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July 25, 2014

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6:17 PM | Creativity and Mental Illness
At one point or another, most of us have heard the stereotype of the mad genius or the creative genius who suffers from mental illness(es). Think about of historically famous or influential painters and writers who had unstable lives—some went as far as committing suicide. The problem? This is only anecdotal evidence. It doesn’t really give us data that is reliable and objective. But what do the studies say? Contrary to what this image claims, the link between creativity and mental […]
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6:12 PM | Ted Stanley Donates $650 Million to Psychiatric Research
Wow. Just wow. Nobody has ever donated so much money dedicated to better understanding the foundations of mental illness. The gift, announced earlier this week, is being made by Ted Stanley to his Stanley Center for Psychiatric Research at the Broad Institute to support its ongoing — and new — research into the genetic and […]
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5:08 PM | The Amazing Festival of Curiousity
The Festival of Curiosity is just super! Public engagement and public enthusiasm for science on a grand scale. @smomara1 awesome @festofcuriosity who knew you could stop yourself from gagging… And sneezing— Lynn Scarff (@lscarff) July 24, 2014 Have a blast @joeboating @shanedbergin … Continue reading →
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4:41 PM | A Campaign Of Hatred Against Child & Parent
Parental alienation destroys the parent-child bond.
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4:07 PM | New study draws links between wildlife loss and social conflicts
Authors say wildlife loss leads to exploitative labor practices, violence, […]
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4:04 PM | A Reminder for Being And Embracing Ourselves
This week I read two powerful posts on being ourselves, which I immediately pasted into Evernote, because they’re key reminders for me. In one post Therese Borchard talks about wanting to be Gretchen Rubin and struggling with her commencement speech for her alma mater. She writes: My first draft was from the heart, about how […]
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3:22 PM | Mindfulpath Centre: Self-Compassion and Mindfulness Courses
The Mindfulpath Centre in Canberra, Australia offers Mindfulness and Self-Compassion programs presented within the framework of applied Positive Psychology in English or French. Over the last 15 years, numerous studies have found that self-compassion promotes wellbeing by fostering psychological str... The post Mindfulpath Centre: Self-Compassion and Mindfulness Courses appeared first on .
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2:45 PM | Do you know if your child has a high risk of depression?
One of the most important concerns of the parents regarding their children's health, especially mental health, when they themselves have suffered.
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2:10 PM | In Pursuit of Happiness
How is it that Pharrell Williams’s light-hearted song, “Happy,” has become such a global hit? The daily news suggests that the world is going to hell in a handbasket. Williams sings: “…clap along if you feel like a room without a roof, Clap along if you feel that happiness is the truth.”6 What he’s singing […]
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1:32 PM | How To Be Happy: 6 Most Uplifting TED Talks
How to be happy at work, at play, with our money and with our minds. The first two are among the most popular TED talks ever recorded.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:How the Mind Works: 10 Fascinating TED Talks Superstars of Psychology: 10 Best Short Talks (Videos) 8 Psychological Keys to Spending Wisely Why Spending Money on Others Promotes Your Happiness The […]
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1:09 PM | Artificial intelligence identifies the musical progression of the Beatles
Music fans and critics know that the music of the […]
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1:09 PM | Scientists identify body language tied to creativity, learning
The ability to quickly scan another person’s body language or […]
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1:08 PM | Link Between Ritual Circumcision Procedure and Herpes
A rare procedure occasionally performed during Jewish circumcisions that involves […]
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1:08 PM | New technology allows hair to reflect almost any color
What if you could alter your hair to reflect any […]
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1:07 PM | Losing Your Job Could Kill You, But Recessions Could Be Good For Your Health
Being unemployed increases your risk of death, but recessions decrease […]
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1:06 PM | Why do men prefer nice women?
People’s emotional reactions and desires in initial romantic encounters determine […]
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1:04 PM | Total darkness at night is key to success of breast cancer therapy
Exposure to light at night, which shuts off nighttime production […]
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1:03 PM | Stanford biologist warns of early stages of Earth’s 6th mass extinction event
The planet’s current biodiversity, the product of 3.5 billion years […]
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1:02 PM | Parched West Is Using Up Underground Water: NASA/UCI
A new study by NASA and University of California, Irvine, […]
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10:30 AM | Best of Our Blogs: July 25, 2014
We may not be conscious of it, but exercise is more often seen as self-torture than pleasure. We need to “whip our bodies in shape” because “no pain, no gain” right? There are even yoga classes stripped of its emphasis on soul and well-being. What’s left is another exercise striving to perfect Madonna’s buff arms and […]
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10:12 AM | How our judgments about criminals are swayed by disgust, biological explanations and animalistic descriptions
We expect of our jurors and judges calm, reasoned evaluation of the evidence. Of course we know the reality is rather different - prejudice and emotional reactions will always play their part. Now two new studies add insight into the ways people's legal judgements depart from cool objectivity.Beatrice Capestany and Lasana Harris focused on two main factors - the disgust level of a crime, and whether or not the perpetrators' personality was described in biological terms. Seventeen participants […]

Capestany, B. & Harris, L. (2014). Disgust and biological descriptions bias logical reasoning during legal decision-making, Social Neuroscience, 9 (3) 265-277. DOI: 10.1080/17470919.2014.892531

Vasquez, E., Loughnan, S., Gootjes-Dreesbach, E. & Weger, U. (2014). The animal in you: Animalistic descriptions of a violent crime increase punishment of perpetrator, Aggressive Behavior, 40 (4) 337-344. DOI: 10.1002/ab.21525

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7:29 AM | p-cresol and autism: in need of further research
"These results confirm the elevation of urinary p-cresol in a sizable set of small autistic children and spur interest into biomarker roles for p-cresol and p-cresylsulfate in autism".The peasant dance @ Wikipedia That was the primary conclusion from the paper by Gabriele and colleagues [1] looking at "three components of urinary p-cresol, namely p-cresylsulfate, p-cresylglucuronate and free p-cresol" in samples from 33 participants diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder […]

Gabriele S, Sacco R, Cerullo S, Neri C, Urbani A, Tripi G, Malvy J, Barthelemy C, Bonnet-Brihault F & Persico AM & (2014). Urinary p-cresol is elevated in young French children with autism spectrum disorder: a replication study., Biomarkers : biochemical indicators of exposure, response, and susceptibility to chemicals, 1-8. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25010144

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7:08 AM | Is Atheism a Religion? (Hint: No)
Rarely do I make new articles based on my interactions with commenters, but a recent one warranted a full response. From my article “Read a Bible – Become an Atheist (In That Order)” one commenter said: Sorry, atheism is a … Continue reading →
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5:01 AM | What Kind of Sexual Personality Do You Have?
Are you a sexual person? (This is not a trick question.) Let me ask it a different way: What kind of sexual person are you? Or, put another way, why do you enjoy sex? A recently published paper1 including data from 18 different samples (from Israel and America) suggests that there is a lot of variability in how people experience sex based on something called the “sexual behavioral system.” Basically, this is the system that your mind constructs so that you can navigate sexual […]
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3:41 AM | DIY Low Field Magnetic Brain Stimulation
Caption: Do It Yourself: Low Field Magnetic Brain Stimulation (LFMBS) Low Field Magnetic Brain Stimulation Hi! I’m Chato Stewart President of I.D.10t laboratories. I want to demonstrate the Do It Yourself: Low Field Magnetic Brain Stimulation or as we like to call, the “ID1OTDIYLFMB Stimulator.” I.D.10t laboratories cares, and when we saw we could charge over […]

July 24, 2014

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11:08 PM | Personal Development Goals for Work: Be Happier and Healthier
Whether you're managing others or focusing on your own personal growth, it's a great idea to set personal development goals at work. This post will give you some ideas for making your employees happier and healthier. Personal Development Goals for Work: Be Happier and Healthier is a post from the positive psychology blog, Soon I Will Be Successful. The post Personal Development Goals for Work: Be Happier and Healthier appeared first on Soon I Will Be Successful.
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11:03 PM | Spinach could lead to alternative energy more powerful than Popeye
Spinach gave Popeye super strength, but it also holds the […]
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10:49 PM | Where does the 10% myth come from?
No one knows exactly.  A nice summary of what we do know is provided in a recent WIRED piece here. William James was thought to play a role, based on a quote from Dale Carnegie's book, How to win friends and influence people, but this may have been a misquote.  Kolb and Wishaw's classic text, Fundamentals of Human Neuropsychology suggests Flourens work in the early 1800s as a likely empirical foundation for the myth.  Flourens of course is famous for his empirical attack on […]
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10:05 PM | 6 Tricks to Feel Happy Any Time of the Day (or Night!)
Happiness is almost always possible, if you know how to look for it. Sometimes when you’re feeling sadness or grief or hopelessness, do you give up on feeling happy? Let’s try on a new habit — expecting at least tastes of happiness even in hard times. Here are 6 ways to experience happiness most any […]
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10:03 PM | How honey bees stay cool
Honey bees, especially the young, are highly sensitive to temperature […]
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