigori Rasputin of explanations for public perceptions of climate change risk
Another excerpt from Climate Science Communication and the Measurement Problem.  4.  Is identity-protective cognition irrational? The idea that “disbelief” in global warming is attributable to low “science literacy” is not the only explanation for public conflict over climate change that fails to survive an encounter with actual evidence. The same is true for the proposition that such controversy is a consequence of “bounded rationality.” Indeed, […]
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12:00 PM | How Dangerous are Opioid Painkillers?
While there is no question that opioid dependence is becoming a major problem, new research is also showing a rise in opioid-related deaths as well. Along with prescription drug abuse, opioids being sold as street drugs, and patients who doctor-shop...            Related StoriesSecondary Trauma in Child Protection WorkersCaring for High-Risk ChildrenThe Toll Trauma Takes on the Families of Victims 
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10:30 AM | Best of Our Blogs: July 15, 2014
It could come from disappointing others or being disappointed. It could start from grief and an accumulation of bitterness, resentment, and years of feeling misunderstood. It could spiral down from a bad morning, a critical thought, a negative image of yourself and your body. It could even come from disease and physical illness. Suffering is […]
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7:51 AM | Why do we bite our nails?
It can ruin the appearance of your hands, could be unhygienic and can hurt if you take it too far. So why do people do it? Biter Tom Stafford investigates What do ex-British prime minster Gordon Brown, Jackie Onassis, Britney Spears and I all have in common? We all are (or were) nail biters. It’s […]
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7:45 AM | It's possible to "forget" unwanted habits
New research shows that we can weaken and even undo practised habits by deliberately deciding to forget them.Gesine Dreisbach and Karl-Heinz Bäuml from Regensburg University first instilled new habits in their participants by presenting them with German words and training them over many trials to make the same response to each word - a left-handed key-press for half of them, a right-hand response for the remainder.Later, participants had to categorise the same words by gender, with […]

Dreisbach, G. & Bauml, K. (2014). Don't Do It Again! Directed Forgetting of Habits, Psychological Science, 25 (6) 1242-1248. DOI: 10.1177/0956797614526063

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5:01 AM | What Attachment Style is The Bachelorette’s Andi Dorfman?
So I have a confession to make, and you have to promise not to judge me.  I am totally “fangirling” over the current Bachelorette Andi Dorfman. There is something remarkable about her, and whatever it is is generating some polarizing opinions. Oh, and did I mention that Andi was an assistant district attorney before she resigned to do the show? What more could you ask for in a lead role! If Andi is so great, why is she provoking such mixed reactions?
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