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December 17, 2014

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7:46 PM | The most intelligent groups aren’t just a bunch of smart people
Originally posted on Quartz:It’s becoming increasingly important for businesses to think about themselves not just in terms of their productivity and efficiency, but also their intelligence. But how do you measure an organization’s intelligence? And with so many groups…
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6:45 PM | How To Divorce A Narcissist (Dr. Karyl McBride)
In Will I Ever Be Free Of You, Dr. Karyl McBride, author of the national bestseller Will I Ever Be Good Enough, has created the definitive guide to successfully handling and surviving a divorce—if you're married to a narcissist.
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4:58 PM | Hypertension medication that targets stress may help smokers quit
Smokers trying to quit often light up a cigarette to deal with stress. Now an interdisciplinary team of Yale researchers has shown that guanfacine, a medication approved for treating hypertension […]
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4:55 PM | Stay complex, my friends
The KISS concept ­– keep it simple, stupid – may work for many situations. However, when it comes to evolution, complexity appears to be key for prosperity and propagating future […]
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4:54 PM | Domestic abuse may affect children in womb
Domestic violence can affect children even before they’re born, indicates new research by Michigan State University scientists. The study is the first to link abuse of pregnant women with emotional […]
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4:45 PM | 7 Ways to Manage Mixed Emotions During the Holidays
As the holiday season is now in full swing, I can’t help but observe the swing of emotions — mine and that of those all around me. On one hand, there is the child-like delight of magical holiday lights and decorations. Regardless of a “bah hum bug” mindset, it is hard to deny the spectacular […]
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4:28 PM | Global CO2 emissions increase to new all-time record, but growth slowing
2013 saw global CO2 emissions from fossil fuel use and cement production reach a new all-time high. This was mainly due to the continuing steady increase in energy use in […]
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4:24 PM | Researchers Recipe: Cook Farm Waste into Energy
It takes some cooking, but turning farm waste into biofuels is now possible and makes economic sense, according to preliminary research from the University of Guelph. Guelph researchers are studying […]
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4:22 PM | Orphan receptor proteins deliver 2 knock-out punches to glioblastoma cells
Two related proteins exert a lethal double whammy effect against glioblastoma cells when activated with a small molecule, say researchers at Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center. The scientists say when […]
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4:17 PM | Study finds that employees who are open about religion are happier
It may be beneficial for employers to not only encourage office Christmas parties but also celebrate holidays and festivals from a variety of religions, according to a Kansas State University […]
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4:15 PM | Hugs help protect against stress and infection
Instead of an apple, could a hug-a-day keep the doctor away? According to new research from Carnegie Mellon University, that may not be that far-fetched of an idea. Led by […]
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2:44 PM | Lack of Sleep During Critical Period of Night Linked to Dementia Risk
Missing out on this kind of sleep can lead to poor memory and dementia. 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:How Just One Night’s Poor Sleep Can Hurt a Relationship The Vitamin Which May Reduce Risk of Alzheimer’s and Dementia How Cynical Personality Traits Affect Dementia Risk Bad Night’s Sleep? Blame the Full Moon Why Some People Only Need Five […]
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2:30 PM | Label It a “Game” to Get Gamification Benefits
Gamification, which refers to the use of game elements in non-game contexts, is commonly used as a way to influence the motivation of people in a variety of contexts, including consumer behavior, employee behavior, and student behavior. Much prior research on gamification has been imprecise in which particular game elements are adopted; for example, a study […]The post Label It a “Game” to Get Gamification Benefits appeared first on NeoAcademic.Related articles from […]
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2:19 PM | The roots of language
If you are not searching for something, then you are unlikely see it. That has been so with language. There was an agreement on what language was and how it came to be. Any other way of looking at things was hardly considered. But now language is seen in a different light – part of […]
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1:30 PM | Picking a New Dog is a Complex Choice
It’s not a case of ‘any puppy will do’ - the whole package counts.Photo: DragoNika / ShutterstockSurprisingly little is known about how people choose a new dog considering how popular they are. While it’s a personal choice, it has wider implications – humane societies would really like to know how to increase adoptions from shelters and decrease purchases from puppy mills. Could relocation programs, where dogs are brought in from out of town, be part of the […]

Garrison, L. & Weiss, E. (2014). What Do People Want? Factors People Consider When Acquiring Dogs, the Complexity of the Choices They Make, and Implications for Nonhuman Animal Relocation Programs, Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science, 18 (1) 57-73. DOI: 10.1080/10888705.2014.943836

Mornement, K., Coleman, G., Toukhsati, S. & Bennett, P. (2012). What Do Current and Potential Australian Dog Owners Believe about Shelter Practices and Shelter Dogs?, Anthrozoos: A Multidisciplinary Journal of The Interactions of People & Animals, 25 (4) 457-473. DOI: 10.2752/175303712X13479798785850

Siettou, C., Fraser, I. & Fraser, R. (2014). Investigating Some of the Factors That Influence “Consumer” Choice When Adopting a Shelter Dog in the United Kingdom, Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science, 17 (2) 136-147. DOI: 10.1080/10888705.2014.883924

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11:45 AM | 3 Ways to Answer Kids’ Questions about School Violence
Extreme school violence continues to be a major problem in the United States. As such, stories about school violence are frequent on news programs. No matter how much a parent may try, children may see and hear instances of school shootings. A study out of my research lab four years ago (McDonald, Leahy, et al., […]
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10:59 AM | A Review of a Review of Paul Brunton’s Book on Meditation
With a few minutes to kill before the day starts, I go to Amazon to post a review of Paul Brunton’s very excellent “Notebook 4″ on meditation (which I have recently been re-reading) … only to realize that I was there ALREADY once at that Amazon page back in 2006 when I had posted a […]
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9:48 AM | Is being a worrier a sign of intelligence?
We usually see worry as a bad thing. It feels unpleasant, like a snake coiling in the pit of your stomach. And worriers are often considered weak links in a team - negative influences who lack confidence. But of course, anxiety has a useful function. It's about anticipating and preparing for threats, and learning from past mistakes.Increasingly psychologists are recognising the strengths of anxious people. For example, there's research showing that people more prone to anxiety are quicker to […]
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9:29 AM | Folate receptor autoantibodies and (some) schizophrenia
I am the league's director, Silas Ramsbottom.Upon reading the paper published by Ramaekers and colleagues [1] talking about the use of folinic acid in cases of schizophrenia as a function of the presence of "Auto-antibodies against folate receptor alpha (FRα)", I raised a little smile. Not only because the authors suggested that there may be quite a lot more to see in this area on top of some already interesting discussions about the folate cycle and schizophrenia, but also because […]

Ramaekers VT, Thöny B, Sequeira JM, Ansseau M, Philippe P, Boemer F, Bours V & Quadros EV (2014). Folinic acid treatment for schizophrenia associated with folate receptor autoantibodies., Molecular genetics and metabolism, PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25456743

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6:26 AM | We need a CRT 2.0! And IRT should be used to develop it
I really really really like the Cognitive Reflection Test--or "CRT" (Frederick 2005). An objective performance measure of the motivation to use conscious, effortful ("System 1") information processing, CRT has been shown to be vastly superior to self-report measures like "need for cognition" ("agree or disagree-- 'thinking is not my idea of fun'; 'The notion of thinking abstractly is appealing to me' . . .") in predicting vulnerability to the various biases associated […]
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6:00 AM | All I Want for Christmas is You: The Science of Gift Giving
Each year around mid-November, business owners begin to lick their chops: the next month will arguably be their busiest and most profitable. Last year, for example, Americans spent over $52 billion during the Thanksgiving weekend alone.1 Although large portions of these purchases are surely self-indulging, people also make a lot of purchases to take care of gift shopping for the upcoming holiday season. Gift giving seems to be a biologically natural phenomenon across a range of […]
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5:00 AM | ‘Tis the Season: 5 Principles For Spending Your Money Wisely During Holiday Gift Shopping
The holiday season is full of things that will test your relationship, like navigating office holiday parties, having to be friendly with the in-laws, managing your credit card balance, and dealing with kids’ unreasonable demands. Any of these can put stress on your relationship, but perhaps the biggest relationship challenge is picking the right gift for your partner. As we’ve discussed before, there is a science to gift-giving, but fundamentally, as the giver, you must […]

December 16, 2014

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11:35 PM | Six Ways to Beat Homesickness at Christmas
It’s a Christmas thing. Even if you find yourself in the most beautiful corner of the Earth, you’ll still feel a little lonely. After all, there’s nothing like a festive season spent with one’s friends and family. Fortunately, there are some ways in which you can manage this sense of nostalgia. Here are some tips for […]
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8:54 PM | The Mystery of the Moon: Observations That Reveal Strange Things about Our Satellite
The astral body around planet Earth has baffled scientists for centuries. It has also baffled common people with its mood affecting properties. Some people doubt the facts. Why? Is there any doubt that Moon affects mood swings especially to people born under the zodiac sign of Cancer (the notorious cancerian … READ MORE
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6:58 PM | U.S., Brits update World Magnetic Model
NOAA officials announced today the World Magnetic Model (WMM), a representation of Earth’s large-scale magnetic field and an indispensable complement to GPS devices used by NATO, the United States and […]
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6:49 PM | Why largest lemurs disappeared
Ancient DNA extracted from the bones and teeth of giant lemurs that lived thousands of years ago in Madagascar may help explain why the giant lemurs went extinct. It also […]
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6:04 PM | Uncovering Happiness: Four Questions that Can Transform Your Life
When it comes to our self-critical thinking, Byron Katie has created a brilliant set of four questions to free us from our negative depressive minds. For example, if you say, “I’m such  an idiot,” we ask 1) Is it true? 2) Is it absolutely true? 3) What happens when you believe that thought? and 4) Who […]
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5:15 PM | Do caffeine’s effects differ with or without sugar?
Consuming caffeinated or sugary drinks can affect the body’s metabolism, causing changes in heart and respiratory rate and weight gain. The results of a new study exploring whether individuals respond […]
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5:11 PM | People may inherit gut bacteria causing Crohn’s, ulcerative colitis
A new study by an international team of researchers shows for the first time that people may inherit some of the intestinal bacteria that cause Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, […]
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5:07 PM | Carbon-trapping ‘sponges’ can cut greenhouse gases
In the fight against global warming, carbon capture – chemically trapping carbon dioxide before it releases into the atmosphere – is gaining momentum, but standard methods are plagued by toxicity, […]
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