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April 24, 2014

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8:30 PM | Crash Course Psychology #8 - Consciousness via...
Crash Course Psychology #8 - Consciousness via thecrashcourse: What exactly is Consciousness? Well… that’s kind of a gray area. In this episode of Crash Course Psychology, Hank gives you the basic ideas of what Consciousness is, how our attention works, and why we shouldn’t text and drive… ever… no, really, NEVER!
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5:00 PM | How to become a more “Conscious Parent”
Even if we haven’t had children of our own, we still know about those children screaming down the grocery aisle or the kid who makes a fuss everywhere. In fact, that may be one of the reasons some of us haven’t had... Read More ›
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3:07 PM | Hallucinations by Oliver Sacks | book review | @GrrlScientist
Written by a neurologist and shortlisted for the 2014 Wellcome Trust Book Prize, this is a collection of personal anecdotes that reveal the tremendous variety of hallucinations experienced by normal everyday people. Hallucinations are much more common than most people realise and in fact, may be a universal part of the human experience. This is the main premise in Oliver Sacks' newest collection, Hallucinations [Picador/Pan Macmillan, 2013; Guardian Bookshop; Amazon UK/audiobook CD UK; Amazon […]
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2:00 PM | Peace, Love, and Recovery – a Drug Approach that Could Really Work
As an anorexic child, teen, and then young adult, I remember being horrifically lonely. For years on end, I was SO lonely. I would drive about as I went to school, work, therapy, and look longingly in the windows of cheerily bright restaurants. I would wonder if that would ever be me – sitting at […]
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10:34 AM | Introducing the Blog, Thrive
Many of us live our lives with little mindful regard as to where we’re going… and where we’ve been. We go from day to day, just happy with the little accomplishments and with no major problems rearing their ugly head. While I think that’s fine for a short while, it’s not a good way to […]
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8:35 AM | As if you needed telling...
"GI [gastrointestinal] dysfunction was prevalent in this cohort of children with ASD [autism spectrum disorders], observations consistent with the reports of parents and other clinicians". That was one of the conclusions reached by Victor Kang and colleagues [1] in their study looking at GI issues in cases of autism.Of course we've been here before... many times in fact, as autism research delivers more evidence that bowel issues are quite frequently over-represented in cases of […]

Kang V, Wagner GC & Ming X (2014). Gastrointestinal Dysfunction in Children With Autism Spectrum Disorders., Autism research : official journal of the International Society for Autism Research, PMID:

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April 23, 2014

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11:00 PM | How Can People Do This to Each Other Dr Joseph Chuman discusses...
How Can People Do This to Each Other Dr Joseph Chuman discusses the Rewanda genocide and other mass atrocities. Duration: 44:22 via NYS Ethical Culture.
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10:15 PM | Athletic Focus: How to Make the Right Game-Time Decisions
What did you do when you read the word “focus”? You probably zeroed in on the word and prepared for that big, important lesson that’s about to be thrown at you. Many of us are wired to listen only when it’s important. Think about it: when you are sitting in class, listening to Coach, or in […]
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9:34 PM | Heaven for Real? PET Scans Offer Clues
The new film "Heaven is for Real" relates a young boy's visit to heaven, though recent brain imaging research suggests a different explanation. Continue reading →
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9:34 PM | Heaven for Real? PET Scans Offer Clues
The new film "Heaven is for Real" relates a young boy's visit to heaven, though recent brain imaging research suggests a different explanation. Continue reading →
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5:50 PM | (Sample) Size Matters
On this blog and others, on twitter (@mwkraus), at conferences, and in the halls of the psychology building at the University of Illinois, I have engaged in a wealth of important discussions about improving research methods in social-personality psychology. Many prominent psychologists have offered several helpful suggestions in this regard.
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4:00 PM | What Happens When I Have A Hangover? If you’ve ever had a...
What Happens When I Have A Hangover? If you’ve ever had a few too many beers at a party, then you’ve probably encountered the symptoms of a hangover — the pulsing headache, dry mouth, nausea and more. But what’s actually happening to you? And what is it about alcohol that can turn a wonderful Saturday night into an agonizing Sunday morning? Learn more with Ben Bowlin. via Brain Stuff.
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3:30 PM | Curiosity Hates You! The allure of the unknown, the lust for...
Curiosity Hates You! The allure of the unknown, the lust for knew experiences. Curiosity fuels our biggest adventures and Curiosity Hates You! via Nature Hates You.
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1:04 PM | Controlling Your Kids: Cut Up Their Food And They'll Calm Down
Modern Western parents spend a lot of time trying to figure out new ways for kids not to be kids and to force their behavior into narrow ranges. Then modern Western spend a lot of time filling out surveys saying they want their kids to be intelligent, creative and independent.  If you are a parent who wants to mollify the animalistic eating behavior of your child, don't give them a chicken drumstick, cut their food into little pieces for them. Yes, whole foods are causing bad […]
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12:30 PM | What Is A Typical Animal Hoarder?
Sometimes we hear their cases on the news – dozens of sick and frightened dogs or cats removed from the home of an animal hoarder. But is there a typical profile, and how big is the problem?A study by Calvo et al (2014) investigates 24 cases of animal hoarding in Spain between 2002 and 2011. Photo: schankz / ShutterstockAnimal hoarding is not simply having large numbers of pets; it also involves a lack of care for those pets, such that they are sick, not receiving veterinary care and […]

Calvo, P., Duarte, C., Bowen, J., Bulbena, A. & Fatjó, J. (2014). Characteristics of 24 cases of animal hoarding in Spain, Animal Welfare, 23 (2) 199-208. DOI:

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12:30 PM | What Is A Typical Animal Hoarder?
Sometimes we hear their cases on the news – dozens of sick and frightened dogs or cats removed from the home of an animal hoarder. But is there a typical profile, and how big is the problem?A study by Calvo et al (2014) investigates 24 cases of animal hoarding in Spain between 2002 and 2011. Photo: schankz / ShutterstockAnimal hoarding is not simply having large numbers of pets; it also involves a lack of care for those pets, such that they are sick, not receiving veterinary care and […]

Calvo, P., Duarte, C., Bowen, J., Bulbena, A. & Fatjó, J. (2014). Characteristics of 24 cases of animal hoarding in Spain, Animal Welfare, 23 (2) 199-208. DOI:

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12:30 PM | What Is A Typical Animal Hoarder?
Sometimes we hear their cases on the news – dozens of sick and frightened dogs or cats removed from the home of an animal hoarder. But is there a typical profile, and how big is the problem?A study by Calvo et al (2014) investigates 24 cases of animal hoarding in Spain between 2002 and 2011. Photo: schankz / ShutterstockAnimal hoarding is not simply having large numbers of pets; it also involves a lack of care for those pets, such that they are sick, not receiving veterinary care and […]

Calvo, P., Duarte, C., Bowen, J., Bulbena, A. & Fatjó, J. (2014). Characteristics of 24 cases of animal hoarding in Spain, Animal Welfare, 23 (2) 199-208. DOI:

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8:25 AM | Phenylalanine and schizophrenia: new directions for intervention?
As regular readers might already have noticed, amino acids are a bit of a obsession of mine on this blog. Out of all of them - and there are quite a few - I'm particularly interested in the aromatic amino acids and the their various connections to health and wellbeing. I've talked at length about some of the proposed connections made between amino acids such as tryptophan, tyrosine and phenylalanine to all manner of conditions but specifically with the autism spectrum in mind (see here).The […]

Olaoluwa Okusaga, Olesja Muravitskaja, Dietmar Fuchs, Ayesha Ashraf, Sarah Hinman, Ina Giegling, Annette M. Hartmann, Bettina Konte, Marion Friedl, Jason Schiffman & Elliot Hong (2014). Elevated Levels of Plasma Phenylalanine in Schizophrenia: A Guanosine Triphosphate Cyclohydrolase-1 Metabolic Pathway Abnormality?, PLoS ONE, 9 DOI:

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8:05 AM | The Science of Persuasion
A while ago I wrote several blogs looking at how a knowledge of psychology can be used to persuade us to do things (e.g. here and here). Recently I came across the following animated presentation which concisely and cleverly describes key methods of persuasion.
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2:23 AM | Autism, SSRIs, and Epidemiology 101
I can understand the eagerness with which science writers jump on stories that deal with new findings about autism spectrum disorders (ASDs). After all, the mystery surrounding the rapid increase in ASD rates over the past 20 years (see right) has made any ASD-related study that may offer some clues inherently interesting. Because people are anxiously awaiting some explanation of this medical enigma, it seems like science writers almost have an obligation to discuss new findings concerning the […]

Rebecca A. Harrington, Li-Ching Lee, Rosa M. Crum, Andrew W. Zimmerman, Irva Hertz-Picciotto (2014). Prenatal SSRI Use and Offspring With Autism Spectrum Disorder or Developmental Delay, PEDIATRICS, DOI:

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April 22, 2014

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10:00 PM | Faking Orgasm… In this week’s episode of Sex+, Laci...
Faking Orgasm… In this week’s episode of Sex+, Laci Green casually discusses fake orgasms. She begins with a story of her own experience, why she faked orgasm so often, and how it turned into a destructive sexual habit. In the second half of this video, she discusses her observations of this widespread phenomenon and offers a word of advice to those who may be faking orgasm or those who have partners that they suspect are faking it. via lacigreen: new video babes!  i went to […]
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8:01 PM | How to Beat Jet Lag via braincraft: NEW VIDEO!! Want to beat jet...
How to Beat Jet Lag via braincraft: NEW VIDEO!! Want to beat jet lag quickly? There’s an app for that! I chat with researcher & app developer Olivia Walch from University of Michigan. Google+ https://www.google.com/+braincraftvideo Tumblr http://braincraft.tumblr.com Twitter https://twitter.com/Brain_Craft Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Braincraft Instagram http://instagram.com/brain_craft
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5:00 PM | Quote Therapy – by Joel Osteen
“You’ve got to see yourself the way you want to be.” Joel Osteen
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4:00 PM | Why Smart People Are More Trusting Trust is a vital part of...
Why Smart People Are More Trusting Trust is a vital part of everyday life. If you can’t trust anyone, than your life can be lonely. But, if you trust too many people, it’s easy to be betrayed or let down. Laci hangs out to discuss the surprising link between one’s level of intelligence and their willingness to trust others. via DNews Channel.
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2:54 PM | The Impact Of A False-Positive Mammogram On Women's Well-being
Anywhere from 40 to 60 percent of women who undergo routine screening mammography during a ten-year period will experience a false-positive mammogram. They then suffer anxiety while they undergo additional testing, sometimes involving a biopsy, to confirm that cancer is not present. Researchers have suspected that increased anxiety, pain, and the bother of additional tests might adversely affect the quality of life for women who experience false-positive screening mammograms. In a new […]
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1:00 PM | Why aren’t math professors sociopaths?
Great open from Chris Hayes: Imagine you’re a scientist in some sci-fi alternate universe, and you’ve been charged with creating a boot camp that will reliably turn normal but ambitious people into broken sociopaths more or less willing to do anything. There are two main traits you’d want to cultivate in your recruits. The first […]
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12:17 PM | Motivated Memory
I have had the following experience many times, and so I suspect that it is a near-universal experience. You are in a heated conversation with one or more other people who have differing opinions on the topic of discussion. Perhaps it’s just a fight over personal matters. After the heat has died down and calmer [...]
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10:30 AM | Best of Our Blogs: April 22, 2014
“Helping begins with listening.” – Gloria Steinem There is a single word solution that can heal yourself and the ones you love. Listen. Listening wholeheartedly to your tired body. Listen to the sorrow that sits on a breaking heart. Listen to the fear that rests under anger. Listen to your child sighing, your cat purring, […]
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1:51 AM | Virtual Issue for Earth Day : Human Impact on Climate Change
That Earth Day is celebrated speaks to people’s recognition of the intrinsic value of the natural world. In recognition of Earth Day, therefore, we have compiled four articles that help us understand why people are or are not good stewards of the planet. These works explore the psychological processes that affect environmental intentions and behaviors, […] The post Virtual Issue for Earth Day : Human Impact on Climate Change appeared first on Wiley Asia Blog.
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1:51 AM | Virtual Issue for Earth Day : Human Impact on Climate Change
That Earth Day is celebrated speaks to people’s recognition of the intrinsic value of the natural world. In recognition of Earth Day, therefore, we have compiled four articles that help us understand why people are or are not good stewards of the planet. These works explore the psychological processes that affect environmental intentions and behaviors, […] The post Virtual Issue for Earth Day : Human Impact on Climate Change appeared first on Wiley Asia Blog.
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