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July 27, 2014

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3:45 PM | Would Your Life Be Better if You Owned More Things?
Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough. ~ Oprah Winfrey Materialists are those who have a central life focus on acquiring more things. They often relate their happiness directly to their possessions while declaring these goods as […]
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3:34 PM | Body Image Boosters From the Blogosphere 7.27.14
A positive body image goes beyond liking your looks. It encompasses taking good care of yourself and leading a fulfilling life. In this weekly series, I share some of my favorite posts from some of my favorite bloggers on this topic. Sometimes I also share relevant pieces that I’ve written elsewhere. Hope you find these […]
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1:40 PM | Poor Sleep Can Lead to False Memories
Short of sleep? Your memory could be playing serious tricks on 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:Poor Sleep: 8 Hours With Interruptions As Bad As Only 4 Hours How Just One Night’s Poor Sleep Can Hurt a Relationship Sleep Deprivation: The 10 Most Profound Psychological Effects Offline Learning: How The Mind Learns During Sleep Lying: False Denials Are Harder […]
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12:00 PM | Weeding out the Immigrants (Part One of Two)
“Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed, to me: I lift my lamp beside the golden door.” While the famous lines by...            Related StoriesSacrificing EdithThe Psychologist and the Wolf Girl (Part 2 of 2)Can Better Health Care Prevent Dementia? 
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10:45 AM | Subtle Signs You May Have Adult ADHD
ADHD may be hard to spot in adults, because everyone can exhibit many of the symptoms, said Roberto Olivardia, Ph.D, a clinical psychologist who specializes in treating ADHD. Many people forget important things, get bored easily, daydream, get restless and fidget, he said. “What is often overlooked are the extent and frequency of these occurrences,” […]
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10:21 AM | Seeing ourselves through the eyes of the machine
I’ve got an article in The Observer about how our inventions have profoundly shaped how we view ourselves because we’ve traditionally looked to technology for metaphors of human nature. We tend to think that we understand ourselves and then create technologies to take advantage of that new knowledge but it usually happens the other way […]
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4:01 AM | 4 Ways Chemistry Transformed Sex
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2:49 AM | Don’t like to go searching for gut viruses? Use a computer instead, they are much cleaner
The Neuroscience Information Framework often gets questions about what types of things can be found in the data about brains presumably because people would rather poke in brains than data. However, some of our bioinformatics colleagues from the other side of town (at SDSU) that really didn’t want to go searching though their gut contents […]
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2:22 AM | What Doesn’t Matter Matters Too
On the way home from work, at a stop sign, I noticed a pigeon walking circles around an empty bag of potato chips. Does this matter? It depends on your existential filter. A Sufi teacher, Sayad Ali Shah, once said: “You must become as aware of insignificance as you think you are of significance; do […]
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1:10 AM | Feeling Pressured To Create
One kind of pressure is feeling an intense urge to create; it is probably an inherent part of being a creative person. But other pressures can lead to stress and overwhelm, and being pulled away from the joys of creating. Annemarie Roeper (founder of the Roeper School and The Roeper Review, a professional journal on […]
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12:57 AM | Memory and Summer Math Review
  Dear Friends, Many students believe it’s best to leave their summer math review for the end of the summer; they fear that if they do the work too early they will have forgotten the material again by September. In fact, the best way to make learning stick is to work at it consistently and […]
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12:35 AM | Death in the Family: How I Found Myself After Losing My Mother
How I lost her but learned a lot about myself along the way. I would like to start this by saying that this isn’t a typical love story about a woman who wakes up one day and falls face first into self-discovery — but it comes pretty close. When I was sixteen, my mother died […]

July 26, 2014

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7:15 PM | Who Cares? People with Mental Illness Overwhelm US Justice System
Americans just don’t seem to care that we’ve moved treatment of serious mental illness from inpatient hospitals to jails. We’re the only industrialized nation to do this on the kind of massive scale that we have. Instead of getting people with serious mental illness into treatment, we’re perfectly content as a society to spend more […]
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6:34 PM | Awaiting a theory of neural weather
In a recent New York Times editorial, psychologist Gary Marcus noted that neuroscience is still awaiting a ‘bridging’ theory that elegantly connects neuroscience with psychology. This reflects a common belief in cognitive science that there is a ‘missing law’ to be discovered that will tell us how mind and brain are linked – but it […]
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3:45 PM | Mood Over Matter: How Emotions Can Affect Your Health
You’ve probably heard your share of stories like the following told by Marcelle Pick, OB/GYN, on the site “Women to Women“: A patient came in to see me describing constant heavy bleeding menorrhagia. We tried dietary changes, supplements and other purely physical approaches, with only minimal improvement. I began to probe for the emotional basis […]
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1:48 PM | Bacteria’s ability to fight obesity
A probiotic that prevents obesity could be on the horizon. […]
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1:47 PM | Anti-inflammatory drug can prevent neuron loss in Parkinson’s model
Anti-tumor necrosis factor agent can cross blood brain barrier An […]
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1:46 PM | Slow walking speed and memory complaints can predict dementia
A study involving nearly 27,000 older adults on five continents […]
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1:45 PM | Where are the whales?
When it comes to mon­i­toring the abun­dance and behav­iors of […]
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1:34 PM | Why You Should Talk To Strangers
Study asked some commuters to make an effort to speak to strangers, while others sat in solitude.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:Stop Being Socially Lazy and Start Enjoying Yourself Friends Share More Similar DNA Than Strangers Movie-and-Talk: Can This Simple Exercise Help Save a Marriage? Promises: The Psychology of Making, Breaking or Exceeding Them Why Do We Enjoy […]
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11:55 AM | Out on a limb too many
Two neuropsychologists have written a fascinating review article about the desire to amputate a perfectly healthy limb known variously as apotemnophilia, xenomelia or body integrity identity disorder The article is published in the Journal of Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment although some who have these desires would probably disagree that it is a disease or disorder […]
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10:30 AM | Psychology Around the Net: July 26, 2014
Learn how to keep a regular meditation schedule, anxiety-proof your moments, find inspiration from famous names who manage depression and more in this week’s Psychology Around the Net. Travel-Proof Your Meditation Practice This Summer: 6 Simple Steps: Keeping a regular schedule for anything is tough when you’re on the road, but these six steps might […]
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7:30 AM | Link feast
Our pick of the best psychology and neuroscience links from the past week:Getting Over ProcrastinationMaria Konnikova with an overview of some fascinating genetic research.The End of ‘Genius’"[T]he lone genius is a myth that has outlived its usefulness" writes Joshua Shenk.Do You Need a Mental Health First Aider in The Office?Mental health "first aider" Charlotte Walker explains her role.Won’t They Help?Dwyer Gunn for Aeon magazine looks at new programmes that are using […]
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2:50 AM | Non-Medication Strategies for Reducing Chronic Pain: Use and Effectiveness
About 100 million Americans suffer from chronic pain. Lasting longer than six months, such pain can be mild or excruciating, episodic or continuous, inconvenient or totally incapacitating. For too many, chronic pain is an invisible and debilitating condition. Often employers and even spouses can’t quite appreciate the impact of a migraine or the limitations imposed […]
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12:35 AM | To Pucker Up… Or Not: How Cosmetics Can Affect Your Relationships
Are you making the right makeup choices in order to find — and keep the one? As a woman, it’s no surprise to you that just about every lady has an interesting relationship with makeup. You may have a daily routine with lipstick, eyeshadow or a magic concealer that you can’t go without. You may […]

July 25, 2014

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9:16 PM | Introducing Your Best Self
While there are thousands of books and blogs on self-improvement, each person approaches the topic differently and with a different focus. Some focus on their own personal experiences that have informed their approach to improving one’s life. Others focus on tried-and-true techniques and exercises. The good news is that virtually any approach can be helpful […]
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7:53 PM | Why I can't talk: Mechanism underlying speech fluency circa 1849
From the Scientific American archives, 1849, Vol. 4, p. 174:The common fluency of speech, in many men and women, is owing to a scarcity of words, for whoever is master of language, and hath a mind full of ideas, will be apt in speaking, to hesitate upon the choice of both; whereas, common speakers have only one set of ideas, and one set of words to clothe them in, and these are always ready; so people come faster out of church when it is nearly empty, than when a crowd is at the door. […]
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6:17 PM | Creativity and Mental Illness
At one point or another, most of us have heard the stereotype of the mad genius or the creative genius who suffers from mental illness(es). Think about of historically famous or influential painters and writers who had unstable lives—some went as far as committing suicide. The problem? This is only anecdotal evidence. It doesn’t really give us data that is reliable and objective. But what do the studies say? Contrary to what this image claims, the link between creativity and mental […]
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6:12 PM | Ted Stanley Donates $650 Million to Psychiatric Research
Wow. Just wow. Nobody has ever donated so much money dedicated to better understanding the foundations of mental illness. The gift, announced earlier this week, is being made by Ted Stanley to his Stanley Center for Psychiatric Research at the Broad Institute to support its ongoing — and new — research into the genetic and […]
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5:08 PM | The Amazing Festival of Curiousity
The Festival of Curiosity is just super! Public engagement and public enthusiasm for science on a grand scale. @smomara1 awesome @festofcuriosity who knew you could stop yourself from gagging… And sneezing— Lynn Scarff (@lscarff) July 24, 2014 Have a blast @joeboating @shanedbergin … Continue reading →
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