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July 24, 2014

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9:30 PM | Grief in children and adolescents
The plane crash in Ukraine brings up many questions related to loss and grief. How will those left behind cope with the devastating event? How can we support them? With regard to how young people cope with bereavement, Mariken Spuij’s … Continue reading →

Spuij M, Prinzie P, Dekovic M, van den Bout J & Boelen PA (2013). The effectiveness of Grief-Help, a cognitive behavioural treatment for prolonged grief in children: study protocol for a randomised controlled trial., Trials, 14 395. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24252587

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9:11 PM | Lucy’s Brain: Use it or lose it
With the Lucy movie coming out, we’ve been really curious here at NeuWrite about what marvelous new life skills Scarlett Johansson will accrue, now that she can use more than 10% of her brain. As forward-thinking neuroscientists, we’ve been speculating: what would Lucy be able to do with such incredible and unprecedented brain power? The […]
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9:02 PM | Stronger early reading skills predict higher intelligence later
A new study of identical twins has found that early […]
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8:05 PM | Positive Effects of Hallucinogenic Drugs (e.g. Psilocybin)
Psilocybin, a chemical released during the ingestion or “magic mushrooms” is most commonly associated with hippies and stoners. However, since the 90′s work has begun on psychadelic drugs such as psilocybin and there potential to be used as a tool for psychologists. Did you know th... The post Positive Effects of Hallucinogenic Drugs (e.g. Psilocybin) appeared first on .
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7:01 PM | Newly discovered gut virus lives in half the world’s population
Biologists at SDSU have found a previously unknown virus that […]
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6:50 PM | James Garner: An Important Man
When James Garner died last weekend, most of us were familiar with the lengthy, laudable entertainment career of the 86 year-old actor. It’s clear from his more than 50 films and unforgettable TV roles that Garner holds a prestigious place in the pantheon of Hollywood. But perhaps even more noteworthy is the impact Garner’s had […]
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6:02 PM | How can language reveal insecurity?
I just read an interesting Slate post by Katy Waldman on the linguistic nuances that can reveal insecurity. It was an enjoyable read, but also induced some eyebrow raising. The article is based on studies that use sentiment analysis, a natural language processing technique that aims to extract subjective information about a writer from a piece of text. Sentiment analysis […]
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6:00 PM | Using media as a stress reducer can lead to feelings of guilt and failure
It seems common practice. After a long day at work, […]
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5:30 PM | Debunking Brain Myths
Is there really such a thing as ‘right-brained’ and ‘left-brained’? Do humans only use 10% of their brains? Learn more about these and other popular brain myths: http://www.iflscience.com/brain/seven-myths-about-brain-most-people-believe
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4:58 PM | Wives with more education than their husbands no longer at increased risk of divorce
For decades, couples in which a wife had more education […]
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3:57 PM | FC Bayern Munich: Too Jewish for the Nazis
Konrad Heitkamp was taken aback by the extraordinary ordinariness present in the lobby of the Zurich hotel. In November of 1943, life in Zurich seemed unperturbed by the fact that the countries surrounding Switzerland were embroiled in one of the most devastating wars in the history of the world. Heitkamp realized that as the coach of the FC Bayern München soccer team, he was one of the privileged few who could bask in this oasis of normalcy for a few days before he would have to head back […]
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3:50 PM | Is Internet-Centrism a Religion?
On the evening of March 3 in 1514, Steven is sitting next to Friar Clay in a Nottingham pub, covering his face with his hands."I am losing the will to live", Steven sobs, "Death may be sweeter than life in this world of poverty, injustice and war.""Do not despair, my friend", Clay says, "for the printing press will change everything."*******Let us now fast-forward 500 years and re-enact this hypothetical scene with some tiny modifications.On the evening of March 3 in 2014, Steven is sitting […]
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3:45 PM | How to Use Self-Talk to Improve Performance
Do you ever talk to yourself? Although it’s not always a conscious habit, most of us practice self-talk on a daily basis, as a way of guiding, motivating or supporting ourselves. Maybe you’re heading to the store and start running through a list of all the items you need to buy. Or perhaps you’re trying […]
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3:38 PM | Can change emotions by changing the words used?
Daily emotions influence our way of thinking and acting, so that therapeutic intervention focuses on trying to change emotions.
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2:32 PM | How to achieve "operational validity"? Translation Science!
Never fails! By recklessly holding forth on a topic that is obviously more complicated than I am making it out to be, I have again provoked a reflective, informed response from someone who really knows something!  Recently I dashed off a maddeningly abstract post on the “operational validity” of empirical science communication studies. A study has “high” operational validity, I suggested, if it furnishes empirical support for a science-communication practice that […]
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2:00 PM | When Your Body Feels Like a Costume You Didn’t Choose
This month has been a month of interesting contemplations …. specifically, about the costumes we wear and how we relate to ourselves and others when those costumes look different. For instance, my brother and his wife recently added a new little one to our all-Caucasian family – a sweet, brave, chubby Chinese infant who just […]
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1:57 PM | Astronomers come up dry in search for water on exoplanets
Astronomers surprised by low H20 abundances in hot Jupiter atmospheres […]
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1:55 PM | Schizophrenia’s genetic skyline rising
Suspect common variants soar from 30 to 108 — NIH-funded […]
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1:54 PM | NASA Voyager Statement About Solar Wind Models
A paper recently published in the journal Geophysical Research Letters […]
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1:53 PM | Researchers create the first model of the DNA ‘replication fork’
Human cells make new copies of their DNA billions of […]
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1:52 PM | Crows smarter Than a First-Grader?
UCSB researcher shows that New Caledonian crows can perform as […]
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1:50 PM | Forward osmosis desalination not energy efficient
The two-step process is better suited for other applications In […]
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1:48 PM | Combination Antiretroviral Therapy Helps Treat Hepatitis C in HIV Patients
Treatment of HIV patients co-infected with the hepatitis C virus […]
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1:47 PM | New theory turns cancer on its head
A new theory of how cancer works could lead to […]
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1:45 PM | How stress hormones promote brain’s building of negative memories
When a person experiences a devastating loss or tragic event, […]
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1:44 PM | New combo material may boost computer memory
The discovery of a new material combination that could lead […]
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1:41 PM | Why the Anti-Obamacare Ads Backfired so Spectacularly
Last year America witnessed some of the most cringe inducing political advertising campaigns of all time, in which the Koch Brothers attempted to convince young Americans to boycott Obamacare. The videos showed a doctor turning into a creepy Uncle Sam waving a speculum during a gynaecological exam ...Read More
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1:32 PM | Promises: The Psychology of Making, Breaking or Exceeding Them
What our attitudes to promises reveal about a fair society.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:Rule-Breaking Teens Make More Successful Entrepreneurs Can You Get Things Done Without Making People Hate You? Making Music Dramatically Improves Young Children’s Behaviour Psychology in Brief: 5 Things We Didn’t Know Last Week (28 June 2013) 10 Current Psychology […]
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1:24 PM | July 2014: Criminals have more kids
This month, crime pays: we discover the link between criminal behaviour and reproduction, and find out why it makes sense to judge your criminal accomplices on their beauty. We also learn what a woman’s bank balance says about her attitude to promiscuity. Download the MP3New research shows that criminal offending might be part of an alternative reproductive strategy. That explains why the Godfather was the head of such a huge family, then.The articles covered in the show:Yao, S., […]
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12:00 PM | Remembering Past Lives and Creativity
Experiencing memories of past lives is anomalous in Western culture. Such experiences may signify an overinclusive cognitive style, associated with creative ability. Accordingly, are reports of past life memory (PLM) associated with creativity? Is PLM associated with measures of overinclusiveness?...            Related StoriesSacrificing Edith (Part 2 of 2)What is a Child Abuser?Caring for High-Risk Children 
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