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April 26, 2015

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7:14 PM | Fatal attraction: the intuitive appeal of GMO opposition
A team of Belgian philosophers and plant biotechnologists have turned to cognitive science to explain why opposition to genetically modified organisms (GMOs) has become so widespread, despite positive contributions GM crops have made to sustainable agriculture. They argue that the human mind is highly susceptible to the negative and often emotional representations put out by […]

Blancke, S., Van Breusegem, F., De Jaeger, G., Braeckman, J. & Van Montagu, M. (2015). Fatal attraction: the intuitive appeal of GMO opposition, Trends in Plant Science, DOI: 10.1016/j.tplants.2015.03.011

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7:14 PM | Fatal attraction: the intuitive appeal of GMO opposition
A team of Belgian philosophers and plant biotechnologists have turned to cognitive science to explain why opposition to genetically modified organisms (GMOs) has become so widespread, despite positive contributions GM crops have made to sustainable agriculture. They argue that the human mind is highly susceptible to the negative and often emotional representations put out by […]

Blancke, S., Van Breusegem, F., De Jaeger, G., Braeckman, J. & Van Montagu, M. (2015). Fatal attraction: the intuitive appeal of GMO opposition, Trends in Plant Science, DOI: 10.1016/j.tplants.2015.03.011

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7:14 PM | Fatal attraction: the intuitive appeal of GMO opposition
A team of Belgian philosophers and plant biotechnologists have turned to cognitive science to explain why opposition to genetically modified organisms (GMOs) has become so widespread, despite positive contributions GM crops have made to sustainable agriculture. They argue that the human mind is highly susceptible to the negative and often emotional representations put out by […]

Blancke, S., Van Breusegem, F., De Jaeger, G., Braeckman, J. & Van Montagu, M. (2015). Fatal attraction: the intuitive appeal of GMO opposition, Trends in Plant Science, DOI: 10.1016/j.tplants.2015.03.011

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10:35 AM | Top 10 Eating Disorder Blogs of 2015
Eating disorders remain one of the most misunderstood, stigmatized and discriminated against mental disorders. People with depression seem to willingly share their struggles, while eating disorders seem to remain stubbornly in the dark shadows. The simplistic, false beliefs that a person should just “not eat […]

April 25, 2015

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8:54 PM | Morsels For The Mind – 24/04/2015
Every day we provide you with Six Incredible Things Before Breakfast to nibble away at. Here you can fill your brain with the most intellectually stimulating “amuse bouches” from the past week – a veritable smorgasbord for the cranium. They’re all here for you to load up your plate – this week’s “Morsels for the mind”. Enjoy! If you do nothing else, make sure to check out the “Reads / views / listens of the week”. **** Feather, fur […]
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8:54 PM | Morsels For The Mind – 24/04/2015
Every day we provide you with Six Incredible Things Before Breakfast to nibble away at. Here you can fill your brain with the most intellectually stimulating “amuse bouches” from the past week – a veritable smorgasbord for the cranium. They’re all here for you to load up your plate – this week’s “Morsels for the mind”. Enjoy! If you do nothing else, make sure to check out the “Reads / views / listens of the week”. **** Feather, fur […]
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5:59 PM | Mental disorders do not predict violence, so please stop
When Sandy Hook happened, it was so shocking that to this day, some don’t actually believe it happened. Shortly after, something frustrating happened, the shooter was labeled with aspergers. This helped drive the mental health and violence connection to the point that Time came out with an article dispelling that myth. Even now according to […]

Elkington, K., Teplin, L., Abram, K., Jakubowski, J., Dulcan, M. & Welty, L. (2015). Psychiatric Disorders and Violence: A Study of Delinquent Youth After Detention, Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, 54 (4) 302-31200000. DOI: 10.1016/j.jaac.2015.01.002

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5:59 PM | Mental disorders do not predict violence, so please stop
When Sandy Hook happened, it was so shocking that to this day, some don’t actually believe it happened. Shortly after, something frustrating happened, the shooter was labeled with aspergers. This helped drive the mental health and violence connection to the point that Time came out with an article dispelling that myth. Even now according to […]

Elkington, K., Teplin, L., Abram, K., Jakubowski, J., Dulcan, M. & Welty, L. (2015). Psychiatric Disorders and Violence: A Study of Delinquent Youth After Detention, Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, 54 (4) 302-31200000. DOI: 10.1016/j.jaac.2015.01.002

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5:59 PM | Mental disorders do not predict violence, so please stop
When Sandy Hook happened, it was so shocking that to this day, some don’t actually believe it happened. Shortly after, something frustrating happened, the shooter was labeled with aspergers. This helped drive the mental health and violence connection to the point that Time came out with an article dispelling that myth. Even now according to […]

Elkington, K., Teplin, L., Abram, K., Jakubowski, J., Dulcan, M. & Welty, L. (2015). Psychiatric Disorders and Violence: A Study of Delinquent Youth After Detention, Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, 54 (4) 302-31200000. DOI: 10.1016/j.jaac.2015.01.002

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4:47 PM | Does The Placebo Effect Work On You? Have you ever heard of the...
Does The Placebo Effect Work On You? Have you ever heard of the placebo effect? How does it work, and are some people more likely to feel its full effect? Read More:Placebos work – even without deceptionThe placebome: Where genetics and the placebo effect meetThe Powerful Placebo in Cought Studies? By: DNews.
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3:45 PM | Comebacks to Putdowns
Wouldn’t it be great if people nixed their insults, squelched their criticisms, and instead, did nothing but support and encourage you? Wouldn’t you love it if friends, family, co-workers and bosses went out of their way to appreciate what you did right, instead of berating […]
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12:32 PM | ¿Qué le hace falta a los programas de prevención de violencia contra las mujeres?
“Si Eva hubiera escrito el Génesis, ¿Cómo sería la primera noche de amor del género humano? Eva hubiera empezado por aclarar que ella no nació de ninguna costilla, ni conoció a ninguna serpiente, ni ofreció manzanas a nadie, y que Dios nunca le dijo que parirás con dolor y tu marido te dominará. Que todas esas historias son puras mentiras que Adán contó a la prensa”.Eduardo Galeano (1998)Q.E.P.D […]

Butchart, A., García-Moreno, C. & Mikton, C. (2011). Prevención de la violencia sexual y violencia infligida por la pareja contra las mujeres., Organización Panamericana de Salud y Organización Mundial de la Salud: Washington.,

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12:32 PM | ¿Qué le hace falta a los programas de prevención de violencia contra las mujeres?
“Si Eva hubiera escrito el Génesis, ¿Cómo sería la primera noche de amor del género humano? Eva hubiera empezado por aclarar que ella no nació de ninguna costilla, ni conoció a ninguna serpiente, ni ofreció manzanas a nadie, y que Dios nunca le dijo que parirás con dolor y tu marido te dominará. Que todas esas historias son puras mentiras que Adán contó a la prensa”.Eduardo Galeano (1998)Q.E.P.D […]

Butchart, A., García-Moreno, C. & Mikton, C. (2011). Prevención de la violencia sexual y violencia infligida por la pareja contra las mujeres., Organización Panamericana de Salud y Organización Mundial de la Salud: Washington.,

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12:32 PM | ¿Qué le hace falta a los programas de prevención de violencia contra las mujeres?
“Si Eva hubiera escrito el Génesis, ¿Cómo sería la primera noche de amor del género humano? Eva hubiera empezado por aclarar que ella no nació de ninguna costilla, ni conoció a ninguna serpiente, ni ofreció manzanas a nadie, y que Dios nunca le dijo que parirás con dolor y tu marido te dominará. Que todas esas historias son puras mentiras que Adán contó a la prensa”.Eduardo Galeano (1998)Q.E.P.D […]

Butchart, A., García-Moreno, C. & Mikton, C. (2011). Prevención de la violencia sexual y violencia infligida por la pareja contra las mujeres., Organización Panamericana de Salud y Organización Mundial de la Salud: Washington.,

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10:30 AM | Psychology Around the Net: April 25, 2015
This week’s Psychology Around the Net covers how to tell if you’re making a good first impression, how the smell of sweat can help spread happiness (seriously), how your stress can be passed along via DNA, and more. Want to Make a Good Impression? Try […]
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7:27 AM | Kids with autism: a highly [psychotropic] medicated group?
"In keeping with international studies this sample of children with ASD [autism spectrum disorder] was a highly medicated group."So said the results of the study reported by Kerry-Ann Louw and colleagues [1] back in 2013 who noted that approximately one quarter of their cohort were currently in receipt of "psychotropic medications". I don't want to linger too much on this topic given that such findings tally with other peer-reviewed reports including those with much larger […]

Louw KA, Bentley J, Sorsdahl K & Adnams CM (2013). Prevalence and patterns of medication use in children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorders in the Western Cape, South Africa., Journal of child and adolescent mental health, 25 (1) 69-79. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25860309

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April 24, 2015

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11:51 PM | A Healthy Ego To Be Creative
How does a healthy self-concept impact our creative work? Don’t we need a big ego, fame and money for creative expression? One sense of this word “ego” is a distorted self-regard, […]
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9:10 PM | The Evolutionary Psychology Reason Some People Will Be Anti-GMO
Scientists may get frustrated at Dr. Oz and The Food Babe and other people who are against genetically modified organisms (GMOs) while munching happily on organic strains created by mutagenesis, but if we care about cognitive science issues, the evidence-based world might want to be a little kinder to them in the future. The reason some people don't trust science has evolutionary roots, a group of Belgian scholars believe - science is complex, they say, and when brains were more primitive, the […]
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8:02 PM | Even Monkeys Know that Same Amount of Work Should Pay the Same Reward
This is a really intersting TED lecture from pirmatologist and ethologist Frans De Waal (pictured above) that studies primate behavior. De Waal is  especially interested in understanding the origins of morality, empathy, and similar emotions prevalent in species of higher order. In this particular video, De Waal is describing a simple experiment where two monkeys, housedin side-by-side cages, are […]
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8:02 PM | Even Monkeys Know that Same Amount of Work Should Pay the Same Reward
This is a really intersting TED lecture from pirmatologist and ethologist Frans De Waal (pictured above) that studies primate behavior. De Waal is  especially interested in understanding the origins of morality, empathy, and similar emotions prevalent in species of higher order. In this particular video, De Waal is describing a simple experiment where two monkeys, housedin side-by-side cages, are […]
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7:56 PM | About Those Blue Street LightsSo there’s been an interesting...
About Those Blue Street LightsSo there’s been an interesting post going around about how some places installed blue street lights and saw a reduction in crime and suicide. Which is great. But the weird thing is, no-one is really sure why it works.There appear to be three main ideas so far:The light color is new and unusual, causing people to act more cautiously in the area (as a person is unsure what to expect in the unusually-lit area). Blue is a light color almost universally […]
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4:10 PM | Why Do We Find Things Disgusting? | BrainCraft Q&A! by...
Why Do We Find Things Disgusting? | BrainCraft Q&A! by braincraft: This week I’m answering your questions about disgust, boredom, salty tears and BrainCraft. Because it’s my 50th episode. (YAY!!)
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3:45 PM | 13 Warning Signs You’re in a Codependent Relationship
Have you ever found yourself in a one-sided relationship where you felt as if you were the one doing all the giving, all the caring, while receiving nothing in return? If this dynamic sounds familiar, it’s likely you’re trapped in the web of codependency, a […]
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12:28 PM | Depression Leaves A Metabolic Signature On Mitochondria
Major depression comes with an unexpected metabolic signature, according to new findings. Authors in search of genes that increase depression risk analyzed thousands of women. those with recurrent major depression and healthy controls, and found that many of the women with depression also had experienced adversity in childhood, including sexual abuse.  The researchers noticed something rather unusual in the DNA. The samples taken from women with a history of stress-related depression […]
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12:20 PM | Young Autists Next Door
My house is near an LSS housing unit. Lagen om stöd och service till vissa funktionshindrade, “The Law of Support and Service for Certain Disabled People”, mainly caters to the needs of people with autism and the like. In 6½ years on Boat Hill, the young people living there have never caused us any trouble…
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12:20 PM | Young Autists Next Door
My house is near an LSS housing unit. Lagen om stöd och service till vissa funktionshindrade, “The Law of Support and Service for Certain Disabled People”, mainly caters to the needs of people with autism and the like. In 6½ years on Boat Hill, the young people living there have never caused us any trouble…
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10:30 AM | Best of Our Blogs: April 24, 2015
There are the things you know you shouldn’t have done. It was the hurtful thing you said, the anger for a “friend” you didn’t let go of, or the fact that you stayed in situations/relationships long past its due date. The question isn’t whether you experienced them […]
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8:44 AM | DSM-5 impacting on autism numbers
"Consistent with previous reviews, the majority of included studies indicated between 50 and 75 % of individuals will maintain diagnoses."That was one of the conclusions reached by Isaac Smith and colleagues [1] following their systematic review of studies comparing DSM-IV and DSM-5 criteria for autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and what the changes mean for eligibility for the label.Authors further reported that: "the greatest decreases [were] among high-functioning populations with IQs over […]

Smith IC, Reichow B & Volkmar FR (2015). The Effects of DSM-5 Criteria on Number of Individuals Diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Systematic Review., Journal of autism and developmental disorders, PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25796195

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4:00 AM | The Science of Wine: From Vine to Glass
By Jamie Goode (UK Title: Wine science: the application of science in winemaking) Synopsis: A thoroughly revised and updated Second Edition of this essential and groundbreaking reference gives a comprehensive overview of one of the […]

April 23, 2015

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10:40 PM | How Do You Turn A Monkey Into A Therapist?
Harry Harlow’s most famous experiments involved isolating an infant rhesus monkey until it was socially and emotionally devastated. Less well-known is the experiment in which he revived them using “therapist monkeys.”Read more...
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