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August 30, 2014

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7:29 PM | Driven to Draw: Creativity Erupts from Brain Insult
After eating one banana at 10’oclock precisely, she begins furiously drawing on the nearest blank sheet of paper.  Her hand moves as if possessed, compulsively and rapidly sketching the same inane subjects from the day before. The irrepressible urge to create results in a complete neglect of her personal hygiene.  Later, she gathers her pictures in a neat pile and binge eats an entire box of cookies.  This isn’t a starving artist preparing for an opening show. […]
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7:18 PM | Information and Your Brain: Does Technology Impact the Way Your Brain Values Information?
Ah, technology! A modern wonder! Technology certainly makes our lives easier and saves us time on many levels with all of the nifty smartphones, apps, programs, and not to mention the internet! But what is all of this convenience doing to our brains? My husband, tech guy extraordinaire, approached me … READ MORE
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6:35 PM | 6 Questions to Ask Yourself When Fear Starts Peeking Around the Corner
Most of us have a “fight or flight” response to fear. We either get reactive about a perceived potential threat, or we want to retreat as far away from the potential danger as we can. The challenge is that fear is usually over a situation that isn’t actually happening at the time. Consequently, we start […]
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2:30 PM | Dealing with Insults: Don’t Take Anything Personally
My friend is waiting for a table at a local restaurant. She is one of those table stalkers, who intuitively knows who is getting up when. She’s been hovering over a certain table for a good half hour. She is most certain the table is hers until some guy comes out of left field and […]
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2:10 PM | How to Stop Your Mind Wandering
“The faculty of voluntarily bringing back a wandering attention, over and over again, is the very root of judgment, character, and will." -- William James 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:Mindfulness at School Decreases Chance of Developing Depression Meditation: The Minimum Amount That Works Mindfulness: 6 Steps to Better Memory, Verbal Reasoning and […]
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2:00 PM | How to Achieve Happiness According to Psychology
“The more we learn about man’s natural tendencies, the easier it will be to tell him how to be good, how to be happy, how to be fruitful, how to respect himself, how to love, how to fulfill his highest potentialities” ~Abraham Maslow It wasn’t very long ago that Psychologists … READ MORE
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10:30 AM | Psychology Around the Net: August 30, 2014
Do you care for a person with Alzheimer’s Disease and wonder how you can better help them — and yourself — make it day by day? What about a fear of asking for advice? Ever heard of sleep drunkenness? We have it all and more in this week’s Psychology Around the Net. Risky Situations At […]
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7:34 AM | Under-recognised co-occurring conditions in autism
A brief post to direct you to the paper by Nicolaidis and colleagues [1] talking about primary care for adults on the autism spectrum and mention of an issue quite important to this blog: "the recognition of associated conditions"."When 900 years old you reach, look as good you will not".Alongside the announcement of what seems like an interesting workshop organised by the US IACC (Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee) titled: "IACC Workshop on Under-Recognized Co-Occurring […]
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7:25 AM | Link feast
Our pick of the best psychology and neuroscience links from the past week:Uta and Chris Frith: A Partnership of the MindMo Costandi profiles the cognitive neuroscience pioneers.Using Pseudoscience to Shine Light on Good ScienceA video of Scott Lilienfeld's APS-David Myers lecture at this year's meeting of the Association for Psychological Science.Against EmpathyPaul Bloom starts a debate at the Boston Review. "I’ve come to realize that taking a position against empathy is like announcing […]
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3:27 AM | A torrent of accidental poems
Neurology journal Neurocase has an interesting study of a women who started compulsively writing poetry after having brief epileptic amnesia treated with the anti-seizure drug lamotrigine. A 76-year-old woman reported having a poor memory and short periods of disorientation and was eventually diagnosed with transient epileptic amnesia – brief recurrent seizures that lead to short […]

August 29, 2014

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11:57 PM | Vedic Psychology 101
You are not this body. That is the Vedic Psychology 101. When you get this, much changes. Almost too much. Here’s Swami Bhaktipada on this point and then a word or two from yours truly: “I am this body.” This is the greatest mistake of all, the mistake underlying all other mistakes. We are not […]
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11:35 PM | A Reflection on Robin Williams’ Death
I spoke with a friend several days after the shocking news that Robin Williams had committed suicide. How could this beloved actor and storied comedian, my friend wondered, not understand or care that fans around the world adored him? And why, he further inquired, wasn’t that alone reason enough to live? Nonetheless, this person, barely […]
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6:30 PM | Is History Repeating in Your Love Life? Understand the Power of Love Scripts
Is it just a bad break that you have had one troubled relationship after another while your friend has had an amazing long-term marriage? Is it just an astonishing coincidence that the difficulties you had with your mom you now have with your spouse? Did you promise yourself that you’d never get involved with another […]
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5:03 PM | My #doubtfireface Suicide Prevention Challenge
My #doubtfireface Suicide Prevention Challenge You’ve heard and seen many of the ALS videos over the past month.  I even did one with my son. (see my ALS ice bucket challenge). A new challenge is hitting the viral video “Doubtfire Face for Suicide Prevention” started by Michael Scotti Jr. as tribute to Robin Williams.  I contacted […]
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2:40 PM | The gauntlet has been thrown
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2:33 PM | Can Weather Affect Your Mood?
As most of the nation suffers through some of the hottest temperatures on record this summer, people are asking the question of how exactly does weather impact our mood. For instance, how does hot weather affect our mood? Does it make us more aggressive — or even more violent? Does rain make us sad? How […]
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2:02 PM | The Monkey Business of Being Human
For years I’ve been thinking of myself as just another modern-day ape. This line of thought – that we are nothing more and nothing less than monkeys – is powerfully humanizing. Here’s what Mahesh Bhatt had to say about one of the most dangerous minds of the 20th century, U.G. Krishnamurti, in “Mind is a […]
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1:21 PM | The Simple Mindset That Makes Everyone Happier, All Around The World
Despite deep cultural differences between nations, there is one attitude that makes all humans happy. 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:This is How Much Happier Therapy Makes You Than More Money 10 Simple Habits Proven to Make You Happier Power Up: The Performance Benefits of a Simple Mental Exercise 10 Ways To Be Happier at Work People Are Happier When They Do […]
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1:03 PM | The Universal ‘Anger Face’
The next time you get really mad, take a look […]
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1:02 PM | After Great Recession, Americans are Unhappy, Worried, Pessimistic
National survey: most don’t think economy improved last year or […]
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12:59 PM | Single animal to human transmission event responsible for 2014 Ebola outbreak
Scientists used advanced genomic sequencing technology to identify a single […]
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12:55 PM | New Type of Cell Movement in 3D Matrix
For decades, researchers have used petri dishes to study cell […]
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12:53 PM | Prions can trigger ‘stuck’ wine fermentations, researchers find
A chronic problem in winemaking is “stuck fermentation,” when yeast […]
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12:52 PM | Flapping baby birds offer clues to origin of flight
How did the earliest birds take wing? Did they fall […]
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12:50 PM | Cellphone Addiction Is ‘an Increasingly Realistic Possibility’
Women college students spend an average of 10 hours a […]
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12:49 PM | Caltech, UCLA, USC team on federally funded innovation hub
The National Science Foundation (NSF) announced today that it will […]
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12:46 PM | Study finds little spread of MERS-CoV in Saudi households
The standard thinking on MERS-CoV is that it doesn’t spread […]
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11:02 AM | Are You Creating an ‘Obeyience Culture’?
Are You Creating an ‘Obeyience Culture’? When I started consulting in risk and safety, people would regularly contact me and ask “are we meeting our legal requirements?” or “are we doing all we need to do, ‘under the law’”. Consulting in risk and safety seems to attract these questions, and people expect that this is an area I am interested in. After all, if you’re into safety, you must be focused on legislation, right? When an organisation […]
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10:30 AM | Best of Our Blogs: August 29, 2014
We’re gearing up for a long weekend. For those who have the day off on Labor Day, how will you spend your time? I’ve noticed recently that doing no-thing does not feel restful, healing, nor meditative. It feels uncomfortable and anxiety provoking. Forced to lay still in my yoga class, I realized that all that busy-ness […]
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9:09 AM | Replication and reputation: Whose career matters?
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