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August 20, 2014

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3:56 PM | Freeways as fences, trapping the mountain lions of Los Angeles
That mountain lions have managed to survive at all in […]
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3:55 PM | Targeted brain training may help you multitask better  
The area of the brain involved in multitasking and ways […]
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3:53 PM | Researchers find security flaws in backscatter X-ray scanners
A team of researchers from the University of California, San […]
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3:52 PM | A semi-artificial leaf faster than natural photosynthesis
A cooperation between chemists and biologists from the Ruhr-University Bochum […]
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3:46 PM | Abusive leadership infects entire team
Supervisors who are abusive to individual employees can actually throw […]
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3:45 PM | Seeing a molecule breathe: Vibrational motion of a single molecule measured in real time
For the first time, chemists have succeeded in measuring vibrational […]
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3:41 PM | Severe infections with hospitalization after prostate biopsy rising in Sweden
Risk of urinary tract infections after prostate biopsy highest in […]
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3:40 PM | Scientists learn more about rare skin cancer that killed Bob Marley
Cancer Research UK scientists have discovered that acral melanomas – […]
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3:38 PM | Conditional probability is hard -- but teaching it *shouldn't* be!
So, consider these two problems:  A. Which is more difficult? B. Which is it easier to teach someone to do correctly? My answers: BAYES is more difficult but also easier to each someone to do correctly.  Does that seem plausible to you? I won't be surprised if you say no, particularly if your answer reflects experience in seeing how poorly people do with conditional probability problems. But if you disagree with me, I do want to challenge your sense of what the problem is Okay, so […]
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3:14 PM | Study puts numbers to post-baby sleepiness
Growth CurveHealth,Human Development by Laura Sanders 12:00pm, August 20, 2014 Mothers are still excessively sleepy four months after giving birth, a survey study finds. LisaValder/iStockPhotoNothing compels a stranger to give unsolicited advice like the sight of a pregnant woman. Usually, the advice revolves around eating, drinking or sleeping. “Sleep now because once the […]
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3:10 PM | Post-Doc position, Sleep and Cognition Lab, UC Riverside
The Sleep and Cognition (SaC) Lab of the Department of Psychology at the University of California, Riverside has an open position for a postdoc researcher. This researcher will be investigating mechanisms of memory encoding, consolidation, and retrieval by using event-related potential (ERP/EEG) during waking and sleep. Successful candidates should have experience in memory research and EEG methodologies, as well as programming skills. Experience in sleep research is not essential. Position is […]
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2:55 PM | Are You ‘Addicted’ to Something?
The definition of  “addiction,” and what people can become “addicted” to, are hotly contested issues. In everyday conversation, of course, people throw around the word “addicted” a lot, as in, “I’m addicted to Game of Thrones.” Addiction, whatever it might be, is a subject that’s related to my current fascination: habits. As I explain in the […]
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2:47 PM | Secret of Adulthood: Someplace, Keep an Empty Shelf
Now, what’s so great about an empty shelf? An empty shelf shows that I have room to expand — I’m not crowded in by my stuff, I have order and space. For most people, outer order contributes to inner calm, a subject that I explore at some length in Happier at Home and also in Better Than Before. (If […]
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12:30 PM | Summer Break / Summer Reading
Photo: otsphoto / ShutterstickCompanion Animal Psychology Blog is taking a summer break. Meanwhile, on twitterand facebookwe continue to share links to the best writing about companion animals and their people. Why not join us?If you’re looking for some summer reading (and listening and viewing), these are some of our favourites:We’re delighted that some CAPB stories now appear in Pacific Standard, including Dog Training, Animal Welfare and the Human-Canine […]
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12:23 PM | How You Can Instantly Tell Which Way a Crowd is Looking
Where is this crowd looking? It's an ability we all use without giving it a second thought. We can see a crowd of people staring off in another direction and be able to turn around and look almost exactly where they are looking. Dr. Timothy Sweeny, who studies visual perception, explains it like this... 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:The Cheerleader Effect: Why […]
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10:45 AM | 5 Facts Many People Don’t Know About Depression
Depression is one of the most common conditions in the world. It affects all segments of society and virtually all cultures, said Constance Hammen, Ph.D, a Distinguished Professor in the Department of Psychology and the Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences at the University of California. And yet many people don’t know much about depression […]
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8:40 AM | Inspired by a Soprano? Psychologists investigate whether fictional characters can aid our self development
"... forming a relationship with an interesting but potentially dangerous character does not present the same obstacles in the narrative world as it might in the physical world.”By guest blogger Robin Abrahams.If you’ve been on the internet at all this year, you may have noticed an explosion of fiction-based personality quizzes. What house would you belong to in Hogwarts—or in Westeros? Which “Mad Man” are you? What Shakespeare role were you born to play?Why […]

Shedlosky-Shoemaker, R., Costabile, K. & Arkin, R. (2014). Self-Expansion through Fictional Characters, Self and Identity, 13 (5) 556-578. DOI: 10.1080/15298868.2014.882269

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8:35 AM | ADHD in DSM-5: what did you think would happen?
"Our results, combined with previous findings, suggest a 27% increase in the expected prevalence of ADHD [attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder] among young adults, comparing DSM-IV to DSM-5 criteria". So said the paper by Matte and colleagues [1] who as part of their study looked at "the prevalence of ADHD according to DSM-5 criteria".Europa @ Wikipedia The changes to the diagnosis of ADHD in DSM-5 can be seen here. The main difference between DSM-IV and DSM-5 diagnosis […]
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6:22 AM | Behavior Analysts to Children with Disabilities: Dissent Is Not Allowed
Image SourceAlthough their academic literature stresses alternatives to punishment, Board Certified Behavior Analysts can easily ignore or even punish children who complain about their punishments. According to the consent language of the Behavior Analysis Certification Board's conduct "guidelines" for behavior analysts, if a child or incapacitated adult says, "Leave me alone," and a parent or guardian signs a legally-written informed consent document to an individual's behavior change program, […]
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5:01 AM | Take Your Relationship to the Movies
Could something as simple as watching movies help your relationship? One-hundred-seventy-four engaged or newlywed couples were randomly assigned to one of two intense relationship workshops, or to watch and reflect on relationship movies (e.g., Love Story) featuring relationship behaviors such as stress, forgiveness, support, and conflict, or a no treatment ‘business as usual’ control condition. Couples in the movie condition watched and discussed one movie a week for a month. Three […]
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4:14 AM | Big Theory
"Essentially, all models are wrong, but some are useful." --George Box*I need to be honest with you, I'm not all that good at generating novel ideas: Some of my most well-cited papers involve theories that sociologists came up with decades ago; Reviewers frequently accuse me of running post-hoc analyses (asking the data for ideas, rather than generating apriori predictions); When media cover my research, the most common initial comment is something like: "This is so obvious....blah, blah....you […]
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3:40 AM | What Robin Williams Taught Me
Like the rest of the world, I have been grieving the loss of Robin Williams. I have had a hard time talking about his death. And now that there has been a week to distance ourselves from the news, words are starting to come a bit easier. There has been a lot of talk about […]
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1:47 AM | National Suicide Prevention PSA
Here is a National Suicide Prevention Lifeline PSA, I recorded back on November ‎17, ‎2010.  I call it “Are You In Crisis.” I was living in Punta Gorda, Florida at the time…it seems a good time to post now.  I just found it on a 2 gig flash stick (jump drive). Yes, I thought it […]
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12:45 AM | Therapists Get Anxious, Too
My heart was pounding, my breathing restricted, my hands sweaty. My instinct screamed at me, “You’re too young to die. Turn back now.” My rational brain said, “That’s just your anxiety talking. You’re only going up the stairs of a lighthouse.” My rational brain also said, “Lean forward as you climb the stairs, because if […]

August 19, 2014

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10:25 PM | How To Crack Open Your Pineal Gland
In order for us to tap into our deepest states of intuition, intelligence and spiritual enlightenment, it is necessary to unlock and activate our brain’s Pineal Gland. Commonly referred to by ancient cultures and mystics as “the third eye,” our pineal gland sits in the center of our brain between … READ MORE
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9:21 PM | Top 200 terms in cognitive neuroscience according to neurosynth
Tonight I was playing around with some of the top features in neurosynth (the searchable terms with the highest number of studies containing that term). You can find the list here, just sort by the number of studies. I excluded the top 3 terms which are boring (e.g. “image”, “response”, and “time”)  and whose extremely high weights would […]
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8:45 PM | Free Webinar: Asperger’s in Love: From Helplessly Confused to Head-Over-Heels
Learn about the challenges of Aspergian relationships and find solutions with Alina Kislenko, an Aspie therapist who works with couples with at least one Aspergian partner. People with Asperger’s (AS) experience several common issues in relationships, including lack of demonstrated empathy at expected times, trouble integrating with in-law friends and family, unique needs that can […]
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7:27 PM | Mirror neurons may have been inadvertently trained into laboratory macaques
Even though there is a growing consensus that mirror neurons are not the basis of action understanding (or language, theory of mind, autism, etc.), the question remains, What are mirror neurons doing? There are now a couple of good theories.  One is the idea promoted by Cecelia Heyes that observation of self-action results in an association between executed and observed actions, which is then generalized to others' actions.  Another is the view proposed by Michael Arbib that […]
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5:45 PM | Hopeful Lessons from Robin Williams and Kurt Cobain
I’m old enough to remember Kurt Cobain’s suicide in 1994, and what a major cultural and news event it was. Although there have been other celebrity deaths in the years since, it’s only now with Robin Williams that a suicide has had as much attention and social magnitude. The differences over time are striking. Social […]
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3:53 PM | SfN removes exclusive license requirement for eNeuro
Originally posted on Erin C. McKiernan:Using the open letter to the AAAS as a template, this last Saturday (August 16), I drafted a letter to the Society for Neuroscience about their new open access journal, eNeuro. As with the…
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