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January 28, 2015

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2:42 PM | The Personality Factor That Makes Some Violent Criminals So Dangerous
Why psychopathic violent criminals are more likely than other violent criminals to offend again. Dr Jeremy Dean is a psychologist and author of PsyBlog. His latest book is "Making Habits, Breaking Habits: How to Make Changes That Stick" Advertisement6 Foods That Fight Belly Fat Brought On By Yo-Yo Dieting. Related articles:Which Professions Have The Most Psychopaths? This Social Media Behaviour Points To Personality Issues How So Many Psychopaths Manage to Reach Positions of Power […]
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2:30 PM | How to Gamify Your Teaching: The Processes of Gamification
When any new technology is introduced purported to “revolutionize teaching,” people tend to get skeptical. Teaching has been the target of revolution many times, yet the best teaching now tends to resemble the best teaching millennia ago, at least at its core. Gamification is one of the more recent approaches, right there alongside MOOCs, tablets, […]The post How to Gamify Your Teaching: The Processes of Gamification appeared first on NeoAcademic.Related articles from […]
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2:00 PM | Tomorrow (1/29): A “Natural” Experiment: Consumer Confusion and Food Claims, a lecture by Efthimios Parasidis
A “Natural” Experiment: Consumer Confusion and Food Claims, a lecture by Efthimios Parasidis Thursday, January 29, 2015, 12: 00 PM Wasserstein Hall, Milstein West B                               Harvard … Continue reading →
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1:30 PM | How Can We Improve Working Dog Programs?
A new paper suggests ways to develop the welfare and performance of working canines.A search-and-rescue dog takes part in a training exerciseHave you ever stopped to think about the amazing variety of jobs that dogs do: herding sheep, chasing criminals, sniffing out cancer, assisting people with disabilities, supporting the military in the field, detecting explosives or narcotics, visiting sick people in hospital, pulling sleds, search and rescue, and so on. They bring a wide variety of […]
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11:45 AM | Do You Wish You Spent Less Time Watching ‘Potato-Chip News’?
I just read Stephen Grosz’s The Examined Life: How We Lose Ourselves and Find Ourselves. It’s a series of essays by a practicing psychotherapist about some of his observations about human nature. In his discussion of one patient’s experiences, Grosz observes, “There are various ways to circumvent depressed, anxious feelings… It’s not uncommon to use […]
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10:53 AM | Was New York Shut Down by Safety Spuds?
Was New York Shut Down by Safety Spuds? How’s the discourse, by-products and trade-offs!   On 26th January 2015, The US National Weather Service (NWS) predicted that a “potentially historic blizzard”, possibly “the worst ever”, would strike the north eastern states. New York reacted by shutting down their subway system and declaring a travel ban […] The post Was New York Shut Down by Safety Spuds? appeared first on Safety Risk.
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10:03 AM | Urinary histidine as a marker of 'dioxin-induced' neurodevelopmental issues?
The paper by Muneko Nishijo and colleagues [1] (open-access) caught my eye recently and their continuing investigations into the potential effects of perinatal dioxin exposure on offspring neurodevelopmental outcomes. For a bit of background on this initiative based in Vietnam, I would refer readers to a previous post on this blog (see here).Your weakness is copper? Y-you're kidding right?In case you can't be bothered to follow that previous link, the idea was that exposure to TCDD […]
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9:50 AM | A face that could get away with anything
First impressions lead to a multitude of assumptions, and trustworthiness is one of them: faces with v-shaped eyebrows and frowning mouths are consistently judged as less trustworthy than others with ^-shaped brows and mouths with upturned corners (this may be related to the former betraying a hidden anger and the latter having positive undertones). Now a study by Brian Holtz suggests that a person's looks can colour perceptions, not only of how trustworthy their character […]
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7:57 AM | This Blog Is Brought to You by the Number 9 and the Letter K
The Neurocritic (the blog) began 9 years ago today.I've enjoyed the journey immensely and look forward to the years to come, by Nodes of Ranvier (the band — not the myelin sheath gaps).Node of RanvierAnd now a word from our sponsors,  Episode 3979 of Sesame Street...The Number 9The Letter kThank you for watching! (and reading).
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5:52 AM | Did Scientology Make Tom Cruise Ditch Nicole Kidman?
It’s been a long time since Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman divorced but, back in 2001, the split was so sudden, shocking and mysterious that it’s understandable that people are still curious. Recently, more details have begun to emerge and, if any of it is true, it’s very sad and confusing. Marie Claire published a […]
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5:03 AM | The Sense(s) of Attraction
According to a survey by the National Retail Federation, Americans spend upwards of $10 billion on for Valentine’s Day. And in true Valentine’s Day fashion, most of the adults surveyed were expecting to purchase candy, flowers, and/or a nice evening out for their partners. If you are one of those who celebrate Valentine’s Day, you might be thinking that these behaviors sound pretty familiar. The smell of roses and cologne will fill the air. Succulent wine and chocolate will […]
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2:30 AM | How “Natural” Is A Cloned Cow...Or A Cloned Dog?
How natural is a cloned cow or a chihuahua or a dolphin at Sea World? Is an outdoor cat more natural than an indoor cat? We developed a scale to measure perceptions of the "naturalness" of different animals. As you can see from this graph, our results were surprising.
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12:46 AM | 220-Year-Old Time Capsule Reveals Pieces of American History
Until we are face to face with the past, we forget the importance of historical facts and discoveries. We live for the present and hope for things in the future, but without history, we couldn’t possibly understand any of these things. In fact, we learn how to make decisions based … READ MORE
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12:45 AM | How One Woman Reclaimed Stability During Postpartum Depression
One minute I was fine, the next a raging lunatic. Nothing ever prepares you for motherhood. Nothing. I read the books, made my birth plan, chose a playlist for my delivery and yet I was still totally naive and ignorant when the baby actually came nine months later. I was particularly wary about having postpartum […]

January 27, 2015

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10:02 PM | Dog disease in lions spread by multiple species
Canine distemper, a viral disease that’s been infecting the famed lions of Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park, appears to be spread by multiple animal species, according to a study published by […]
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10:01 PM | Early Mesoamericans affected by climate change
Scientists have reconstructed the past climate for the region around Cantona, a large fortified city in highland Mexico, and found the population drastically declined in the past, at least in […]
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9:59 PM | Researchers identify brain circuit that regulates thirst
Howard Hughes Medical Institute scientists have identified a circuit in the brains of mice that regulates thirst. When a subset of cells in the circuit is switched on, mice immediately […]
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9:09 PM | Wealth and enlightenment in the Ancient World
The period between the 5th and the 3rd century BCE was a fertile time for the world’s religions. In India, Buddhism and Jainism began to take hold. In China, Confucianism and Daoism likewise attracted mass appeal. And Europe saw the golden age of Greek philosophy. What these movements have in common is that they all [Read More...]
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7:45 PM | A Brief History of Humor’s Power and Danger
An understanding of the power and concomitant danger of humor has never been as necessary as it is today. Humor was the impetus for the brutal slaying of 12 employees of French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo, and for threats of violence from North Korea over the release of the U.S. comedy movie “The Interview,” but […]
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6:27 PM | Death Spirals…to the Rescue!
We’ve heard a lot about “death spirals” and how they could stand in the way of the Affordable Care Act’s goal of a functioning individual health insurance marketplace.  Seth Chandler has an interesting blog devoted to the subject, “ACA Death … Continue reading →
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6:22 PM | Things smell good for a reason
Fruit flies use olfactory cues to detect healthy antioxidants in their food Antioxidants are natural food ingredients that protect cells from harmful influences. Their main task is to neutralize so-called […]
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6:21 PM | Link between parental time pressure, mental health problems among children
A doctor’s thesis at Sahlgrenska Academy has found that children whose parents experience time pressure are more likely to have mental health problems. Mental health problems among children and adolescents […]
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6:20 PM | Using stem cells to grow new hair
In a new study from Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute (Sanford-Burnham), researchers have used human pluripotent stem cells to generate new hair. The study represents the first step toward the development […]
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6:19 PM | Retreat of multiculturalism ‘is a myth’
Perceptions of a decline in multiculturalism as a means of integrating ethnic minorities are unfounded, research led at the University of Strathclyde has found. The study, comparing citizenship programs in […]
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6:18 PM | How creative are you? Depends where you’re from
With the “creative class” on the rise, many businesses are trying to capitalize on imagination and innovation. But when it comes to creative juices, some societies have a faster flow […]
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6:18 PM | Easter Island mystery
A UCSB geographer teams up with archaeologists to clarify factors that contributed to the demise of early Rapa Nui society Long before the Europeans arrived on Easter Island in 1722, […]
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6:00 PM | Valentine’s Day Gifts: Pleasure or Obligation?
image source: askmen.comDo you enjoy giving Valentine’s Day gifts? Or is it an unpleasant obligation? Your feelings about giving presents depends on your attachment style. Across two studies, secure people reported that giving gifts to partners was more pleasurable and not done out of obligation. Conversely, people high in avoidance experienced less pleasure, whereas those high in anxiety felt more obligated to give gifts, possibly because they feared losing their partners when their […]
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3:54 PM | Interview with Ignacio Abaitua Borda on Rare Diseases
interview with D. Ignacio Abaitua Borda, Head of Department, Institute of Rare Diseases Research, who talks about the reality in Spain for Rare Diseases. El artículo original está en Interview with Ignacio Abaitua Borda on Rare Diseases
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3:12 PM | Neurosignaling for the Masses? What I Think About Thync
Thync is a new consumer device and app that hopes to help the average person better control their emotional energy state. The company claims the device allows a user to choose between two mood states: more energized and focused (for increasing attention), or more relaxed and calm (for decreasing stress). The current version of the […]
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2:37 PM | 4 Very Common Medicines Newly Linked to Irreversible Dementia Risk
The non-prescription drugs which new study links to dementia risk. Dr Jeremy Dean is a psychologist and author of PsyBlog. His latest book is "Making Habits, Breaking Habits: How to Make Changes That Stick" Advertisement6 Foods That Fight Belly Fat Brought On By Yo-Yo Dieting. Related articles:The Vitamin Which May Reduce Risk of Alzheimer’s and Dementia Lack of Sleep During Critical Period of Night Linked to Dementia Risk How Cynical Personality Traits Affect Dementia Risk 5 […]
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