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September 21, 2014

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12:05 PM | Pseudoclarity on whether/how pseudoreplication is a pseudoproblem
Wading into the depths: “Pseudoreplication is a pseudoproblem,” Jeffrey C. Schank [pictured here], Thomas J. Koehnle,  Journal of Comparative Psychology, vol 123(4), Nov 2009, pp. 421-433. The authors explain: “Pseudoreplication is one of the most influential methodological issues in ecological and animal behavior research today. At its inception, the idea of pseudoreplication highlighted important concerns […]
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9:51 AM | Mindful Emotional Eating – a Humanistic Harm Reduction Approach
Here’s a question that’s a lot on my clinical mind: “What do clients want and how do I help them get what they want?” This very question is at the core of humanistic harm reduction (HHR). When my client presents with concerns about “emotional eating,” I ask myself the same question. When you, as a […]

September 20, 2014

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10:35 PM | Quieting the Voice of the Devil on Your Shoulder
I often equate having schizophrenia to having a little devil on my shoulder that likes to whisper nasty stuff in my ear. He’s a cunning little jerk, too. If he senses a vulnerability or the potential for anxiety he’ll start screaming. In the eight years I’ve lived with the illness I’ve come to recognize these […]
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8:56 PM | Morsels For The Mind – 19/09/2014
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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8:56 PM | Morsels For The Mind – 19/09/2014
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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5:01 PM | Hierarchy and fairness in primates: the source of indignation and the elusive Baldwin effect
Evolutionary Psychology (EP) is controversial, there is no doubt, and a lot of criticism is fairly solid; it is also an intriguing and prolific source of click-baits, spurring equal amounts of excitement and criticism both in the professional and popular…Read more ›
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10:30 AM | Psychology Around the Net: September 20, 2014
Blood tests for depression, happiness in the workplace, and tricking your brain to be more productive — it’s all in this week’s Psychology Around the Net. Study Diagnoses Med Test Anxiety: Tend to “freak out” when it’s time to take a test? This recent Yale study suggests a possible treatment for what’s known as “test […]
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5:40 AM | On Procrastination
So all day I’ve been annoyed with the fact that I have no idea what to write about. I mean, this generally doesn’t happen to me. I’m a pretty opinionated person with at least 144 completely random and useless thoughts flowing throughout my head per day. So why now when I finally have a deadline […]

September 19, 2014

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9:34 PM | Introducing Leveraging Adversity
There’s no getting around it — life is full of adversity. What you do with that adversity, however, is what matters. Some people seem to be able to bounce back pretty quickly, while others seem to get mired in the experience. So how can you be one of those people who is more resilient, who […]
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8:30 PM | Baby Poop Sausage, And Other Winners From The 2014 Ig Nobel Awards
Last night, scientists from around the world gathered at Harvard's iconic Sanders Theatre for the "24rd First Annual" Ig Nobel Awards, the wonderfully peculiar annual awards ceremony that recognizes those achievements that first make people laugh, and then make them think.Read more...
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6:50 PM | Humans Evolved To Be Fair For Selfish Reasons
New research suggests we're motivated to seek equal rewards — despite the disadvantages to ourselves — to prevent our partners from being unhappy and to avoid any negative outcomes that may follow. Read more...
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5:21 PM | New test for Diagnosing Alzheimer’s Early
Alzheimer’s diagnosis is important, like the famous slogan “with a stroke, time lost is brain lost,” detecting alzheimer’s is important in order to stave off cognitive decline. A just like […]

Hawkins KM & Sergio LE (2014). Visuomotor Impairments in Older Adults at Increased Alzheimer's Disease Risk., Journal of Alzheimer's disease, PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24919768

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5:21 PM | New test for Diagnosing Alzheimer’s Early
Alzheimer’s diagnosis is important, like the famous slogan “with a stroke, time lost is brain lost,” detecting alzheimer’s is important in order to stave off cognitive decline. A just like […]

Hawkins KM & Sergio LE (2014). Visuomotor Impairments in Older Adults at Increased Alzheimer's Disease Risk., Journal of Alzheimer's disease, PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24919768

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5:21 PM | New test for Diagnosing Alzheimer’s Early
Alzheimer’s diagnosis is important, like the famous slogan “with a stroke, time lost is brain lost,” detecting alzheimer’s is important in order to stave off cognitive decline. A just like […]

Hawkins KM & Sergio LE (2014). Visuomotor Impairments in Older Adults at Increased Alzheimer's Disease Risk., Journal of Alzheimer's disease, PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24919768

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4:20 PM | Mindful Emotional Eating – a Humanistic Harm Reduction Approach
Another opus of mine on eating is coming out later this fall: this one is about a new concept of Mindful Emotional Eating.  To clarify, the book isn’t about eliminating emotional eating but about making it more mindful – in the spirit of humanistic harm reduction. Here’s the table of contents to give you a […]
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10:30 AM | Best of Our Blogs: September 19, 2014
At the heart of every issue lies a painful truth. It’s the reason why an impersonal comment can devastate you. It’s why you ruminate over a conversation you had with a friend. It explains why you can’t let go of a transgression, are sensitive to any slights and can’t seem to shake off criticism. Early […]
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8:08 AM | Increasing parental age and autism severity?
An interesting paper by David Geier and colleagues [1] (open-access here) caught my eye recently, concluding that there was a lack of support for the suggestion that: "increasing parental age was associated with increasing autism spectrum disorder phenotypic severity"."the snozzberries taste like snozzberries".Before progressing through the paper and its possible implications, the eagle-eyed out there might have already spotted the name Dr Brian Hooker on the authorship list of the Geier paper. […]

Geier DA, Hooker BS, Kern JK, Sykes LK & Geier MR (2014). An Evaluation of the Effect of Increasing Parental Age on the Phenotypic Severity of Autism Spectrum Disorder., Journal of child neurology, PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25163730

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1:00 AM | Science Book a Day Interviews Daniel Davis
Special thanks to Daniel Davis for answering 5 questions about his recently featured book – The Compatibility Gene: How Our Bodies Fight Disease, Attract Others, and Define Ourselves Daniel M. Davis is a renowned scientist who […]

September 18, 2014

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8:09 PM | Coffee Drinkers Have Trouble Talking About Emotions?
People who drink a lot of coffee – and other caffeinated beverages – find it more difficult to identify and describe their own emotions. This is the claim of a new study, published in the Journal of Psychoactive Drugs, from Australian researchers Michael Lyvers and colleagues: Caffeine use and alexithymia in university students. “Alexithymia” – […]The post Coffee Drinkers Have Trouble Talking About Emotions? appeared first on Neuroskeptic.

Lyvers M, Duric N & Thorberg FA (2014). Caffeine use and alexithymia in university students., Journal of psychoactive drugs, 46 (4) 340-6. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25188705

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6:54 PM | Hard truths for supposed neuroscientists
This is the truest and best thing I have read on the internet today. @MyTChondria @drugmonkeyblog :O Neuroscience doesn't make sense without behavior!!!! You just do cell bio accidentally using neurons! — Scienerdorkeekist (@TheIntroNertPhD) September 18, 2014
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4:58 PM | Is Stress Eating Away at You? No, Literally…
Ever wonder why, when people are too stressed, they are often grouchy, grumpy, nasty, distracted or forgetful? It may not be something you’ve done, in fact it turns out stress […]

van der Kooij, M., Fantin, M., Rejmak, E., Grosse, J., Zanoletti, O., Fournier, C., Ganguly, K., Kalita, K., Kaczmarek, L. & Sandi, C. & (2014). Role for MMP-9 in stress-induced downregulation of nectin-3 in hippocampal CA1 and associated behavioural alterations, Nature Communications, 5 4995. DOI: 10.1038/ncomms5995

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4:58 PM | Is Stress Eating Away at You? No, Literally…
Ever wonder why, when people are too stressed, they are often grouchy, grumpy, nasty, distracted or forgetful? It may not be something you’ve done, in fact it turns out stress […]

van der Kooij, M., Fantin, M., Rejmak, E., Grosse, J., Zanoletti, O., Fournier, C., Ganguly, K., Kalita, K., Kaczmarek, L. & Sandi, C. & (2014). Role for MMP-9 in stress-induced downregulation of nectin-3 in hippocampal CA1 and associated behavioural alterations, Nature Communications, 5 4995. DOI: 10.1038/ncomms5995

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4:58 PM | Is Stress Eating Away at You? No, Literally…
Ever wonder why, when people are too stressed, they are often grouchy, grumpy, nasty, distracted or forgetful? It may not be something you’ve done, in fact it turns out stress […]

van der Kooij, M., Fantin, M., Rejmak, E., Grosse, J., Zanoletti, O., Fournier, C., Ganguly, K., Kalita, K., Kaczmarek, L. & Sandi, C. & (2014). Role for MMP-9 in stress-induced downregulation of nectin-3 in hippocampal CA1 and associated behavioural alterations, Nature Communications, 5 4995. DOI: 10.1038/ncomms5995

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4:58 PM | Is Stress Eating Away at You? No, Literally…
Ever wonder why, when people are too stressed, they are often grouchy, grumpy, nasty, distracted or forgetful? It may not be something you’ve done, in fact it turns out stress […]

van der Kooij, M., Fantin, M., Rejmak, E., Grosse, J., Zanoletti, O., Fournier, C., Ganguly, K., Kalita, K., Kaczmarek, L. & Sandi, C. & (2014). Role for MMP-9 in stress-induced downregulation of nectin-3 in hippocampal CA1 and associated behavioural alterations, Nature Communications, 5 4995. DOI: 10.1038/ncomms5995

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2:54 PM | In Middle School, Girls' Body Image Affected By Other Girls, Not Boys
In American culture, media and men are criticized for how women feel about their bodies while in Europe women are given more credit for being able to decide for themselves how they feel.  Europeans may be onto something. A paper in Psychology of Women Quarterly finds that body dissatisfaction among young girls isn't caused by ads for skinny jeans on television or males, it is caused by older girls in schools. read more
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2:40 PM | Why Your Dog Is Pessimistic
Most dogs are happy and they are "man's best friend" because they brighten our day. If you rescue a starving dog they will love you forever whereas if you rescue a starving human, in a week they will have decided they did you a favor. With cats, that sentiment lasts until the first meal is over. But inside, your dog may be more pessimistic, according to a paper from Dr. Melissa Starling of the Faculty of Veterinary Science at the University of Sydney.  Dogs were taught to […]
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10:45 AM | Movie Music and Theory of Mind
Movie music can have a huge impact on our perception of a film. Ever since the days of “silent” movies, filmmakers have recognized that music enhances the movie-going experience. The earliest movies were shown in halls with live accompanists playing pianos and organs. Some films were even accompanied with full live orchestras. Why would movie companies […]
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8:50 AM | Anxiety and sensory over-responsivity linked to gut issues in autism
"The name's Lonnegan! Doyle Lonnegan!"Consider this micropost an extension of some previous discussions on this blog about how gastrointestinal (GI) issues present in cases of autism might show some connection to the presence of anxiety and sensory issues (see here). Today I'm discussing further research by Micah Mazurek and colleagues [1] which follows a previous publication by this author [2] on this topic.In the latest paper, Dr Mazurek and colleagues describe the course of abdominal pain in […]

Mazurek, M., Keefer, A., Shui, A. & Vasa, R. (2014). One-year course and predictors of abdominal pain in children with autism spectrum disorders: The role of anxiety and sensory over-responsivity, Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, 8 (11) 1508-1515. DOI: 10.1016/j.rasd.2014.07.018

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7:04 AM | Theory Of Externalities, And Why We’ve Come To Hate Tech Companies
Google buses yuppifying San Francisco. Facebook creepily profiling us. iCloud giving up our pubes to hacker paparazzi. We poured our faith and money into these companies, and now we feel like jilted lovers. Apple once made “the computer for the rest of us.” OK, we always knew Google wanted world domination, but we thought it would be benevolent. read more
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6:52 AM | Good Vibrations: Relaxing Music & Sound Therapy In Addiction Treatment
For several years I’ve been working with an extremely effective method of helping those in recovery from addiction reduce anxiety—music and sound therapy.
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