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Irresistible: Emotions affect choice of breed despite welfare issues

Irresistible: Emotions affect choice of breed despite welfare issues

Knowing a breed of dog may have health problems does not stop people from wanting one, because emotions get in the way. A new Danish study by Peter S Sandøe (University of Copenhagen) et al investigates the reasons why people acquire particular small breeds of dog and how attached the owners feel to their pet. […]

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Say my name

Say my name

“At 9 months of age, infants developing ASD [autism spectrum disorder] were more likely to fail to orient to their names, persisting through 24 months.” So said the findings reported by Meghan Miller and colleagues investigating an often over-looked but typically informative question relevant to childhood autism screening and assessment: the response to name. Anyone who knows a […]

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“Autoimmune epilepsy is an underrecognized condition…”

“Autoimmune epilepsy is an underrecognized condition…”

“Among adult patients with epilepsy of unknown etiology, a significant minority had detectable serum Abs [autoantibodies] suggesting an autoimmune etiology.” So said the findings reported by Divyanshu Dubey and colleagues continuing a research theme on how epilepsy / seizure-type disorder(s) for some might have more to do with immune function than many people might think. OK, a brief […]

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How classical conditioning works

What is classical conditioning? Who is Ivan Pavlov? How does this form of learning impact your daily life? Topics Discussed: – Classical conditioning – Ivan Pavlov – Unconditioned stimulus – Unconditioned response – Conditioned stimulus – Conditioned response Learn more: – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qG2SwE_6uVM – http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2014/11/24/drool – http://physiologyonline.physiology.org/content/19/6/326 Adapted from Joel I. Shenker’s “Classical Conditioning: An All-Purpose […]

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How to Have a Better Speaking Voice – Fun Public Speaking Tips

Are you looking for some public speaking tips and tricks on how to improve your voice so you can seem, and actually be more confident? In this video collab with Vic Be, we share some amazing methods to prepare for that upcoming gig you have been practicing for. These exercises have been used by thousands […]

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classical conditioning

Classical Conditioning

An Introduction to Operant Conditioning (Instrumental Conditioning) Operant conditioning, also known as Instrumental Conditioning, informs us of the interaction between environmental stimuli and our behaviours. The term ‘operant’ stems from the idea that the individual learns through responding, or operating on the environment. The basic premise of instrumental conditioning is when a particular action results in […]

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History of bipolar disorder = elevated risk of dementia: is vitamin D important?

History of bipolar disorder = elevated risk of dementia: is vitamin D important?

“History of BD [bipolar disorder] is associated with significantly higher risk of dementia in older adults.” So said the systematic review and meta-analysis published by Breno Diniz and colleagues taking in the accumulated peer-reviewed literature on this topic. Including data for some 3000 individuals diagnosed with bipolar disorder and nearly 200,000 controls (without bipolar disorder), authors calculated something […]

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Do twitter or facebook activity influence scientific impact?

Are scientists smart when they promote their work on social media? Isn’t this a waste of time, time which could better be spent in the lab running experiments? No. An analysis of all available articles published by PLoS journals suggests otherwise. My own twitter activity might best be thought of as learning about science (in […]

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Neuropsychiatric disorder onset “temporally related to prior vaccinations”?

Neuropsychiatric disorder onset “temporally related to prior vaccinations”?

“Given the modest magnitude of these findings in contrast to the clear public health benefits of the timely administration of vaccines in preventing mortality and morbidity in childhood infectious diseases, we encourage families to maintain vaccination schedules according to CDC guidelines.” The quote opening this post comes from the paper published by Douglas Leslie and […]

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The Science of the Rorschach Blots

When the psychiatrist Hermann Rorschach blotted ink onto paper to produce a series of abstract patterns, could he have known that nearly 100 years later, the Rorschach test would be a household name? Although the use of the Rorschach to diagnose mental illness is mostly a thing of the past, research on the test continues. […]

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