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October 24, 2014

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5:22 PM | ROCing the Boat: When Replication Hurts
Though failure to replicate presents a serious problem, even highly-replicable results may be consistently and dramatically misinterpreted if dependent measures are not carefully chosen. This sentence comes from a new paper by Caren Rotello,Evan Heit, and Chad Dubé to be published in Psychonomic Bulletin & Review. Replication hurts in such cases because it reinforces artifactual results. Rotello and colleagues marshal support for this claim from four disparate domains: […]
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3:53 PM | Embodied or Symbolic? Who cares!
I still don't understand the hype over embodied cognition. It's too abstract a concept for me, I guess.  I need more grounding in the real world. (Am I getting it?) So let's consider a real world example of neural computation. For the record, this is partially excerpted/paraphrased from a discussion in The Myth of Mirror Neurons. Sound localization in the barn owl is fairly well-understood in neurocomputational terms.  Inputs from the two ears converge in the brainstem's nucleus […]
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3:45 PM | 25 Questions for Cultivating Self-Compassion
As I wrote in this piece on journaling prompts for self-reflection and self-discovery, part of building a healthy relationship with ourselves is keeping an open and honest dialogue. It’s continually asking ourselves questions and welcoming the answers. It’s getting to know ourselves, at our core. Another part of building a healthy relationship is cultivating self-compassion. […]
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3:16 PM | Growing a Blood Vessel in a Week
The technology for creating new tissues from stem cells has […]
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3:06 PM | Molecular beacons shine light on how cells ‘crawl’
Adherent cells, the kind that form the architecture of all […]
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3:01 PM | New research offers hope in treating sleeping sickness
In early drug dis­covery, you need a starting point, says […]
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2:57 PM | Ebola’s evolutionary roots more ancient than previously thought
A new study is helping to rewrite Ebola’s family history. […]
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2:47 PM | High Protein to Lower Blood Pressure
New weapons against hypertension: omelets, peanut butter, chicken stir-fry? Nearly […]
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2:27 PM | Alcohol’s Surprising Influence on Memory Loss in Later Years
How light to moderate alcohol intake affects memory for past events. 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:Heavy Drinkers Lose Memory Faster With Age This Blood Type Linked to Memory Loss Later in Life The Surprising Power of an Emotional ‘Memory Palace’ The Facial Expression That Fights Memory Loss Green Tea Improves Working Memory
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1:25 PM | Seeing clearly
Why do we not notice the limitations of our eyes and any time lag in perception? A recent paper by A. Herwig which was reported in ScienceDaily (here) looks at the mechanics of vision. Only one portion of the retina has detailed vision, the fovea. If we hold our arm out, a bit about the […]
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12:04 PM | The Diablog on Replication with Dan Simons
Dan SimonsLast year, I had a very informative and enjoyable blog dialogue, or diablog, with Dan Simons about the reliability and validity of replication attempts. Unfortunately, there was never an easy way for anyone to access this diablog. It has only occurred to me today (!) that I could remedy this situation by creating a meta-post. Here it is.In my first post on the topic, I argued that it is important to consider to consider not only the reliability but also the validity of replication […]
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10:30 AM | Best of Our Blogs: October 24, 2014
Something we all struggle with or have struggled with is self-worth and self-love that’s not conditional on external circumstances. And it’s not just loving yourself despite your depression, mistakes and imperfections. It’s about loving the whole of who you are and realizing you’re worthy of love regardless of the things you haven’t quite figured out […]
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9:03 AM | Publication bias afflicts the whole of psychology
In the last few years the social sciences, including psychology, have been taking a good look at themselves. While incidences of fraud hit the headlines, pervasive issues are just as important to address, such as publication bias, the phenomenon where non-significant results never see the light of day thanks to editors rejecting them or savvy researchers recasting their experiments around unexpected results and not reporting the disappointments. Statistical research has shown the extent of this […]

Kühberger, A., Fritz, A. & Scherndl, T. (2014). Publication Bias in Psychology: A Diagnosis Based on the Correlation between Effect Size and Sample Size, PLoS ONE, 9 (9) DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0105825

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9:03 AM | Blaming universities for our nation's woes
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6:51 AM | Autism, siblings and DSM-5 Social Communication Disorder
A quick post to bring to your attention the paper by Meghan Miller and colleagues [1] who concluded that: "Pragmatic language problems are present in some siblings of children with ASD [autism spectrum disorder] as early as 36 months of age". Further: "As the new DSM-5 diagnosis of Social (Pragmatic) Communication Disorder (SCD) is thought to occur more frequently in family members of individuals with ASD, it is possible that some of these siblings will meet criteria for SCD as […]
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5:06 AM | Cerebellar Pruning
One day you’re chopping down an unwanted palm tree, the next you’re flashing your machete through a dense forest in god knows where. The life of a tree hacker boasted plenty of travel opportunity, but not a lot of stability. Camille swung her weapon through yet another thicket. “We better be getting bonuses for this […]
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4:01 AM | The Truth Behind Online Dating: What Is and Isn’t Real
Though still quite new (relatively) in our culture, and a bit daunting, more and more people are venturing into the online dating world for romance and sex. Below, I’ve compiled some evidence-based tips to help you navigate online dating websites and, hopefully, find what you’re looking for.  People aren’t always what they seem. Deception is common in online dating—and I’m not talking about Catfishing, I’m talking about people presenting themselves as […]
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2:25 AM | Tue 28th Oct: RESEARCH PRESENTATIONS on intergroup psychology
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October 23, 2014

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11:35 PM | You Must Learn to Love Yourself Before Extending Love to Others
Sometimes joy is found, not in what you receive, but in what you finally let go. I can pinpoint “the happiest moment of my life” almost to the second. I was on a plane taxiing down a runway en-route to visit my parents in Chicago. The airline attendant began the all too familiar announcement: “Should […]
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11:19 PM | The New Leadership – Risk and Safety
The New Leadership – Risk and Safety Dr Rob explains the what his new book “Following-Leading in Risk” is all about. Download Section 1 of “Following-Leading in Risk” Free: To win a FREE COPY of the book CLICK HERE To attend the book launch CLICK HERE   A number of people have been asking about […] The post The New Leadership – Risk and Safety appeared first on Safety Risk Blog.
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7:36 PM | This Is What The Solar System Looks Like As A Subway Map
All road trips need directions, unless of course you are setting out on an adventure. An adventure into space sounds lovely, doesn’t it, but let’s face it, who wants to get lost out there, huh? We need a map, don’t we! Yes, even space needs a map, especially space travel, … READ MORE
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5:31 PM | 7 Strategies To Deal With The Winter Blues NOW, Before Winter Begins
Prepare for the Winter Blues by putting preventative strategies in place now.
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5:15 PM | 7 Tips to Make Healthy Eating Habits Easier
Many people were very intrigued by my interview with behavioral scientist Brian Wansink and his ideas. He studies eating behavior and consumer habits, and has a book that just came out: Slim By Design: Mindless Eating Solutions for Everyday Life. I asked him for some of his top tips, and he gave me these excellent suggestions to “Help […]
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4:24 PM | Are headaches associated with apnea?
One of the most disabling conditions for anyone are the headaches that can become disabling.
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2:32 PM | What Monkeys Can Teach Us About Pitching in the World Series
Storied baseball pitchers are renowned for consistently throwing strike after […]
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2:31 PM | Fast modeling of cancer mutations
New genome-editing technique enables rapid analysis of genes mutated in […]
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2:30 PM | Microscopic ‘walkers’ find their way across cell surfaces
Nature has developed a wide variety of methods for guiding […]
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2:16 PM | Psych Central Community Connection a Winner in Text, Talk, Act Contest
Psych Central and our affiliated non-profit organization, the Psych Central Community Connection, have partnered with the National Dialogue on Mental Health, the White House initiative started in 2013 to help increase the national discussion about mental illness, treatment and general mental health. Creating Community Solutions, who is also part of the national dialogue, has brought […]
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2:13 PM | Season of Your Birth Affects Mood in Later Life
Summer, spring, autumn and winter babies have different personalities when they grow up. 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:Does The Weather Affect Your Mood? Brain Ultrasound: How Sound Waves Can Boost Mood Sense of Belonging Increases Meaningfulness of Life Yoga’s Powerful Influence on Mood The Lasting Impact of Early Life Stress on the Brain
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2:00 PM | Mentoring – a Proven Resource for Extra Recovery Support
If you’ve been following this blog for longer than five minutes, you already know I’m a staunch champion of mentoring (plus the blog title kind of gives it away). And not just for eating disorders recovery, either, or even for recovery in general – I’m also a huge fan of mentoring just for living life. […]
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