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August 29, 2014

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8:58 AM | Funding Research with Ice Buckets and Coffee Money
A world where our health depends on the fickle nature of viral fundraising risks creating more losers than winners.
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8:30 AM | The psychology of wearable computing - does Google Glass affect where people look?
Computing eyewear such as Google Glass can record information far more discreetly than a handheld camera. As a result, privacy concerns have been raised, whether in a bar or changing for the gym. Are users of this tech likely to use their new toys responsibly? Early research was promising, suggesting that the very act of recording our gaze may lead us to be extra considerate in where we look. Unfortunately a new study finds that while wearing gaze-monitoring devices may initially encourage […]
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7:52 AM | Oxytocin and autism: the hype?
Consider some excerpts from two recent papers looking at oxytocin (OXT) - the "love hormone"(!) - and the autism spectrum disorders (ASDs)...“It’s not the years, honey. It’s the mileage”"These findings indicate that dysregulated OXT biology is not uniquely associated with ASD social phenotypes as widely theorized, but instead variation in OXT biology contributes to important individual differences in human social functioning, including the severe social impairments which […]

Parker, K., Garner, J., Libove, R., Hyde, S., Hornbeak, K., Carson, D., Liao, C., Phillips, J., Hallmayer, J. & Hardan, A. & (2014). Plasma oxytocin concentrations and OXTR polymorphisms predict social impairments in children with and without autism spectrum disorder, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1402236111

Guastella AJ, Gray KM, Rinehart NJ, Alvares GA, Tonge BJ, Hickie IB, Keating CM, Cacciotti-Saija C & Einfeld SL (2014). The effects of a course of intranasal oxytocin on social behaviors in youth diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders: a randomized controlled trial., Journal of child psychology and psychiatry, and allied disciplines, PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25087908

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7:01 AM | Parasocial Relationships: I Get by with a Little Help from My (TV) Friends
Lately it seems like everywhere I turn, someone is talking about a TV show reunion. From Seinfeld to Friends, Sex and the City to 90210, the rumors circulate, even in the face of stars vigorously denying the possibility.  What would make us miss our favorite TV characters so much that, despite the stars’ protests, we still hold out hope of celebrities reviving their beloved roles? The answer may lie in our need to belong.
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1:59 AM | September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month
September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month ~ it’s not the type of awareness that gets full media coverage unless an A type celebrity dies like Robin Williams.  Even then, the coverage can be both positive and negative. Negative: dragging the old “he or she is such a coward” or “weak minded” never considering the mental […]
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1:41 AM | Instead of Being Furious, Get Curious About Your Body And Yourself
I just finished writing an article on strategies for staying curious and why curiosity is so vital to our lives. (I featured tips and insights from Ian Leslie’s fascinating new book Curious: The Desire to Know and Why Your Future Depends on It. Stay tuned for the piece on Psych Central next month.) So I […]
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12:32 AM | Are Eating Disorders Racist? And Other Questions for Kati Morton
Therapist Kati Morton answers questions on YouTube from her Tumblr readers, including "Are eating disorders racist?"

August 28, 2014

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11:32 PM | Babies may be good at remembering, and forgetting
Growth CurveNeuroscience,Human Development by Laura Sanders 7:33pm, August 28, 2014 A young baby may be capable of forming a memory of nuzzling her soft toy, but she may easily forget it, too.Damircudic/iStockphotoIn one of my earliest memories, I’m wiggling around on the kitchen floor of my childhood home. My mom had just dropped a bunch of oranges for my brother and me to bang around, […]
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10:35 PM | How a Little Space and Time Can Help Heal a Relationship Crisis
“Getting over a painful experience is much like crossing monkey bars. You have to let go at some point in order to go forward.” – C.S. Lewis When you’re in the middle of any sort of relationship crisis, the very last thing you want to do is let go. Conflict with someone you love often […]
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7:29 PM | Transformational Writing and Sparking Creative Flow
Author, professor and CEO Ocean Robbins and his father John are examples of transformational writers. Ocean recalls: “I was ten-years-old when my dad first began to write Diet for a New America. It was the first book to expose the truth about factory farms, and the link between food and our planet, to a wide […]
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6:35 PM | Soul Mates: Do They Really Exist?
Lately, I’ve perused articles regarding soul mates, and I couldn’t help but note how a soul mate may often be conceptualized as an individual’s “other half to their whole,” synchronizing with Plato’s theory. A news article on Psych Central even relayed that those who perceive their partner as their soul mate, as being part of […]
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4:27 PM | "Is politically motivated reasoning rational?" A fragment ...
From something in the works ... My goal in this paper is to survey existing evidence on the mechanisms of culturally motivated reasoning (CMR) and assess what that evidence implies about the relationship between CMR and rational decisionmaking. CMR refers to the tendency of individuals to selectively credit diverse forms of information—from logical arguments to empirical data to credibility assessments to their own sensory impressions—in patterns that reflect their cultural […]
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3:50 PM | Letter To A Former Guru, Circa 1986
A letter to my former buddhist meditation teacher (circa 1986).
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3:22 PM | Please RT: Immediate Postdoctoral Fellowship Vacancy in Behavioural Neurophysiology at Trinity College Dublin
Wellcome Trust-Funded Project focused on freely-moving recordings in vivo. Exciting, scientifically compelling and mature project, with plenty of room for development. Experience of electrophysiology/neurophysiology is essential; experience in freely-moving recordings is desirable. The ideal candidate will possess high levels of … Continue reading →
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3:00 PM | Creativity and mood: the ups and downs of bipolar disorder
They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night. –Edgar Allen Poe [1] If the emotions are sometimes so strong that one works without knowing one works, when sometimes the strokes come with a continuity and a coherence like words in a speech or a letter, […]
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2:30 PM | Turning Worry into Productive Action
Many of us worry. A lot. We worry about anything and everything — from work to the weather to money to appearance to social situations, according to Andrea Umbach, PsyD, a clinical psychologist who specializes in treating anxiety disorders at Southeast Psych in Charlotte, N.C. We also “ruminate about things that happened in the past, […]
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2:02 PM | The Irritating Reason That Overconfident People Get All The Breaks
Why does society seem to reward those who are the most overconfident? 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:People Are More Moral in the Morning Similarities in Dopamine System Between Highly Creative People and Schizophrenics The Cheerleader Effect: Why People Appear Better-Looking in Groups Do Posh People Cheat More Than the Lower Classes? Arachnophobia: Why People […]
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2:00 PM | You are Living a Great Life – YOURS
Everywhere, all around us, people are fighting. They are surviving the un-survivable. They are choosing to find that one tiny ray of hope in the hopeless. They are creating a path to make the un-workable work. They are inspiring others (like me) without even wanting, trying, or meaning to! You are too. Every time I […]
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1:38 PM | Do we live in a 2-D hologram?
New Fermilab experiment will test the nature of the universe […]
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1:35 PM | Gang life brings deep health risks for girls
Being involved in a gang poses considerable health-related risks for […]
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1:32 PM | Dispersant Lingered in Gulf Four Years after Oil Spill
Scientists from Haverford College and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution investigated […]
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1:31 PM | Scientists looking across human, fly and worm genomes find shared biology
Researchers analyzing human, fly, and worm genomes have found that […]
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1:29 PM | Error memories enable improved performance and faster learning
Researchers have long known that people learn a motor task […]
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1:20 PM | Paleontologists Describe a Possible Dinosaur Nest and Young ‘Babysitter’
Dinosaurs are often depicted as giant, frightening beasts. But every […]
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1:18 PM | Neuroscientists reverse memories’ emotional associations
Most memories have some kind of emotion associated with them: […]
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1:17 PM | Snowfall in a warmer world
Study finds big snowstorms will still occur in the Northern […]
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1:16 PM | Malaria’s Clinical Symptoms Fade on Repeat Infections
Children who repeatedly become infected with malaria often experience no […]
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1:12 PM | Experimental Drug Combo a Possible One-two Punch Against HIV
Researchers at the University of Rochester Medical Center and University […]
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12:00 PM | Envy and High Performance
Drawing from victim precipitation, social comparison, and identity theories, a recent study in the Journal of Applied Psychology develops and tests an integrative model of the victimization of high-performing employees. The researchers examine envy as an explanatory mechanism of the...            Related StoriesVideo Games ReduxCan Online Training Help Prevent Sex Assaults?Naming That Tune 
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12:00 PM | Does Envy Lead to Victimizing Top Performers?
Drawing from victim precipitation, social comparison, and identity theories, a recent study in the Journal of Applied Psychology develops and tests an integrative model of the victimization of high-performing employees. The researchers examine envy as an explanatory mechanism of the...            Related StoriesVideo Games ReduxCan Online Training Help Prevent Sex Assaults?Naming That Tune 
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