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September 18, 2014

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5:52 PM | Nature of war: Chimpanzees inherently violent
New research disproves theory that ‘chimpanzee wars’ are sparked by […]
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4:00 PM | Future spacesuits may resemble a second skin
For future astronauts, the process of suiting up may go […]
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3:59 PM | Babies Learn Words Differently as They Age
Study findings can help speech therapists, parents broaden toddlers’ vocabularies […]
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3:45 PM | When Your Partner Has Difficulty Expressing Emotion
When partners aren’t able to express their emotions, it can erode the relationship. Emotions give us important information that we can use to better understand our needs, priorities and limits. We can use emotions to set boundaries and make decisions. “If you’re not authentically experiencing, expressing, and learning from your emotions, then that erodes trust, […]
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3:29 PM | Americans rate losing eyesight as having greatest impact on their lives
Attitudinal survey on eye health shows differences among groups Many […]
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3:21 PM | Hubble Helps Find Smallest Known Galaxy Containing a Supermassive Black Hole
Astronomers using data from NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope and ground […]
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3:19 PM | Dogs can be pessimists too
Dogs generally seem to be cheerful, happy-go-lucky characters, so you […]
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3:18 PM | First eyewitness accounts of mystery volcanic eruption
This eruption occurred just before the 1815 Tambora volcanic eruption […]
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2:38 PM | Science bloggers are ruining the public’s understanding of Science
Like most of today’s ameatur and expert scienctists, I get my science news from science blogs. It only makes sense. In a quick paced world where knowledge is power, it seems more lucrative to quickly read a blog than it would be to read an entire scientific journal article. Unfortunately, the majority of these blogs […] The post Science bloggers are ruining the public’s understanding of Science appeared first on Homoskepticus .
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2:38 PM | Science Press Releases are ruining the public’s understanding of Science
*This article was originally written about Science Blogs, however it has come to my attention that the “blog” was actually a press release.* Like most of today’s ameatur and expert scienctists, I get my science news from science blogs and press releases. It only makes sense. In a quick paced world where knowledge is power, […] The post Science Press Releases are ruining the public’s understanding of Science appeared first on Homoskepticus .
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2:16 PM | How To Quickly Turn Your Emotions Up or Down
You can dial your emotions both ways with this simple switch. 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 Our Emotions Work The Body Map of Emotions: Happiness Activates the Whole Body High Emotional Intelligence Dramatically Improves Decision-Making How The Brain Processes The Emotions How Many Basic Emotions Are There? Fewer Than Previously Thought
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2:00 PM | How to Tell if You are an Emotional Sleeper
A week or so ago I was talking to one of my colleagues. We were discussing stress. I asked her how she copes with stress in her life – her answer surprised me. She said, “I am an ‘emotional sleeper.’” It didn’t take me long (i.e. about two seconds) to figure out that I, too, […]
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12:36 PM | Underestimating dolphin’s brains
I have been reading in the social media an essay by Captain Paul Watson, and as I know nothing about his scientific credentials, I have been fact checking. Watson was associated over the years with a number of conservation groups, especially Sea Shepherd Conservation Society. From other sites I find that his description of the […]
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12:00 PM | Use and Abuse of Research in the Courtroom
In parenting cases, judges are asked to resolve the dispute by reference to the best interests of the child. In many cases, they have the benefit of expert witnesses who are trained in a social science and who draw upon...            Related Stories"Provocation" Cited in Bizarre UK Domestic Violence CaseThe Jesus Experiment (Part 1of 2)"Evil Spirit" Blamed for U.K. Murder 
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10:45 AM | Movie Music and Theory of Mind
Movie music can have a huge impact on our perception of a film. Ever since the days of “silent” movies, filmmakers have recognized that music enhances the movie-going experience. The earliest movies were shown in halls with live accompanists playing pianos and organs. Some films were even accompanied with full live orchestras. Why would movie companies […]
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9:44 AM | Framing Folly and Fantasy in Safety
Framing Folly and Fantasy in Safety Research by published in the Orthomolecular Psychiatry Journal shows that humans can be primed by colour. Advertisers and political strategists know that colours can ‘frame’ the way people receive a message. The choice of a red or blue tie is most important for a politician. Research by Schauss demonstrates […] The post Framing Folly and Fantasy in Safety appeared first on Safety Risk.
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9:32 AM | Why is poverty associated with mental health problems for some people, but not others?
By guest blogger Peter Kinderman“I’ve been rich and I’ve been poor. Believe me, rich is better” (Mae West).  Critiques of the rather discredited "disease-model" of mental illness are commonplace, but we also need to articulate the alternative. New research by Sophie Wickham and colleagues helps do that, by providing support for the idea that we learn, as a consequence of our experiences in life, a framework of appraising, understanding and responding to new […]
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8:50 AM | Anxiety and sensory over-responsivity linked to gut issues in autism
"The name's Lonnegan! Doyle Lonnegan!"Consider this micropost an extension of some previous discussions on this blog about how gastrointestinal (GI) issues present in cases of autism might show some connection to the presence of anxiety and sensory issues (see here). Today I'm discussing further research by Micah Mazurek and colleagues [1] which follows a previous publication by this author [2] on this topic.In the latest paper, Dr Mazurek and colleagues describe the course of abdominal pain in […]

Mazurek, M., Keefer, A., Shui, A. & Vasa, R. (2014). One-year course and predictors of abdominal pain in children with autism spectrum disorders: The role of anxiety and sensory over-responsivity, Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, 8 (11) 1508-1515. DOI: 10.1016/j.rasd.2014.07.018

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8:27 AM | Will a "knowing disbeliever" be the next President (or at least Republican nominee)?
Subjects participate anonymously in CCP studies and supply responses in a form that prevents their being identified. Still, I have to wonder whether Govr. Jindal might not have been one of the intriguing "knowing disbelievers" featured in The Measurement Problem study. According to Howard Fineman, America needs a leader to bridge the widening gulf between faith and science, and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, a devout Roman Catholic with Ivy League-level science training, thinks he can be […]
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6:52 AM | Good Vibrations: Relaxing Music & Sound Therapy In Addiction Treatment
For several years I’ve been working with an extremely effective method of helping those in recovery from addiction reduce anxiety—music and sound therapy.
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4:24 AM | 5 Ways to Happiness Through the ADHD Golden Rule
Learning about ADHD late in life has taught me a few things about how I’d like to be treated. There were many times in the past (before my diagnosis) that things might have gone more smoothly if I’d understood myself better, and what I needed from others. This got me thinking: maybe the way I’d […]

September 17, 2014

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10:35 PM | What My Cancer Scare Taught Me about Love and Dating
Sometimes it takes an extreme situation to see there is love right in front of you. Have you ever suddenly had a change of health that put a halt to your desire to date? A dramatic unexpected diagnosis can quickly change your dating goals or even obliterate them temporarily. You may need surgery or treatment […]
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10:00 PM | Verbal Overshadowing: What Can we Learn from the First APS Registered Replication Report?
Suppose you witnessed a heinous crime being committed right before your eyes. Suppose further that a few hours later, you’re being interrogated by hard-nosed detectives Olivia Benson and Odafin Tutuola. They ask you to describe the perpetrator. The next day, they call you in to the police station and present you with a lineup. Suppose the suspect is in the lineup. Will you be able to pick him out? A classic study in psychology suggest Benson and Tutuola have made a mistake by first […]
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9:56 PM | Why are ethical standards higher in science than in business and media?
Facebook manipulates user content in the name of science? Scandalous! It manipulates user content in the name of profit? No worries! Want to run a Milgram study these days? Get bashed by your local ethics committee! Want to show it on TV? No worries. Why do projects which seek knowledge have higher ethical standards than […]

Kramer AD, Guillory JE & Hancock JT (2014). Experimental evidence of massive-scale emotional contagion through social networks., Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 111 (24) 8788-90. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24889601

Milgram, S. (1963). Behavioral Study of obedience, The Journal of Abnormal and Social Psychology, 67 (4) 371-378. Other:

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8:27 PM | How to Overcome Stage Fright
An endearing short talk about how a folk singer deals with his stage fright.
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3:45 PM | Helping Children Avoid Depression
Today’s children are at a higher risk for depression than any previous generation. Almost one in 10 children will experience a major depressive episode by the time they are 14 years old, and almost one in five will experience a major depressive episode before graduating from high school. The good news is, there is apparently […]
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2:44 PM | The Healthiest Way to Deal With Memories of a Traumatic Childhood
Two-thirds of Americans report one or more adverse childhood experiences. Adults who were neglected or abused as children generally experience poorer physical health in later years. A new study, though, finds that those who... 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:Childhood Amnesia: The Age at Which Our Earliest Memories Fade Family Problems In Childhood Affect Brain […]
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2:37 PM | Survey finds benefits, risks of yoga for bipolar disorder
Newly published results from a survey of people with bipolar […]
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2:34 PM | Nanoscience makes your wine better
One sip of a perfectly poured glass of wine leads […]
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2:15 PM | The Many Factors that Trigger Depression
Depression is a debilitating, devastating illness. In Darkness Visible: A Memoir of Madness, author William Styron perfectly captures the pain of depression: “The pain is unrelenting, and what makes the condition intolerable is the foreknowledge that no remedy will come — not in a day, an hour, a month, or a minute. If there is […]
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