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April 10, 2015

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11:30 AM | Highlights from the Consortium of Universities for Global Health Conference: Part I
By Guest Blogger Dan Traficonte Recently, the Petrie-Flom Center sent me to the 6th Annual Consortium of Universities for Global Health Conference in downtown Boston, where students, researchers and health professionals from around the world gathered to network and share ideas. The … Continue reading →
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10:30 AM | Best of Our Blogs: April 10, 2015
One of my professors in graduate school believed there was one thing that could really wreak havoc on your life. Secrets. It was the things/thoughts/beliefs you felt most ashamed about and that you hid from everyone you loved out of fear of being judged, abandoned, and […]
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10:17 AM | (Re)Introducing "The Purple Perils"
'Note for a tentative redefinition of behaviour', 1975. James J Gibson ran an afternoon seminar for many years at Cornell. This seminar was widely attended by a variety of students, professors and visiting scholars, and Gibson used them as a place to try out new ideas, new ways of describing those ideas and generally hammer his theory as hard as he could to see where the weak and strong points were.Before many of these seminars, he would write and distribute a note, often fairly detailed, […]
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10:15 AM | Symposia at the Brocher Foundation in Switzerland
Dear colleagues, Do not miss this splendid opportunity to get support for organizing symposia at on of the most beautiful spots in Europe: Symposia The Brocher Foundation is inviting junior and senior researchers to submit proposals for a 1.5 day … Continue reading →
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10:10 AM | Workshops at the Brocher Foundation
Dear colleagues, Do not miss this splendid opportunity to conduct and discuss biomedical and legal research at on of the most beautiful spots in Europe: Workshops The Brocher Foundation is inviting junior and senior researchers to submit proposals for a 2 … Continue reading →
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9:48 AM | More ophthalmic findings in autism
"Ophthalmic pathology was noted in 26.9 % of patients with ASD [autism spectrum disorder], of which 22 % had significant refractive errors and 8.6 % had strabismus."That was the conclusion reached in the paper by Emrah Utku Kabatas and colleagues [1] based on the premise that: "Children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) frequently have ophthalmologic disorders"; that is, issues with the anatomy and function of the eyes.We've been here before. I'll take you back to the post that I […]

Kabatas EU, Ozer PA, Ertugrul GT, Kurtul BE, Bodur S & Alan BE (2015). Initial Ophthalmic Findings in Turkish Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder., Journal of autism and developmental disorders, PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25800865

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6:33 AM | A new way to parse language
For many years I have followed EB Bolles’ blog Babel’s Dawn (here) while he discussed the origin of human language. He has convinced me of many things about the history and nature of language. And they fit with how I thought of language. Now he has written a chapter in a book, “Attention and Meaning: […]
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5:30 AM | Knowledge About Your Adolescent’s Life: Will it Necessarily Decline Over Time? (Hint: Probably)
As we’ve reviewed previously, it’s hard for parents to fight the natural expectations kids develop regarding their right to privacy; as kids grow older and become more independent they naturally desire more privacy which causes them to disclose less and less to their parents. As a result, how much parents know about what their kids do on a daily basis (i.e., parental knowledge) declines during adolescence. But much of the past work on the topic of parental knowledge focuses on […]
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3:52 AM | Increase Your Happiness: Upregulate Positive Feelings
There has been considerable focus on the attempt to down-regulate (reduce) negative emotions as a way to relieve stress, depression, and the intrusive thinking that follows traumatic events. As such, […]
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1:22 AM | Safety Week 2015
Safety Week 2015 Having just gotten over National Safety Week in India, I received this email below, thank goodness we only have to do this safety stuff once/year. Visit the webpage for more info and have a read of some of the CEO quotes. Inspiring stuff hey? – “its the right thing to do” and […] The post Safety Week 2015 appeared first on Safety Risk.
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12:45 AM | Do You Have Trouble Breaking Bad Habits Because They’re ‘Precious’?
As I mentioned the other day, to give myself some comfort food for my brain as I geared up for the publication of my book Better Than Before, I’ve been re-re-re-re-re-re-reading J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings books. These days, everything reminds me of habits, because […]

April 09, 2015

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11:49 PM | Safety Aphorisms and Platitudes
Safety Aphorisms and Platitudes Someone recently posted a photo of an old safety sign from NC Transport Museum on LinkedIn. Its a great find of an interesting artefact. I am not sure how old it is and it was probably considered to be amazingly insightful in its day. We often laugh at these very early […] The post Safety Aphorisms and Platitudes appeared first on Safety Risk.
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9:16 PM | Why Does Game of Thrones' Hodor Only Say "Hodor"?
Hodor hodor hodor. Hodor hodor? Hodor. Hodor-hodor. Hodor! Oh, um, excuse me. ...
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8:02 PM | What Do Therapists Think About Before Your Session?
Ever wonder what your therapist is thinking about before he or she works with you? Are their thoughts focused on techniques? Are they reviewing your issues? Theirs? Is therapy more effective depending on these thoughts? There is an intriguing research that points to better therapy […]
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7:04 PM | You Do Have a Sixth Sense – and More!
Ever wish you had more than just five senses? Sure, it’s cool to see, hear, touch, smell, and taste the world, but wouldn’t it be great to be able to sense other things? Perhaps you would prefer X-ray vision, telepathy, the ability to tell the future, or maybe you want to see dead people (or […]
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5:31 PM | How to Become More Organized In Three Easy Ways
There are some mornings that leave us swearing to ourselves and committing ourselves to becoming more organized. Whatever comes out of those high-stress morning? Typically nothing, we get stuck in a terrible cycle of wanting change, but doing nothing about it. For some of us, we don’t … READ MORE
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5:05 PM | The Psychology of Facebook Depression: Avoid Social Comparisons & Envy
Social comparisons — which too often result in feelings of envy — are a bad thing in anyone’s life. We’ve all heard about the “grass is always greener” effect because it’s true. Looking at your neighbor’s lawn, house, car, etc. will often result in your […]
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4:53 PM | “Shark Tank” Star Robert Herjavec Contemplated Suicide After Divorce
If you’ve ever seen Shark Tank (or Dragon’s Den in his native Canada), you probably have noticed that Robert Herjavec is usually a pretty upbeat and positive guy – especially […]
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4:53 PM | Emotional Regulation
Anxiety An emotion caused by the anticipation of danger or threat (Merriam Webster, 2014) Purpose: alerts us to danger, provides sudden energy Signal versus noise Question: What action really should be taken? Practice: Find a safe place to ground yourself … Continue reading →
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4:53 PM | Emotional Regulation
Anxiety An emotion caused by the anticipation of danger or threat (Merriam Webster, 2014) Purpose: alerts us to danger, provides sudden energy Signal versus noise Question: What action really should be taken? Practice: Find a safe place to ground yourself … Continue reading →
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4:12 PM | A Summary of Shawn Achor’s Book ‘Before Happiness’
In ‘Before Happiness’, Shawn Achor, the Harvard researcher and bestselling author, gives practical guidelines for becoming happier backed up by science. He says: “Before we can be happy and successful, we need to create a positive reality that allow us to see the possibility for both.” S...The post A Summary of Shawn Achor’s Book ‘Before Happiness’ appeared first on .
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4:11 PM | What It Means to Love Ourselves Unconditionally
Lately, I’ve been thinking about self-love and what it means to love ourselves unconditionally. What does this really look like on a day-to-day basis? I think of loving ourselves unconditionally […]
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4:10 PM | Making Connections & Collaborating for the Future of Public Health
As part of the Public Health Law Research program’s participation in National Public Health Week 2015, we have been sharing materials and resources under the daily themes. Today’s theme, Building Broader Connections, is about expanding partnerships and making connections to … Continue reading →
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2:22 PM | Introducing 4 Great New Blogs
We’ve had the opportunity to launch a number of new blogs this month, which I’m excited to share with you today. These new blogs join an existing group of fantastic bloggers — the best group of bloggers on any site! If you want fresh, real […]
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2:15 PM | How to raise a moral robot
Bertram Malle, professor of cognitive, linguistic, and psychological sciences, is co-leader of the Humanity-Centered Robotics Initiative, which studies human-robot interactions that can meet pressing societal needs and also raise important […]
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2:12 PM | Obama White House reacts to ‘Conversion therapy’ petition
By Valerie Jarrett “Tonight, somewhere in America, a young person, let’s say a young man, will struggle to fall to sleep, wrestling alone with a secret he’s held as long […]
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2:09 PM | Study deciphers the noise in the human brain
By directly recording electrical activity from the human brain, neuroscientists at the Stanford University School of Medicine have shown that distinct, distant groups of brain areas that support memory retrieval […]
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2:07 PM | Study of African birds finds malaria parasite hotbed
When you think of tropical biodiversity, you may picture flocks of colorful birds flitting through lush foliage—but what you are less likely to imagine is the plethora of parasites and […]
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2:07 PM | C'mon down! Talking about judges, climate scientists & motivated reasoning today at U. Colo.
Despite missing my connecting flight as a result of blogging in the Detroit Metropolitan Airport yesterday, I did manage to make it to Boulder! Will be giving lecture this afternoon on They Saw a Statutory Ambiguity (aka“Ideology” or “Situation Sense”? An Experimental Investigation of Motivated Reasoning and Professional Judgment).  If in neighborhood, stop by!
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2:06 PM | Autism’s Early Neuronal “Neighborhood”
In early childhood, the neurons inside children’s developing brains form connections between various regions of brain “real estate.” As described in a paper published last week in the journal Biological […]
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