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September 04, 2014

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4:51 PM | Dark Material: Reflections on a Suicide Conference
There is a great value in quality academic work carried out with integrity. However, especially in psychiatry, we must remember what, and who, we are working for. Understanding psychic pain requires more than measuring brain chemicals and gene associations. In order to help those who are driven to end their existence, we may need to question ours.
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4:00 PM | NeuWrite Reads: “Lock In” by John Scalzi
Editor’s Note: This is the first in an occasional series where NeuWriters review fiction and nonfiction books about the brain. A few weeks ago I wrote a post about locked-in syndrome, a rare and dramatic disorder in which a stroke or other traumatic event affects the brain stem and leaves the patient completely paralyzed but […]
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3:45 PM | Breath Practice Made Simple
Breath is your most accessible and portable tool to calm and center yourself. Breath techniques are ancient and are practiced world-wide in different religious and spiritual practices, as part of various healing modalities, and in yoga, martial arts, and other physical activities. The breath is always with us, but we generally take it for granted. […]
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3:20 PM | T. Rex times seven: New dinosaur species is discovered in Argentina
Drexel researchers uncover immense, remarkably complete dinosaur skeleton; research team […]
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2:29 PM | People’s Suprising Empathy With The Pain of Their Enemies
Jewish people asked to watch the pain of neo-Nazis in brain imaging study. 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:4 Wonderful Ways Meditation Relieves Pain Neuroscience Reveals The Deep Power of Human Empathy How To Get a Narcissist to Feel Empathy The Psychology of Storytelling and Empathy, Animated Meditation is an Effective Treatment for Depression, Anxiety and […]
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2:22 PM | Mixed, with a chance of serious storms
Not the weather, me.Not the weather. ME.I hate admitting to struggling.I hate feeling the storm brewing in me, the internal tornado...the sense that I'm about to fly off, scatter into pieces, shatter beyond repair.Even more, I hate that to a degree I can contain that tornado so that most people are unaware that anything is amiss.I feel like it's unfair, not to me, necessarily, but to those around me, so I bottle it up, let it trickle out in the purchase of things I don't need, animals I […]
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2:00 PM | Understanding Our Desire to Explore and Invent
Recently we’ve been chatting (via blog posts at least) about a number of, well, less “naturally desirable” character traits and where they might have come from. And why. And how. And what (if anything) we can do to get them to go away. The other morning I was snoozing as usual. The night before I had […]
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1:40 PM | Using Fruits and Veggies to Break Down How We Remember and Identify Objects
Guest Post by Marc Coutanche, Yale University  From a young age, we learn the differences between a lemon and a lime and dozens of other fruit, making going to a farmer’s market to shop for fruit a seemingly simple task. But despite appearances, very little is simple about holding what you want in mind, and then identifying […]
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12:00 PM | How Do People With Mental Illness See Police?
Though studies have surveyed police officers’ perceptions of people with mental illnesses (PMI), few have examined perceptions held by PMI regarding the police, and none have compared them with those held by the general population. A study recently published in...            Related StoriesCan Online Training Help Prevent Sex Assaults?Can Media Use Cause ADHD Symptoms in Children?These Clues Help Identify a Mentally Ill 'Lone Gunman'
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12:00 PM | Does Fertility Affect Attractiveness?
In a study recently published in Evolutionary Behavioral Sciences using a simulated speed dating context, 36 women were audio recorded as they verbally responded to an attractive male voice heard with its fundamental frequency (f0) electronically raised or lowered. Women’s...            Related StoriesHow Do People With Mental Illness See Police?Can Media Use Cause ADHD Symptoms in Children?Envy and High Performance 
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11:57 AM | Scientists Make Diseased Cells Synthesize Their Own Drug
In a new study that could ultimately lead to many […]
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11:53 AM | To clean air and beyond: Catching greenhouse gases with advanced membranes
Researchers in Japan have engineered a membrane with advanced features […]
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11:51 AM | Avian Flu in Seals Could Infect People
The avian flu virus that caused widespread harbor seal deaths […]
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11:49 AM | Icy Aquifers on Titan Transform Methane Rainfall
The NASA and European Space Agency Cassini mission has revealed […]
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11:48 AM | Stanford scientists reveal complexity in the brain’s wiring diagram
A Stanford Bio-X team found that the brain’s wiring is […]
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11:46 AM | Study Reveals Evidence of Multicentury Drought
Findings Show 3,000-Year Precipitation Record for SoCal, Tie to El […]
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10:45 AM | Hyper-Worried About Your Health? 3 Tips to Help
Some people are especially attuned to their bodily sensations. When they experience certain symptoms — headache, stomachache, dizziness or any kind of discomfort — they assume the worst. They start worrying that something is very wrong with them. What if it’s heart disease or cancer? What if it’s a tumor or meningitis? What if it’s […]
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9:17 AM | Drop the strut: Both men and women find humility more attractive
By guest blogger Temma Ehrenfeld.There’s been much debate about the “cheerleader effect,” the idea that men are wired to attract desirable mates by showing off in silly ways. The effect may not even exist, but if it does, they might try humility instead. New research suggests that both men and women prefer humble to less humble partners.The studies are part of a push to define humility, a concept associated less with science than Christianity, as in Matthew 11:29 where Jesus […]
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9:15 AM | Political psychology according to Krugman: A degenerative research programme if ever I saw one ...
As I said, I no longer watch the show "Paul Krugman's Magic Motivated Reasoning Mirror" but do pay attention when a reflective person who still does tells me that I've missed something important.  Stats legend Andrew Gelman is definitely in that category.  He thinks the latest episode of KMMRM can't readily be "dismissed."   So I've taken a close look.  And I just disagree. My reasons can be efficiently conveyed by this simple reconstruction of the tortured path of […]
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8:51 AM | Epigenetic processes and autism: focusing on immune function?
Although the title of this post talks about the science of epigenetics in autism, I'm actually going to be talking about two papers today, one of which also covers exposure to prenatal immune activation and what effect that might have on epigenetic processes in the mouse brain. This may also be relevant to at least some autism..."Beneath this mask there is an idea, Mr. Creedy. And ideas are bulletproof"First off we have the paper from Nardone and colleagues [1] (open-access) which, following […]

Nardone, S., Sharan Sams, D., Reuveni, E., Getselter, D., Oron, O., Karpuj, M. & Elliott, E. (2014). DNA methylation analysis of the autistic brain reveals multiple dysregulated biological pathways, Translational Psychiatry, 4 (9) DOI: 10.1038/tp.2014.70

Basil, P., Li, Q., Dempster, E., Mill, J., Sham, P., Wong, C. & McAlonan, G. (2014). Prenatal maternal immune activation causes epigenetic differences in adolescent mouse brain, Translational Psychiatry, 4 (9) DOI: 10.1038/tp.2014.80

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7:03 AM | How does collective mindfulness apply to workers compensation?
How does collective mindfulness apply to workers compensation? How do our expectations get us into trouble? Oh, and what is the meaning of life? I’m not so sure which I enjoy most anymore, being right or being wrong? My family, who are accustomed to my insatiable appetite for being right are (I expect) rolling on the ground laughing at this point. Obviously there’s something very satisfying about having our intuitive (and especially if they’re marginalised) beliefs, confirmed […]
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6:06 AM | Ask Gabe Howard Anything About Bipolar Disorder and I guarantee you’ll Get a Straight Answer!
Many of my Mental Health Humor readers may remember or recall this year 2014 Cartoon-a-thon for Mental Health Heroes almost did not happen…If it was not for the loving-persistence of my 3 girls who wanted to draw all the heroes…there may not of been any cartoons. What was the snag this year that held it […]
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4:01 AM | Sexual Satisfaction: Do You and Your Partner Have to be the SAME Shade of Grey?
Are you satisfied with “vanilla” sex? Or do you seek the thrill of kink in the bedroom with your own list of “hard limits?” In order to be sexually satisfied, you might think that you and your partner need to be on the same page of Fifty Shades of Grey. Aside from the intrinsic motivation to have a good sex life (i.e., good sex feels really, well, good), research has strongly established that sexual satisfaction is closely tied to relationship satisfaction.1 In […]
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12:25 AM | Zero Harm – Just Say No!
Zero Harm – Just Say No! Just discovered this absolute gem of an article by Dave Whitefield and first published in February 2012 in the Australian Mine Safety Journal – read the whole article here. Many of you have told me that you sometimes find the social psychology related discussions about zero harm a little difficult to get your heads around at the moment - I am still slowly gaining an understanding of that myself but looking forward to learning a whole lot more in the future! […]

September 03, 2014

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11:39 PM | Widely used depression drug associated with dental implant failure
The International and American Associations for Dental Research (IADR/AADR) have […]
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11:38 PM | NIH-led scientists discover HIV antibody that binds to novel target on virus
An NIH-led team of scientists has discovered a new vulnerability […]
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11:37 PM | Polyester clothes stink after exercise; cotton, not so much
Polyester clothes smell worse than cotton, following intensive exercise by […]
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11:30 PM | Reactivity and Its Impact
I recently presented to a large group of Direct Support Professionals, people who support individuals with behavioral challenges. I have conducted similar workshops for family members of those with serious mental illness. We talk about stress management, self-protection, and the limits of compassion. We meditate together. But the topic that always garners the most interest […]
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10:58 PM | Brain digger in Medellín
A digger scooping the brain of a blue man, found earlier this week in Medellín, on Calle 67, just by the metro station Hospital. The text translates as ‘changing forests for cement’ but has been scratched on after the original artwork, presumably by someone who isn’t familiar with the industrial brain digger industry and its […]
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10:01 PM | Manipulated By Metaphors
Originally posted on The Dish:by Dish Staff Figurative language may warp your perception of reality. Britt Peterson explains: Lera Boroditsky, an associate professor of cognitive science at the University of California at San Diego, has written a series of papers on the…
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