Psychology News – 18 July, 2017

The Power of Wakeup Calls

Wakeup calls—the 2X4 approach to consciousness-raising—are simply calls that, from neglect , have become desperate to get your attention. They don’t generally start out that way. They start as polite requests, gentle taps on the shoulder, whispers in your ear, and they escalate to rude shoves and shouts only after you’ve repeatedly ignored them. Our souls, I once heard someone say, will speak…
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From Gypsy to The Sopranos, what do real psychotherapists think of TV shrinks?

T his is the age of the fictional psych, instantly canonised in the person of Tony Soprano’s analyst, Jennifer Melfi, beautifully developed by Gabriel Byrne with In Treatment , and given a shonky Netflix-over by Naomi Watts in Gypsy . When The Sopranos came out, the richness of the territory was astonishing; I sometimes wondered not why it hadn’t much been done before, but why all TV series…
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A Secret to Enjoyable Aging: “Good People Who Happen To You”

Source: adwriter/flickr under CC license George Vaillant wrote an important book in 2004 on aging ( Aging Well )… his findings bear repeating. The biggest and longest longitudinal study ever (70 years) on aging was his to write about, and he did. And his writing can really sing—the cameos of those he interviewed alone are worth the read. Or here is one of his phrases: “adult development…
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Why Would Anyone Build Their Own Coffin?

“You’ve got to face death, so it’s a lot easier if you’ve got the coffin ready,” he said. That’s Russell Game speaking with Carla Howarth of ABCNEWS (Australia). They were taking at the Community Coffin Club in Ulverstone, an attractive, but not so well known town of about 14,000 people on the north coast of Australia’s Tasmania. At the Coffin Club, reports Carla Howarth, they don’t buy and sell…
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How exposure to a foreign language ignites infants’ learning

A new study is among the first to investigate how babies can learn a second language outside of the home. The researchers sought to answer a fundamental question: Can babies be taught a second language if they don’t get foreign language exposure at home, and if so, what kind of foreign language exposure, and how much, is needed to spark that learning?
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Crucial gene involved in the development of the placenta discovered

A new study solidifies an important role for both TLK1 and TLK2 in genome stability. This work is also the first to report on the key role of the TLK2 gene in mouse embryo development.
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The Simplest Way To Help Someone In Pain

It has incredible psychological and physiological power. Holding someone’s hand is enough to reduce their pain and even synchronise breathing and heart rates, new research finds. Dr Pavel Goldstein, the study’s first author, said: “The more empathic the partner and the stronger the analgesic effect, the higher the synchronization between the two when they are touching.” The study is the latest in…
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New insights into complex processes

The blood-brain barrier is a crucial protection mechanism: it is a highly selective physical barrier that prevents pathogens and toxins in the circulatory system from entering the central nervous system where they could create havoc. At the same time, however, it prevents many therapeutic drugs from reaching the brain, making it much more difficult to treat medical conditions such as stroke, brain…
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How a Health Coach Harnessed Her Rebel Tendency to Lose 40 Pounds and Boost Her Energy.

I love hearing how people put the Four Tendencies framework to work — whether by using knowledge of their Tendency to improve their own lives, or to work more effectively with other people. Recently, I got an email from Nagina Abdullah, health coach and founder of MasalaBody.com . She listens to the “ Happier ” podcast, and she told me about how she was able to eat more healthfully, lose weight…
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Newly discovered gene variants link innate immunity and Alzheimer’s disease

Three new gene variants, found in a genome wide association study of Alzheimer’s disease (AD), point to the brain’s immune cells in the onset of the disorder. These genes encode three proteins that are found in microglia, cells that are part of the brain’s injury response system.
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New insights into complex processes

The blood-brain barrier is a crucial protection mechanism: it is a highly selective physical barrier that prevents pathogens and toxins in the circulatory system from entering the central nervous system where they could create havoc. At the same time, however, it prevents many therapeutic drugs from reaching the brain, making it much more difficult to treat medical conditions such as stroke, brain…
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Distracted from Life

We’re in the middle of another hot, grueling summer, which is inevitably accompanied by tragic reports of children dying in hot cars. If 2017 is typical, about 40 kids will die in hot cars this year. In some cases, parents have intentionally left children in the car while they went off to do something else, but often parents or other caregivers simply forgot that the child was in the car!
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Avoiding Political Precommitment

Source: Dawn Hudson/Public Domain Pictures _____________________ “And so castles made of sand, fall in the sea, eventually.” -Jimi Hendrix Can you recall a romantic relationship gone wrong, and notice in hindsight the clear signs of the impending breakup, even when during the actual unraveling itself you didn’t notice these signs? Maybe there’s a political belief you once embraced that you’ve now…
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“Dr. Google,” Friend or Foe?

In a piece from a few years ago, I told the story of being referred to two dermatologists. I had two irritating skin conditions, and each of the dermatologist was an expert on one of them, so I was given two referrals. (I know how fortunate I am to have this level of health care through my HMO.) Something amusing happened at each visit. After examining me and deciding on a course of treatment…
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The Sex With Twice The Depression Risk

Brain scans reveal how men and women react differently to depression. Woman are much more susceptible to depression than men. At age 15, girls are twice as likely as boys to be experiencing depression. This could be down to hormonal fluctuations, body image issues, genetic factors or other causes. Men, though, are more likely to suffer persistent depression. And for women, depression tends to go…
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Tools help identify patients at risk for autism spectrum disorders

A tool intended to detect signs of autism in high-risk infants can be used to help identify and treat patients with tuberous sclerosis complex, a genetic disorder, who most need early intervention. Moreover, they can identify these patients earlier than ever before, report researchers.
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Relationship Satisfaction Entails Playing By the Rules

The so-called “standard” type of relationship in which both partners in a couple are monogamous doesn’t work for everyone. In some of these alternative relationships, one partner may engage in sexual activities outside of the couple but not let the other partner know. Another, the “ monogamish ” relationship, occurs when both partners agree that they can have extramarital sex but only as…
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How to Kick Divorce Unfairness to the Curb

Let’s talk about one of the most common obstacles that stop us from moving on after divorce. Fairness. Unfairness. The feeling like we’ve been screwed over during divorce. You know exactly what I’m talking about. Do any of the following sound like things you have said or thought? “It’s not fair that my ex has already moved on and I’m stuck here with nothing.” “It’s not fair that they’re out…
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Genetic Differences Linked With Social Mobility

Genetic differences account for nearly 50 percent of the variation in social mobility in families, according to new findings published in Psychological Science , a journal of the Association for Psychological Science . One of the best predictors of children’s educational attainment is their parents’ level of education – historically, this association was thought to be largely environmental…
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Heavy drinking during adolescence: Dire effects on the brain

A review of the literature shows that the effects of heavy drinking among young people on the brain are serious — binge drinking among young people is associated with a thinning or reduction of areas of the brain that play a key role in memory, attention, language, awareness and consciousness, which include cortical and subcortical structures.
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In baby’s dirty diapers, the clues to baby’s brain development

Can the kinds of microbes colonizing the gut at age 1 predict later cognitive development? New findings shed light on the surprising role of bacteria in how our brains develop during the first years of life.
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Heavy drinking during adolescence: Dire effects on the brain

A review of the literature shows that the effects of heavy drinking among young people on the brain are serious — binge drinking among young people is associated with a thinning or reduction of areas of the brain that play a key role in memory, attention, language, awareness and consciousness, which include cortical and subcortical structures.
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Fake news: Study tests people’s ability to detect manipulated images of real-world scenes

People can detect a fake image of a real-world scene only 60 percent of the time, and even then can only tell what is wrong with the image 45 percent of the time, according to new research.
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In baby’s dirty diapers, the clues to baby’s brain development

Can the kinds of microbes colonizing the gut at age 1 predict later cognitive development? New findings shed light on the surprising role of bacteria in how our brains develop during the first years of life.
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Infant Gut Microbiome May Influence Cognitive Development

Source: chombosan/Shutterstock Your gut is home to an ecological community that harbors over 100 trillion microorganisms. Both “good” and potentially harmful microbes begin residing within human intestines shortly after birth to create the gut microbiome, which consists of different strains of intestinal microbiota. In the past month, two new human studies on the “gut- brain axis” are helping us…
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Rise in children seeking mental health support after terror attacks

The number of children and young people seeking help from mental health services has spiked in the wake of recent terror attacks in England, according to the Royal College of Psychiatrists (RCP). Hospitals across the Manchester region have seen an estimated 10% increase in children seeking help since a bomb ripped through the Manchester Arena on 22 May , killing 22 people, according to the…
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Free Public Event: The Aging Brain

Image: Shutterstock What does every congressional district have in common? Baby Boomers – the sizable generation of people now in their 50s to 70s. It is well documented that the collective aging of the Boomers will have public health impacts. This includes the impacts of the aging brain. Come and learn what happens to the brain as we get older, what happens when the process goes wrong, and what…
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The Ketamine Breakthrough for Suicidal Children

Fourteen-year-old Nicole, whose name I changed for her privacy, told her mother every day for years that she wanted to end her own life. Between suicide attempts were more psychiatric hospital visits than she or her mother could count. She refused to get out of bed, shower, or go to school, missing sixty school days in a single year. In one visit with her therapist, she admitted to praying every…
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Zoo Ethics and the Challenges of Compassionate Conservation

A few weeks ago I received a copy of a book by Jenny Gray, CEO of Zoos Victoria (Australia), called Zoo Ethics: The Challenges of Compassionate Conservation . I’ve been looking forward to reading Ms. Gray’s book, and after I did I thought that the best way to get a discussion going would be to interview her. She agreed, and below are the answers to the questions I sent her. Let me say upfront…
“The future is already here — it’s just not evenly distributed” — William Gibson

Expo Day: MindMaze, SharpBrains, Watson Centre for Brain Health from SharpBrains –> Learn more about the upcoming 2017 SharpBrains Virtual Summit: Brain Enhancement in the Digital Age (December 5-7th, 2017). The 2017 SharpBrains Virtual Summit will feature over thirty of the world’s top experts and innovators working on ways to enhance our brain health and performance in light of emerging…
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Brain Anomaly Tied to PTSD & Brain Injury in Vets

A new study finds that veterans who developed post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) after a mild traumatic brain injury (TBI) tend to have a larger amygdala — the part of the brain that helps regulate emotion — compared to veterans with mild TBIs who didn’t develop PTSD. The findings were recently presented at the American Academy of Neurology’s Sports Concussion Conference in Jacksonville…
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Being a Parent and Not ‘Parenting’

I have a love affair with words, and when society transforms a noun into a verb (verbing), I take note. Examples of this: “xeroxing,” “blogging,” “plating,” “googling” … all convert objects to actions, and given objects do not need to act as subjects, these are fine cultural inventions! But something strange happened in the mid 1950’s: we mutated ourselves into things, objectified ourselves…
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Music and poetry aren’t luxuries: they literally saved my life | Sam Walker

I ’ve suffered from severe anxiety and depression since the age of 20. I tried again and again with many approaches to fight back against mental illness: therapy and exercise; cognitive behavioural therapy; medication; trying to be more open with the people closest to me. All of these things helped in different ways but they didn’t completely fix me. Towards the end of my 20s I couldn’t cope. On…
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Mice Study Links Depression Symtoms to Abnormal Brain Wiring

A new study has linked specific wiring in the brain to distinct behavioral symptoms of depression. University of California San Diego scientists found brain circuits tied to feelings of despair and helplessness and were able to alleviate and even reverse such symptoms in mice studies. The research is published in the journal Cell . “We took an approach of studying depression in the sense that…
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More on Junk DNA

Junk DNA, put simply, is those parts of the genome (human or otherwise) that have no known function. The human genome has about 19,000 genes . A gene is essentially a sequence of base pairs that code for a protein – there are four difference bases with each triplet being a “word” that either codes for an amino acid or tells the process of transcribing the protein to stop. Even within genes there…
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New Methods Help Predict Violent Behavior Among Individuals at Risk for Psychosis

Researchers have developed a new screening battery which can predict violent behavior among individuals who may go on to develop psychosis. In the study, investigators from Columbia University Medical Center followed young persons at clinical high-risk of developing psychosis and identified measures of violence potential. Researchers believe the new metrics will be useful in predicting both…
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Is Guaranteed Income for All the Answer to Joblessness and Poverty?

Everything old is new again, as the saying goes, including the controversial idea that the solution to economic upheaval is free money. Universal basic income (UBI), a social policy that guarantees a fixed, unconditional stipend to all members of a designated group or entire country, has been kicked around for centuries by thinkers from Thomas Paine to Milton Friedman. Now it is experiencing new…
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Diet Can Slow or Speed Brain Aging

New research suggest dietary patterns may either decrease or increase inflammation in the brain, a condition that influences brain aging. Investigators from Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) believe the brain-healthy effects of a Mediterranean-type diet and similar dietary patterns may be due to nutrients that decrease inflammation in the brain and slow brain aging. The findings…
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Best of Our Blogs: July 18, 2017

How do you prepare for difficult situations? Whether an upcoming test, presentation or event with a toxic family member, we usually avoid thinking about it. But preparing can mean the difference between leaving the situation victorious or feeling like a victim and failure. Don’t wait for your next uncomfortable event to prepare. You can start with small tasks and gradually increase the difficulty…
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Hard-core players of violent video games do not have emotionally blunted brains

By Christian Jarrett No sooner had the American Psychological Association released their 2015 task force report supposedly confirming that violent video games make players aggressive than the criticisms of the report started pouring in, of bias and bad practice. On the issue of whether violent games breed real-world aggression, there’s not much that you can say for certain except that there’s…
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Underdeveloped brain network after 30 may impact mental health

The underdevelopment of connections in the brain after age 30 may be a predictor of future mental health problems. Scientists from Canada reveal that the underdevelopment of the brain network involved in inhibition after the age of 30 years may be connected with psychological problems. Drs. Raluca Petrican and Cheryl Grady, both at the Rotman Research Institute in Toronto, Canada, conducted…
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Underdeveloped brain network after 30 may impact mental health

The underdevelopment of connections in the brain after age 30 may be a predictor of future mental health problems. Scientists from Canada reveal that the underdevelopment of the brain network involved in inhibition after the age of 30 years may be connected with psychological problems. Drs. Raluca Petrican and Cheryl Grady, both at the Rotman Research Institute in Toronto, Canada, conducted…
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Underdeveloped brain network after 30 may impact mental health

The underdevelopment of connections in the brain after age 30 may be a predictor of future mental health problems. Scientists from Canada reveal that the underdevelopment of the brain network involved in inhibition after the age of 30 years may be connected with psychological problems. Drs. Raluca Petrican and Cheryl Grady, both at the Rotman Research Institute in Toronto, Canada, conducted…
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New gene therapy treatment routes for motor neurone disease uncovered in new study

Scientists investigating the genetic causes and altered functioning of nerve cells in motor neurone disease (MND) have discovered a new mechanism that could lead to fresh treatment approaches for one of the most common forms of the disease. The team, based in the Sheffield Institute for Translational Neuroscience (SITraN), investigated a mutation in one particular gene, which causes sections…
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Females with autism show greater difficulty with day-to-day tasks than male counterparts

Largest study to date of executive function in females with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) reveals unique challenges in diagnosis and intervention. Women and girls with autism may face greater challenges with real world planning, organization and other daily living skills, according to a study published in the journal Autism Research . Led by researchers within the Center for Autism Spectrum…
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Peptide complex formed in the brain is responsible for Alzheimer’s disease

Members of the Faculty of Fundamental Medicine at the Lomonosov Moscow State University have determined the structure of a peptide complex, formed in the brain at the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease progression. The research results will contribute to the rational design of compounds, capable to block disease progress. Alzheimer’s disease is associated with the aggregation of amyloid-β…
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What’s With the Emerging Gender Gap in Social Psychology?

The Society for Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP) is one of the two main professional organizations for social psychologists, and it is the only one open to undergraduates and graduate students (there are lots of specialty organizations that many social psychologist belong to that I am not including here). Here are the last two Presidents and the President Elect (Diane Mackie, Wendy Wood…
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The Challenges of Intimacy

A country can’t love you. At most it may need you. It’s much the same as people. —André Brink, The Rights of Desire Emotional intimacy can be understood as a state of closeness between two people resulting from a process of interaction through which they feel able to share increasingly sensitive and significant aspects of themselves that they normally keep hidden, in some cases, even from…
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Give a Successful Speech Every Time

VIDEO Can you give a speech that actually inspires action? According to expert communicator Sean D’Souza, that’s exactly what every speech should do. Sean teaches us how to use the 13 Box System for constructing informative, engaging presentations that get people to take specific actions. Discover the best way to organize your speech, how to grab (and keep) your audience’s attention, and what to…
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Looking for Social Behavior?

Bess Beetle parents caring for their larva in Oklahoma, USA. Source: Robert Mather Each summer I try to write a fun article that isn’t as serious as the usual political and social issues that form the content of most of my articles. In this article, I will describe my encounter with Bess Beetles, better known as Odontotaenius disjunctus . This spring, I hiked in the woods of Southeastern Oklahoma…
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Are Friends the Enemies of Wise Choices?

Source: Young child driving pedal car /pixabay I recently decided to buy a petrol-guzzling car. But was it really me who decided? I don’t like cars. They’re costly on the wallet and toxic to the planet. I also live in London, a city of narrow, victorian streets, where graceful parallel parking is a daily necessity. The only time I have ever gracefully parallel parked was in my driving test…
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No, Empathy Isn’t a Universal Value

Empathy varies a lot among people, psychological research has found. But it also varies widely among countries and cultures. When my colleagues and I set out to analyze the largest study on empathy ever done—104,365 people from 63 countries—we expected to learn whether the extent to which we tune into others’ emotional cues clearly differs by culture. Instead, we were left with a number of new…
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A Social Cure

Imagine you go and see your doctor because you have felt under the weather for a couple of days. To your surprise, after you have summarized your symptoms, the first question that your doctor asks is whether you belong to enough social groups. She asks whether you are a member of a sports group or book club, and if you feel socially connected to your colleagues, friends and family. You dutifully…
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Careers of the Future?

Source: Public Domain Pictures. net There’s long been fascination with predicting jobs of the future. Leonardo DaVinci predicted airplane (“ornithopter”) pilots. Jules Verne predicted submarine pilots, astronauts, and the ubiquity of career women. Of course, many predictions are wrong. No less than Isaac Asimov predicted we’d be living in underwater cities. But just as some people buy…
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Depression among young teens linked to cannabis use at 18

Young people with chronic or severe forms of depression were at elevated risk for developing a problem with cannabis in later adolescence, found a study looking at the cumulative effects of depression in youth.
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Hospitalizations and cognitive decline in older adults

Emergency and urgent hospitalizations are associated with an increased rate of cognitive decline in older adults, report researchers. The results of their study suggest that hospitalization may be a more of a major risk factor for long-term cognitive decline in older adults than previously recognized.
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Screening those at risk of psychosis may help prevent violence, reduce stigma

A new study of young persons at clinical high-risk of developing psychosis has identified measures of violence potential that may be useful in predicting both the increased risk of future violent behavior and the actual development of psychosis.
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Four Missing Men and the Urge to Know

On July 5, Jimi Taro Patrick, 19, vanished. Only his close circle of family and friends paid attention until three more young men, Mark Sturgis, Tom Meo, and Dean Finocchiaro, went missing two days later. Reports to police launched an investigation. The oddity of four missing men from the same geographic area soon became international news, and people who followed the daily updates looked…
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Lessons from the Grave of Timothy Piazza

Source: Shawn Meghan Burn On February 2, 2017, 19-year-old Pennsylvania State student Timothy Piazza died after participating in a fraternity hazing “ drinking gauntlet” at the Beta Theta Pi fraternity. His intoxication led to multiple falls, including a headfirst fall down a 15-foot flight of stairs. No one sought medical attention for Piazza until more than 12 hours after his initial injury…
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President Trump’s Most Dangerous Enemy

“This is the greatest Witch Hunt in political history.” That is what President Trump tweeted in response to the news about emails provided by his son Donald Trump Jr., which revealed what each of them has repeatedly denied: senior members of the Trump campaign met with a lawyer representing the Russian government in order to obtain information damaging Hillary Clinton. The more President Trump…
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Concerns over side effects of statins stopping stroke survivors taking medication

Negative media coverage of the side effects associated with taking statins, and patients’ own experiences of taking the drugs, are among the reasons cited by stroke survivors and their carers for stopping taking potentially life-saving drugs.
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Oxygen and hyperbaric oxygen therapy reverses brain damage in drowned toddler

Medical researchers report the case of the reversal of brain volume loss in a 2-year-old drowning victim unresponsive to all stimuli treated with normobaric oxygen (oxygen at sea level) and hyperbaric oxygen therapy.
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Bacteria found in Alzheimer’s brains

Researchers have used DNA sequencing to examine bacteria in post-mortem brains from patients with Alzheimer’s disease. Their findings suggest increased bacterial populations and different proportions of specific bacteria in Alzheimer’s, compared with healthy brains. The findings may support evidence that bacterial infection and inflammation in the brain could contribute to Alzheimer’s disease.
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Oxygen and hyperbaric oxygen therapy reverses brain damage in drowned toddler

Medical researchers report the case of the reversal of brain volume loss in a 2-year-old drowning victim unresponsive to all stimuli treated with normobaric oxygen (oxygen at sea level) and hyperbaric oxygen therapy.
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Bacteria found in Alzheimer’s brains

Researchers have used DNA sequencing to examine bacteria in post-mortem brains from patients with Alzheimer’s disease. Their findings suggest increased bacterial populations and different proportions of specific bacteria in Alzheimer’s, compared with healthy brains. The findings may support evidence that bacterial infection and inflammation in the brain could contribute to Alzheimer’s disease.
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The “Eleven Dimensional” Brain? Topology of Neural Networks

Last month, a neuroscience paper appeared that triggered a maelstrom of media hype: The Human Brain Can Create Structures in Up to 11 Dimensions The human brain sees the world as an 11-dimensional multiverse Scientists find mysterious shapes and structures in the brain with up to ELEVEN dimensions The paper , published in Frontiers in Computational Neuroscience , comes from the lab…
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Leading by Example

Source: Dr. Joyce Knudsen, used with permission How does one effectively bring positivity, optimism , and integrity to the workplace ? To help answer this question, I had the immense honor to interview Dr. Joyce Knudsen, an impression management consultant, influential marketer, and Twitter sensation. For many months now, I’ve been inspired by Dr. Joyce’s tweets about positivity and integrity.
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The Dutchess Awaits You

This is all about New York and you. You certainly know the urban excitement of New York City, but you may not know that two hours away by car, you’ll be intoxicated by the embrace of the Dutchess—namely, Dutchess County. I am convinced that travel is healing because when you are engaged, learning, involved, encountering new things, excited, outside of your problems and symptoms, it is a great…
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Get Out the Crayons: Study Shows Doodling Boosts Your Brain Power

A few years back, I came across an old box that held notebooks from my college courses. As I leafed through the pages, I smiled at my prolific use of the margins as a space for doodling. A new study shows that by doodling, rather than simply wasting ink, I was giving my brain a boost. The pilot study published in The Arts in Psychotherapy out of Drexel University measured blood flow…
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Rewrite Your Life

I thought I hit my rock bottom the day my husband took his life. I was raising a three-year-old daughter and was three months pregnant with a son. Four months later, I found a new rock bottom. It was January, dead cold winter in northern Minnesota. The sharp loneliness that I wore like a shroud was all the more unsettling for the fact that I was carrying my son in my body—I felt like…
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Why Do We Believe in Ghosts?

When I was seven years old, my Aunt Hazel, the youngest of my mother’s sisters read me the first two chapters of “Jane Eyre” in the big green nursery with its black board across one wall, at Crossways, the house where my father had just died. You will remember how Jane is carried off unceremoniously and locked in the Red Room where she thinks she sees her uncle’s ghost. It seems a strange choice…
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Inflammatory Dietary Pattern Linked to Brain Aging

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Individualistic Practices and Values Increasing Around the World

Individualism is thought to be on the rise in Western countries, but new research suggests that increasing individualism may actually be a global phenomenon. The findings , published in Psychological Science , a journal of the Association for Psychological Science , show that increasing socioeconomic development is an especially strong predictor of increasing individualistic practices and values…
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Late-breaking mutations may play an important role in autism

Mutations that occur after conception play an important role in autism, suggests a new study of nearly 6,000 families, combining three genetic sequencing technologies.
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More children living in high-poverty neighborhoods following Great Recession

More children are living in high-poverty neighborhoods following the Great Recession — a troubling shift because children in these neighborhoods are a year behind academically.
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You’re not yourself when you’re sleepy

More than a third of Americans don’t get enough sleep, and growing evidence suggests it’s not only taking a toll on their physical health through heart disease, diabetes, stroke, and/or other conditions, but hurting their mental health as well.
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How dolphins inspired a potentially life-saving method for treating trauma victims

Researchers have successfully tested face cooling to prevent steep drops in blood pressure during simulated blood loss, a prehospital intervention that EMTs and battlefield medics could one day use to save lives.
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Fear-Based Anger Is the Primary Motive for Violence

It is a cliché to say that the world is a violent place. Violence, in all of its various forms, has been a common characteristic of societies throughout human history. As a criminologist, I am interested in the causes and correlates of violence. There are many theories about the causal factors associated with violence but one that I find particularly powerful in known as the General Strain Theory…
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You’re not yourself when you’re sleepy

More than a third of Americans don’t get enough sleep, and growing evidence suggests it’s not only taking a toll on their physical health through heart disease, diabetes, stroke, and/or other conditions, but hurting their mental health as well.
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Facial Recognition Coming To Police Body Cameras: “An approach to machine learning inspired by the human brain is about to revolutionize street search.”

Holy fucksnakes this is bad It will eventually be used by those in power to suppress the rest of us and guarantee they can never be overthrown…
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Making sense of a mixed-up world: learning how to pay attention

Every minute of the day, our brains are bombarded with enormous amounts of information. Lights, sounds, smells and tastes of all sorts are rapidly coming into our brains, often at the same time. Yet somehow we are able to effortlessly process our complex environments and accomplish our goals. How does this happen? To get around this information overload, the brain selectively processes a subset…
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Don’t Tax Robots to Save Jobs

Source: FATEDSNOWFOX / FLICKR In a recent interview, Microsoft founder Bill Gates created quite a stir when he suggested that robots be taxed because society will not be able to manage the speed and magnitude of the impending automation of everything. While his intent was to suggest ways to stave off the massive social unrest that will surely come with wholesale unemployment, it wasn’t a week…
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Six Simple Strategies to Stop Bullying

Bullying among school-aged children is a widespread problem in the United States. If there was a magic wand, one-size-fits-all solution to the problem, it would have been suggested and implemented long ago. You wouldn’t be thinking about it and I wouldn’t be writing about it. Bringing an end to bullying involves comprehensive school culture shifts as well as convincing young people (and the…
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New study of brain circuits finds key links to symptoms of depression

Scientists have linked specific wiring in the brain to distinct behavioral symptoms of depression. In a new study, researchers found brain circuits tied to feelings of despair and helplessness and were able to alleviate and even reverse…

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