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April 19, 2014

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4:46 AM | Energy Expenditure (Calories Burned) in Anorexia Nervosa Patients
How many calories do patients with anorexia nervosa need to eat to gain a kilo (2.2 lbs)? It seems like a simple question and one that we should have figured out a long time ago, given the importance (err, necessity) of refeeding and weight restoration in recovery from anorexia nervosa. Unfortunately, research in this area has often led to contradictory results (see Salisbury et al., 1995 and de Zwaan et al., 2002 for reviews). Fortunately, a paper by Stephan Zipfel and colleagues […]
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3:43 AM | Alcohol
As a college student I often hear stories from friends and classmates that involve lots and lots of alcohol. Not one to drink, I didn’t really know much about alcohol and its effects, other than what kids are told in grade school. After doing some searching I found out that, not only was there a […]

April 18, 2014

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10:34 PM | 28 Percent Of Morning After Pills In Study Are Counterfeit
Emergency contraceptive pills haven't reduced teen pregnancies or abortions but at least in America those incidents have not risen - in South America, unprotected sex is really taking a pregnancy gamble, even if there is access to a morning after pill. A survey of emergency contraceptive pills in Peru found that 28 percent of the batches studied were either of substandard quality or falsified. Many released the active ingredient too slowly, others had the wrong active ingredient, one batch was […]
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10:33 PM | New Blog…
As you probably noticed I stopped updating this blog. If you’re still interesting in reading my new posts, you can find me at medium. Thanks for all the support/comments so far.  
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10:05 PM | Sun Emits A Mid-level Solar Flare
The sun emitted a mid-level solar flare, peaking at 9:03 a.m. EDT on April 18, 2014, and NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory captured images of the event. Solar flares are powerful bursts of radiation. Harmful radiation from a flare cannot pass through Earth's atmosphere to physically affect humans on the ground, however -- when intense enough -- they can disturb the atmosphere in the layer where GPS and communications signals travel. To see how this event may impact Earth, please visit NOAA's […]
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9:45 PM | Truth and science – As I suspected
As promised, but I am rather annoyed, so this will be short and a little rambling… I saw this church sign while driving around my neighborhood (I parked my car before taking the picture, AND this is not the church I attend). I did not know what to think (well, I did but I was …
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9:28 PM | Holistic Conservation: Forget 20th Century Claims About People And Species Extinction
The USA alone has more wilderness than the entire continent of Africa does, but the natural world is not the same as it was 20, 50 or 100 years ago.  And the natural world than was far different than preceding generations.read more
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9:09 PM | Sexual Healing in Bonobos
Bonobos have earned a reputation as a “sexy” ape. Sexual activity — in many creative forms — plays a large role in bonobo society. Sexual contacts occur often, in virtually all partner combinations and in a slew of different positions. Read my latest Zoologic post, a Q&A with Emory University’s Zanna Clay about her research looking at how bonobos use sex to break the tension after conflicts: Sexual Healing: How Bonobos Use Sex to De-Stress .
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8:55 PM | The varieties of peer review
I’ve been very pleased with the response to my Neuron article on post-publication peer review. (Read more about the backstory here). The commentary on PubPeer got me thinking some more about the different kinds of peer review. In particular, the topic of pre-print servers like arXiv came up. I noted that arXiv is “moderated by experts”... which sounds kind of like peer review.This lead me to thinking about the continuum from traditional pre-publication peer review to […]
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7:22 PM | Downside To LED Bulbs - Like HDTV, It Makes Some Things Look Worse
If you have ever seen set pieces from a science-fiction show, you have probably been amazed at how cheap and silly the whole things looks. That was the initial concern with high-definition television too. Standard definition hid a lot of cosmetic defects in people and things that are quite obvious in the real world. Lighting can do the same thing in the real world, of course. Everyone has had a table in their place that looked fine, only to open the windows and have natural light reveal a […]
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6:21 PM | New Study Suggests A Better Way To Deal With Bad Memories
What's one of your worst memories? How did it make you feel? According to psychologists, remembering the emotions felt during a negative personal experience, such as how sad you were or how embarrassed you felt, can lead to emotional distress, especially when you can't stop thinking about it. When these negative memories creep up, thinking about the context of the memories, rather than how you felt, is a relatively easy and effective way to alleviate the negative effects of these memories, a […]
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6:21 PM | Ancient DNA Offers Clues To How Barnyard Chickens Came To Be
Durham, NC — Ancient DNA adds a twist to the story of how barnyard chickens came to be, finds a study to be published April 21 in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Analyzing DNA from the bones of chickens that lived 200-2300 years ago in Europe, researchers report that just a few hundred years ago domestic chickens may have looked far different from the chickens we know today. The results suggest that some of the traits we associate with modern domestic chickens […]
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6:21 PM | Plants With Dormant Seeds Give Rise To More Species
Durham, NC — Seeds that sprout as soon as they're planted may be good news for a garden. But wild plants need to be more careful. In the wild, a plant whose seeds sprouted at the first warm spell or rainy day would risk disaster. More than just an insurance policy against late frosts or unexpected dry spells, it turns out that seed dormancy has long-term advantages too: Plants whose seeds put off sprouting until conditions are more certain give rise to more species, finds in a team of […]
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6:14 PM | Sleep Deprived?
As a graduating college student one has time to look back and reflect on many things. Although the intended goal of college is to nurture one’s thirst for knowledge, gain critical thinking skills, and to improve one’s connection to society, it inadvertently harms its students. Most college students at Colby College, are not just students, […]
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5:14 PM | Data analysis: ten tips I wish I'd known sooner
I enjoy analysing data and I've been doing it for years, but I still do things inefficiently. All the same, I have learned some things along the way. As I work through another complex dataset, I thought it worth sharing some of the most useful tips I've picked up to make life simpler and smoother.  Some are very elementary and they will mostly be of relevance to psychologists who use Excel and SPSS to do fairly straightforward analyses, though some points are more generic. A lot of […]
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5:07 PM | Overcomming Social Phobia with CBT and Pharmacotherapy
photo credit: ParadigmMalibu.comSocial phobia, a type of anxiety disorder, is characterized by persistent fear of one or more social or performance situations in which the person is exposed to unfamiliar people or to possible scrutiny by others (1). The individual fears that he or she will act in a way (or show anxiety symptoms) that will be embarrassing and humiliating.  Exposure to the feared situation almost invariably provokes anxiety, which may take the form of a situationally […]
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4:17 PM | Is the fish an effective treatment against Alzheimer’s?
Current therapies look for how to stop the progression of Alzheimer's disease, a recent study appears to have succeeded thanks to the omega-3 along with alpha lipoic acid.
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4:09 PM | Lost World: 3-Million-Year-Old Landscape Still Exists Under Greenland Ice Sheet
Parts of the landscape underlying the massive Greenland ice sheet may have been undisturbed for almost 3 million years, since the island became completely ice-covered, say researchers who based their discovery on an analysis of the chemical composition of silts recovered from the bottom of an ice core more than 3,000 meters long.  The find suggests "pre-glacial landscapes can remain preserved for long periods under continental ice sheets."  In the time since the ice sheet formed "the […]
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4:02 PM | Artificial Intelligence Programs Go Head To Head
Most academics don't like competition but in the field of artificial intelligence, everyone wants to square off against the best in their discipline.In June, the International Planning Competition held every two years will take place in  New Hampshire. It  is divided into four categories, the most significant of which is considered the “deterministic track”. This is for programs designed to eliminate any element of chance from automated planning in a wide range of […]
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3:51 PM | Development problems associated with children with hyperactivity
According to the theory of the cognitive complexity and Control, children with ADHD have less development in theory of mind and cognitive flexibility
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1:19 PM | Truth and science – Post coming soon (see pic)
I saw this church sign while driving around my neighborhood (I parked my car before taking the picture, AND this is not the church I attend). I do not know what to think (well, I do but I am trying really, **really** hard not to judge). Anyway, I will find out and then write a …
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11:40 AM | Indie reports on surprising structure of artists’ brains
Artists brains are ‘structurally different’ according to The Independent, who report on a small, thought-provoking but as yet quite preliminary study. The image used to illustrate the article (the one on the right) is described as showing “more grey and white matter in artists’ brains connected to visual imagination and fine motor control”. This could […]
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11:25 AM | Presentación del libro “Psicohigiene. El cuidado de uno mismo y de los demás”
Entrevista a D. Javier Urra quien nos devela los secretos de su último libro sobre salud mental titulado "Psicohigiene. El cuidado de uno mismo y de los demás" Aquí únicamente se muestra el resumen, para leer la entrada entera pulsa sobre el título.
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11:04 AM | PhD Studentship
Originally posted on Reasoning and Imagination Lab:PhD Studentship in Moral Reasoning A PhD studentship is available to carry out research on cognitive processes in moral judgments supervised by Ruth Byrne. The PhD studentship is funded from a grant awarded…
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8:49 AM | OMG – The Chemicalz
The Foodbabe is at it again – well, she never stopped being at it. She is apparently trying to make a career out of a combination of the naturalistic fallacy and chemical illiteracy. I wrote previously about her campaign to scaremonger about completely safe ingredients in food. She called azodicarbonamide, an ingredient to make bread [...]
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7:38 AM | Some Fish In Remote National Parks Show Elevated Levels Of Mercury
Mercury levels in excess of U.S. Environmental Protection Agency health thresholds for potential impacts to fish, birds, and humans have been detected in fish in some of the most remote national park lakes and streams in the western United States and Alaska. Mercury is harmful to human and wildlife health. It arises from natural sources, such as volcanic eruptions, and from human sources such as burning fossil fuels in power plants. Mercury is distributed at local or regional scales as a […]
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5:07 AM | Post-Publication Peer Review, Systemic Changes to Biomedical Research, NIH R01A7s, and Social Media
My, that title sure is a mouthful, isn’t it? That's because in the span of a few short days, we’ve seen the following:(1) An invited review in Neuron on the role of blogs, Twitter, Facebook, and online forums such as PubPeer, PubMed Commons, and journal comments in shaping discussions about published research papers.(2) A commentary in PNAS about the sad structural state of biomedical research in the U.S. and  suggestions for change.(3) A MAJOR revision in how NIH (National […]
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2:40 AM | Dear CNRS: That mouse study did not "confirm" the neurobiological origin of ADHD in humans
Late last week the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS - the acronym is based on the French translation) put out a press release describing a study conducted through a collaboration between several of its researchers and scientists from The University of Strasbourg. CNRS is a large (30,000+ employees), government-run research institution in France. It is the largest research organization in Europe, and is responsible for about 1/2 of the French scientific papers published […]

Mathis, C., Savier, E., Bott, J., Clesse, D., Bevins, N., Sage-Ciocca, D., Geiger, K., Gillet, A., Laux-Biehlmann, A., Goumon, Y. & Lacaud, A. (2014). Defective response inhibition and collicular noradrenaline enrichment in mice with duplicated retinotopic map in the superior colliculus, Brain Structure and Function, DOI:

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2:20 AM | Deadly Human Pathogen Cryptococcus Fully Sequenced
DURHAM, N.C. – Within each strand of DNA lies the blueprint for building an organism, along with the keys to its evolution and survival. These genetic instructions can give valuable insight into why pathogens like Cryptococcus neoformans -- a fungus responsible for a million cases of pneumonia and meningitis every year -- are so malleable and dangerous. read more
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