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August 02, 2014

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12:00 AM | Anxiety Linked To Seizures Mistaken For Epilepsy
New research has revealed psychogenic seizures which could be mistaken for epilepsy are linked to feelings of anxiety. The team of researchers devised a set of tests to determine whether there was a link between how people interpret and respond to anxiety, and incidences of psychogenic nonepileptic seizures (PNESs) – seizures that can be brought on by threatening situations, sensations, emotions, thoughts, or memories.read more

August 01, 2014

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5:12 PM | Possesive puppies: Jealous behaviors in dogs Emotion researchers...
Possesive puppies: Jealous behaviors in dogs Emotion researchers have been arguing for years whether jealousy requires complex cognition. And some scientists have even said that jealousy is an entirely social construct — not seen in all human cultures and not fundamental or hard-wired in the same ways that fear and anger are. A current study by UC San Diego professor Christine Harris is the first experimental test of jealous behaviors in dogs. The findings support the view that there may […]
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2:35 PM | Why Do Therapists Summer in Cape Cod?
Cape Cod is a wonderful summer destination for hundreds of thousands of people each year. Some of those thousands are therapists. But unlike most vacationers, the therapists don’t head to the Cape for just the beaches and sun. They’re coming to hone their therapeutic skills, while maintaining their license. One of the ways to do […]
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12:52 PM | Scientists figure out fashion, jealousy in dogs and how high a Lego tower can be built
Who’d Have Thunk It? 31.07.14 We begin this edition with a question which has plagued mankind for decades: How high can you build a Lego tower? At the behest of the BBC (good to see licence-fee-payers’ money put to good use!), engineers from the Open University have conducted tests to work it out. By placing…
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10:30 AM | Best of Our Blogs: August 1, 2014
As a child, I believed I had to wear the right things, talk a certain way, respond in a particular manner in order to be loved. As a teen, I worked people pleasing to my advantage, smiling on the outside, brushing away negative feelings, getting good grades. I tried to act in a way that […]
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8:32 AM | Psychologists investigate a major, ignored reason for our lack of sleep - bedtime procrastination
Short term, lack of sleep scrambles our mental functioning. Long term, the health consequences can be dire. What's stopping us from getting enough?For many, adequate sleep is elusive because of sleep disorders, including varieties of insomnia. For others there are practical challenges - baby care or night shifts, for example. A new study focuses on another major, yet strangely overlooked, reason - bedtime procrastination. You want to go to bed early. You know you need to get to bed. And yet you […]

Kroese, F., Evers, C., Adriaanse, M. & de Ridder, D. (2014). Bedtime procrastination: A self-regulation perspective on sleep insufficiency in the general population, Journal of Health Psychology, DOI: 10.1177/1359105314540014

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8:32 AM | Psychologists investigate a major, ignored reason for our lack of sleep - bedtime procrastination
Short term, lack of sleep scrambles our mental functioning. Long term, the health consequences can be dire. What's stopping us from getting enough?For many, adequate sleep is elusive because of sleep disorders, including varieties of insomnia. For others there are practical challenges - baby care or night shifts, for example. A new study focuses on another major, yet strangely overlooked, reason - bedtime procrastination. You want to go to bed early. You know you need to get to bed. And yet you […]

Kroese, F., Evers, C., Adriaanse, M. & de Ridder, D. (2014). Bedtime procrastination: A self-regulation perspective on sleep insufficiency in the general population, Journal of Health Psychology, DOI: 10.1177/1359105314540014

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8:32 AM | Psychologists investigate a major, ignored reason for our lack of sleep - bedtime procrastination
Short term, lack of sleep scrambles our mental functioning. Long term, the health consequences can be dire. What's stopping us from getting enough?For many, adequate sleep is elusive because of sleep disorders, including varieties of insomnia. For others there are practical challenges - baby care or night shifts, for example. A new study focuses on another major, yet strangely overlooked, reason - bedtime procrastination. You want to go to bed early. You know you need to get to bed. And yet you […]

Kroese, F., Evers, C., Adriaanse, M. & de Ridder, D. (2014). Bedtime procrastination: A self-regulation perspective on sleep insufficiency in the general population, Journal of Health Psychology, DOI: 10.1177/1359105314540014

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8:32 AM | Psychologists investigate a major, ignored reason for our lack of sleep - bedtime procrastination
Short term, lack of sleep scrambles our mental functioning. Long term, the health consequences can be dire. What's stopping us from getting enough?For many, adequate sleep is elusive because of sleep disorders, including varieties of insomnia. For others there are practical challenges - baby care or night shifts, for example. A new study focuses on another major, yet strangely overlooked, reason - bedtime procrastination. You want to go to bed early. You know you need to get to bed. And yet you […]

Kroese, F., Evers, C., Adriaanse, M. & de Ridder, D. (2014). Bedtime procrastination: A self-regulation perspective on sleep insufficiency in the general population, Journal of Health Psychology, DOI: 10.1177/1359105314540014

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July 31, 2014

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11:18 PM | Serious Restrictive Eating Disorders Occur at Any Weight
Although the words “anorexia nervosa” typically conjure up images of emaciated bodies, eating disorders characterized by dietary restriction or weight loss can — and do — occur at any weight. However, precisely because anorexia nervosa is associated with underweight, doctors are less likely to identify eating disorders among individuals who are in the so-called “normal” or above normal weight range, even if they […]

Lebow, J., Sim, L. & Kransdorf, L. (2014). Prevalence of a History of Overweight and Obesity in Adolescents With Restrictive Eating Disorders, Journal of Adolescent Health, DOI: 10.1016/j.jadohealth.2014.06.005

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11:18 PM | Serious Restrictive Eating Disorders Occur at Any Weight
Although the words “anorexia nervosa” typically conjure up images of emaciated bodies, eating disorders characterized by dietary restriction or weight loss can — and do — occur at any weight. However, precisely because anorexia nervosa is associated with underweight, doctors are less likely to identify eating disorders among individuals who are in the so-called “normal” or above normal weight range, even if they […]

Lebow, J., Sim, L. & Kransdorf, L. (2014). Prevalence of a History of Overweight and Obesity in Adolescents With Restrictive Eating Disorders, Journal of Adolescent Health, DOI: 10.1016/j.jadohealth.2014.06.005

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10:36 PM | Twitter Psychosis as a Cultural Artifact
The creation of the category “Twitter Psychosis" tells us more about the culture of contemporary psychiatry than it does about the purported dangers of social media overuse. Can Twitter really “cause” psychotic symptoms in predisposed individuals? Or is Twitter merely the latest technical innovation that influences “the form, origin and content of delusional beliefs” (Bell et al., 2005)? Twitter as the new telephone tower, radio waves, microchip implant or […]

Kalbitzer J, Mell T, Bermpohl F, Rapp MA & Heinz A (2014). Twitter Psychosis: A Rare Variation or a Distinct Syndrome?, The Journal of nervous and mental disease, 202 (8) 623. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25075647

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8:35 PM | Dear Orlando Bloom: How To Freak Out Less
Orlando Bloom is feeling stressed. Justin Bieber insulted him in Ibiza (why are they in the same club, much less the same city or even country?) or he insulted Bloom's ex-wife, the model Miranda Kerr, and he lashed out at Justin Bieber. Or tried, the wall of bodyguards that makes Justin Bieber brave made that difficult.read more
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4:35 PM | Fight, Flight or Freeze: The Stress Response
Imagine the following scenarios: 1. During a staff meeting that you led and thoroughly prepared for, your boss criticizes you for not completing a task that was someone else’s responsibility. All eyes are on you. You feel flushed, your heart starts racing, and you have you the urge to yell at your boss (even though […]
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3:00 PM | Why the Myers-Briggs test is totally meaningless
Why the Myers-Briggs test is totally meaningless: scienceofeds: It’s no more scientifically valid than a BuzzFeed quiz.
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11:00 AM | Fun with science blogging (two Flapping years) | Dean Burnett
The Brain Flapping blog is two years old today. In that time, it has caused many bizarre things to occur. Here are some of themTwo years ago today, this blog appeared on the Guardian website. The fact that youre reading this should be pretty conclusive proof that its still there. There was no real fanfare or buildup beforehand, it was just there suddenly. It came about after the Guardian Science people put out an open call for proposals for new blogs to expand their science blog network. Seeing […]
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10:45 AM | The ‘Weakness Factor’: Men and Depression
I’ve found that it’s much easier for women to say, “I’m depressed,” than it is for men. This has more to do with what I call the “weakness factor,” in which men struggle to admit something’s wrong with them or acknowledge something they perceive as a sign of weakness. Men get depressed just as women […]
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8:33 AM | The voices heard by people with schizophrenia are friendlier in India and Africa, than in the US
When a patient with schizophrenia hears voices in their head, is the experience shaped by the culture they live in? Tanya Luhrmann and her colleagues investigated by interviewing twenty people diagnosed with schizophrenia living in San Mateo, California; twenty in Accra, Ghana; and twenty others in Chennai India. There were similarities across cultures, including descriptions of good and bad voices, but also striking differences.In San Mateo the interviewees talked about their condition as a […]

Luhrmann, T., Padmavati, R., Tharoor, H. & Osei, A. (2014). Differences in voice-hearing experiences of people with psychosis in the USA, India and Ghana: interview-based study, The British Journal of Psychiatry, DOI: 10.1192/bjp.bp.113.139048

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8:18 AM | Dipeptidyl peptidase (DPP) IV and autism: supporting opioid-excess?
Serum levels of dipeptidyl peptidase (DPP) IV were found to be lower in children with autism compared to asymptomatic controls according to the study by Shahid Bashira & Laila AL-Ayadhi [1]. Based on analysis by ELISA, researchers concluded that "alterations in the plasma level of DPP IV play a role in the pathophysiology of autism".A sailor went to sea, sea, sea... @ Wikipedia Anyone who has followed the autism research scene for any length of time might have already heard […]

Bashir, S. & AL-Ayadhi, L. (2014). Alterations in plasma dipeptidyl peptidase IV in autism: A pilot study, Neurology, Psychiatry and Brain Research, 20 (2) 41-44. DOI: 10.1016/j.npbr.2014.03.001

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4:00 AM | Last Ape Standing: The Seven-Million-Year Story of How and Why We Survived
By Chip Walter Synopsis: Over the past 180 years scientists have sifted through evidence that at least twenty-seven human species have evolved on planet Earth. And as you may have noticed, twenty-six of them are no […]
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3:00 AM | Long-Term Couples Develop Interconnected Memory Systems
New research from Macquarie University in Australia reveals that intimate couples become part of an interpersonal cognitive system where each is dependent on the other to fill in certain memory gaps. Read more...

July 30, 2014

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10:00 PM | Blood Test Predicts Suicide Risk, Study Suggests
A new gene linked to suicide risk, and researchers say the finding could lead to a blood test that predicts a person's risk of attempting suicide.
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5:31 PM | Suicide, it might be in the blood
I tried to kill myself, more than once in fact. It was a troubling time for me and as a former active duty Marine that might not be too surprising […]

Guintivano, J., Brown, T., Newcomer, A., Jones, M., Cox, O., Maher, B., Eaton, W., Payne, J., Wilcox, H. & Kaminsky, Z. & (2014). Identification and Replication of a Combined Epigenetic and Genetic Biomarker Predicting Suicide and Suicidal Behaviors, American Journal of Psychiatry, DOI: 10.1176/appi.ajp.2014.14010008

Guintivano, J., Arad, M., Gould, T., Payne, J. & Kaminsky, Z. (2013). Antenatal prediction of postpartum depression with blood DNA methylation biomarkers, Molecular Psychiatry, 19 (5) 560-567. DOI: 10.1038/mp.2013.62

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5:31 PM | Suicide, it might be in the blood
I tried to kill myself, more than once in fact. It was a troubling time for me and as a former active duty Marine that might not be too surprising […]

Guintivano, J., Brown, T., Newcomer, A., Jones, M., Cox, O., Maher, B., Eaton, W., Payne, J., Wilcox, H. & Kaminsky, Z. & (2014). Identification and Replication of a Combined Epigenetic and Genetic Biomarker Predicting Suicide and Suicidal Behaviors, American Journal of Psychiatry, DOI: 10.1176/appi.ajp.2014.14010008

Guintivano, J., Arad, M., Gould, T., Payne, J. & Kaminsky, Z. (2013). Antenatal prediction of postpartum depression with blood DNA methylation biomarkers, Molecular Psychiatry, 19 (5) 560-567. DOI: 10.1038/mp.2013.62

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5:31 PM | Suicide, it might be in the blood
I tried to kill myself, more than once in fact. It was a troubling time for me and as a former active duty Marine that might not be too surprising […]

Guintivano, J., Brown, T., Newcomer, A., Jones, M., Cox, O., Maher, B., Eaton, W., Payne, J., Wilcox, H. & Kaminsky, Z. & (2014). Identification and Replication of a Combined Epigenetic and Genetic Biomarker Predicting Suicide and Suicidal Behaviors, American Journal of Psychiatry, DOI: 10.1176/appi.ajp.2014.14010008

Guintivano, J., Arad, M., Gould, T., Payne, J. & Kaminsky, Z. (2013). Antenatal prediction of postpartum depression with blood DNA methylation biomarkers, Molecular Psychiatry, 19 (5) 560-567. DOI: 10.1038/mp.2013.62

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5:31 PM | Suicide, it might be in the blood
I tried to kill myself, more than once in fact. It was a troubling time for me and as a former active duty Marine that might not be too surprising […]

Guintivano, J., Brown, T., Newcomer, A., Jones, M., Cox, O., Maher, B., Eaton, W., Payne, J., Wilcox, H. & Kaminsky, Z. & (2014). Identification and Replication of a Combined Epigenetic and Genetic Biomarker Predicting Suicide and Suicidal Behaviors, American Journal of Psychiatry, DOI: 10.1176/appi.ajp.2014.14010008

Guintivano, J., Arad, M., Gould, T., Payne, J. & Kaminsky, Z. (2013). Antenatal prediction of postpartum depression with blood DNA methylation biomarkers, Molecular Psychiatry, 19 (5) 560-567. DOI: 10.1038/mp.2013.62

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5:31 PM | Suicide, it might be in the blood
I tried to kill myself, more than once in fact. It was a troubling time for me and as a former active duty Marine that might not be too surprising […]

Guintivano, J., Brown, T., Newcomer, A., Jones, M., Cox, O., Maher, B., Eaton, W., Payne, J., Wilcox, H. & Kaminsky, Z. & (2014). Identification and Replication of a Combined Epigenetic and Genetic Biomarker Predicting Suicide and Suicidal Behaviors, American Journal of Psychiatry, DOI: 10.1176/appi.ajp.2014.14010008

Guintivano, J., Arad, M., Gould, T., Payne, J. & Kaminsky, Z. (2013). Antenatal prediction of postpartum depression with blood DNA methylation biomarkers, Molecular Psychiatry, 19 (5) 560-567. DOI: 10.1038/mp.2013.62

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5:31 PM | Suicide, it might be in the blood
I tried to kill myself, more than once in fact. It was a troubling time for me and as a former active duty Marine that might not be too surprising […]

Guintivano, J., Brown, T., Newcomer, A., Jones, M., Cox, O., Maher, B., Eaton, W., Payne, J., Wilcox, H. & Kaminsky, Z. & (2014). Identification and Replication of a Combined Epigenetic and Genetic Biomarker Predicting Suicide and Suicidal Behaviors, American Journal of Psychiatry, DOI: 10.1176/appi.ajp.2014.14010008

Guintivano, J., Arad, M., Gould, T., Payne, J. & Kaminsky, Z. (2013). Antenatal prediction of postpartum depression with blood DNA methylation biomarkers, Molecular Psychiatry, 19 (5) 560-567. DOI: 10.1038/mp.2013.62

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5:00 PM | DNews: Are White Lies Good for Society?
A new study says there may be some good that comes out of lying. Well, telling white lies anyway! Don't believe us? Watch Trace, to learn the truth.
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4:49 PM | Many Depressed Preschoolers Still...Wait, What?
Toddlers who did not frolic and smile and laugh were once called pensive or shy or quiet but now a Preschool Feelings Checklist can label kids as depressed at 3 years of age.  Using that as a factual basis, a paper in the American Journal of Psychiatry has found that depressed preschoolers were 2.5 times more likely to suffer from the condition in elementary and middle school than kids who were not diagnosed as depressed at very young ages. Doctors and scientists maintain that […]
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