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March 27, 2015

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3:12 PM | HIV can lodge quickly in brain after infection
HIV can establish itself in the brain as soon as four months after initial infection — a finding that dampens hopes of an impending cure for a disease that afflicts […]
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1:35 PM | Andreas Lubitz: Should a Depressed Pilot Be Allowed to Fly?
As reports emerge overnight that Andreas Lubitz apparently suffered from depression and that he was having relationship problems, I have to wonder: Should a depressed pilot be allowed to fly? Should someone going through emotional turmoil and pain be in a position of responsibility for hundreds of people’s lives? And I’m not just talking about […]
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1:17 PM | Using Visualization to Cope with Body-Hating Thoughts & Other Concerns
Visualization is a valuable way to cope with our emotions. It can help us when our brains start churning out body-hating thoughts. It can help us pause and refocus. It can help us when we need a soothing break, when we’re seeking comfort. In her book The Emotionally Sensitive Person: Finding Peace When Your Emotions […]
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1:05 PM | High-Fat Diet May Disturb a Range of Thoughts And Feelings
Treat your gut well and this is why your brain will thank you. » Continue reading: High-Fat Diet May Disturb a Range of Thoughts And Feelings » Read HealthiestBlog.com, the new site from PsyBlog's author Related articles:The Diet Which Postpones Brain Aging Dementia Treated Successfully With Anti-Aging Diet The Familiar Food Which May Help Fight Alzheimer’s Disease 9 Nutrients Which Should Be In Your Diet for Good Mental Health Chronic Stress Early in Life Causes
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12:00 PM | Surviving The Essex Disaster (Part 1 of 3)
When the whaleship Essex left Nantucket on August 12, 1819, the twenty-one men on board had no idea that they would soon become part of one of the most harrowing survival tales of the 19th century. Not to mention inspiring...            Related StoriesThe Two Messiahs (Part Two of Two)The Turing Problem (Part 1)Bearing the Wounds of Christ 
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10:30 AM | Best of Our Blogs: March 27, 2015
When you come across an opportunity, do you move towards or find reasons to avoid it? We are all more powerful than we realize. But when trauma, painful criticism and repeated rejection have become the norm, we shy away from amazing opportunities out of fear. It’s the real reason why we haven’t accomplished our dreams, found […]
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10:10 AM | Why it's important that employers let staff personalise their workspaces
The sparring mitt, yellow stitches spelling "SLUGGER" casually lying on the desk. The Mathlete trophy on a high shelf. A Ganesha statue, slightly chipped. Why do people bring these kinds of personal objects into the workplace?Researchers Kris Byron and Gregory Laurence found answers by consulting 28 people in a range of jobs and workplaces. They used the "grounded theory" approach, starting with a clutch of more open-ended interviews and then pursuing the lines of inquiry that emerged, in every […]
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10:02 AM | Inflammation impairs social cognitive processing
A quote to begin: "acute inflammation can lead to decreases in the ability to accurately and reliably comprehend emotional information from others."It comes from the article published by Mona Moieni and colleagues [1] who examined a concept familiar to many people with a connection to autism either personally or professionally: Theory of Mind (ToM). Rather interestingly, Moieni et al "examined whether exposure to an experimental inflammatory challenge led to changes in ToM." […]

Moieni M, Irwin MR, Jevtic I, Breen EC & Eisenberger NI (2015). Inflammation impairs social cognitive processing: a randomized controlled trial of endotoxin., Brain, behavior, and immunity, PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25770082

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9:46 AM | Behavioural Adjustment–Conditioning Humans to Safety
Behavioural Adjustment–Conditioning Humans to Safety New Ebook by Peter Ribbe who says: I would like to credit Dr. Robert Long (Human Dymensions) With turning on the little lightbulb above my head with his books and writing’s. And the Australian Army, who gave me the methods and experience. DOWNLOAD THE EBOOK HERE: Behavioural Adjustment – Conditioning […] The post Behavioural Adjustment–Conditioning Humans to Safety appeared first on Safety Risk.
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5:18 AM | Is a trauma focus truly needed in PTSD treatment?
Last month Joris Haagen shared Part 1 of a saga around the question whether a trauma focus is truly necessary in trauma treatment. Based on a meta-analysis, Benish, Wampold and their colleagues concluded that the answer is No. Their analysis, … Continue reading →

Barlow DH, Bullis JR, Comer JS & Ametaj AA (2013). Evidence-based psychological treatments: an update and a way forward., Annual review of clinical psychology, 9 1-27. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23245338

Gerger, H., Munder, T., Gemperli, A., Nüesch, E., Trelle, S., Jüni, P. & Barth, J. (2014). Integrating fragmented evidence by network meta-analysis: relative effectiveness of psychological interventions for adults with post-traumatic stress disorder, Psychological Medicine, 44 3151-3164. DOI: 10.1017/S0033291714000853

Schnurr PP (2007). The rocks and hard places in psychotherapy outcome research., Journal of traumatic stress, 20 779-92. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17955539

Watts BV, Schnurr PP, Mayo L, Young-Xu Y, Weeks WB & Friedman MJ (2013). Meta-analysis of the efficacy of treatments for posttraumatic stress disorder., The Journal of clinical psychiatry, 74 50. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23842024

Wampold BE, Imel ZE, Laska KM, Benish S, Miller SD, Flückiger C, Del Re AC, Baardseth TP & Budge S (2010). Determining what works in the treatment of PTSD., Clinical psychology review, 30 923-33. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20638168

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4:02 AM | 10 Essential Relationship Lessons that Men Should Learn about Women
Men should know that… …being around an attractive woman can impair his cognitive ability (link). …women find humor attractive perhaps because it shows his cognitive sophistication and intelligence (link). …if they ask a woman for casual sex, she may perceive him as dangerous (link). …women were more in love actually initiated sex less often, perhaps as an invitation for seduction (link). …women are typically more picky about who they date than […]
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3:57 AM | Befriending the Body Intelligent
Last year awakened me to my life’s purpose. A series of disappointments forced me to abandon paths that had seemed interesting but were not leading to my center. More clearly than ever, I saw how biology has always guided me. Every time life has grown supportive, meaningful, and healing, it’s been because I leaned deeper […]
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2:27 AM | Telepathy, possibly?
Imagine a world where our thoughts could be instantly transmitted to machines and other people’s brains. An important application of thought transmission would be creating sophisticated neuroprosthetics for people with a variety of disorders, a goal that has sparked exciting research into connecting brains with machines, computers (BMI/BCI) and other brains (brain-to-brain interfacing, BTBI). Large-scale BTBI would […]
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1:39 AM | Relational Savoring in Long Distance Relationships: Relationship Matters 45
Anyone that’s been in a long distance relationship knows how hard it can be to be geographically separated from somebody they care about. SAGE has released a new edition of the Relationship Matters podcast (hosted by Dr. Bjarne Holmes of Champlain College) in which Dr. Jessica Borelli (Pomona College) was interviewed regarding her research on strategies for successfully manage long distance relationships (the research team also included Hanna Rasmussen also of Pomona College, Margaret […]

March 26, 2015

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11:25 PM | Stereotype lowers math performance in women, no one noticed
Originally posted on Lunatic Laboratories:Stereotypes about people can affect how we look at a person, but sometimes it causes other problems. Gender stereotypes about women’s ability in mathematics negatively impact their performance. And in a significant twist, both men…
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9:55 PM | The Healing Power of Awe
The mountains. The stars freckled across the sky. A fiery sunrise. A rich cup of coffee alongside a piece of flaky pie: These things are awesome. Though I’ve seen a million sunsets and stared at the oceans for hours, I’m still moved by their wonder and mystery, touched by their beauty, and profoundly grateful that […]
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7:37 PM | The Newest Twist in the State Regulation of Off-Label Marketing
By Zack Buck The newest chapter in the legal drama involving Johnson & Johnson, Inc. (“J&J”) and its subsidiary Janssen Pharmaceutical, Inc. (and a subsidiary previously known as Ortho-McNeil-Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc.) (“Janssen”) was written late last month. Specifically at issue … Continue reading →
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7:16 PM | Recommended video
This link has a series of interviews with prominent neuroscientists (Haggard, Smith, Koch, Greenfield, Martin, Hameroff, Theise). “Does brain make mind” is a good watch. http://www.closertotruth.com/series/does-brain-make-mind
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6:45 PM | How did the chicken cross the sea?
It may sound like the makings of a joke, but answering the question of how chickens crossed the sea may soon provide more than just a punch line. Michigan State […]
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6:44 PM | Science: Theory of the strong interaction verified
The fact that the neutron is slightly more massive than the proton is the reason why atomic nuclei have exactly those properties that make our world and ultimately our existence […]
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6:43 PM | New methods to speed simulations in computational grand challenge
Engineers at the University of California, San Diego, have developed a new family of methods to significantly increase the speed of time-resolved numerical simulations in computational grand challenge problems. Such […]
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5:55 PM | Gender Imbalance in Discussions of Best Research Practices
Over the last couple of weeks there have been some really excellent blog posts about gender representation in discussions of best research practices. The first was a shared Email correspondence between Simine Vazire and Lee Jussim. The second was a report of gender imbalance in discussions of best research practices by Alison Ledgerwood, Elizabeth Haines, and Kate Ratliff. Before then (May 2014), Sanjay Srivastava wrote about a probable diversity problem in the best practices debate. Go read […]
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4:48 PM | Thousands of atoms entangled with a single photon
Physicists from MIT and the University of Belgrade have developed a new technique that can successfully entangle 3,000 atoms using only a single photon. The results, published today in the […]
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4:47 PM | Two most destructive termite species forming superswarms in South Florida
Two of the most destructive termite species in the world — responsible for much of the $40 billion in economic loss caused by termites annually — are now swarming simultaneously […]
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4:41 PM | Common bacteria on verge of becoming antibiotic-resistant superbugs
Antibiotic resistance is poised to spread globally among bacteria frequently implicated in respiratory and urinary infections in hospital settings, according to new research at Washington University School of Medicine in […]
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3:45 PM | 9 Self-Care Strategies to Try Right Now or This Week
You have this one body. One mind. One life. You know this, of course. But you might forget sometimes, especially on the days when all you’re doing is running around, tending to other things, tending to others’ needs and putting out fires. But we don’t have to go far to take good care of our […]
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2:01 PM | Exploring Our Vulnerability
Today, I have vulnerability on the brain. That’s because yesterday I sent off my contribution to Susannah for the April Love challenge (sign up here; like everything Susannah does, it’s going to be wonderful). And it’s vulnerable. Bare bones honest. It’s scary to be that honest with others (especially people you don’t know). But it […]
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1:39 PM | 3 Inner Virtues That Come With Age Which May Surprise You
On top of wisdom, there are three inner virtues which unexpectedly come with age. » Continue reading: 3 Inner Virtues That Come With Age Which May Surprise You » Read HealthiestBlog.com, the new site from PsyBlog's author Related articles:Intelligent People Are More Inclined to Trust Others A Sense of Purpose Helps You Live Longer The Number of Children That Makes Parents Happiest Husband or Wife? The Partner Whose Happiness Matters More For The Marriage Hearing Voices: […]
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1:36 PM | Extra Dimensions Could Be Detected by the Large Hadron Collider
If you thought the discovery of the Higgs Boson was monumental, then brace yourself. The large Hadron Collider (LHC) may have stumbled upon something much bigger than that. According to a paper in the Physics Letter B, the large Hadron Collider could detect mini black holes. If this is true, … READ MORE
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1:36 PM | Bioethicist Art Caplan: Why a New Alzheimer’s Drug Isn’t A No-Brainer
A new piece by contributor Art Caplan on NBC News: Biogen, a Cambridge, Massachusetts biotech company, announced last week that early tests of their new drug aducanumab, a monoclonal antibody, had shown impressive results in treating those with early stage … Continue reading →
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