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October 27, 2014

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2:25 AM | Fine Tuning ” Positive Thinking” With A Plan
An important article by psychologist and author, Gabriele Oettingen appeared in the New York Times with a misleading title,“ The Problem with Positive Thinking.” Actually what Dr. Oettingen offers is an important fine-tuning of positive thinking. What she suggests based on her research is not that positive thinking is problematic, but that positive thinking about […]

October 26, 2014

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10:35 PM | 6 Ways to Convince an Addict to Get Help
Many people who struggle with alcohol or drugs have a difficult time getting better. There are many reasons why these people do not get the help they need. Here are six suggestions on how to convince a person dealing with substance abuse to get help. Family intervention. Family members and an interventionist get together with the […]
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9:37 PM | Cocoa flavanols reverse age-related memory decline
Dietary cocoa flavanols—naturally occurring bioactives found in cocoa—reversed age-related memory […]
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9:25 PM | Could Saturn’s ‘Death Star’ Moon Be Another Possible Cradle for Life?
There is a growing list of moons within our solar system, which could indeed harbor life. Although these speculations need a firm backing, they do present notable points toward the idea. Among these magnificent moons, there is one which really grabs our attention-our solar system’s “Death Star” moon, Mimas. Mimas … READ MORE
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7:00 PM | New paper: "Laws of cognition, cognition of law"
This teeny weeny paper is for a special issue of the journal Cognition. The little diagrams illustrating how one or another cognitive dynamic can be understood in relation to a simple Bayesian information-processing model are best part, I think; I am almost as obsessed with constructing these as I am with generating the multi-colored "Industrial Strength Risk Perception Measure" scatterplots.
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3:59 PM | The Hippocampus as a Cognitive Map: The Book
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3:45 PM | Secrets of Adulthood: Nothing Is More Exhausting Than the Task That’s Never Started.
Agree, disagree? For the research for my forthcoming book about habit change, Better Than Before, I asked people about the habits they most wanted to change. I found that most habits fall into the “Essential Seven“: 1. Eat and drink more healthfully (give up sugar, eat more vegetables, drink less alcohol). 2. Exercise regularly. 3. Save, spend, and earn wisely (save regularly, […]
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3:29 PM | The Top 5 Personal Fears of Americans
Here is what people are most afraid of. 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 13 Most Universal Phobias How So Many Psychopaths Manage to Reach Positions of Power Are People Born Nice or Nasty? The Personality Trait That Doubles Alzheimer’s Risk Poor Sleep Can Lead to False Memories
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2:45 PM | Self-Care Sunday: Exploring Who You’ve Been
In addition to sharing links to others’ posts on self-care (along with a few of my own) in these “Self-Care Sunday” posts, I’m also occasionally sharing a small tip or idea for taking kinder care of ourselves. Right now I’m reading Wild by Cheryl Strayed. (I know. I’m always late to the party.) In the […]
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12:52 PM | Pure Experience
“I suddenly realize that at last after more than seventy years of looking I see things as they are – what a phrase, “as they are” – and not, as in all past years, wrapped in concepts, e.g. man, woman, flowers, trees.  I see them now as islands of black and white that move, or […]
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12:00 PM | The Case of the Brooklyn Enigma (Part 2 of 2)
Continued from Part One As a test of Mollie’s supposed psychic powers, Dr. Hammond issued a challenge in the New York Sun. He would enclose a certified cheque for a large sum of money (at least $1000.00) in a single...            Related StoriesThe Case of the Brooklyn Enigma (Part One of Two)The Rumour Watchers (Part 2 of 2)Alexander the Corrector (Part Two of Two) 
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10:45 AM | Relationships: Evaluating Your Return On Investment
For nearly 20 years I have been teaching at CEO Space, an entrepreneurial training and business growth conference. Being steeped in the concept of Return on Investment as it relates to money, I can’t help but transfer that concept to the realm of relationships. Most of us start with “What is in it for me?” […]
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9:52 AM | Process driven or People driven? What’s your Focus?
Process driven or People driven? What’s your Focus? I had the privilege last weekend to be with a family grieving for one of their family members, Margaret, in ICU. I was sitting with them beside her as she fought for her life. At first I found myself being an observer. I sat back and took […] The post Process driven or People driven? What’s your Focus? appeared first on Safety Risk Blog.
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9:14 AM | Jerry won the safety award (but he didn’t do anything!)
Jerry won the safety award (but he didn’t do anything!) I was at a family gathering recently and got talking to Jerry who I hadn’t spoken with for a while. We chatted about our work and he asked whether I was still in ‘safety’. I said no, that’s not what I do anymore: (I’m Not […] The post Jerry won the safety award (but he didn’t do anything!) appeared first on Safety Risk Blog.
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1:43 AM | Fright Week: The Waking Nightmare of Lord Voldemort
Nightmares can seem very real at times, but then we wake up and realize it was all a bad dream. Now imagine having a vivid nightmare with all the reality of waking life and then... it turns out you're actually awake through it all!This happened to an 11 year old Italian boy who reported frightening auditory and visual hallucinations of Voldemort, the archenemy of Harry Potter, for three straight days. These hallucinations began after a bout of sore throat and fever (38°C).  […]

Vita MG, Batocchi AP, Dittoni S, Losurdo A, Cianfoni A, Stefanini MC, Vollono C, Della Marca G & Mariotti P (2008). Visual hallucinations and pontine demyelination in a child: possible REM dissociation?, Journal of clinical sleep medicine : JCSM : official publication of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, 4 (6) 588-90. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19110890

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October 25, 2014

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10:35 PM | Remembering the Little Things
I feel I was never able to forget anyone I’ve been with because each person has their own specific qualities. You can never replace anyone. What is lost is lost. - “Before Sunset” When relationships run their course, we cope in various ways. Some try to move forward quickly, which may result in severing ties […]
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9:32 PM | Social Psychology Challenge
Social Psychology Challenge I have a real life social psychology challenge that is causing me some grief………..its not directly related to workplace safety and risk but the principles are similar and I believe that successful strategies in this scenario would be even more effective and successful in a work environment, particularly in safety and risk. […] The post Social Psychology Challenge appeared first on Safety Risk Blog.
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7:04 PM | It’s a Safety Requirement
It’s a Safety Requirement! For some years now the UK Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has had a Safety Myth Busters Challenge Panel – their mission is to expose stories about ridiculous decisions taken, wrongly, in the name of health and safety. Visit their website. You may also like this recent article: Safety First or […] The post It’s a Safety Requirement appeared first on Safety Risk Blog.
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4:20 PM | Burned Out Bosses: How to Handle Them?
A recent article in the Washington Post asked whether your boss was making you sick. Having spent more than seven years in the legal profession, I can recount numerous examples of bad bosses, one of my favorites being the person who started swearing and got so angry that veins were popping out becau... The post Burned Out Bosses: How to Handle Them? appeared first on .
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4:18 PM | Maryland candidate posts early vote count to twitter: Why early voting is subversive to the democratic process and helps big money more than the average Joe
  The other day I was checking my twitter feed and was shocked to see a party break down of voters who have turned up to early voting at my local civic building.  After some digging around I realized that this is not someone behaving outside the rules or sharing some kind of privileged information. […]
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3:45 PM | 6 Ways to Survive Your Teen’s Eating Disorder
If you have a teen who is struggling with an eating disorder, you know it can be overwhelming, frustrating, lonely, scary, and sometimes feel like a full-time job. Your teen may be reacting angrily one day and the next day melt on the floor in tears. Eating disorders can disrupt family and work life, create […]
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2:54 PM | A Creative Way to Explore Your Emotions
All of our emotions, whether negative or positive, are welcome. We get into dicey territory when we try to avoid them or stuff them down or judge ourselves for having them (why are you upset about the world’s smallest thing?!). The best thing we can do with our emotions is to process them. The best […]
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2:29 PM | The Creative Therapy Which Reduces Depression in Young and Old Alike
Boosts to self-esteem and depression from this creative therapy, new study finds. 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:Making Music Dramatically Improves Young Children’s Behaviour Depression Alleviated By Feeling Connected to a Group 5 Classic Signs of Depression Most People Don’t Recognise This is How Much Happier Therapy Makes You Than More Money […]
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2:14 PM | Music therapy reduces depression in children and adolescents
Researchers at Queen’s University Belfast have discovered that music therapy […]
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2:13 PM | Best sex positions for women with bad backs
Newly published findings from the University of Waterloo are giving […]
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2:08 PM | Past Climate Change Caused by Ocean, Not Just Atmosphere
Most of the concerns about climate change have focused on […]
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2:06 PM | Ebola epidemic in Africa poised to explode
The Ebola virus disease epidemic already devastating swaths of West […]
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2:03 PM | Dinosaur noses enhanced smelling and cooled brain
It’s been millions of years since T. rex took its […]
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2:02 PM | Spotlighting the sun: Partial solar eclipse shows off massive sunspot
Astronomers with the National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded National Optical Astronomy […]
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1:57 PM | Let the Squirrels Worry About Snakes
The Curious Aztec takes you behind the scenes of scientific […]
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