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March 25, 2015

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2:49 PM | Beautiful leaders - undermining democracy with a pretty face. 10 March 2015
How democracy is undermined by the psychology of attractiveness: we discover why good looking candidates have an advantage come polling day, either because their beauty distracts from their extreme policies, or (if they're very lucky) because their constituents are ill.Download the MP3Participate in my research!The psychology of fail videos (women only)How do you help others? Rate me! Rate, review, or listen in iTunes or in Stitcher.Remember David Cameron's allegedly airbrushed poster from […]
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2:09 PM | 2015 Broad Institute Innovation & Intellectual Property Symposium
2015 Broad Institute Innovation & Intellectual Property Symposium Monday, April 13, 2015 – Wednesday, April 15, 2015 Broad Institute, 415 Main St., Cambridge, MA This ​symposium ​will ​bring ​together ​Broad ​scientists, ​delegates ​from ​the ​European ​and ​U.S. ​Patent ​Offices, ​and … Continue reading →
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2:00 PM | How Does Consuming Glucose Affect Your Memory?
While many people believe sugar makes kids hyperactive, this theory has long been debunked by research. However researchers are only just beginning to understand the complex relationship between glucose and learning.Read More
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1:41 PM | How To Improve Memory Five-Fold in 45 Minutes
How to improve memory with very little effort. » Continue reading: How To Improve Memory Five-Fold in 45 Minutes » Read HealthiestBlog.com, the new site from PsyBlog's author Related articles:Exercise Can Improve Long-Term Memory How to Easily Improve Your Memory Study Finds Memory Has a Fascinating Effect On Sleep Offline Learning: How The Mind Learns During Sleep Memory & Learning Boosted and Depression Prevented By Compound In These Fruits and Nuts
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1:13 PM | "You -- talking to me? Are *you* talking to *me?" Actually, no, I'm not; the data don't tell us how any individual thinks (or that your side is either "biased" or "right").
A thoughtful correspondent writes: I am a physician . . .  I was reading an article on Vox debunking the theory which states that more information makes people smarter. This article referenced your study concluding that those with the most scientific literacy and technical reasoning ability were less likely to be concerned about climate change and the safety of nuclear energy. I read the paper which shows this quite nicely. I am confused about the conclusions. I scored a perfect […]
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12:45 PM | ‘The Week in Health Law’ Podcast
By Nicolas Terry This week Erin Fuse Brown joins us to discuss Irrational Hospital Pricing, Price Transparency, the likely SGR Fix, and Non-Profit Tax Status. The Week in Health Law Podcast from Frank Pasquale and Nicolas Terry is a commuting-length discussion about some of the more thorny issues in Health Law … Continue reading →
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12:30 PM | Can Street Dogs Become Good Pets?
From free-ranging dog to new home. It sounds like a fairy-tale, but how does it work out?A recent survey by Yasemin Salgiri Demirbas (Ankara University) et al investigates how well free-roaming urban dogs fit into a family home once they are adopted. The results show the dogs adapt well to their new homes.The scientists say, “Every year in Turkey, thousands of free-ranging dogs are brought to dog shelters. These dogs are mongrel dogs with stray origins.” There is often a bias […]

Blackwell, E., Twells, C., Seawright, A. & Casey, R. (2008). The relationship between training methods and the occurrence of behavior problems, as reported by owners, in a population of domestic dogs, Journal of Veterinary Behavior: Clinical Applications and Research, 3 (5) 207-217. DOI: 10.1016/j.jveb.2007.10.008

Salgirli Demirbas, Y., Emre, B. & Kockaya, M. (2014). Integration ability of urban free-ranging dogs into adoptive families' environment, Journal of Veterinary Behavior: Clinical Applications and Research, 9 (5) 222-227. DOI: 10.1016/j.jveb.2014.04.006

Lord, L., Reider, L., Herron, M. & Graszak, K. (2008). Health and behavior problems in dogs and cats one week and one month after adoption from animal shelters, Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, 233 (11) 1715-1722. DOI: 10.2460/javma.233.11.1715

McMillan, F., Duffy, D. & Serpell, J. (2011). Mental health of dogs formerly used as ‘breeding stock’ in commercial breeding establishments, Applied Animal Behaviour Science, 135 (1-2) 86-94. DOI: 10.1016/j.applanim.2011.09.006

Sherman, B. & Mills, D. (2008). Canine Anxieties and Phobias: An Update on Separation Anxiety and Noise Aversions, Veterinary Clinics of North America: Small Animal Practice, 38 (5) 1081-1106. DOI: 10.1016/j.cvsm.2008.04.012

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12:26 PM | Full Mind, Empty Mind
Sitting by a small cave the other day and humming, I noticed that I doubled my humming effort with the help of the echo. And realized: “we have to empty ourselves so as to resonate (with What Is).” – We can be full of ourselves or we can be full of reality. Mindfulness is not […]
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10:45 AM | Why Success Sometimes Starts with Failure
Every year, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation holds a Fail Fest, where they celebrate a valuable lesson they learned while investing money into a loser organization that has absolutely bombed. According to this brilliant team, failure is chock-full of wisdom — one of the most effective way to absorb key insights — so it’s […]
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9:55 AM | Textbook coverage of this classic social psychology study has become increasingly biased
One of the pairs of cards used in Asch's1950s research. Image from Wikipedia. Like Zimbardo's prison study and Milgram's so-called "obedience experiments", the research that Solomon Asch conducted at Swarthmore College in the 1950s has acquired an almost mythical quality, being distorted and exaggerated in frequent retellings over time. Asch's studies arguably showed the power of people's independence in the face of an apparently misguided majority, and yet paradoxically they've come to be […]
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9:33 AM | Autism and depression: interlinked?
"A possible implication is that interventions aimed at either autism symptoms or symptoms of depression may improve the other."That was the intriguing statement made by Per Normann Andersen and colleagues [1] who "investigated the course of and association among changes in autism symptoms, depression symptoms and executive functions (EF) in children with high-functioning autism (HFA)." Aside from frowning a little at the mention of the concept of 'high-functioning' I assume to denote those […]

Andersen PN, Skogli EW, Hovik KT, Egeland J & Øie M (2015). Associations Among Symptoms of Autism, Symptoms of Depression and Executive Functions in Children with High-Functioning Autism: A 2 Year Follow-Up Study., Journal of autism and developmental disorders, PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25763986

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5:00 AM | NEXT WEEK (4/1): King v. Burwell and the Future of the Affordable Care Act
King v. Burwell and the Future of the Affordable Care Act April 1, 2015 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM Wasserstein Hall, Milstein East B Harvard Law School 1585 Massachusetts Avenue Cambridge, MA A full agenda is available on our website. Register here! This … Continue reading →
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4:02 AM | How Having Couple Friends Help You Feel the Love
We know that being friends with other couples increases closeness in your own relationship (link). To see if these friendships also boost feelings of love, researchers had couples engage in a “fast friends” self-disclosure task during which they answered questions such as “What is the greatest accomplishment of your life?”. Couples answered questions either alone or with another couple, and then reported feelings of passionate love (e.g., “I will love my partner […]
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4:02 AM | How Having Couple Friends Helps You Feel the Love
We know that being friends with other couples increases closeness in your own relationship (read more about this here). To see if these friendships also boost feelings of love, researchers had couples engage in a “fast friends” self-disclosure task during which they answered questions such as “What is the greatest accomplishment of your life?”. Couples answered questions either alone or with another couple, and then reported feelings of passionate love (e.g., “I […]
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3:04 AM | Pay Disparities in Nursing
By Emily Largent I’ve mentioned on this blog before that I had a past life as a nurse.  Therefore, I wanted to call attention to an important new study that has just come out in JAMA: Salary Differences Between Male and … Continue reading →

March 24, 2015

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11:00 PM | The Powerful (Happiness) Side Effects of Self-Compassion
Sometimes the most profound statements come out of children’s books. One of my favorite Dr Seuss books is Oh, The Places You’ll Go! It seems to tell the story of what it is like to be human. It brings you through all the experiences in life: the triumphs, the doubts, the confusions, the depressions, the fearful […]
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10:05 PM | Color Changing Behavior
As a part of our monthly splurge ritual, my boyfriend and I had brunch at a fantastic South Indian restaurant.   Now, to give you a little backstory, I can (really, […]
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9:40 PM | Did belief in ghosts help kick-start civilization?
In a remote highland region of south-eastern Turkey lies the remains of what is possibly the world’s old temple. Dating to 11,000 years ago, it predates even the rise of agriculture – as far as we can tell, it also predates the first complex societies. Now, not all religions are the same. Some (a minority, [Read More...]
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7:45 PM | How to Use Meditation to Cultivate Intimacy
There are three major issues facing our world today, according to Buddhist teacher Michael Stone: Climate change, economic inequality, and a crisis of intimacy. Further, it may be our intimacy issues that are preventing deep engagement with our communities and the environment. So how can we learn intimacy? Intimacy is, at its essence, a practice […]
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7:33 PM | “Open Source, Open Science” Meeting Report – March 2015
[The report below was collectively authored by participants at the Open Source, Open Science meeting, and has been cross-posted in other places.] On March 19th and 20th, the Center for Open Science hosted a small meeting in Charlottesville, VA, convened by COS and co-organized by Kaitlin Thaney (Mozilla Science Lab) and Titus Brown (UC Davis). People working […]
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6:32 PM | Astronomers Discover a Giant Underground Ocean on Jupiter’s Moon
Hubble space telescope has presented the strongest evidence yet that there is indeed an ocean underneath the surface of Ganymede, Jupiter’s largest moon.  Researchers believe this ocean may contain more saltwater in it than all the water of the oceans on the Earth’s surface. Ganymede is the largest moon in … READ MORE
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5:14 PM | Ensuring Timely Approval Of Generic Drugs
By Ameet Sarpatwari and Aaron S. Kesselheim Cross posted from Health Affairs Blog Having saved US consumers over $1.5 trillion in the past decade, generic drugs are one of the most cost-effective interventions in our entire health care system. Using generic drugs instead … Continue reading →
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2:43 PM | Brain tumor cells decimated by mitochondrial ‘smart bomb’
An experimental drug that attacks brain tumor tissue by crippling the cells’ energy source called the mitochondria has passed early tests in animal models and human tissue cultures, say Houston […]
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2:42 PM | Running barefoot may increase injury risk in older, more experienced athletes
In recent years there has been an explosion in barefoot running, as well as the purchase and use of “minimalist” running shoes that more closely resemble barefoot running by encouraging […]
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2:41 PM | Mayo Clinic study of thousands of brains reveals tau as driver of Alzheimer’s disease
By examining more than 3,600 postmortem brains, researchers at Mayo Clinic’s campuses in Jacksonville, Florida, and Rochester, Minnesota, have found that the progression of dysfunctional tau protein drives the cognitive […]
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2:41 PM | Quantum experiment verifies Einstein’s ‘spooky action at a distance’
An experiment devised in Griffith University’s Centre for Quantum Dynamics has for the first time demonstrated Albert Einstein’s original conception of “spooky action at a distance” using a single particle. […]
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2:40 PM | Child with autism improves with antibiotic; prompts new investigations into autism
John Rodakis, the parent of a child with autism was not looking to launch an international investigation into the microbiome (the collection of microorganisms that live on and in us) […]
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2:39 PM | Fat turns from diabetes foe to potential treatment
A new weapon in the war against type 2 diabetes is coming in an unexpected form: fat. Researchers have discovered a new class of potentially therapeutic lipids, called fatty-acid esters […]
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2:35 PM | 5 Tips for Being More Patient in All Areas of Your Life
Many of us have a problem with patience. That is, we lack it. We might be impatient in all areas of our lives. Or we might get impatient in certain situations. We might get impatient while waiting in line at the store, or sitting in bumper-to-bumper traffic. Or waiting for an email to arrive in […]
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2:26 PM | New MIND Diet Lowers Risk of Alzheimer’s Disease Over 50%
Even following the MIND diet 'moderately' reduced Alzheimer's disease risk by 35%. » Continue reading: New MIND Diet Lowers Risk of Alzheimer’s Disease Over 50% » Read HealthiestBlog.com, the new site from PsyBlog's author Related articles:Dementia Treated Successfully With Anti-Aging Diet Diet Tip: The Unexpected Effect of Comfort Food on Bad Moods The Personality Trait That Doubles Alzheimer’s Risk The Vitamin Which May Reduce Risk of Alzheimer’s and […]
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