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April 06, 2014

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4:41 PM | Look! A Morsel of Good Vaccination News
It’s been a bad few weeks for vaccination. Whooping cough continues to make a comeback; it was revealed that some New York City schools have third-world vaccination rates; and a study led by Brendan Nyhan found that four different interventions were unable to shift vaccination intentions. So it may come as a surprise that a […]

Cox, D., Sturm, L. & Cox, A. (2014). Effectiveness of Asking Anticipated Regret in Increasing HPV Vaccination Intention in Mothers., Health Psychology, DOI:

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3:45 PM | Introducing Healthy Romantic Relationships
A healthy romantic relationship won’t always come naturally to all of us. Even the best relationship needs a little boost from time to time. How do you know when you need help? Where do you even start? That’s why I’m pleased to introduce Healthy Romantic Relationships with Jake and Hannah Eagle. This blog will explore […]
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3:12 PM | 4 Amazing Brain Animations
Amazing glass brain fly-through, the effects of cocaine, and more...→ 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:Reading a Novel Boosts Brain Connectivity Debunked: ‘Right-Brain’ and ‘Left-Brain’ Personalities Hidden Caves in the Brain Open Up During Sleep to Wash Away Toxins Electrical Brain Stimulation Can Instantly Improve Self-Control Tea: 6 […]
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12:53 PM | Experiments render H7N1 virus more contagious in ferrets
In research that prompted a special review because of “dual […]
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12:52 PM | Indigenous societies’ ‘first contact’ typically brings collapse, but rebounds possible
It was disastrous when Europeans first arrived in what would […]
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12:44 PM | Zombie cancer cells eat themselves to live
A University of Colorado Cancer Center study recently published in […]
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12:42 PM | Bacterial Gut Biome May Guide Colon Cancer Progression
Colorectal cancer develops in what is probably the most complex […]
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12:39 PM | Loneliness impacts DNA repair
In captivity, grey parrots are often kept in social isolation, […]
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12:00 PM | The Great Billick
What would eventually become one of the most bizarre murder cases in Chicago's history began when 22-year-old Mary Vrzal first visited "The Great Billick, Card-Reader and Seer" in 1904. Within a matter of months, most of her family would be...            Related StoriesThe Twin DoctorOnline Support Groups and SuicideBritish Doctor Goes Undercover to Expose Gay "Cures" 
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10:45 AM | When Unconditional Love Has Conditions
I was once working with a group of teenagers discussing “integrity agreements,” which I described as “either spoken or unspoken agreements not to hurt each other.” These integrity agreements are the fabric of our society. This belief, that we won’t harm each other, is what allows us to walk down the street without worrying about […]
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6:47 AM | Vitamin D deficiency and more and risk of ADHD
"Vitamin D – could it stop 'modern’ diseases?" was one of the headlines I read quite recently as more pressure is being applied on the sunshine vitamin to perform when it comes to our health and welbeing. Indeed, not so long ago I posted an entry updating where we're at when it comes to the 'sunshine' vitamin D and the autism spectrum conditions. The conclusion buried in that post was that whilst there is some interesting work potentially linking vitamin D and autism, there is still […]

Bener A & Kamal M (2013). Predict attention deficit hyperactivity disorder? Evidence -based medicine., Global journal of health science, 6 (2) 47-57. PMID:

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3:37 AM | When You Gain Weight
Because April is National Poetry Month, here’s a poem I wrote as a reminder for all of us. When you gain weight, you may feel like a failure, you may be convinced you’ve done something wrong you may think you need to start counting calories and cutting out dessert.   When you gain weight, you […]
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3:14 AM | Addiction and Enabling
Recently the class topic has shifted to that of addiction. As we established very early on in discussions, many many things can be classified under the general category of addiction. Drugs, sex, and even exercise can be a source of addictive behavior. One of the newer ones to develop, but one of the unhealthiest, is […]
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1:37 AM | Blue Brain Red Brain: Science predicts political preference
Which way does your moral compass point? When you read the news and suddenly feel a sense of injustice. Or outrage. Or more rarely, objectivity? When you write a check supporting the party of your choice. When you confidently select a box come election time. Why do you feel so strongly you have made the right choice? Science suggests we don’t have much choice, after all.

April 05, 2014

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10:45 PM | The Power of Cookies and Belonging
I ate a Girl Scout cookie the other day — Samoa, to be exact — and rather than just thinking about its delicious combination of caramel and toasted coconut, I thought about the meaning of being a Girl Scout and the desire people have to belong to a group or to another person. It is […]
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3:26 PM | Military, Media Quick to Report Fort Hood Shooter’s Mental Health Status
There’s no way to stop the rare mass shootings that occur in the United States. You may not like it, but it’s a fact no amount of laws or background checks will ever fix. Every time a new shooting occurs, it’s a tragedy. No words can begin to describe the senseless violence of a mass […]
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3:21 PM | The psychology of the no-makeup selfie: why we should think twice before discouraging public displays of altruism
Imagine if I were to ask you to donate blood tomorrow. Now imagine that I were to offer you $7 to do the very same thing. Would this incentive make you more or less likely to give blood? Stop and think before reading on. In 1970, Richard Titmus proposed that offering money for blood donations would ...Read More
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1:38 PM | Because Art Sometimes Hurts As It Should
We've been working our way through Studio Ghibli's films, with Totoro being one of our absolute favorites. None of the films have failed to delight and impress, though. One, Grave of the Fireflies, we knew we would have to watch without Rosie, so last night we did, since she was at a sleepover.I held a sobbing Lily on my lap (no easy feat since she's an inch shorter than me) for almost all of the movie and then cuddled with her in bed afterwards, dissecting the film and the short story it was […]
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1:30 PM | Similarities in Dopamine System Between Highly Creative People and Schizophrenics
"Thinking outside the box might be facilitated by having a somewhat less intact box."→ 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:Why People Secretly Fear Creative Ideas The Creative Power of Thinking Outside Yourself Highly Trusting People Better Lie Detectors Five Effortless Postures that Foster Creative Thinking Get Inspired! The Psychology of Creativity
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1:25 PM | Cognitive illiberalism & expressive overdetermination ... a fragment
from Kahan, D.M. The Cognitively Illiberal State. Stan. L. Rev. 60, 115-154 (2007). Conclusion The nature of political conflict in our society is deeply paradoxical. Despite our unprecedented knowledge of the workings of the natural and social world, we remain bitterly divided over the dangers we face and the efficacy of policies for abating them. The basis of our disagreement, moreover, is not differences in our material interests (that would make perfect sense) but divergences in our […]
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11:11 AM | Curious publicity
Our conscious image of what we are seeing usually appears complete; it is the whole visual field. This is an illusion. The image is built up from many narrower views of parts of the scene that we attend to in rapid succession. Our visual system also establishes a knowledge of the general balance of the […]

Howe, P. & Webb, M. (2014). Detecting Unidentified Changes, PLoS ONE, 9 (1) DOI:

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10:45 AM | A Mindful Practice to Fully Feel Your Anger
Early in her practice, psychotherapist Andrea Brandt, Ph.D, M.F.T, found that the clients she was seeing were able to talk about their anger. They used popular techniques such as “I” statements. They were able to articulate when they felt angry. And, yet, their anger wasn’t dissipating. Communicating their anger wasn’t the problem. The problem was […]
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5:01 AM | Change Perspective To Change Your Fear of Failure
There are lots of things that we cannot control in life. One thing that we can change is our perspective. Like the lens on a camera, how we see things belongs to us and can be adjusted to see things differently, more clearly, and from a different angle. Given that our perspective bears on our […]
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4:37 AM | Sensory Deprivation
I am a fairly avid scuba diver and have done plenty of diving at night. One one particular dive in Thailand, I was the first person in our group to descend under the water, armed only with a flashlight and glow stick. When I had hit the requisite depth and was waiting for my companions […]
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4:01 AM | Attractive Girl and a Rich Guy: A Fair Trade or Not?
It feels like something you've seen a thousand times before: a younger attractive woman with an older, wealthy man. But check out the response a woman gets when asking a dating forum how to find a rich guy (click here).  It is a nice example of evolutionary theory, which you can read more about here.
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12:34 AM | One Size Does Not Fit All
Body dissatisfaction is a growing issue in society that manifests itself in the form of eating disorders. With the majority of advertisements portrayed in the media being Photoshopped, the ideal body type is often difficult, if not impossible, to attain. This can lead to body dissatisfaction, and ultimately to an eating disorder in hopes of […]

April 04, 2014

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10:45 PM | Judgment, Low Expectations and Mindfulness
Certainly, the people closest to you want what’s best for you. They want you to be safe, secure, and, if possible, happy. Sometimes they want these things for us even more than we want them for ourselves. This is loving, caring, and compassionate. And it can be a burden that holds us back from our […]
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10:35 PM | Junk food diet makes you lazy
A new UCLA psychology study provides evidence that being overweight […]
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10:19 PM | Fermi Data Tantalize With New Clues To Dark Matter
A new study of gamma-ray light from the center of […]
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10:18 PM | Flipping the Switch on Scleroderma
Scleroderma is a rare and often fatal disease, causing the […]
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