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September 14, 2014

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2:24 PM | An Evolving Text of Self
Mind is a living, evolving, self-correcting, self-editing, self-serving text of survival. What you say to yourself matters.  And what you don’t say to yourself matters too. But, as important as this self-narrative is, we are not it: we are not this mind. This mind, this narrative is but writing on the ever-changing water of consciousness. […]
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1:31 PM | One More Reason Why Teenage Behaviour Can Be So Extreme
Adolescent behaviour can seem very weird to adults -- this basic mental process helps explain why. 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:Later School Start Times Improve Sleep and Daytime Functioning in Adolescents The Irritating Reason That Overconfident People Get All The Breaks Mysterious Brain Region That is Vital to How You Decide The Honking Experiment: Can You […]
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12:00 PM | The Jesus Experiment (Part 1 of 2)
For Milton Rokeach, it would be more than an experiment in treating mental illness. In many ways, it would be one of the most remarkable studies of its kind ever undertaken and help transform the very meaning of human identity....            Related StoriesCan Childhood Bullying Lead to Suicide?Does Fertility Affect Attractiveness?Can Media Use Cause ADHD Symptoms in Children? 
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11:00 AM | A History of the Essex Lunatic Asylum: Part 2
The search for biological causes and effective remedies continued unsuccessful for some years, fostering a growing sense of therapeutic nihilism within the psychiatric profession. The available treatments were viewed as non specific, and a major emphasis remained on fresh air (outdoor relief) and a healthy environment, distinctly unglamorous interventions compared to the technological advances being made in medicine.
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10:30 AM | The Secret Lives of Women with ADHD
Many women with ADHD live with a painful secret: “Shame, unfortunately, seems to be the name of the game, for many women I have worked with who have ADHD,” said Terry Matlen, MSW, ACSW, a psychotherapist and ADHD coach. Even women with advanced degrees in demanding, high-powered positions feel incredibly overwhelmed once they get home, […]
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12:30 AM | Creating A Safe Space for Others
Yesterday I talked about how we can create a safe space for ourselves, to listen to our needs, wants and wishes and to compassionately care for ourselves. Today, let’s talk about how we can do the same for others. Whether this is your child, spouse, best friend or family member, here are some ideas: Listen to your loved […]

September 13, 2014

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11:31 PM | A Student Discovers The Joy of Reading
  Dear Friends, The other day I had a wonderful conversation with one of my older students. He was brimming over with enthusiasm for his senior-level College Reading class. It’s really more a structured study period than a class, in which students come in every day and spend the entire 48-minute period silently reading a […]
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11:30 PM | September Is the Other January: Do You Agree or Disagree?
Even though I haven’t been in school for a long time, for me, September  marks the beginning of a new year.  Orange is the new black, breakfast is the new lunch, Monday is the new Thursday, pork is the other white meat, and September is the other January. (And yes, it’s still September, even though most schools […]
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9:45 PM | A History of the Essex Lunatic Asylum: Part 1
“...aims at making the Institution really and truly an Asylum, a place of refuge and retreat from pain and sorrow; an Hospital and a home.” Extract from the Essex Lunatic Asylum Medical Superintendent’s Annual Report, 1874
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8:39 PM | Secrets of the Ancient Pyramids: Physicists Suggest a New Theory of Construction
When visiting the ancient pyramids of Giza, you may be left in awe of their splendor, well, of course you will. These magnificent wonders of the world are immense! Just like with Easter Island, you may find yourself contemplating about how the pyramids were built as well. They seem almost … READ MORE
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6:35 PM | 5 Ways to Reduce Helplessness
When trauma hits, we may feel utterly helpless. We may feel powerless, paralyzed, wounded. The trauma may be a physical trauma, such as a car wreck or any kind of abuse; an emotional trauma, such as bullying or poverty; or a community trauma, such as an earthquake or murder, according to Deborah Serani, PsyD, a […]
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4:48 PM | Husband or Wife? The Partner Whose Happiness Matters More For The Marriage
Which spouse's happiness is most important for marital satisfaction? 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:New Study Affirms 4 Very Old-Fashioned Guidelines for a Good Marriage Movie-and-Talk: Can This Simple Exercise Help Save a Marriage? The Key to Happiness: Brainpower or Social Connectedness? 4 Dark Sides To The Pursuit of Happiness Our Genes Respond Positively […]
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2:28 PM | Low Serotonin Levels Don’t Cause Depression
One of the leading myths that unfortunately still circulates about clinical depression is that it’s caused by low serotonin levels in the brain (or a “biochemical imbalance”). This is a myth because countless scientific studies have specifically examined this theory and have come back universally rejecting it. So let’s put it to rest once and […]
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2:17 PM | Job announcement: Department Head, Communication Sciences & Disorders (CSD), Penn State
Department Head, Communication Sciences & Disorders (CSD)The Pennsylvania State UniversityWork Unit: College of Health & Human DevelopmentDepartment: Communication Sciences & DisordersJob Number: 52263Date Announced: July 9, 2014The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD), College of Health and Human Development (HHD), at The Pennsylvania State University, invites applications for the position of Department Head to begin Fall 2015. Penn State seeks an innovative and […]
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2:15 PM | In rats and man, nicotine withdrawal sucks the pleasure from life
Reduced reward response in brains helps explain why it’s so […]
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2:14 PM | Hunt for water may have led human evolution
Our ancient ancestors’ ability to move around and find new […]
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2:08 PM | Brain inflammation dramatically disrupts memory retrieval
Research sheds light on cognitive losses seen with chemotherapy, autoimmune […]
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2:06 PM | Where’s the atmosphere’s self-cleaning power?
In a finding that could alter how scientists quantify emissions […]
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2:03 PM | A Link Between Jacobsen Syndrome and Autism
A rare genetic disorder known as Jacobsen syndrome has been […]
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1:35 PM | Weekend update: geoengineering and the expanding confabulation frontier of the "climate communication" debate
Despite its astonishingly long run in grounding just-so story telling about public risk perceptions and science communication (e.g., the Rasputin "bounded rationality" account of public apathy), the "climate debate" at some point has to get the benefit of an infusion of new material or else the players will ultimately die out from terminal boredom.  That's the real potential, of course, of geoengineering. Critics took the early lead in the "science communication confabulation game" by […]
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10:30 AM | Psychology Around the Net: September 13, 2014
What happens when you and your partner are on different sleep-wake schedules? Do you experience anxiety when waiting on a text reply? What about social media — how is it affecting both your brain and your body? Find out within this week’s Psychology Around the Net. Couples on Different Sleep Schedules Can Expect Conflict — […]
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7:00 AM | Link feast
Our pick of the best psychology and neuroscience links from the past week:“Cyranoids”: Stanley Milgram’s Creepiest ExperimentMilgram is most famous for his obedience experiments, but Neuroskeptic reports on new research into another of Milgram's ideas - that our speech can be fed to us by someone else (so we become a Cyranoid) without anyone realising anything is amiss.Rising star of business psychology, Professor Adam Grant, has launched a new, free newsletter called […]
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12:14 AM | Coronation Street: Examining the Usual (ADHD) Suspects
I’ve been asked by readers to follow up on the ever-evolving Coronation Street plot featuring 7 (or 8, depending on the source) year-old Max as a potential candidate for the dreaded ADHD diagnosis. So here’s the promised update (as of the Canadian programming schedule; further episodes have aired elsewhere and, spoiler alert, it looks like […]

September 12, 2014

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11:35 PM | How Somatic Therapy Can Help Patients Suffering from Psychological Trauma
Whatever happens in our lives impacts our mind either consciously or unconsciously. Sometimes events — such as the unexpected death of a loved one, illness, fearful thoughts, near-death accidents or experiences — result in traumas. Psychological trauma causes damage to the psyche that occurs as a result of a severely distressing event. How Somatic Psychotherapy […]
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9:31 PM | New Ethics Code to Bind Behavior Analysts January 1, 2016
The Behavior Analysis Certification Board (BACB) recently issued a special September ethics edition of its newsletter (BACB, September, 2014). It announced their new Professional and Ethical Compliance Code for Behavior Analysts, version September 10, 2014 (BACB, August, 2014) which will bind all BACB "certificants and registrants" to their new rules on its effective date, January 1, 2016.Their Guidelines for Responsible Conduct (BACB, 2013) and their Disciplinary and Ethical Standards […]
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8:15 PM | Spike activity 12-09-2014
Quick links from the past week in mind and brain news: New Scientist reports that sleeping brains can process and respond to words. Forward directly to boss. “Cyranoids” – Stanley Milgram’s Creepiest Experiment. Neuroskeptic covers the science behind a little known Milgram experiment and a curiously common TV trope. The Neurocritic reports on a case […]
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7:50 PM | How To Say “No” With Psychology and Kindness
“Learn to say ‘no’ to the good so you can say ‘yes’ to the best.” ~John C. Maxwell As children, we are often taught how to say yes to just about everything and anything under the sun. However, rarely are we taught how to effectively say “no” to things that … READ MORE
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6:30 PM | Outer-Directed Distractors and How They Benefit the Mind
During a recent interview about my new book Unworthy: How to Stop Hating Yourself, the interviewer asked me to suggest a practical anti-self-loathing strategy. “Engage in activities that occupy your mind,” I ventured. “I get it!” the interviewer interjected. “You mean helping others! Volunteering at a food bank or animal shelter! Cooking for sick friends!” “Sure,” […]
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3:47 PM | Safety First: On Blossoming, Embracing Our Bodies And Practicing Self-Care
This week I talked about creating a safe space to listen to ourselves, without judgment or criticism. Because it can be scary to explore our needs and wants. Because for many of us we’re doing this for the first time. For the first time, we’re shining the spotlight on ourselves. We’re asking questions like: What […]
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3:47 PM | Insulin, growth hormone and risk of schizophrenia?
"Overall, the present findings suggest that metabolic and hormonal disturbances such as effects on insulin and growth hormone may represent a vulnerability factor to develop mental disorders". That was the conclusion reported by van Beveren and colleagues [1] (open-access) looking at "disruption of insulin and growth factor signaling pathways as an increased risk factor for schizophrenia"."Years ago you served my father in the Clone Wars"Drawing on data derived from participants taking part […]

van Beveren NJ, Schwarz E, Noll R, Guest PC, Meijer C, de Haan L & Bahn S (2014). Evidence for disturbed insulin and growth hormone signaling as potential risk factors in the development of schizophrenia., Translational psychiatry, 4 PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25158005

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