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April 18, 2014

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1:00 PM | When Evidence Backfires
Don't read this blog post. Definitely don't read it to the end. Didn't I tell you not to read this blog post? You're still doing it... We can laugh at our inherent ability to be contrary, but unfortunately something similar can happen when we give a human being scientific evidence that debunks ...Read More
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12:28 PM | Want to improve climate-science communication (I mean really, seriously)? Stop telling just-so stories & conducting "messaging" experiments on MTurk workers & female NYU undergraduates & use genuine evidence-based methods in field settings instead
From Kahan, D., "Making Climate Science Communication Evidence-based—All the Way Down," in Culture, Politics and Climate Change, eds. M. Boykoff & D. Crow, pp. 203-21. (Routledge Press, 2014): a. Methods. In my view, both making use of and enlarging our knowledge of climate science communication requires making a transition from lab models to field experiments. The research that I adverted to on strategies for counteracting motivated reasoning consist of simplified and stylized […]
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11:40 AM | Indie reports on surprising structure of artists’ brains
Artists brains are ‘structurally different’ according to The Independent, who report on a small, thought-provoking but as yet quite preliminary study. The image used to illustrate the article (the one on the right) is described as showing “more grey and white matter in artists’ brains connected to visual imagination and fine motor control”. This could […]
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11:25 AM | Presentación del libro “Psicohigiene. El cuidado de uno mismo y de los demás”
Entrevista a D. Javier Urra quien nos devela los secretos de su último libro sobre salud mental titulado "Psicohigiene. El cuidado de uno mismo y de los demás" Aquí únicamente se muestra el resumen, para leer la entrada entera pulsa sobre el título.
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11:04 AM | PhD Studentship
Originally posted on Reasoning and Imagination Lab:PhD Studentship in Moral Reasoning A PhD studentship is available to carry out research on cognitive processes in moral judgments supervised by Ruth Byrne. The PhD studentship is funded from a grant awarded…
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10:59 AM | Rethink Perfection
Perfection is not an achievement but a baseline, not the fruit of being we reach for, but the very ground of being we stand on. Rethink “what is” to rethink perfection: all that can be… is. More: Hunting Unicorns A Vibe of Ordinary Perfection 7 Habits of Existentially Vibrant Living Cutting the Costs of Perfectionism […]
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10:30 AM | Best of Our Blogs: April 18, 2014
When your heart sinks from disappointment, rejection, or loss, how do you cope? Do you get engulfed in it falling into a pool of despair? Do you see it as a single moment or an example of more dark ones to come? Is it possible that your latest challenge has a deeper purpose? Could there […]
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7:15 AM | Water’s Psychological Benefits
“All of us have in our veins the exact same percentage of salt in our blood that exists in the ocean, and, therefore, we have salt in our blood, in our sweat, in our tears. We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea — whether it is to sail […]
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5:07 AM | Post-Publication Peer Review, Systemic Changes to Biomedical Research, NIH R01A7s, and Social Media
My, that title sure is a mouthful, isn’t it? That's because in the span of a few short days, we’ve seen the following:(1) An invited review in Neuron on the role of blogs, Twitter, Facebook, and online forums such as PubPeer, PubMed Commons, and journal comments in shaping discussions about published research papers.(2) A commentary in PNAS about the sad structural state of biomedical research in the U.S. and  suggestions for change.(3) A MAJOR revision in how NIH (National […]
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4:15 AM | (Sample) Size Matters
Sample Size MattersOn this blog and others, on twitter (@mwkraus), at conferences, and in the halls of the psychology building at the University of Illinois, I have engaged in a wealth of important discussions about improving research methods in social-personality psychology. Many prominent psychologists have offered several helpful suggestions in this regard (here, here, here, and here).Among the many suggestions for building a better psychological science, perhaps the simplest and most […]
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4:01 AM | Moving Together: A Sign of Relationship Chemistry
Most relationships start out as a meeting between people who don’t know each other well (if at all). But what determines whether an interaction with a stranger will evolve into a friendship, a marriage, or nothing at all? When thinking about what predicts initial liking toward someone new, concepts like social status, attraction, and perceived similarity often come to mind. But subtle nonverbal behavior can also be important for planting seeds of rapport – seeds that can […]

April 17, 2014

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9:07 PM | Choose One Of These 11 Insights And Make Your Life Better
“When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves.”
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8:35 PM | Eat Your Broccoli—Choline in the Brain
There have been many studies investigating the ways that the brain develops and which supplements play essential roles in helping the brain grow and function at maximum capacity. One such nutrient is choline. Choline is a precursor to the neurotransmitter acetylcholine, which is important in memory and cognitive function in the brain. For this reason […]
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6:15 PM | Finding the Right Kind of Mental Health Support at the Right Time
Our society has come a long way in terms of open dialogue about mental health and wellness. What used to be swept under the rug, looked down upon and ostracized is now discussed freely and holistically. However, too many Americans still have a foggy notion of available mental and physical wellness options. When most think […]
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5:41 PM | Experimenting with Self-Compassion
One of the hardest things about building a healthier relationship with ourselves is changing our inner dialogue. The inner critic can just be so darn loud. For instance, when we even think about being nicer to ourselves, the nastiness starts. Why do you think you deserve this? You still haven’t lost the weight. Who are […]
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5:22 PM | Neurons in the Brain Tune into Different Frequencies for Different Spatial Memory Tasks
Your brain transmits information about your current location and memories […]
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3:15 PM | Classifying Cognitive Style Across Disciplines
Educators have tried to boost learning by focusing on differences […]
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3:10 PM | A cross-section of the universe
An image of a galaxy cluster taken by the NASA/ESA […]
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3:05 PM | In sex-reversed cave insects, females have the penises
Researchers reporting in the Cell Press journal Current Biology on April 17 […]
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3:00 PM | Numbers in the brain
If you look around, number quantities are inescapable: our culture is based on precisely measuring time, distance, and quantities. However, even creatures that aren’t exposed to sophisticated human number systems are inevitably exposed to quantities of things. Animals in the wild come into contact with varying quantities of other animals and of their food, and […]
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2:58 PM | Wireless power transfer achieved at 5-meter distance
The way electronic devices receive their power has changed tremendously […]
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2:56 PM | Newlyweds, be careful what you wish for
A statistical analysis of the gift “fulfillments” at several hundred […]
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2:55 PM | New evidence of suicide epidemic among India’s marginalised farmers
Latest statistical research finds strong causal links between areas with […]
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2:00 PM | Is It Good For Kids To Have A Pet?
People overwhelmingly believe that having pets is overall a good thing for children. Indeed, a 2003 paper by developmental psychologist Gail F. Melson reports that most parents say that they acquired... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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2:00 PM | Is It Good For Kids To Have A Pet?
People overwhelmingly believe that having pets is overall a good thing for children. Indeed, a 2003 paper by developmental psychologist Gail F. Melson reports that most parents say that they acquired... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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2:00 PM | What I (Really) Learned from Taking Defensive Driving
Recently I may or may not have turned left in a bus-only lane. When this allegedly occurred, I was blissfully unaware….as I had been for the past approximately seven prior months’ worth of turning left at that very same corner. I was genuinely mystified when I parked, looked in my rearview mirror, and saw flashing […]
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1:58 PM | NASA: Vitamin B3 Might Have Been Made in Space, Delivered by Meteorites
Ancient Earth might have had an extraterrestrial supply of vitamin […]
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1:54 PM | Radiation therapy for cervical cancer increases risk for colorectal cancer
Researchers at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston […]
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1:53 PM | Close to truth
I have been thinking about induction and deduction. I was taught that I could prove something was true with deduction but not with induction. A logical argument gives truth with a capital T. But for years I have not accepted this way to thinking. All the logical argument gives is a relationship. If the axioms […]
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1:52 PM | Neighborhood cops: Some immune cells defend just 1 organ
Scientists have uncovered a new way the immune system may […]
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