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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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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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January 28, 2015

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8:08 PM | Everyday chemical exposure leads to early menopause
Seems like everything is killing us these days. Well ladies, you have one more thing that is causing you problems. New research has shown that women whose bodies have high levels of chemicals found in plastics, personal-care products, common household items and the environment experience menopause two to four years earlier than women with lower […]

Grindler, N., Allsworth, J., Macones, G., Kannan, K., Roehl, K. & Cooper, A. (2015). Persistent Organic Pollutants and Early Menopause in U.S. Women, PLOS ONE, 10 (1) DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0116057

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8:08 PM | Everyday chemical exposure leads to early menopause
Seems like everything is killing us these days. Well ladies, you have one more thing that is causing you problems. New research has shown that women whose bodies have high levels of chemicals found in plastics, personal-care products, common household items and the environment experience menopause two to four years earlier than women with lower […]

Grindler, N., Allsworth, J., Macones, G., Kannan, K., Roehl, K. & Cooper, A. (2015). Persistent Organic Pollutants and Early Menopause in U.S. Women, PLOS ONE, 10 (1) DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0116057

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8:08 PM | Everyday chemical exposure leads to early menopause
Seems like everything is killing us these days. Well ladies, you have one more thing that is causing you problems. New research has shown that women whose bodies have high levels of chemicals found in plastics, personal-care products, common household items and the environment experience menopause two to four years earlier than women with lower […]

Grindler, N., Allsworth, J., Macones, G., Kannan, K., Roehl, K. & Cooper, A. (2015). Persistent Organic Pollutants and Early Menopause in U.S. Women, PLOS ONE, 10 (1) DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0116057

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8:08 PM | Everyday chemical exposure leads to early menopause
Seems like everything is killing us these days. Well ladies, you have one more thing that is causing you problems. New research has shown that women whose bodies have high levels of chemicals found in plastics, personal-care products, common household items and the environment experience menopause two to four years earlier than women with lower […]

Grindler, N., Allsworth, J., Macones, G., Kannan, K., Roehl, K. & Cooper, A. (2015). Persistent Organic Pollutants and Early Menopause in U.S. Women, PLOS ONE, 10 (1) DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0116057

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8:00 AM | Manzi’s Uncontrolled
In social science, a myriad of factors can affect outcomes. Think of all the factors claimed to affect school achievement – student characteristics such as intelligence, conscientiousness, patience and willingness to work hard, parental characteristics such as income and education, and then there is genetics, socioeconomic status, school peers, teacher quality, class size, local crime and […]

January 24, 2015

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2:39 PM | Urban Legends In The World of Clinical Trials
Ethnographer Jill A. Fisher offers a fascinating look at the rumors and urban legends that circulate among the volunteers who get paid to take part in medical research: Stopped hearts, amputated toes and NASA Fisher visited six clinical trial facilities across the USA. All of these facilities were exclusively devoted to running phase I trials, testing new drugs to see if they are safe in humans. She spent a total of 450 hours in the field, getting to know the 'guinea pigs', and the staf

Fisher JA (2015). Stopped hearts, amputated toes and NASA: contemporary legends among healthy volunteers in US phase I clinical trials., Sociology of health & illness, 37 (1) 127-42. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25601069

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12:16 AM | Mothers don’t speak clearly to their babies
People have a distinctive way of talking to babies and small children: We speak more slowly, using a sing-song voice, and tend to use cutesy words like “tummy”. While we might be inclined to think that we talk this way because it is easier for children to understand, new research suggests that, surprisingly, mothers may actually […]

Andrew Martin, Thomas Schatz, Maarten Versteegh, Kouki Miyazawa, Reiko Mazuka, Emmanuel Dupoux, and Alejandrina Cristia. (2015). Kouki Miyazawa, Reiko Mazuka, Emmanuel Dupoux, and Alejandrina Cristia. Mothers Speak Less Clearly to Infants Than to Adults: A Comprehensive Test of the Hyperarticulation Hypothesis., Psychological Science, Other:

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12:16 AM | Mothers don’t speak clearly to their babies
People have a distinctive way of talking to babies and small children: We speak more slowly, using a sing-song voice, and tend to use cutesy words like “tummy”. While we might be inclined to think that we talk this way because it is easier for children to understand, new research suggests that, surprisingly, mothers may actually […]

Andrew Martin, Thomas Schatz, Maarten Versteegh, Kouki Miyazawa, Reiko Mazuka, Emmanuel Dupoux, and Alejandrina Cristia. (2015). Kouki Miyazawa, Reiko Mazuka, Emmanuel Dupoux, and Alejandrina Cristia. Mothers Speak Less Clearly to Infants Than to Adults: A Comprehensive Test of the Hyperarticulation Hypothesis., Psychological Science, Other:

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12:16 AM | Mothers don’t speak clearly to their babies
People have a distinctive way of talking to babies and small children: We speak more slowly, using a sing-song voice, and tend to use cutesy words like “tummy”. While we might be inclined to think that we talk this way because it is easier for children to understand, new research suggests that, surprisingly, mothers may actually […]

Andrew Martin, Thomas Schatz, Maarten Versteegh, Kouki Miyazawa, Reiko Mazuka, Emmanuel Dupoux, and Alejandrina Cristia. (2015). Kouki Miyazawa, Reiko Mazuka, Emmanuel Dupoux, and Alejandrina Cristia. Mothers Speak Less Clearly to Infants Than to Adults: A Comprehensive Test of the Hyperarticulation Hypothesis., Psychological Science, Other:

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12:16 AM | Mothers don’t speak clearly to their babies
People have a distinctive way of talking to babies and small children: We speak more slowly, using a sing-song voice, and tend to use cutesy words like “tummy”. While we might be inclined to think that we talk this way because it is easier for children to understand, new research suggests that, surprisingly, mothers may actually […]

Andrew Martin, Thomas Schatz, Maarten Versteegh, Kouki Miyazawa, Reiko Mazuka, Emmanuel Dupoux, and Alejandrina Cristia. (2015). Kouki Miyazawa, Reiko Mazuka, Emmanuel Dupoux, and Alejandrina Cristia. Mothers Speak Less Clearly to Infants Than to Adults: A Comprehensive Test of the Hyperarticulation Hypothesis., Psychological Science, Other:

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12:16 AM | Mothers don’t speak clearly to their babies
People have a distinctive way of talking to babies and small children: We speak more slowly, using a sing-song voice, and tend to use cutesy words like “tummy”. While we might be inclined to think that we talk this way because it is easier for children to understand, new research suggests that, surprisingly, mothers may actually […]

Andrew Martin, Thomas Schatz, Maarten Versteegh, Kouki Miyazawa, Reiko Mazuka, Emmanuel Dupoux, and Alejandrina Cristia. (2015). Kouki Miyazawa, Reiko Mazuka, Emmanuel Dupoux, and Alejandrina Cristia. Mothers Speak Less Clearly to Infants Than to Adults: A Comprehensive Test of the Hyperarticulation Hypothesis., Psychological Science, Other:

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12:16 AM | Mothers don’t speak clearly to their babies
People have a distinctive way of talking to babies and small children: We speak more slowly, using a sing-song voice, and tend to use cutesy words like “tummy”. While we might be inclined to think that we talk this way because it is easier for children to understand, new research suggests that, surprisingly, mothers may actually […]

Andrew Martin, Thomas Schatz, Maarten Versteegh, Kouki Miyazawa, Reiko Mazuka, Emmanuel Dupoux, and Alejandrina Cristia. (2015). Kouki Miyazawa, Reiko Mazuka, Emmanuel Dupoux, and Alejandrina Cristia. Mothers Speak Less Clearly to Infants Than to Adults: A Comprehensive Test of the Hyperarticulation Hypothesis., Psychological Science, Other:

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12:16 AM | Mothers don’t speak clearly to their babies
People have a distinctive way of talking to babies and small children: We speak more slowly, using a sing-song voice, and tend to use cutesy words like “tummy”. While we might be inclined to think that we talk this way because it is easier for children to understand, new research suggests that, surprisingly, mothers may actually […]

Andrew Martin, Thomas Schatz, Maarten Versteegh, Kouki Miyazawa, Reiko Mazuka, Emmanuel Dupoux, and Alejandrina Cristia. (2015). Kouki Miyazawa, Reiko Mazuka, Emmanuel Dupoux, and Alejandrina Cristia. Mothers Speak Less Clearly to Infants Than to Adults: A Comprehensive Test of the Hyperarticulation Hypothesis., Psychological Science, Other:

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12:16 AM | Mothers don’t speak clearly to their babies
People have a distinctive way of talking to babies and small children: We speak more slowly, using a sing-song voice, and tend to use cutesy words like “tummy”. While we might be inclined to think that we talk this way because it is easier for children to understand, new research suggests that, surprisingly, mothers may actually […]

Andrew Martin, Thomas Schatz, Maarten Versteegh, Kouki Miyazawa, Reiko Mazuka, Emmanuel Dupoux, and Alejandrina Cristia. (2015). Kouki Miyazawa, Reiko Mazuka, Emmanuel Dupoux, and Alejandrina Cristia. Mothers Speak Less Clearly to Infants Than to Adults: A Comprehensive Test of the Hyperarticulation Hypothesis., Psychological Science, Other:

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January 23, 2015

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9:38 PM | Fun Science FRIEDay – Darwin Says Survival of the… empathetic?!
Dacher Keltner, professor of psychology and founding faculty director of the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley has been pushing an idea – Humans are built to be good, because it aids in human survival. This seems to immediately contradict the framework of evolution that has been popularized,  which champions individual survival and competition to […]
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1:59 AM | Unhappy feet – why we need more than a day of penguin awareness
A couple of days ago (20th January) was penguin awareness day1. But do we really need to be more aware of penguins?  Well, actually yes.  Photo by Chris Parsons  We conducted a study a couple of years ago  (pdf also available) to look at public awareness of penguins (using university students as a sample) and […]

January 22, 2015

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10:50 PM | Belief’s effect on biochemistry in cases of addiction
Ever wonder what makes people susceptible to addiction? Think about it, some people can stop addictive painkillers without a problem and others, well others are not so lucky. So the big question is are there more than biophysical factors at play in addiction? A new study shows that cognitive beliefs play a significant role in a […]

Gu, X., Lohrenz, T., Salas, R., Baldwin, P., Soltani, A., Kirk, U., Cinciripini, P. & Montague, P. (2015). Belief about nicotine selectively modulates value and reward prediction error signals in smokers, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 201416639. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1416639112

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10:50 PM | Belief’s effect on biochemistry in cases of addiction
Ever wonder what makes people susceptible to addiction? Think about it, some people can stop addictive painkillers without a problem and others, well others are not so lucky. So the big question is are there more than biophysical factors at play in addiction? A new study shows that cognitive beliefs play a significant role in a […]

Gu, X., Lohrenz, T., Salas, R., Baldwin, P., Soltani, A., Kirk, U., Cinciripini, P. & Montague, P. (2015). Belief about nicotine selectively modulates value and reward prediction error signals in smokers, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 201416639. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1416639112

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10:50 PM | Belief’s effect on biochemistry in cases of addiction
Ever wonder what makes people susceptible to addiction? Think about it, some people can stop addictive painkillers without a problem and others, well others are not so lucky. So the big question is are there more than biophysical factors at play in addiction? A new study shows that cognitive beliefs play a significant role in a […]

Gu, X., Lohrenz, T., Salas, R., Baldwin, P., Soltani, A., Kirk, U., Cinciripini, P. & Montague, P. (2015). Belief about nicotine selectively modulates value and reward prediction error signals in smokers, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 201416639. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1416639112

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10:50 PM | Belief’s effect on biochemistry in cases of addiction
Ever wonder what makes people susceptible to addiction? Think about it, some people can stop addictive painkillers without a problem and others, well others are not so lucky. So the big question is are there more than biophysical factors at play in addiction? A new study shows that cognitive beliefs play a significant role in a […]

Gu, X., Lohrenz, T., Salas, R., Baldwin, P., Soltani, A., Kirk, U., Cinciripini, P. & Montague, P. (2015). Belief about nicotine selectively modulates value and reward prediction error signals in smokers, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 201416639. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1416639112

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10:50 PM | Belief’s effect on biochemistry in cases of addiction
Ever wonder what makes people susceptible to addiction? Think about it, some people can stop addictive painkillers without a problem and others, well others are not so lucky. So the big question is are there more than biophysical factors at play in addiction? A new study shows that cognitive beliefs play a significant role in a […]

Gu, X., Lohrenz, T., Salas, R., Baldwin, P., Soltani, A., Kirk, U., Cinciripini, P. & Montague, P. (2015). Belief about nicotine selectively modulates value and reward prediction error signals in smokers, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 201416639. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1416639112

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10:50 PM | Belief’s effect on biochemistry in cases of addiction
Ever wonder what makes people susceptible to addiction? Think about it, some people can stop addictive painkillers without a problem and others, well others are not so lucky. So the big question is are there more than biophysical factors at play in addiction? A new study shows that cognitive beliefs play a significant role in a […]

Gu, X., Lohrenz, T., Salas, R., Baldwin, P., Soltani, A., Kirk, U., Cinciripini, P. & Montague, P. (2015). Belief about nicotine selectively modulates value and reward prediction error signals in smokers, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 201416639. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1416639112

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10:50 PM | Belief’s effect on biochemistry in cases of addiction
Ever wonder what makes people susceptible to addiction? Think about it, some people can stop addictive painkillers without a problem and others, well others are not so lucky. So the big question is are there more than biophysical factors at play in addiction? A new study shows that cognitive beliefs play a significant role in a […]

Gu, X., Lohrenz, T., Salas, R., Baldwin, P., Soltani, A., Kirk, U., Cinciripini, P. & Montague, P. (2015). Belief about nicotine selectively modulates value and reward prediction error signals in smokers, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 201416639. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1416639112

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10:50 PM | Belief’s effect on biochemistry in cases of addiction
Ever wonder what makes people susceptible to addiction? Think about it, some people can stop addictive painkillers without a problem and others, well others are not so lucky. So the big question is are there more than biophysical factors at play in addiction? A new study shows that cognitive beliefs play a significant role in a […]

Gu, X., Lohrenz, T., Salas, R., Baldwin, P., Soltani, A., Kirk, U., Cinciripini, P. & Montague, P. (2015). Belief about nicotine selectively modulates value and reward prediction error signals in smokers, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 201416639. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1416639112

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