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January 30, 2015

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10:32 PM | Same sex relationships and stress: A new perspective
Studies of stress and its effects on health have typically focused on the worries of an individual: money, love, health, work. When we turn our attention on relationship stress, the focus is generally on your typical couple. However, new research studies how minority stress — which results from being stigmatized and disadvantaged in society — affects […]

LeBlanc, A., Frost, D. & Wight, R. (2015). Minority Stress and Stress Proliferation Among Same-Sex and Other Marginalized Couples, Journal of Marriage and Family, 77 (1) 40-59. DOI: 10.1111/jomf.12160

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10:32 PM | Same sex relationships and stress: A new perspective
Studies of stress and its effects on health have typically focused on the worries of an individual: money, love, health, work. When we turn our attention on relationship stress, the focus is generally on your typical couple. However, new research studies how minority stress — which results from being stigmatized and disadvantaged in society — affects […]

LeBlanc, A., Frost, D. & Wight, R. (2015). Minority Stress and Stress Proliferation Among Same-Sex and Other Marginalized Couples, Journal of Marriage and Family, 77 (1) 40-59. DOI: 10.1111/jomf.12160

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5:32 PM | Who is that stranger in the mirror? What if the mysterious...
Who is that stranger in the mirror? What if the mysterious stranger in your life happens to be that weirdo in the mirror? Join Robert and Julie for a discussion of mirrored self-misidentification. By: How Stuff Works.
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11:30 AM | Best of Our Blogs: January 30, 2015
Imagine trying to live your life normally when you have an injured knee, physical illness or disease. We do the same with emotional problems we try to avoid. We try, for example, to pretend like we can do it all. We blindly hope we don’t need that medication anymore, that we’ll start taking care of ourselves tomorrow or […]
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10:02 AM | Diverse developmental trajectories in early years autism
"Findings confirm the heterogeneous nature of developmental trajectories in ASD [autism spectrum disorder]." That was the bottom line of the study by Peter Szatmari and colleagues [1] (open-access) tracking the developmental trajectory - autistic symptom severity and adaptive functioning - for a sample of "421 newly diagnosed preschool children with ASD 2 to 4 years old." Some accompanying media for the study can be found here.The Szatmari paper is open-access so it doesn't need any […]

Szatmari, P., Georgiades, S., Duku, E., Bennett, T., Bryson, S., Fombonne, E., Mirenda, P., Roberts, W., Smith, I., Vaillancourt, T. & Volden, J. (2015). Developmental Trajectories of Symptom Severity and Adaptive Functioning in an Inception Cohort of Preschool Children With Autism Spectrum Disorder, JAMA Psychiatry, DOI: 10.1001/jamapsychiatry.2014.2463

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3:00 AM | Who Says I’m an Addict?: A Book for Anyone Who is Partial to Food, Sex, Booze or Drugs
by David Smallwood Synopsis: Do you worry that you drink too much? Or perhaps you fear that your dependence on drugs, food, sex, or some other vice is spiralling out of control, and taking your quality […]

January 29, 2015

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9:29 PM | Mental illness treatment, there’s NOT an app for that
It’s more socially acceptable to talk about mental illness, which is important since the number of people who have it — or should we say, are getting treatment for mental illness — has steadily increased over the years. While it still may be taboo to talk about, mental illness is a very real thing needing […]

Campbell, B., Caine, K., Connelly, K., Doub, T. & Bragg, A. (2014). Cell phone ownership and use among mental health outpatients in the USA, Personal and Ubiquitous Computing, 19 (2) 367-378. DOI: 10.1007/s00779-014-0822-z

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9:29 PM | Mental illness treatment, there’s NOT an app for that
It’s more socially acceptable to talk about mental illness, which is important since the number of people who have it — or should we say, are getting treatment for mental illness — has steadily increased over the years. While it still may be taboo to talk about, mental illness is a very real thing needing […]

Campbell, B., Caine, K., Connelly, K., Doub, T. & Bragg, A. (2014). Cell phone ownership and use among mental health outpatients in the USA, Personal and Ubiquitous Computing, 19 (2) 367-378. DOI: 10.1007/s00779-014-0822-z

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5:56 PM | Political gridlock: Blame the men
It feels like the government moves at a snails pace sometimes, it takes forever for any change to come about and even then it is typically not even “change.” This couldn’t be more evident than during the political gridlock that led to the 2013 US federal government shutdown, the leading voices for compromise were the […]

Miller, P. & Conover, P. (2014). Why partisan warriors don't listen: the gendered dynamics of intergroup anxiety and partisan conflict, Politics, Groups, and Identities, 1-19. DOI: 10.1080/21565503.2014.992795

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5:56 PM | Political gridlock: Blame the men
It feels like the government moves at a snails pace sometimes, it takes forever for any change to come about and even then it is typically not even “change.” This couldn’t be more evident than during the political gridlock that led to the 2013 US federal government shutdown, the leading voices for compromise were the […]

Miller, P. & Conover, P. (2014). Why partisan warriors don't listen: the gendered dynamics of intergroup anxiety and partisan conflict, Politics, Groups, and Identities, 1-19. DOI: 10.1080/21565503.2014.992795

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5:56 PM | Political gridlock: Blame the men
It feels like the government moves at a snails pace sometimes, it takes forever for any change to come about and even then it is typically not even “change.” This couldn’t be more evident than during the political gridlock that led to the 2013 US federal government shutdown, the leading voices for compromise were the […]

Miller, P. & Conover, P. (2014). Why partisan warriors don't listen: the gendered dynamics of intergroup anxiety and partisan conflict, Politics, Groups, and Identities, 1-19. DOI: 10.1080/21565503.2014.992795

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5:56 PM | Political gridlock: Blame the men
It feels like the government moves at a snails pace sometimes, it takes forever for any change to come about and even then it is typically not even “change.” This couldn’t be more evident than during the political gridlock that led to the 2013 US federal government shutdown, the leading voices for compromise were the […]

Miller, P. & Conover, P. (2014). Why partisan warriors don't listen: the gendered dynamics of intergroup anxiety and partisan conflict, Politics, Groups, and Identities, 1-19. DOI: 10.1080/21565503.2014.992795

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3:59 PM | Hardwired For Miscommunication? Why Women Think Sex When Men Just Want To Be Friends
We are all familiar with the following scenarios: a woman and a man are having a conversation. She is warm and friendly and clearly interested in the conversation. He interprets her behavior as sexual interest. Or she is warm and friendly and clearly interested in the conversation and he thinks she is just being friendly and then she wonders if he's gay.Same behavior, different interpretations. Men and women misunderstand each other a lot and psychologists in the Department […]
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3:12 PM | Be Like Nature: Bend & Be Resilient
Nature teaches us a lot about what it takes to survive in the world. If only we’d listen. As I watch the snow fall outside my window, I can’t help but be impressed. This perfect snow clumps on the tree branches, building a forest of white. But branches can only take so much weight. What […]
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2:20 PM | What You Wear Can Actually Change Your Mental Abilities
How much difference can a lab coat make? How about a doctor's coat, or a painter's coat? They're all the same coat – or at least they were all the same coat during an experiment conducted in 2012. But researchers discovered the way we're dressed can change the way we act, or even the things we are able to do.Read more...
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11:45 AM | Top 10 PTSD Blogs of 2014
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) often is linked to military veterans, but it can affect anyone following a traumatic event. There are five subtypes: normal stress response, acute stress disorder, uncomplicated PTSD, comorbid PTSD and complex PTSD. Sleep disturbances and flashbacks, where the sufferer relives the trauma, are hallmarks of the disease. PTSD has several other […]
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9:38 AM | Autism spectrum symptomatology in individuals with Down syndrome
I was not surprised to read the findings of the paper from Marie Moore Channell and colleagues [1] (open-access) who "identified patterns of ASD [autism spectrum disorder] symptomatology, measured by the SRS [Social Responsiveness Scale], in individuals with DS [Down syndrome] who do not have comorbid ASD."You're not going Turbo, are you?Harking back to the paper by Georgina Warner and colleagues [2] discussed not-so-long-ago on this blog (see here), the idea that […]

Marie Moore Channell, B Allyson Phillips, Susan J Loveall, Frances A Conners, Paige M Bussanich & Laura Grofer Klinger (2015). Patterns of autism spectrum symptomatology in individuals with Down syndrome without comorbid autism spectrum disorder, Journal of Neurodevelopmental Disorders, Other:

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9:00 AM | Sam Sells Seashells By the Seashore
There’s a popular myth about Dutch last names that goes like this: When Napoleon occupied the Netherlands and instituted a family name registry, only the upper classes had such names already in use. A significant subset took the opportunity to protest foreign rule by registering under silly names like “Born Naked,” “The Criminal” and “Little […]
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9:00 AM | Sam Sells Seashells By the Seashore
There’s a popular myth about Dutch last names that goes like this: When Napoleon occupied the Netherlands and instituted a family name registry, only the upper classes had such names already in use. A significant subset took the opportunity to protest foreign rule by registering under silly names like “Born Naked,” “The Criminal” and “Little […]
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8:53 AM | Why you might want to beware the introvert on your team
Introverts have received a lot of positive press in recent years thanks to the run-away success of Susan Cain's book Quiet: The Power of Introverts. Cain tells us these are people who like their own space, but also happen to be empathic and sensitive and deep-thinkers. A new paper on peer appraisals by team-members bucks this hug-an-introvert trend.Amir Erez and his co-authors report that introverts tend to give especially low performance ratings to their team-mates who are extravert and […]

Erez, A., Schilpzand, P., Leavitt, K., Woolum, A. & Judge, T. (2014). Inherently Relational: Interactions Between Peers' and Individuals' Personalities Impact Reward Giving and Appraisal of Individual Performance., Academy of Management Journal, DOI: 10.5465/amj.2011.0214

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8:53 AM | Why you might want to beware the introvert on your team
Introverts have received a lot of positive press in recent years thanks to the run-away success of Susan Cain's book Quiet: The Power of Introverts. Cain tells us these are people who like their own space, but also happen to be empathic and sensitive and deep-thinkers. A new paper on peer appraisals by team-members bucks this hug-an-introvert trend.Amir Erez and his co-authors report that introverts tend to give especially low performance ratings to their team-mates who are extravert and […]

Erez, A., Schilpzand, P., Leavitt, K., Woolum, A. & Judge, T. (2014). Inherently Relational: Interactions Between Peers' and Individuals' Personalities Impact Reward Giving and Appraisal of Individual Performance., Academy of Management Journal, DOI: 10.5465/amj.2011.0214

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8:53 AM | Why you might want to beware the introvert on your team
Introverts have received a lot of positive press in recent years thanks to the run-away success of Susan Cain's book Quiet: The Power of Introverts. Cain tells us these are people who like their own space, but also happen to be empathic and sensitive and deep-thinkers. A new paper on peer appraisals by team-members bucks this hug-an-introvert trend.Amir Erez and his co-authors report that introverts tend to give especially low performance ratings to their team-mates who are extravert and […]

Erez, A., Schilpzand, P., Leavitt, K., Woolum, A. & Judge, T. (2014). Inherently Relational: Interactions Between Peers' and Individuals' Personalities Impact Reward Giving and Appraisal of Individual Performance., Academy of Management Journal, DOI: 10.5465/amj.2011.0214

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8:53 AM | Why you might want to beware the introvert on your team
Introverts have received a lot of positive press in recent years thanks to the run-away success of Susan Cain's book Quiet: The Power of Introverts. Cain tells us these are people who like their own space, but also happen to be empathic and sensitive and deep-thinkers. A new paper on peer appraisals by team-members bucks this hug-an-introvert trend.Amir Erez and his co-authors report that introverts tend to give especially low performance ratings to their team-mates who are extravert and […]

Erez, A., Schilpzand, P., Leavitt, K., Woolum, A. & Judge, T. (2014). Inherently Relational: Interactions Between Peers' and Individuals' Personalities Impact Reward Giving and Appraisal of Individual Performance., Academy of Management Journal, DOI: 10.5465/amj.2011.0214

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1:10 AM | How to become a better person It sounds normal to say...
How to become a better person It sounds normal to say one’s out to become a fitter person; but it sounds weird to say one would like to be a nicer or better person. It shouldn’t - so here is a guide to 10 virtues of a nice person. By: The School of Life.
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12:15 AM | Team of Rivals: Does Science Need "Adversarial Collaboration"?
When scientists disagree about something, what often happens is that the two sides of the argument form separate communities, with scientists collaborating with others on their "team" while avoiding working with their "opponents". But is there a better way? A paper just published today presents the results of an experiment that was conducted as an 'adversarial collaboration'. This is where some researchers sit down with some members of the "other side" and agree upon a plan for a study to

Matzke D, Nieuwenhuis S, van Rijn H, Slagter HA, van der Molen MW & Wagenmakers EJ (2015). The effect of horizontal eye movements on free recall: A preregistered adversarial collaboration., Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 144 (1) PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25621378

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January 28, 2015

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11:28 PM | Is Your Biggest Fantasy Normal? Science Has The Answer We all...
Is Your Biggest Fantasy Normal? Science Has The Answer We all have a secret sex fantasy, and a group of scientists have figured out how common different peoples’ particular kinks are. How did the men and women in the study differ, and was your favorite fantasy listed? It’s the special sex study episode of Nerd Alert this week with Kim Horcher, Sandra Daugherty (Sex Nerd Sandra), and Brett Erlich (Viral Video Film School, Pop Trigger) discuss! Read more on the study: […]
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5:45 PM | Infestation Anxiety: The Enemy Within
As Ebola fears wane, don’t be fooled. The next great threat is always upon us. There is a little-known psychological disorder called “Ekbom syndrome” in which a person believes that insects are crawling underneath their skin. Patients often tear their skin off in an attempt to extract the invisible vermin. Even though it’s a rare […]

January 27, 2015

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8:22 PM | Study finds babies do learn from videos
Click here if video does not appear on screen.By Megan McRaineyChildren under two years old can learn certain communication skills from a video, such as how to use signs in sign language, and perform similarly in tests when compared to babies taught by their parents, according to a new paper in the journal Child Development.Led by researchers at Emory, the study is the first to isolate the effects of purportedly educational commercial videos on infant learning. The results contradict previous […]
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7:45 PM | A Brief History of Humor’s Power and Danger
An understanding of the power and concomitant danger of humor has never been as necessary as it is today. Humor was the impetus for the brutal slaying of 12 employees of French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo, and for threats of violence from North Korea over the release of the U.S. comedy movie “The Interview,” but […]
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4:40 PM | Can You Guess What This Image Tests For?
This is called the Gollin figures test. It's used as a way of assessing visual information — and also something more. Here's a hint: These images are often shown to amnesiacs.Read more...
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