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September 11, 2014

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12:00 PM | Will Legalized Marijuana Lead to Substance Abuse Among Minors?
An opinion article recently published in the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management discusses the legalization of recreational marijuana in United States. One of the key unknowns in the debate over legalization concerns the relationship between alcohol and marijuana use....            Related StoriesSeptember 10 is World Suicide Prevention DayCan Childhood Bullying Lead to Suicide?"Evil Spirit" Blamed for U.K. Murder 
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10:30 AM | What Joan Rivers Taught Us about Grief
I was never a huge fan of Joan Rivers’ comedy routines — a little too coarse for my taste — but I always had a warm spot in my heart for the woman born Joan Alexandra Molinsky. She had the same glass-etching, Brooklyn accent as most of my mother’s family, with whom I shared summers […]
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8:42 AM | Omega-3 fatty acids rescues Fragile X phenotypes in Fmr1-Ko mice
"These results demonstrate that n-3 PUFAs dietary supplementation, although not a panacea, has a considerable therapeutic value for FXS [Fragile X syndrome] and potentially for ASD [autism spectrum disorder], suggesting a major mediating role of neuroinflammatory mechanisms".A view @ Wikipedia That was the conclusion reached by Susanna Pietropaolo and colleagues [1] who "evaluated the impact of n-3 PUFA dietary supplementation in a mouse model of fragile X syndrome […]

Pietropaolo S, Goubran MG, Joffre C, Aubert A, Lemaire-Mayo V, Crusio WE & Layé S (2014). Dietary supplementation of omega-3 fatty acids rescues fragile X phenotypes in Fmr1-Ko mice., Psychoneuroendocrinology, 49C 119-129. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25080404

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8:41 AM | The illusion that gives you sensations in a rubber tongue
Our sense of where our bodies begin and end usually feels consistent and reliable. However psychologists have been having fun for decades, exposing just how malleable the body concept can be.You may have heard of the "rubber hand illusion" (video). By visibly stroking a rubber hand in time with stroking a participant's hidden real hand, you can induce for them the feeling of sensation in the rubber hand.The rubber hand illusion is thought to occur because the brain tends to bind together […]
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5:06 AM | Workshop on “Big data in psychology”
Todd will be a participant in an upcoming workshop on “Big data in psychology” at UC Berkeley October 10 and 11. The workshop is open to members of the tech community who are interesting in using large data sets to derive insights into human behavior. If that’s you, get in touch!
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4:59 AM | Talk at the Institute of Cognitive Science at UC Boulder
Todd will be talking about some of our research at the Institute of Cognitive Science at University of Colorado, Boulder on Friday, 9/12/14.
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12:45 AM | Are You Fighting Fair? 5 Ways NOT to Fight With Your Partner
There’s a reason you aren’t getting along. Are you finding it difficult to communicate with an ex or with your partner? If so, then this article will shed some light on why you keep having challenging and aggressive conversations. Below are five critical mistakes I see my clients (and myself!) making to create arguments, spur […]

September 10, 2014

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9:05 PM | Mental health debates without the stress
If you work in mental health, you could do much worse than reading the editorial in today’s Lancet Psychiatry about unpleasant debates and how to avoid them. Unfortunately, debates in mental health tend to get nasty quite quickly – but I’ve seen no part of the debate spectrum which has a monopoly on bigotry or […]
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7:35 PM | Creativity Can Be a Fearful Flyer’s Best Friend
I’m a recovered fearful flyer who experienced a setback this year, and I have to brush up on my anxiety prevention skills. Of course I knew this could happen. Apparently membership in the Fearful Flyers Club is for life. I try not to despair. But when it comes down to it I wonder: how much […]
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7:18 PM | Science Could Make Us Immortal, But Do We Really Need It?
Immortality has been at the center of more films and novels that I can possibly count on my two hands, but with every new possibility of immortality, there rises a dozen more skeptics. With good reason, the majority of the U.S. population does not believe in immortality nor do they … READ MORE
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7:14 PM | Finding Hope from an Attempt Survivor on World Suicide Prevention Day
An attempt survivor talks about his experience, recovery, and hope.
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6:55 PM | “The Dog Movie Star Effect:” Is It Real?
In 1943, MGM released the movie Lassie Come Home. In the three years after the release of the movie, the number of Collies registered with the American Kennel Club jumped from about 2,000 to over 15,000 puppies a year. But was this sudden in the desire of Americans to live with a collie a coincidence or was it an example of the “dog movie star effect.”read more
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6:21 PM | The Neuroscience of Resistance and How to Overcome It!
We all experience resistance everyday when we’re trying to do something that matters. Whether you want to sit and meditate, work on a new project, get out and exercise, whatever it is that is in the direction of growth, resistance comes alive. In my next book Uncovering Happiness (can’t wait to share it with you […]
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5:29 PM | Where to grab space debris
Algorithm tested aboard the International Space Station analyzes the rotation […]
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5:29 PM | Can we improve the diagnosis of epilepsy?
There are currently standardized methods to perform safely and reliable diagnosis of epilepsy, but fails to all patients.
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5:26 PM | Even small stressors may be harmful to men’s health
Older men who lead high-stress lives, either from chronic everyday […]
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5:20 PM | The (almost non-existent) science of potty training
Growth CurveHuman Development by Laura Sanders 1:47pm, September 10, 2014 The science of potty training is woefully thin, leaving parents to figure out how to ditch the diapers on their own.Joxxxxjo/ iStockphotoThis morning, as I watched my toddler slurp milk out of her cereal bowl, I was struck by how much parental energy I spend handling the things that go into her body and the things that […]
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4:44 PM | Catorce efectos de la epilepsia en el cuerpo - Infografía
El portal de salud Healthline.com publicó en agosto de 2014 una creativa e interesante infografía sobre los efectos de la epilepsia en el cuerpo. Aquí se las compartimos: Autor: Ann Pietrangelo http://www.healthline.com/health/epilepsy/effects-on-body EFECTOS DE LA EPILEPSIA EN EL CUERPO Infografía en: www.healthline.com. La epilepsia es una condición neurológica crónica. Su principal
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3:49 PM | Are Deaf Dogs and Blind Dogs just like other Dogs?
Do dogs that are deaf and/or blind have specific behavioural traits? New research sets out to investigate – and finds they are very similar to dogs with normal hearing and vision.Photo: Amy Rene / ShutterstockNo one knows exactly how many dogs have hearing or vision problems. Congenital deafness and/or blindness occur in several breeds. In some cases this is related to coat colours – for example the double merle gene in Australian Shepherds is linked to deafness and […]

Farmer-Dougan, V., Quick, A., Harper, K., Schmidt, K. & Campbell, D. (2014). Behavior of Hearing or Vision Impaired and Normal Hearing and Vision Dogs (Canis lupus familiaris): Not the same but not that different , Journal of Veterinary Behavior,

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2:25 PM | World Suicide Prevention Day, 2014
Every day around the world, families and friends grieve the loss of a loved one due to suicide. Not once. Not twice. But over 2,000 times per day someone takes their own life. Can you imagine? If Ebola took 2,000 people’s lives per day, we’d hear a world outcry and an immediate call to action. […]
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2:00 PM | Have You Fallen Victim to the Guru Effect?
Four years ago a paper by Dan Sperber published in the Review of Philosophy and Psychology coined the term: The Guru Effect - the tendency for people to "judge profound what they have failed to grasp." The paper examines how self-professed Gurus have a knack for inspiring devotion through speaking ...Read More
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1:30 PM | Wanna Change Someone’s Mind? Agree With Them
Everyone has the experience of trying to convince someone of something. It could be for something as trivial as renting the movie you want, to something as important as deciding on whether or not to give your child a vaccine. … Continue reading →
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12:50 PM | ‘Solid light’ could compute previously unsolvable problems
Researchers at Princeton University have begun crystallizing light as part […]
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12:24 PM | Autism: New Therapy Found To Eliminate Symptoms and Developmental Delays
Simple techniques taught to parents are the key to an effective new therapy for autism. 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:Autism Begins During Pregnancy Probiotic Therapy Shows Promise for Treating Autism Children With Autism Exposed to More Steroid Hormones in The Womb Autism Related to Lipid Levels During Pregnancy Brain Wiring Differences in Sensory Processing […]
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12:20 PM | Don’t Underestimate Your Mind’s Eye
Take a look around, and what do you see? Much […]
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12:17 PM | A single evolutionary road may lead to Rome
A well-known biologist once theorized that many roads led to […]
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12:16 PM | Exercise before school may reduce ADHD symptoms in kids
Paying attention all day in school as a kid isn’t […]
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12:14 PM | Research Shows How Brain Can Tell Magnitude of Errors
University of Pennsylvania researchers have made another advance in understanding […]
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12:12 PM | Researchers send electricity, light along same super-thin wire
A new combination of materials can efficiently guide electricity and […]
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12:11 PM | Researchers Identify New Rare Neuromuscular Disease
An international team of researchers has identified a new inherited […]
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