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  • November 30, 1999
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The neural correlates of romantic love

by DJ in Neuropoly

Examining a recent study that attempts to answer whether intense, romantic love of the kind commonly associated with young couples exists for long-term married couples as well.... ... Read more »

Acevedo BP, Aron A, Fisher HE, & Brown LL. (2011) Neural correlates of long-term intense romantic love. Social cognitive and affective neuroscience. PMID: 21208991  

DEGRECK, M., ROTTE, M., PAUS, R., MORITZ, D., THIEMANN, R., PROESCH, U., BRUER, U., MOERTH, S., TEMPELMANN, C., & BOGERTS, B. (2008) Is our self based on reward? Self-relatedness recruits neural activity in the reward system. NeuroImage, 39(4), 2066-2075. DOI: 10.1016/j.neuroimage.2007.11.006  

  • November 30, 1999
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Science and The Secret: Can beliefs create reality?

by Juli Breines in Psych Your Mind

A popular series argues that positive thoughts attract positive events. What does psychology research have to say?... Read more »

  • November 30, 1999
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Be good to yourself

by Juli in Psych Your Mind

Discusses new research on self-compassion.... Read more »

  • November 30, 1999
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Bisexuality is natural for women

by United Academics in United Academics

Researchers at the Boise State University have found that most women are bisexual by nature. Also, they discovered that these bisexual feelings increase with age. During this study, 484 heterosexual women were surveyed. 60 percent of them said to be sexually attracted to other women, 45 percent had already kissed with a woman en about half of the participants had fantasized about it.... Read more »

  • November 30, 1999
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Cannabis law has no effect on cannabis use

by Neurobonkers in Neurobonkers

European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction confirms that prohibition does not appear to effect levels of cannabis use in any way... Read more »

The european monitoring centre for drugs and drug addiction. (2011) The state of the drugs problem in Europe . Annual Report. info:/

  • November 30, 1999
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Copyright vs Medicine: If this topic isn’t covered in your newspaper this weekend, get a new newspaper

by Neurobonkers in Neurobonkers

After thirty years of silence, authors of a standard clinical psychiatric bedside test have issued take down orders of new medical research. Doctors who use copies of the bedside test which will have been printed in some of their oldest medical textbooks are liable to be sued for up to $150,000.... Read more »

Newman, J., & Feldman, R. (2011) Copyright and Open Access at the Bedside. New England Journal of Medicine, 365(26), 2447-2449. DOI: 10.1056/NEJMp1110652  

  • November 30, 1999
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Synthesising Pseudoephedrine From N-Methylamphetamine

by Neurobonkers in Neurobonkers

The paper describes how “in the past most stores were able to sell pseudoephedrine”, the US’s most popular decongestant but new laws require pharmacies, often with restricted opening hours to sell the medicine only to those carrying government issued ID. The paper argues that “it would be of great interest to have a simple synthesis of pseudoephedrine from reagents which can be more readily procured”. The study is published in the splendidly titled Journal of Apocry........ Read more »

Hai, O. Hakkenshit, I.B. (2012) A Simple and Convenient Synthesis of Pseudoephedrine From N-Methylamphetamine. Journal of Apocryphal Chemistry, 213-21. info:/1F.1BC9/b00000F00A

  • November 30, 1999
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How to construct a bogus survey

by Neurobonkers in Neurobonkers

Statistics are often used by newspapers as the basis for a story. People are far more likely to agree with you if you tell them that they are on the side of the majority. This is why bogus statistics are so effective in moralising comment pieces. It’s a lot easier to say, “hey, most people agree with us” than convince someone with facts. By bogus, I don’t mean data fabrication (though that happens too), I mean rigging the questions to get the answers you want. Here&rsquo........ Read more »

Tajfel, H., . (1986) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Social_identity. Psychology of intergroup relations , 7-24. info:/

  • November 30, 1999
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“Beware of Exercise” is a Sexy Headline

by nooffensebut in The Unsilenced Science

A new study that raised concerns about exercise should instead raise concerns about obesity.... Read more »

Claude Bouchard, Steven Blair, Timothy Church, Conrad Earnest, James Hagberg, Keijo Häkkinen, Nathan Jenkins, Laura Karavirta, William Kraus, Arthur Leon.... (2012) Adverse Metabolic Response to Regular Exercise: Is It a Rare or Common Occurrence?. PLOS One, 7(5). info:/10.1371/journal.pone.0037887

  • November 30, 1999
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Psilocybin and personality

by Scott McGreal in Eye on Psych

Recent psilocybin research has found that not only does personality influence response to the drug, but that the drug can produce long-term changes in features of personality relating to openness to experience. The relationship between personality and psilocybin seems to be two-way. Future research may illuminate the shared basis of mystical-type experiences and related features of personality.... Read more »

  • November 30, 1999
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Conscientiousness, intelligence, and a pseudo-scientific hierarchy of humanness

by Scott McGreal in Eye on Psych

A recent paper claimed that conscientiousness and intelligence are positively correlated - even though recent research has found the opposite - and bemoaned the supposed "dysgenic" implications. This claim is examined in the light of the author's avowed race realism and endorsement of Rushton's equally unfounded "hierarchy of humanness".... Read more »

Moutafi, J., Furnham, A., . (2004) Why is Conscientiousness negatively correlated with intelligence?. Personality and Individual Differences, 37(5), 1013-1022. DOI: 10.1016/j.paid.2003.11.010  

Templer, D. I. (2012) Richard Lynn and the evolution of conscientiousness. Personality and Individual Differences, 53(2), 94-98. DOI: 10.1016/j.paid.2011.05.023  

Weizmann, F., Wiener, N. I., Wiesenthal, D. L., . (1991) Eggs, eggplants and eggheads: a rejoinder to Rushton. Canadian Psychology, 32(1), 43-50. DOI: 10.1037/h0078958  

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Wikipedians: are they really grumpy and close-minded?

by Scott McGreal in Eye on Psych

A widely reported study claimed that members of Wikipedia are low in both agreeableness and openness to experience. Examination of their own results shows they contradicted part of their own data. Wikipedians were actually higher in openness, not lower as claimed. ... Read more »

Yair Amichai–Hamburger, Naama Lamdan, Rinat Madiel, and Tsahi Hayat. (2006) Personality Characteristics of Wikipedia Members. CyberPsychology , 11(6), 679-681. DOI: 10.1089/cpb.2007.0225  

  • November 30, 1999
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The Role of Feedback Is Overemphasized, Says Researcher

by United Academics in United Academics

No matter if it’s good or bad; when it comes to difficult decision-making tasks, feedback may make things even more confusing, according to new research published in the journal Frontiers in Neuroscience.... Read more »

Osman, M. (2012) The role of feedback in dynamic decision making. Frontiers in Decision Neuroscience. info:/

  • November 30, 1999
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Violent Video Games May Favor Cooperation, Researchers Say

by Jaime Menchén in United Academics

Two recent studies refute the idea that violent video games make players more aggressive and antisocial. Actually, researchers argue, playing cooperatively may result on just the opposite.... Read more »

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Are Your Children too Impulsive and Emotional? Maybe They Aren’t Getting Enough Sleep

by Jaime Menchén in United Academics

It seems that just half an hour of sleep makes a big difference when it comes to children ages 7 to 11. Researchers in Canada have found that kids who were allowed to sleep just a bit more than usual performed much better at school than kids who were deprived almost one hour of sleep over the week.... Read more »

  • November 30, 1999
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I WILL FEAR NO EVIL: THE FIRST HEAD TRANSPLANT ON HUMAN

by Eugenio Maria Battaglia in Science to Grok

In 2008, doctor Sergio Canavero, an italian neurosurgeon based in Turin, IT, have awakened a 20 years old lady from a permanent post-traumatic vegetative state, by means of a bifocal extradural cortical electro-stimulation. Today, while Science still find it hard to explain consciousness and embodied cognition – the world-class neurosurgeon made a shock announcement: “I’m ready for the first head transplant on a man.”

In the manuscript published on Surgical Neurology I........ Read more »

  • November 30, 1999
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To Bee Or Not To Bee: How Bees Avoid Difficult Choices

by Jalees Rehman in Fragments of Truth

Humans who are faced with difficult choices are often tempted to simply opt out of making a choice, especially when they realize that they cannot easily resolve their uncertainty as to which choice is the better choice. Some researchers consider this ability to opt out as an indicator of “meta-cognition”, a term used to describe “thinking about thinking”. Instead of plowing ahead with a random choice, humans can recognize that they lack adequate information and choose not........ Read more »

Clint J. Perry, & Andrew B. Barron. (2013) Honey bees selectively avoid difficult choices. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1314571110  

  • November 30, 1999
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When chronic pain is there before surgery

by Bronwyn Thompson in Healthskills: Skills for Healthy Living

People with chronic pain present a special risk for surgeons, anaesthetists, nurses and the rehabilitation team working with them after surgery. Surgery is, after all, “planned trauma”, and a sensitive nervous system is going to be even more sensitive after a surgical insult – even when that surgery is intended to reduce pain.... Read more »

  • November 30, 1999
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How eating several smaller sized chocolates makes you look greedy and impulsive: the unit size effect of indulgent food

by Ellen van Kleef in Food Intake Control

Imagine you are offered a package full of delicious chocolates. Would the size of the pieces of chocolate influences how much you eat?

Yes, it does matter. This blog post is about the unit size effect of indulgent food and why consumers eat less with smaller unit sizes.
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  • November 30, 1999
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Sticks And Stones (Coda) – How Names Work Against Women

by Michael Ramscar in The Importance of Being Wrong

Mothers tell your daughters

From 2011 to December 2015, five women fought the Japanese Government all the way to the country’s Supreme Court. They were seeking to change a law that compels couples to adopt the same surname in order to legally register their marriage. Although the law does not specify whose name it should be, in practice, 96% of couples take the husband’s name, and the women argued that this made the law unconstitutional, since it violated their basic civil rights........ Read more »

Colman, A., Sluckin, W., & Hargreaves, D. (1981) The effect of familiarity on preferences for surnames. British Journal of Psychology, 72(3), 363-369. DOI: 10.1111/j.2044-8295.1981.tb02195.x  

A. Crook. (2012) Personal Names in 18th-Century Scotland: a case study of the parish of Beith (North Ayrshire). Journal of Scottish Name Studies, 1-10. info:/

Shannon, C. (1948) A Mathematical Theory of Communication. Bell System Technical Journal, 27(3), 379-423. DOI: 10.1002/j.1538-7305.1948.tb01338.x  

Shannon, C. (1951) Prediction and Entropy of Printed English. Bell System Technical Journal, 30(1), 50-64. DOI: 10.1002/j.1538-7305.1951.tb01366.x  

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