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October 31, 2014

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12:01 AM | Spook Me, Please: What Psychology Tells Us About the Appeal of Halloween
By guest blogger Mathias ClasenIt’s the time of year, at least in our part of the world, when darkness encroaches on us—literally and metaphorically. The symbols and agents of darkness dominate Halloween decorations everywhere, and Halloween is growing in popularity across Europe and in the US. According to the National Retail Federation, US Halloween spending now exceeds $7 billion. In the UK, Halloween is worth about £330 million.Why is this Americanized version of the […]

October 30, 2014

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11:35 PM | 5 Tips for Changing Negative Self Beliefs
“Wisdom is nothing more than healed pain.” - Robert Gary Lee A year ago, I began to accept that I was depressed, and had been for a long time. It was scary. I broke up with my live-in boyfriend of almost three years, quit my job, and though I didn’t want to, I moved halfway […]
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9:59 PM | Stephen Hawking: Higgs Boson Could Destroy the Universe
It seems that Dr. Hawking has a lot to say about the scientific discovery of Higgs Boson. His statement that this discovery made physics more boring, has been followed by a rather ominous statement that this discovery in the wrong hands could prove fatal for the entire universe. Hawking explains … READ MORE
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6:25 PM | 5 Ways to Stop Yourself from Eating When You’re not Hungry
The fridge door is open and you’re peering inside, feeling bored, lonely or sad. But you’re not actually hungry. You know that eating what’s in front of you isn’t the answer. You know you’re just going to feel awful, if you do. But what are some things you can think, say or do to stop […]
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6:19 PM | Did you know of the many consequences of ADD in adults?
A middle one grows is usually leaving some psychopathology and childhood disorders, but Did you know of the many consequences of ADD in adults?
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4:41 PM | Analyze your zombie walk
Imagine a zombie costume.   You probably see – pale, bloody makeup, ripped clothes, dead-eyed stare. All of that preparation, however, would not be convincing if the zombie were to just move around normally. In fact “Walking Dead” special effects artist/director Greg Nicotero teaches a school on how to lumber around like a zombie for […]
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4:32 PM | ¿Qué factores pueden motivar la adicción al ejercicio?
Uno de los riesgos que puede conllevar la asistencia habitual al gimnasio es cuando la motivación por la salud se convierte en adicción al ejercicio.
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4:20 PM | The languages of business and love
I just wrote a fun piece for Virgin on the topic: Does business need a new language of love? It was an interesting topic to write on as someone who thinks about language (all day, every day…), but whose engagement with the world of business is roughly limited to occasional trips to the grocery store. The […]
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3:50 PM | The Number of Children That Makes Parents Happiest
For happiness: when you should have children and how many. 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:Why Breastfed Babies Are So Smart Spanking Children Promotes Antisocial Behaviour and Slows Mental Development Lied-to Children More Likely to Lie and Cheat Themselves The Baby Illusion: Mothers Underestimate the Height of Their Youngest Child How to Teach Children to […]
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3:23 PM | Contamination likely explains ‘food genes in blood’ claim
Laboratory contaminants likely explain the results of a recent study […]
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3:20 PM | Making lab-grown tissues stronger
Lab-grown tissues could one day provide new treatments for injuries […]
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3:20 PM | Green technology saves energy and boosts profits, productivity in factories
Switching to LED lights in factories not only saves energy, […]
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3:13 PM | Three abrupt pulses of CO2 led to ending of last ice age
A new study shows that the increase of atmospheric carbon […]
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3:12 PM | All work and no play: Study examines psychology of workaholism
Even in a culture that lionizes hard work, workaholism tends […]
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2:50 PM | The Uproar Over the New Samaritans Radar Twitter App
Ed: We invited Mark Brown (@markoneinfour) to share the perspective from the Twitterverse on a new Twitter app released yesterday by the UK charity, the Samaritans, meant to help people who express suicidal words on Twitter. We also asked the Samaritans for their response to the concerns expressed within this article, but they did not […]
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2:44 PM | Setting Self-Compassionate Boundaries
This week my friend and favorite blogger Therese Borchard wrote a powerful piece about self-compassion and setting boundaries. The whole piece is a must-read. But it’s these words that struck me, because they’re all too familiar: Only in the safe place of therapy did I discover that much of my rescuing others had more to […]
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2:00 PM | Your Body is Worth Getting to Know
I was in my late 20′s, and well into my struggles with anorexia and bulimia, before I began to perceive a tangible difference between “my body” and “me.” After so many years of casually speaking about “my body,” “my mind,” “my heart,” “my spirit,” I finally started to wonder just who the “my” was who […]
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12:00 PM | Trusting the Written Word
Children have many opportunities to learn from others through oral and written sources. Recent evidence suggests that early readers place more trust in written over oral testimony when learning names for unfamiliar objects. Across three studies recently published in the...            Related StoriesUS Foreign Aid and TerrorismChild's Murder Reveals Desperate Plight of Single Mothers in JapanGetting That Exercise Habit 
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11:38 AM | Fright Week: The Stranger in the Mirror
In the mirror we see our physical selves as we truly are, even though the image might not live up to what we want, or what we once were. But we recognize the image as “self”. In rare instances, however, this reality breaks down.In Black Swan, Natalie Portman plays Nina Sayers, a ballerina who auditions for the lead in Swan Lake. The role requires her to dance the part of the innocent White Swan (for which she is well-suited), as well as her evil twin the Black Swan — which is […]

Barnier AJ, Cox RE, Connors M, Langdon R & Coltheart M (2011). A stranger in the looking glass: developing and challenging a hypnotic mirrored-self misidentification delusion., The International journal of clinical and experimental hypnosis, 59 (1) 1-26. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21104482

Chandra SR & Issac TG (2014). Mirror image agnosia., Indian journal of psychological medicine, 36 (4) 400-3. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25336773

Connors MH & Coltheart M (2011). On the behaviour of senile dementia patients vis-à-vis the mirror: Ajuriaguerra, Strejilevitch and Tissot (1963)., Neuropsychologia, 49 (7) 1679-92. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21356221

Mendez MF, Martin RJ, Smyth KA & Whitehouse PJ (1992). Disturbances of person identification in Alzheimer's disease. A retrospective study., The Journal of nervous and mental disease, 180 (2) 94-6. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/1737981

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10:45 AM | Overcoming the Stigma of Couples Therapy
The word “therapy” carries unfortunate negative connotations in our society. Couples therapy provokes its own particular brand of stigma. Many couples keep the fact that they go to couples therapy private, out of fear of being judged by other couples, or seen as dysfunctional. Many are ashamed themselves of having to seek therapy. More still […]
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10:30 AM | The psychology of "mate poaching" - when you form a relationship by taking someone else's partner
According to one estimate, 63 per cent of men and 54 per cent of women are in their current long-term relationships because their current partner "poached" them from a previous partner. Now researchers in the US and Australia have conducted the first investigation into the fate of relationships formed this way, as compared with relationships formed by two unattached individuals.An initial study involved surveying 138 heterosexual participants (average age 20; 71 per cent were women) four times […]
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8:44 AM | Pain and adolescent Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
"We found a higher prevalence of severe pain among adolescents with CFS [Chronic Fatigue Syndrome] and lowered pain thresholds compared with HCs [healthy controls]".That was the headline generated by the study from Anette Winger and colleagues [1] (open-access) looking to describe several parameters tied into experience of pain in the context of CFS. Further: "The total sum of bodily symptoms represented a heavy burden with great functional consequences".Your hokey pokey […]

Winger, A., Kvarstein, G., Wyller, V., Sulheim, D., Fagermoen, E., Smastuen, M. & Helseth, S. (2014). Pain and pressure pain thresholds in adolescents with chronic fatigue syndrome and healthy controls: a cross-sectional study, BMJ Open, 4 (10) DOI: 10.1136/bmjopen-2014-005920

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6:30 AM | Why no brain-in-a-vat
A comment on the previous blog asked for a discussion of embodied cognition. I will try to express why I find embodied cognition a more attractive model than classic cognition. My natural approach to living things is biological – I just think that way – and if something does not make much sense from a […]
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4:01 AM | Oxytocin – The Love Hormone: Relationship Matters Podcast 37
The new season of SAGE’s “Relationship Matters” podcast has begun! Hosted by Dr. Bjarne Holmes of Champlain College, “Relationship Matters” brings you the latest from the Journal of Social and Personal Relationships. In this season’s premier, Dr. Julianne Holt-Lunstad (Brigham Young University) discusses her research on the link between relationship quality and oxytocin. Researchers have long been interested in the hormone oxytocin’s role in inducing […]
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3:50 AM | What Three Words Need to be Rehearsed to Say to a Police Officer During a Mental Health Crisis (Full Cartoon)
Link to full size cartoon strip: Mental Health Humor by Chato Stewarto-Stewart-Family-Stew-Police-FC.jpg Person Videoing one: Oh Ya, this’s on going on Youtube…he is Awesome! Person Videoing two: Is this dinner theater? Caption: Ever been out & seen something so awesome that you just had to stop and video it? #AwesomeStreetPerformer Continue: Panel One | Panel […]

October 29, 2014

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11:26 PM | Antivaxxers make The Onion. Not for the first time
Ever ripe for accidental self satire, the National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC) is at it again. As always, don't let the name fool you. Indeed, the only accurate word in the name might be "center," as one could argue that their current location is conceivably at the center of something (a maelstrom of some sort, perhaps?). But the rest? The 'national' might imply something government related or at least nationally useful. It is not. The 'vaccine' might imply something vaccine related. Only […]
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10:43 PM | yet another Python state machine (and why you might care)
TL;DR: I wrote a minimalistic state machine implementation in Python. You can find the code on GitHub. The rest of this post explains what a state machine is and why you might (or might not) care. The post is slanted towards scientists who are technically inclined but lack formal training in computer science or software […]
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10:35 PM | Can a Better Romantic Relationship Lead to Better Parenting?
Do you believe your partner should come before your kids? I read this quote recently: “The best thing a society can do for itself is to promote and support healthy couples, and the best thing partners can do for themselves, for their children, and for society is to have a healthy relationship.” - Harville Hendrix, […]
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9:16 PM | Some of the Scariest Experiments in the History of Science
If, in passing, you are faced with the light conversation of the horrors of science, you aren’t that shaken. There is a sector where the boundaries of sanity are blurred, and horrors are done in the name of research, or so proclaimed. Yes, science is the craft, while death, mutilation … READ MORE
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5:29 PM | This is Why There are So Many Defibrillators in Casinos
My brief experience in a casino was pretty typical, I'd say. Flashing lights. T...
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