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September 26, 2014

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1:51 PM | Dark skin turns UV rays to heat, rendering them harmless
Researchers at Lund University in Sweden and other institutions have […]
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1:44 PM | Are military investigators culturally predisposed to see "consent" in acquaintance rape cases?
This is the last (unless it isn't) installment in a series of posts on cultural cogntion and acquaintance rape. The first excerpted portions of the 2010 CCP study reported in the paper Culture, Cognition, and Consent: Who Sees What and Why in Acquaintance Rape Cases, 158 U. Penn. L. Rev. 729 (2010). The next, drawing on the findings of that study, offered some reflections on the resurgence of interest in the issue of how to define "consent" in the law generally and in university disciplinary […]
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12:49 PM | Dissecting the Agony and the Ecstasy of Win-Win Choices
Guest Post by Amitai Shenhav, Princeton University Tonight, after dinner, I will go out for ice cream at one of my favorite spots in Princeton. I will salivate in anticipation of my visit, delighting in all of the options that await me. I will carry that excitement with me as I enter the shop and examine all […]
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12:36 PM | Scientist Finds a Link Between Blood Type and Memory Problems
Predicting the future can mean saving ourselves from many misfortunes. Sometimes predicting the future can tell us what we can expect and whether or not we can change these circumstances. If the future of the human condition could be predicted, then we would have the ability to stop illnesses and … READ MORE
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12:02 PM | A Highly Valued Personality Trait That Sadly Increases The Risk of Suicide
This hidden cause of suicide might surprise you. 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:Blood Test for Suicide: Changes In One Gene Predict Suicide Risk How Cynical Personality Traits Affect Dementia Risk Higher Risk of Mental Illness for Those With Older Fathers The Vitamin Which May Reduce Risk of Alzheimer’s and Dementia OCD: The Surprising Truth
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11:51 AM | Anthropomorphic Neuroscience Driven by Researchers with Large TPJs
For immediate release — SEPTEMBER 26, 2014Research from the UCL lab of Professor Geraint Rees has proven that the recent craze for suggesting that rats have “regrets” or show “disappointment” is solely due to the size of the left temporal-parietal junction (TPJ) in the human authors of those papers (Cullen et al., 2014). This startling breakthrough was part of a larger effort to associate every known personality trait, political attitude, and individual difference […]

Cullen, H., Kanai, R., Bahrami, B. & Rees, G. (2013). Individual differences in anthropomorphic attributions and human brain structure, Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, 9 (9) 1276-1280. DOI: 10.1093/scan/nst109

Shabel, S., Proulx, C., Piriz, J. & Malinow, R. (2014). GABA/glutamate co-release controls habenula output and is modified by antidepressant treatment, Science, 345 (6203) 1494-1498. DOI: 10.1126/science.1250469

Steiner, A. & Redish, A. (2014). Behavioral and neurophysiological correlates of regret in rat decision-making on a neuroeconomic task, Nature Neuroscience, 17 (7) 995-1002. DOI: 10.1038/nn.3740

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11:29 AM | NASA Rover Drill Pulls First Taste From Mars Mountain
NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover has collected its first taste of […]
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11:28 AM | With Few Data, Arctic Carbon Models Lack Consensus
As climate change grips the Arctic, how much carbon is […]
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11:27 AM | Underwater robot for port security
Last week, at the International Conference on Intelligent Robots and […]
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11:26 AM | How to make stronger, ‘greener’ cement
Concrete is the world’s most-used construction material, and a leading […]
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11:24 AM | Paradoxical effects of anti-inflammatory steroids
A UB study has shown that high doses of steroids […]
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11:23 AM | New molecule found in space connotes life origins
Hunting from a distance of 27,000 light years, astronomers have […]
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11:21 AM | Genetic ‘instruction set’ for antibodies knocks down hepatitis C in mice
A triple-punch of antibodies both prevented hepatitis C infection and […]
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11:21 AM | Increased Knowledge of HPV Vaccines No Predictor of Higher Vaccination Rate
“Knowledge is power” is an old saying. Another cliché warns, […]
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11:18 AM | Chemists Observe Key Reaction for Producing ‘Atmosphere’s Detergent’
Earth’s atmosphere is a complicated dance of molecules. The chemical […]
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10:30 AM | Best of Our Blogs: September 26, 2014
When we are confused, we want answers. When we are lost, we so want to be found. When we are lonely, we want to fill our moments with the chatter of anything, the television, the internet, with others. When we feel empty, we want to fill the holes in our selves with food, alcohol, drugs, […]
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10:22 AM | Why you’re terrible at calculating risk
Originally posted on Quartz:It’s a typical afternoon, which means that you’re on Facebook instead of doing whatever it is you’re supposed to be doing. You notice an ad from a company you follow—say, Chevrolet—offering you a chance to win…
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9:32 AM | Schizophrenia after child and adolescent psychiatric disorders
More of a 'bring to your attention' post today, as I bring to your attention(!) the paper by Cecilie Frejstrup Maibing and colleagues [1] who concluded: "The risk of being diagnosed with schizophrenia spectrum disorders [SSD] after a child and adolescent psychiatric disorder was significantly increased particularly in the short term but also in the long-term period"."I coulda been a contender"The findings were based on an analysis of one of those very informative […]
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7:00 AM | Eye contact makes us more aware of our own bodies
If you've ever felt acutely self conscious upon making eye contact with another person, a new study may help you understand why. Matias Baltazar and his colleagues have found that making eye contact activates people's awareness of their own bodies. That feeling of self consciousness induced by mutual gaze might be based in part on the fact that your brain is suddenly more attuned to your body.The researchers presented 32 participants with a series of positive and negative images on a computer […]

Baltazar M, Hazem N, Vilarem E, Beaucousin V, Picq JL & Conty L (2014). Eye contact elicits bodily self-awareness in human adults., Cognition, 133 (1) 120-7. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25014360

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4:02 AM | Outside Looking In: Taking A Different View of Your Relationship
image source: startribune.comIt can be hard for partners to view their disagreements impartially. In a recent study, 120 married couples were tracked for over a year, during which their marital quality generally decreased.  After that year, half of the couples learned how to reappraise conflict by writing about their relationships from the viewpoint of an uninvolved, neutral third party, while the other half continued in their relationships without receiving any intervention. At the end of […]
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3:13 AM | WWPD (What Would Phil Do)?
WWPD (What Would Phil Do)?   Latest Blog By Phil La Duke – see the original post here One glance at that title and it would seem I am back in my full arrogant splendor, but I hope you will reserve judgment until you’ve read my explanation. After last week’s post, in addition to the […] The post WWPD (What Would Phil Do)? appeared first on Safety Risk.

September 25, 2014

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11:35 PM | 8 Practical Suggestions for Parents of Kids with ADHD
The school year is back upon us, and parents of kids with ADHD probably could use some support and tips. So here are some suggestions: 1. Manage your expectations. Children with ADHD have a legitimate neurological condition that impairs planning, organization, impulse control, focus, and attention. ADHD cannot be cured, but it can be managed […]
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9:33 PM | The Unfortunate Consequence of the “Whole Food” Movement
Imagine your roof has a leak that could cause damage to your home. You want to repair it but it will take a lot of effort. You believe the house would also be improved with a coat of paint, new ...
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8:15 PM | 7 Movies That Will Profoundly Change You
Ever since cinema established itself as a form of art, countless films have been created; countless superb and strong and aweworthy films. That is one of the reasons why the choices on this list were so exceptionally hard to make. But there are some films that touch us in a … READ MORE
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6:44 PM | Why we LOL
Originally posted on NeuWrite San Diego:Humor is a difficult concept to articulate. We might not always know why things are funny, but we do tend to know what kinds of things are funny. It comes in many forms, and general consensus is that things like videos of treadmill mishaps, cynical comics and corny puns are…
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6:29 PM | Why we LOL
Humor is a difficult concept to articulate. We might not always know why things are funny, but we do tend to know what kinds of things are funny. It comes in many forms, and general consensus is that things like videos of treadmill mishaps, cynical comics and corny puns are funny. Luckily, there’s a pretty large […]
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6:28 PM | How to Know if You’re Truly Resilient
If there’s a word people in the top ranks of human capital are buzzing about these days, it’s resilience. I get asked all the time what it means — followed by questions about how to get more of it. I’ve done lots (and lots) of reading and thinking and speaking about resilience. I’ve watched it […]
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6:24 PM | Are there currently any new causes of Alzheimer?
While some factors are well known are still investigating the cause of Alzheimer order to make a better diagnosis and treatment.
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5:23 PM | What to Remember When You Feel Terrible About Your Body
I think it’s key to feel our feelings — whatever the feeling that comes up. All feelings are valid. So if you’re feeling like crap about your body, then you’re feeling like crap about your body. That’s OK. It’s something to acknowledge, accept and feel — instead of beating yourself up for beating yourself up. […]
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2:30 PM | This is What Heavy Multitasking Could Be Doing To Your Brain
Multitasking may affect crucial areas of the brain's emotional and cognitive centres. 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:Are Men or Women Better at Multitasking? Heavy Drinkers Lose Memory Faster With Age Brain Changes Associated With Casual Marijuana Use Hyper-Connected: What Depression Does to Your Brain Painless Brain Stimulation Improves Mental Arithmetic in […]
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