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September 18, 2014

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8:50 AM | Anxiety and sensory over-responsivity linked to gut issues in autism
"The name's Lonnegan! Doyle Lonnegan!"Consider this micropost an extension of some previous discussions on this blog about how gastrointestinal (GI) issues present in cases of autism might show some connection to the presence of anxiety and sensory issues (see here). Today I'm discussing further research by Micah Mazurek and colleagues [1] which follows a previous publication by this author [2] on this topic.In the latest paper, Dr Mazurek and colleagues describe the course of abdominal pain in […]

Mazurek, M., Keefer, A., Shui, A. & Vasa, R. (2014). One-year course and predictors of abdominal pain in children with autism spectrum disorders: The role of anxiety and sensory over-responsivity, Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, 8 (11) 1508-1515. DOI: 10.1016/j.rasd.2014.07.018

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8:27 AM | Will a "knowing disbeliever" be the next President (or at least Republican nominee)?
Subjects participate anonymously in CCP studies and supply responses in a form that prevents their being identified. Still, I have to wonder whether Govr. Jindal might not have been one of the intriguing "knowing disbelievers" featured in The Measurement Problem study. According to Howard Fineman, America needs a leader to bridge the widening gulf between faith and science, and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, a devout Roman Catholic with Ivy League-level science training, thinks he can be […]
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6:52 AM | Good Vibrations: Relaxing Music & Sound Therapy In Addiction Treatment
For several years I’ve been working with an extremely effective method of helping those in recovery from addiction reduce anxiety—music and sound therapy.
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4:24 AM | 5 Ways to Happiness Through the ADHD Golden Rule
Learning about ADHD late in life has taught me a few things about how I’d like to be treated. There were many times in the past (before my diagnosis) that things might have gone more smoothly if I’d understood myself better, and what I needed from others. This got me thinking: maybe the way I’d […]

September 17, 2014

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10:35 PM | What My Cancer Scare Taught Me about Love and Dating
Sometimes it takes an extreme situation to see there is love right in front of you. Have you ever suddenly had a change of health that put a halt to your desire to date? A dramatic unexpected diagnosis can quickly change your dating goals or even obliterate them temporarily. You may need surgery or treatment […]
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10:00 PM | Verbal Overshadowing: What Can we Learn from the First APS Registered Replication Report?
Suppose you witnessed a heinous crime being committed right before your eyes. Suppose further that a few hours later, you’re being interrogated by hard-nosed detectives Olivia Benson and Odafin Tutuola. They ask you to describe the perpetrator. The next day, they call you in to the police station and present you with a lineup. Suppose the suspect is in the lineup. Will you be able to pick him out? A classic study in psychology suggest Benson and Tutuola have made a mistake by first […]
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9:56 PM | Why are ethical standards higher in science than in business and media?
Facebook manipulates user content in the name of science? Scandalous! It manipulates user content in the name of profit? No worries! Want to run a Milgram study these days? Get bashed by your local ethics committee! Want to show it on TV? No worries. Why do projects which seek knowledge have higher ethical standards than […]

Kramer AD, Guillory JE & Hancock JT (2014). Experimental evidence of massive-scale emotional contagion through social networks., Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 111 (24) 8788-90. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24889601

Milgram, S. (1963). Behavioral Study of obedience, The Journal of Abnormal and Social Psychology, 67 (4) 371-378. Other:

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8:27 PM | How to Overcome Stage Fright
An endearing short talk about how a folk singer deals with his stage fright.
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3:45 PM | Helping Children Avoid Depression
Today’s children are at a higher risk for depression than any previous generation. Almost one in 10 children will experience a major depressive episode by the time they are 14 years old, and almost one in five will experience a major depressive episode before graduating from high school. The good news is, there is apparently […]
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2:44 PM | The Healthiest Way to Deal With Memories of a Traumatic Childhood
Two-thirds of Americans report one or more adverse childhood experiences. Adults who were neglected or abused as children generally experience poorer physical health in later years. A new study, though, finds that those who... 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:Childhood Amnesia: The Age at Which Our Earliest Memories Fade Family Problems In Childhood Affect Brain […]
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2:37 PM | Survey finds benefits, risks of yoga for bipolar disorder
Newly published results from a survey of people with bipolar […]
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2:34 PM | Nanoscience makes your wine better
One sip of a perfectly poured glass of wine leads […]
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2:15 PM | The Many Factors that Trigger Depression
Depression is a debilitating, devastating illness. In Darkness Visible: A Memoir of Madness, author William Styron perfectly captures the pain of depression: “The pain is unrelenting, and what makes the condition intolerable is the foreknowledge that no remedy will come — not in a day, an hour, a month, or a minute. If there is […]
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1:30 PM | Sortable I/O Psychology Ph.D. Program Rankings
Having written my grad school series, one of the most common questions I get is, “Which graduate programs should I apply to?” As I’ve explained on this blog, that’s a complicated question. You should evaluate which schools offer what you want as a student. Unfortunately, SIOP does not make it easy to directly compare such information […]The post Sortable I/O Psychology Ph.D. Program Rankings appeared first on NeoAcademic.Related articles from NeoAcademic:How […]
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12:44 PM | Patients Waiting Too Long to See the Doctor? Try ‘Just-In-Time’ Management Methods
Using a pain clinic as a testing ground, researchers at […]
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12:42 PM | Do wearable lifestyle activity monitors really work?
Wearable electronic activity monitors hold great promise in helping people […]
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12:39 PM | Research finds each tree species has a bacterial identity
Each tree species has its own bacterial identity. That’s the […]
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12:36 PM | First Blood Test to Diagnose Depression in Adults
Test identifies nine blood markers tied to depression; predicts who […]
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12:30 PM | Does Your Cat Sniff New Food?
New research investigates which feline behaviours show that cats find food tasty. Photo: FreeBirdPhotos / ShutterstockThere are certain things we can take for granted when feeding the cat: the pitiful miaows that become increasingly strident, the anticipatory purring when you move towards the cat food, and the way the cat wraps herself around your leg as if you’re her best friend ever. But when you put the food down, is there any guarantee she will eat it? Cat food manufacturers have […]

Becques, A., Larose, C., Baron, C., Niceron, C., Feron, C. & Gouat, P. (2014). Behaviour in order to evaluate the palatability of pet food in domestic cats, Applied Animal Behaviour Science , 159 55-61. Other:

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12:00 PM | How the Media Covers Suicide: Day 2
Covering Suicide and Mental Illness is a three-day seminar for journalists sponsored by The Poynter Institute, The McCormick Specialized Reporting Institute and the Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention. Here are my thoughts on issues covered during today’s session. #suicidereporting Today we learned some really wonderful techniques on how to cover suicide. Unfortunately, they aren’t very […]
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10:45 AM | Passing it On: Parenthood & Mental Illness
“Aren’t you afraid he will get your disease?” This question was uttered by a colleague at a department picnic this past summer when I was still working as a college instructor. This colleague had known me for a few years. She had known me when I was still adamantly not going to have children. She […]
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10:29 AM | Autoimmune disease risk and eating disorders
"We were set up. The cops were waiting for us.""We observed an association between eating disorders and several autoimmune diseases with different genetic backgrounds. Our findings support the link between immune-mediated mechanisms and development of eating disorders".So said the paper by Anu Raevuori and colleagues [1] (open-access) based on an analysis of over 2300 people "treated at the Eating Disorder Unit of Helsinki University Central Hospital between 1995 and 2010" compared with […]
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8:43 AM | There's a problem with assuming the most intelligent candidates make the best employees
Workplace research through the 20th Century suggested that selecting for intelligence is the best way to identify good performers. General mental ability (GMA), a popular recruitment measure that maps closely to the colloquial meaning of "intelligence", is strongly correlated with on-the job performance, well ahead of any other single measure.This consistent finding came from studies that mostly defined job performance as carrying out the duties expected in that role. Although intuitive, this […]
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4:01 AM | For Better or for Worse: Attachment and Relationships Over the Long Haul
Quick—think of someone you know who’s in a relationship (or has been in the past). This person can be a friend, a family member, your own past or current relationship partner, or even yourself. Which one of these statements best describes something that the person you thought of might say? A) I feel comfortable depending on romantic partners. B) My desire to be very close sometimes scares people away. C) I don't feel comfortable opening up to romantic partners. These […]

September 16, 2014

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11:35 PM | Taking Care of Mothers: A Necessity, Not a Luxury
“Be still and heal.”  – Thich Nhat Hanh, Vietnamese monk How that insight could have helped me as a new mom … if I’d had even an inkling of the value of being still. No one prepared me for the unrelenting demands of motherhood. The realities of a 24/7 responsibility that left no time for […]
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9:59 PM | Aphasia and the brain: from syndromes to symptoms to computations
For the first 100 years of modern aphasia research (~since the 1860s) the focus was mainly on syndromes: motor (Broca's) aphasia, sensory (Wernicke's) aphasia, conduction aphasia, and so on.  Things changed after the Cognitive... er, make that the Information Processing Revolution (see discussion here or here) when symptoms came more into focus.  The symptom approach was an important advance and is still dominant, as the popular method, voxel-based lesion-symptom […]
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7:02 PM | The right theory of mirror neuron function. Guess who said it.
A quote on mirror neuron function.  I think it is spot on, as discussed in The Myth of Mirror Neurons.  Who said it? (It wasn't me.)One of the fundamental functions of the premotor cortex is that of retrieving appropriate motor acts in response to sensory stimuli. Evidence has been provided that action retrieval can occur in response to two-dimensional patterns, color, and size and shape of three-dimensional objects. The present data indicate that in addition to these physical […]
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6:45 PM | What is a Safety and Risk ‘Thinking Group’?
What is a Safety and Risk ‘Thinking Group’? When we take time out to critically think through, and challenge, the ‘norm’ in risk and safety, we open up our eyes, and importantly our minds, to new thinking and innovation when we use our imagination to better discern risk In my last post Some Basics on […] The post What is a Safety and Risk ‘Thinking Group’? appeared first on Safety Risk.
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6:32 PM | Introducing Hollywood Therapy
The lives behind the people who create, write, produce, direct and act on TV shows and movies can be complicated and stressful. Reputations hang in the balance with every new project, and the pressure to succeed and project a “perfect” life is intense and never-ending. What are the kinds of unique challenges such creative people […]
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6:15 PM | On Judging Ourselves And Feeling Painful Emotions
I think one reason we have an unhealthy relationship with food and ourselves — eating ’til we’re uncomfortably stuffed, restricting ourselves, hurling insults, not practicing compassionate self-care — is because of judgment. Specifically, we judge ourselves for all sorts of things. We judge our appearance. We judge our mistakes. We cling to shoulds that fuel […]
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