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July 22, 2014

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12:00 PM | Can Better Health Care Prevent Dementia?
Several new studies presented at the Alzheimer's Association International Conference recently held in Copenhagen, Denmark suggest that lifestyle changes could reduce the risk of developing dementias such as Alzheimer's Disease. According to a Finnish study, two years of exercise, diet,...            Related StoriesCan Virtual "House Calls" Help Dementia Patients?The Problem with Fat JokesWhat is a Child Abuser? 
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11:03 AM | Embodying Culture: My ongoing conversation with Soliman & Glenberg
Would a formal reply make me this guy?I've been exchanging views with Art Glenberg and his colleagues about a paper he published recently in Frontiers. I reviewed it, had reservations but eventually let it through, then published my concerns as a commentary on the original paper. Soliman and Glenberg (2014; S&G) then replied to my reply which I didn't know about until I noticed the commentary had a citation in my Google Scholar profile. I could simply publish a reply to their […]
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10:30 AM | Best of Our Blogs: July 22, 2014
“Blame is a defensive substitute for an honest examination of life that seeks guidance in our mistakes.” – Thomas Moore, Care of the Soul When we hear the cry of wrongdoing, it is easy to pass the torch to another. The fear of messing up is an alarm set off by our ego. When we’re […]
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8:39 AM | Study of dynamic facial expressions suggests there are four basic emotions, not six
New research suggests that humans recognise facial emotional expressions in a dynamic way. We search for urgent signals first, before seeking out more nuanced information. The University of Glasgow researchers also argue their data show there are four basic facial expressions of emotion rather than the widely accepted six.Rachael Jack and her colleagues developed computerised 3-D faces that began neutral and relaxed before transforming over one second into a random expression, created through a […]
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8:32 AM | Common variation and the genetics of autism
The paper by Trent Gaugler and colleagues [1] reporting that the genetic architecture of the autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) seems in the most part to be due to "common variation" over and above "rare variants or spontaneous glitches" adds to the quite voluminous literature in this area.Everything in proportion? @ Wikipedia Based on an analysis of "a unique epidemiological sample from Sweden" researchers looked at DNA variations in some 3000 individuals with autism and asymptomatic […]

Gaugler T, Klei L, Sanders SJ, Bodea CA, Goldberg AP, Lee AB, Mahajan M, Manaa D, Pawitan Y, Reichert J & Ripke S (2014). Most genetic risk for autism resides with common variation., Nature genetics, PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25038753

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July 21, 2014

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11:17 PM | Misdiagnosed Man Sues After 20 Years in a Psychiatric Hospital
A Florida man who was released last year from a Nebraska psychiatric hospital is now suing the hospital and staff for $22 million due to the misdiagnosis that kept him hospitalized for 20 years. John Maxwell Montin, 52, was arrested...            Related StoriesHow Dangerous are Opioid Painkillers?What is a Child Abuser?Caring for High-Risk Children 
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10:35 PM | Lessons from ‘Eat, Pray, Love’
If you’re brave enough to leave behind everything familiar and comforting, which can be anything from your house to bitter, old resentments, and set out on a truth-seeking journey, either externally or internally, and if you are truly willing to regard everything that happens to you on that journey as a clue, and if you […]
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9:52 PM | Is Pain Real or Is It All In Your Head? Neuroscience Explains
“Pain feels like a fast stab wound to the heart. But then healing feels like the wind against your face when you are spreading your wings and flying through the air. We may not have wings growing out of our backs, but healing is the closest thing that will give … READ MORE
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8:53 PM | STOP – This Blog May Save Your Life Today
Take two minutes to read this blog post; it may truly be the thing today that can save your life. First before we begin, watch this surprising video below (runtime 1:47). The National Safety Council says there are currently 1.6 million accidents per year for texting while driving. How could it not be true that […]
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6:12 PM | Parental Alienation & Bias
Has early bias prevented Parental Alienation from being recognized?
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5:00 PM | World Psychiatric Association
The core missions of WPA include the following: To encourage the highest possible standards of clinical practice To increase knowledge and skills about mental disorders and how they can be prevented and treated To promote mental health To promote the highest possible ethical standards in psychiatric work To disseminate knowledge about evidence-based therapy and values based practice To be a voice for the dignity and human rights of the patients and […]
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4:45 PM | Strategies for Self-Compassion
Ralph Waldo Emerson, one of the New England Transcendentalists, was very influential for me as a teenager. I have found many of his essays and aphorisms to be very useful, both personally and professionally. The one pearl I have gotten the most mileage out of is from his essay Love, written in 1841: “Each man […]
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3:51 PM | Percentages, quasi statistics and bad arguments
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2:14 PM | Introducing Reaching Life Goals
We all could use some help in reaching our life goals. Wouldn’t it be nice to get some guidance and tips on how to attain our personal and professional goals from an expert? Well, you’re in luck! That’s why I’m pleased to introduce, Reaching Life Goals with John D. Moore, Ph.D. He is a licensed […]
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2:00 PM | What it Feels Like to Be in a Body
Right now I only get two magazine subscriptions. Birds and Blooms was a gift to my avian from his doting grandma (aka my mom). Time was yet another attempt to use up those expiring airline miles. While you can probably already guess which one I find easier to read all the way through, Time does have the occasional newsworthy highlight. For instance, […]
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1:46 PM | oh BOLD where art thou? Evidence for a “mm-scale” match between intracortical and fMRI measures.
A frequently discussed problem with functional magnetic resonance imaging is that we don’t really understand how the hemodynamic ‘activations’ measured by the technique relate to actual neuronal phenomenon. This is because fMRI measures the Blood-Oxygenation-Level Dependent (BOLD) signal, a complex vascular response to neuronal activity. As such, neuroscientists can easily get worried about all sorts of non-neural contributions […]
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1:42 PM | Steam from the sun: Hi-tech sponge turns solar energy into steam.
A new material structure developed at MIT generates steam by […]
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1:31 PM | How to Deal With Stress and Anxiety: 10 Proven Psychological Techniques
Ten techniques you can use to deal with stress that you can't avoid.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:Feeling Anxious? 5 Scientifically Proven Relaxation Techniques Unwind: The Science of Rest, Relaxation and Sleep 8 Fascinating Facts About Anxiety Chronic Stress Early in Life Causes Anxiety and Aggression in Adulthood The Peaceful Mind: 5 Step Guide to Feeling Relaxed […]
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1:25 PM | Herbivores dine on toxic plants, thanks to gut microbes
Woodrats lost their ability to eat toxic creosote bushes after […]
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1:24 PM | Brain waves show learning to read does not end in 4th grade
Teachers-in-training have long been taught that fourth grade is when […]
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1:23 PM | Nearsightedness increases with level of education and longer schooling
Scientific study undertaken by the Mainz University Medical Center shows […]
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1:20 PM | Marmoset sequence sheds light on primate biology, evolution
A team of scientists from around the world led by […]
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10:49 AM | What Makes Us Laugh?
Scientists ask people what makes them laugh, and share the answers they collected in a fun video.
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10:45 AM | 10 Ways to Boost Your Energy
“Energy is your most precious resource,” writes Susannah Seton in the introduction of Everyday Energy Boosters: 365 Tips and Tricks to Help You Feel Like a Million Bucks, co-written with Sondra Kornblatt. “Without it, you simply go through the motions of your life.” With energy, she notes, we’re able to engage in our work and […]
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9:46 AM | The Neurocritic Critiques Critical Neuroscience
I wanted to submit a paper for the Frontiers in Human Neuroscience Research Topic on Critical Neuroscience: The context and implications of human brain research, but I couldn't decide what I should write about.Could I just submit a blog post like Professor of Literary Neuroimaging that critiqued the entrée of fMRI into Literature Departments?“So literature is abandoning Marxism and psychoanalysis in favor of neuroimaging!! Meanwhile, key neuroimagers have taken up psychoanalysis […]
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8:29 AM | It's time for Western psychology to recognise that many individuals, and even entire cultures, fear happiness
It's become a mantra of the modern Western world that the ultimate aim of life is to achieve happiness. Self-help blog posts on how to be happy are almost guaranteed popularity (the Digest has its own!). Pro-happiness organisations have appeared, such as Action for Happiness, which aims to "create a happier society for everyone." Topping it all, an increasing number of governments, including in the UK, have started measuring national well-being (seen as a proxy for "happiness") - the argument […]

Joshanloo, M. & Weijers, D. (2013). Aversion to Happiness Across Cultures: A Review of Where and Why People are Averse to Happiness, Journal of Happiness Studies, 15 (3) 717-735. DOI: 10.1007/s10902-013-9489-9

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7:24 AM | Autism and asthma yet again
"Asthma is approximately 35 % more common in autistic children".Pipe down @ Wikipedia That was the finding reported by Stanley Kotey and colleagues [1] based on their analysis of the 2007 National Survey of Children's Health (NSCH) dataset, a resource looking at "the physical and emotional health of children ages 0-17 years of age" resident in the United States. I don't intend to dwell too much on the Kotey findings aside from pointing out: (a) the reported prevalence of autism […]

Kotey, S., Ertel, K. & Whitcomb, B. (2014). Co-occurrence of Autism and Asthma in a Nationally-Representative Sample of Children in the United States, Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, DOI: 10.1007/s10803-014-2174-y

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5:28 AM | Understanding and Using the Thoughts and Feelings After Divorce
Divorce statistics tend to obscure the emotional impact of divorce. Whether a divorce is chosen, imposed, contested, litigated or mediated, divorce is difficult. What often adds to the difficulty even after a divorce is finalized are lingering thoughts and feelings that bewilder, disturb, preoccupy and interfere with moving forward in a self-productive way. “ I […]
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5:01 AM | When I Lose You, I Lose Part of Me, Too
There’s no question that romantic breakups can be really hard. Losing a partner we’ve become very close to means losing someone who was previously part of our daily lives. As a result, breakups can undermine our ability to sleep and eat well (among other things). Research has revealed that experiencing a breakup has several unique effects on our sense of self or self-concept (i.e., everything that makes us who we are) as well. For example, research has demonstrated that, after a […]
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2:18 AM | New method for extracting radioactive elements from air and water
Scientists at the University of Liverpool have successfully tested a […]
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