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August 18, 2014

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12:13 PM | DNA methylation involved in Alzheimer’s disease
First large-scale study using EWAS to look at brain’s chromosomal […]
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11:46 AM | 10 Ways to Prevent Alzheimer’s Disease
The big 5 lifestyle factors and more ways of preventing dementia. By 2050 there could be as many as 16 million Americans living with Alzheimer's disease, the most common form of dementia. Some of the most frequent early symptoms of Alzheimer's are short-term memory loss, getting lost and problems finding words. 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:The Vitamin Which […]
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10:45 AM | Is Counseling or Self-Help the Route for You?
Both counseling and self-help tools can be invaluable in living with mental illness. They can contribute to your recovery. Over 15 years of illness, I have experienced both. Counseling has been demanding yet deeply rewarding. Self-help has taught me to be loving toward myself and my family. But how do you know which will work […]
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8:21 AM | The simple piece of information that could dramatically increase your muscular endurance
How most of us choose to behave is shaped powerfully by the behaviour of others (or, more specifically, our perception of their behaviour). Psychologists call this the influence of "social norms", and its potency has been investigated extensively in the context of environmentally friendly behaviours like recycling, and health behaviours, such as binge drinking and frequency of exercise.What if this same psychological lever could be exploited, not to encourage people to take up more physical […]

Priebe, C. & Spink, K. (2014). Blood, sweat, and the influence of others: The effect of descriptive norms on muscular endurance and task self-efficacy, Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 15 (5) 491-497. DOI: 10.1016/j.psychsport.2014.04.012

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8:10 AM | ADHD in the prison population: a micropost
"Compared with published general population prevalence, there is a fivefold increase in prevalence of ADHD in youth prison populations (30.1%) and a 10-fold increase in adult prison populations (26.2%)"."Mianly dry" apparently @ Paul WhiteleyThat was the primary conclusion reached in the meta-analysis by Young and colleagues [1] looking at the collected peer-reviewed literature on "the variable prevalence of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in incarcerated populations".There […]

Young S, Moss D, Sedgwick O, Fridman M & Hodgkins P (2014). A meta-analysis of the prevalence of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in incarcerated populations., Psychological medicine, 1-12. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25066071

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4:01 AM | The Ethics of OKCupid’s Dating Experiment
So let’s talk about the elephant in the room. You probably have noticed some widespread media coverage about OKCupid’s “experiment” wherein, to look for patterns in dating behavior, they manipulated aspects of the site without informing users (see OKCupid’s announcement here as well as coverage here and here). This revelation comes in the wake of Facebook’s massive experiment, which attracted similar attention and criticism. Commenters have questioned […]

August 17, 2014

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11:30 PM | 5 Tips to Keep ‘Keeping Score’ from Ending Your Relationship
Why holding on to your partner’s mistakes will end up hurting you. We’ve all been there. Your partner has put you off, let you down or totally messed up so many times, you have a running tally going, and it only fuels your irritation and anger. One woman posted on Reddit a spreadsheet her husband […]
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9:00 PM | META
This blog will continue to remain inactive through the rest of the month. I just moved into San Marcos, TX and I’ll need some time to settle in before working on new blog posts. If there’s something you guys want me to write about, message me via the ASK page and I’ll get to you when I am ready. And if any of you guys live in the area, don’t hesitate to give me a tour (just don’t kidnap me). That’s all, folks.
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6:35 PM | Can a Sex Addict Also Be a Codependent?
In my 27 years working with addicts and codependents, I rarely have come across a completely healthy partner of an addict. Although addicts’ partners are unequivocally not to blame for the addiction, and most certainly not the consequences of it, they certainly carry responsibility for the shared relationship problems. The nature of shared relational responsibility […]
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2:53 PM | Why Some People Only Need Five Hours’ Sleep a Night
Study of twins explains how some people can function normally on 5 hours sleep. 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:Poor Sleep: 8 Hours With Interruptions As Bad As Only 4 Hours Sleep Deprivation: The 10 Most Profound Psychological Effects Poor Sleep Can Lead to False Memories Bad Night’s Sleep? Blame the Full Moon When You Sleep and Wake Up is Controlled by […]
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2:30 PM | Awakening to Ourselves As We Are: The Essence of Mindfulness
The renowned psychologist Carl Rogers famously said, “The curious paradox is that when I can accept myself just as I am, then I can change.” This statement is as simple as it is profound — and yet not easy to implement. Yet it embodies a principle that is a key to both psychological health and […]
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1:00 PM | A world without numbers
I have a favorite thought experiment that, for some reason, I think about a lot when I’m driving (to clarify, I’m not driving at the moment). It’s inspired by the claim that the Pirahã language, spoken by a group of people in Brazil, lacks number terms (the original paper is here). The claim is based on Pirahã speakers’ performance […]
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12:00 PM | The Judge in the Asylum (Part 2 of 2)
Continued from Part One As for Schreber himself, his mental health remained rocky even after his release. Despite a brief separation from his wife while he lived with his mother and sister, he and Sabine eventually moved into a house...            Related StoriesJane Pauley Opens Psychology ConferenceThe Psychologist and the Wolf Girl (Part 2 of 2)The Judge in the Asylum (Part 1 of 2) 
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10:45 AM | Overcoming Shame to Connect with Your True Self
Each of us experiences shame. “[I]t is part of our human condition,” writes author and therapist Darlene Lancer, LMFT, in Conquering Shame and Codependency: 8 Steps to Freeing the True You. Without good coping skills, we may feel like failures when we don’t meet our own or others’ expectations, she writes. In fact, shame can even […]
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8:21 AM | Brain scanning the deceased
I’ve got an article in The Observer about how, a little surprisingly, the dead are becoming an increasing focus for brain scanning studies. I first discussed this curious corner of neuroscience back in 2007 but a recent Neuroskeptic post reminded me of the area and I decided to check in on how it’s progressing. It […]
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3:25 AM | NEURO.tv Episode 11 – Moral decision-making and the brain, with Joshua Greene.
What experiments do psychologists use to identify the brain areas involved in moral decision-making? Do moral truths exist? We discuss with Joshua D. Greene, Professor of Psychology at Harvard University and author of Moral Tribes.

August 16, 2014

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11:32 PM | Formula of Change
A break-through begins with a pattern break. That’s it: pattern interruption restores operational freedom. Break out of the prison of pattern, Luddite of Consciousness. - related: Choice Awareness Training: Mindfulness and Logotherapy in Treatment of Addiction (Somov, P)    
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11:30 PM | Ways to Combat Insomnia
If you find yourself tossing and turning for hours, unable to go to sleep or stay asleep, you could be suffering from insomnia. Nearly 40 percent of Americans report some symptoms of insomnia in a given year. It can take a toll on one’s emotional, psychological, and physical well-being. Chronic lack of sleep not only […]
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8:54 PM | The Back-to-School Fresh Start
Dear Friends, Back-to-school time is the perfect time to start fresh routines and establish healthy habits. These are the ones parents and I have been talking about the most: First of All, Plan for Adequate Sleep: Most kids don’t get enough sleep. Students learn better, feel better and behave better when they’re properly rested. Check […]
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7:30 PM | Where’s the ‘Individual’ in the Mental Health Care Reform Discussion?
Much has been written in the last several months about national mental health care reform in response to two separate bills making their way through Congress. The most well-known is the Murphy bill introduced by U.S. Representative Timothy Murphy from Pennsylvania. Rep. Murphy is a credible expert on the topic. He has been a practicing […]
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7:08 PM | How human nature drives the success of #IceBucketChallenge
So apparently the “#IceBucketChallenge” is now a raging social phenomenon. But…why?? Psychological science offers us many insights to quell our collective annoyance and appreciate why this trend has become ubiquitous. Like many people, my Facebook newsfeed this week has been … Continue reading →
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6:01 PM | Running that Red Light? The Complex Drivers of Teenage Risk
You’ve been stuck in traffic forever and are waiting in a long lineup at a red light. The light finally turns green and you start slowly moving, only to find that the light turns yellow as soon as you approach the intersection. Do you go for it and run the yellow (or maybe red!), or […]
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2:51 PM | A Unique Way to Approach Your Inner Critic
Most of us have a mean — maybe even cruel — inner voice that says everything from “You’re too big to wear that!” to “You’re so stupid!” Understandably, we may grow to dislike — maybe even despise — this inner voice. We might dislike it because it sounds like someone who used to bully us. […]
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2:35 PM | Opposite-Sex Friendships and Romantic Relationships
When you’re romantically involved with someone, it might be considered taboo to maintain a friendship with a member of the opposite sex. It may be frowned upon to share yourself, emotionally, with said friend — to have conversations that are genuine and deep and filled with substance. I personally don’t view these opposite-sex friendships in […]
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1:56 PM | Here’s The Real Secret to Detecting Lies (And It’s Not Body Language)
Until now studies have found that people do no better than chance at detecting lies. Despite all the advice about lie detection going around, study after study has found that it is very difficult to spot when someone is lying. Previous tests involving watching videos of suspects typically find that both experts and non-experts come in at around 50/50: in other words you might as well flip a coin. Now, though, a new study... Dr Jeremy Dean is a psychologist and author of PsyBlog. His […]
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12:35 PM | Do Gut Bacteria Rule Our Minds?
In an Ecosystem within Us, Microbes Evolved to Sway Food […]
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12:34 PM | Looking for origins of Alzheimer’s disease to find a treatment
Scientists at the School of Medicine are at the forefront […]
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11:44 AM | Marriage vs. The Ph.D.
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10:39 AM | This Is What Makes Lucid Dreamers Different from Other People
The results of a new study show that people who possess the skill of lucid dreaming tend to be more insightful than others. Lucid dreaming is a state when during sleep you are aware that you are dreaming. Lucid dreamers often use different clues in their dreams to induce this … READ MORE
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10:30 AM | Psychology Around the Net: August 16, 2014
This week’s Psychology Around the Net explores suicide and depression, happiness, and finding your life’s purpose. Robin Williams Death Spotlights The Growing Risk Of Suicides Among Baby Boomers: Not only has Robin Williams’ suicide shined a spotlight on depression and how it can take hold of even those who make us happy, but also it […]
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