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July 18, 2014

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10:47 AM | Ultrafine particulate matter air pollution, mice and autism
Reading the headline "Study links air pollution to autism, schizophrenia" in a media piece about the study by Joshua Allen and colleagues* (open-access here) made me want to delve a little more into this research. I've talked before about air pollution and autism (see here) on this blog. Although a healthy degree of scepticism is to be expected with any autism correlation, particularly when it comes to something as generalised as air pollution (or pesticide exposure) there is a growing […]
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10:30 AM | Best of Our Blogs: July 18, 2014
There is a great deficit in our country. But it doesn’t have to do with money. It has everything to do with love. It is the real reason why we’re unhappy, why our partners can never do anything right, and why our kids/parents are never good enough. Underneath our fancy clothes, impressive cars and perfect […]
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8:42 AM | Students say men are more attractive when they take risks, but only risks relevant to our hunter-gatherer ancestors
A willingness to take risks enhances men's sex appeal. This much we know from past research. What's not clear, is whether this is because of cultural beliefs about traditional gender roles, or if it's an evolutionary hang-over (or perhaps both). John Petraitis and his colleagues have put these two explanations to the test by drawing a distinction between risk-taking behaviours that reflect the challenges faced by our ancestors, and contemporary risks based around modern technology.Over […]
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7:06 AM | Book Review: Visual Experience: Sensation, Cognition and Constancy
Mankind has always been interested in the way people perceive the world and this has become one of its main concerns reflected in the fact that early explanations for visual perception date back to ancient Greece. Studies of visual perception were pursued merely in the field of philosophy until the 20th century, when psychologists, and […]
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6:51 AM | Cross-cultural variation in men’s preference for sexual dimorphism in women’s faces
Both attractiveness judgements and mate preferences vary considerably cross-culturally. We investigated whether men’s preference for femininity in women’s faces varies between 28 countries with diverse health conditions by analysing responses of 1972 heterosexual participants. Although men in all countries preferred feminized over masculinized female faces, we found substantial differences between countries in the magnitude of […]
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4:01 AM | What’s Love Got to Do with Weight Loss?
It's time for a snack and you're wondering what to eat, preferably something healthy as you're trying to stay fit. There may be a simple solution; research demonstrates that the simple act of looking at a friendship-based love symbol, such as a heart, can sway your appetite toward a healthy craving (e.g. an apple). Whereas looking at a sexual-based love symbol, such as a picture of a kiss mark, could lead you to giving into the Snickers bar you’ve been thinking about. As such, […]

July 17, 2014

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10:35 PM | The Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Police
Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (MBSR) was first presented 36 years ago by Jon Kabat-Zinn in the Pain Clinic of the University of Massachusetts Medical Center. Since then, tens of thousands of patients have benefited from mindfulness training by taking classes that adhere to, and classes that are similar to, the MBSR program. Today, variants of the […]
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10:33 PM | “Out of Sight, Out of Mind” Psychology
Out of sight, out of mind. It's not just a catchy phrase - it's a principle in psychology known as priming. Our environment shapes our thoughts and behavior. “Out of Sight, Out of Mind” Psychology is a post from the positive psychology blog, Soon I Will Be Successful. The post “Out of Sight, Out of Mind” Psychology appeared first on Soon I Will Be Successful.
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9:42 PM | The Lion Cries Tonight? Emotions and the Animal Brain (Part 1)
“Even insects express anger, terror, jealousy and love, by their stridulation.”— Charles Darwin (1) Of philosophers who study ethics, 60% rate meat-eating on the ‘immoral’ side of a value scale (compared to 19% of the general population; 2). Such a large discrepancy in beliefs between ethicists and the general population intrigued me. What are the […]
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9:25 PM | Towards a scientifically unified therapy
Today’s edition of Nature has an excellent article on the need to apply cognitive science to understanding how psychological therapies work. Psychological therapies are often called ‘talking treatments’ but this is often a misleading name. Talking is essential, but it’s not where most of the change happens. Like seeing a personal trainer in the gym, […]
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8:28 PM | Indian Archaeologists Found 10,000-year-old Rock Paintings Depicting Aliens
The assumption that people in ancient times may have had contacts with alien visitors seems to have found another evidence. Indian researchers discovered petroglyphs (images carved on rocks) which depict humanoids with obscure faces and a spaceship, and are estimated to be about 10,000 years old. The archaeological finding was … READ MORE
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6:36 PM | 25 More Statements for Speaking Kindly to Ourselves
On Tuesday I shared 25 compassionate statements we can say to ourselves, inspired by Joyce’s beautiful post. Today, I’m sharing 25 more statements. As I wrote in my other post, when speaking these statements to yourself, try to use a gentle, soft, caring voice, as though you are speaking to a child or the person […]
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3:00 PM | I want to major in psychology, any advice?
Recognize that you will spend tens of thousands of dollars to attain a piece of paper that offers little validation in terms of your abilities to actually demonstrate an awareness of the human psyche.  The best way to educate yourself in regards to the depths of the human psyche is through direct experience with other human beings, no textbook can replace first hand observations of man interacting with his circumstances, as well as recognizing certain innate compulsions through self […]
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2:10 PM | "Lucy" is Wrong; We Use Way More Than 10% of Our Brains
"It is estimated most human beings only use ten percent of their brain's capacit...
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2:09 PM | Mental health recovery
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2:00 PM | What I Have in Common with the Dallas Buyers Club
Recently I finally got to watch “The Dallas Buyers Club,” starring two of my fav actors – Matthew McConaughey and Jennifer Garner. First of all (and just for the record), Matthew McConaughey will always be hot. Not quite as hot as STING, but still quite hot. Second of all – oh. my. goodness. what an […]
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1:15 PM | Playing Games Increases Brain Size
Could playing games -- both traditional and video games -- help protect against Alzheimer's disease?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:Could Playing Immoral Video Games Promote Good Behaviour in The Real World? Brain Changes Associated With Casual Marijuana Use Musical Training Increases Executive Brain Function in Children and Adults High Blood Sugar Levels Linked to […]
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12:03 PM | The Ego-Self: Identification, Information, Impermanence
Ego is not an anatomical structure. It’s not something that you will see on an X-ray. Ego is an informational structure. That’s what the term ego actually means: it is a Latinized translation of “das Ich,” which is German for “the I.” “The I” is “the information” that you have about you. The ego-based view […]
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12:00 PM | What is a Child Abuser?
A study published in Psychology of Popular Media Culture examines the past 2 decades of mainstream magazine coverage of child abuse in American magazines, connects it to a broader historical and social context, and theorizes that analyzing these stories is...            Related StoriesSecondary Trauma in Child Protection WorkersCaring for High-Risk ChildrenShould Attempting Suicide Be a Criminal Offense? 
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7:56 AM | How your mood changes your personality
Participants scored higher on neuroticism & lower on extraversion when they were sadExcept in extreme cases of illness or trauma, we usually expect each other's personalities to remain stable through life. Indeed, central to the definition of personality is that it describes pervasive tendencies in a person's behaviour and ways of relating to the world. However, a new study highlights the reality - your personality is swayed by your current mood, especially when you're feeling down.Jan […]
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6:47 AM | Blood lead levels and childhood behaviour
"Blood lead concentrations, even at a mean concentration of 6.4 µg/dL, were associated with increased risk of behavioral problems in Chinese preschool children, including internalizing and pervasive developmental problems". That was the conclusion of the study by Jianghong Liu and colleagues [1] looking at blood lead levels in preschoolers aged 3-5 years resident in Jiangsu province in China. Some associated media accompanying this study can be viewed here including the text: […]
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5:01 AM | Have To or Want To?: Deciphering Your Partner’s Motivations for Helping You
Think about the last time your friend or romantic partner did something nice for you. Now think about that other person’s motivations: Do you think s/he did it for you out of care for you or out of obligation? We asked people this question in two studies; across both studies, people who were more avoidantly attached—that is, people who were more uncomfortable depending on and opening up to others—were more likely to think that their friends or romantic partners did things for […]
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12:54 AM | What's so funny? Deconstructing Humor
The laughter spills out of her like a jar of coins enriching the nearby surroundings. How does this burst of vocalized joy, unique in this form only to our species, define our personalities and impact our social relationships? A recent study of humor in children explains where the funny bone is: your brain. 

July 16, 2014

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10:53 PM | Scientific Data Reproducibility, a conversation – July 23, 2014, 1 pm EST
Drs. Martone of NIF and Iorns of Science Exchange among others will be addressing important issues around reproducibility of data. Please join us for this webinar. Free Registration click here. Title: Improving Scientific Reproducibility In The Life Sciences: Considerations for Researchers, Publishers and Life Science Tool Providers Date: July 23, 2014         Time: 1:00 PM […]
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10:32 PM | National Tourette Syndrome Association (TSA)
Founded in 1972 in Bayside New York, the national Tourette Syndrome Association is the only national voluntary non-profit membership organization in this field. Our mission is to identify the cause of, find the cure for and control the effects of Tourette Syndrome. We offer resources and referrals to help people and their families cope with the problems that occur with TS. We raise public awareness and counter media stereotypes about TS. Our membership includes individuals, families, […]
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8:27 PM | SNL’s Brooks Wheelan: Talk It Out
Television’s Saturday Night Live is comedy’s premier prestigious launching pad into stratospheric show business success. The legendary list of movie superstars the show has produced is too luminously long to list here. To be included in SNL’s clever cast is to have your comedic resume branded with the gold standard, a future surely set with […]
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8:01 PM | Lucy and the 10 Percent Brain Myth
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7:37 PM | Do You Have Free Will?
Do we really have free will? Are we asking the right people for the answer?
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5:10 PM | What to do when you just can’t seem to focus
Last week, I sat down to outline a guest blog post I’m writing for someone. I knew what I wanted to write about, I just needed to do it. I opened up a Google Doc, scanned my notes and prepared to write. And then…nothing. I couldn’t focus. My eyes started wandering around the room. All […] The post What to do when you just can’t seem to focus appeared first on Home Office Hero.
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5:10 PM | What to do when you just can’t seem to focus
Last week, I sat down to outline a guest blog post I’m writing for someone. I knew what I wanted to write about, I just needed to do it. I opened up a Google Doc, scanned my notes and prepared to write. And then…nothing. I couldn’t focus. My eyes started wandering around the room. All […] The post What to do when you just can’t seem to focus appeared first on Home Office Hero.
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