We are often wary of asking for advice for fear of looking dumb or appearing incompetent. Oddly enough, our fears may be unfounded based on some new research out of Harvard Business School. According to the researchers, asking for advice does not make you appear either dumb or incompetent. Instead, asking for advice makes you […]
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Brooks, AW, Gino, F, & Schweitzer, ME. (2014) Smart people ask for (my) advice: Seeking advice boosts perceptions of competence. . Harvard Business School Working Papers. info:/
The "Immortal" JellyfishCredit: Peter Schuchert/The Hydrozoa DirectoryKingdom: AnimaliaPhylum: CnidariaClass: HydrozoaOrder: AnthoathecataFamily: OceaniidaeGenus: TurritopsisSpecies: Turritopsis dohrnii (formerly classified as T. nutricula.)Common Name: The immortal jellyfishMost of the animals featured on the site are chosen based on their unusual looks. However, this not the case with Turritopsis dohrnii, which seemingly has no notable morphological characteristics. On the outside, i........ Read more »
Martínez DE. (1998) Mortality patterns suggest lack of senescence in hydra. Experimental gerontology, 33(3), 217-25. PMID: 9615920
A single act increases adults’ compliance with researchers. The same act makes students more likely to volunteer to solve math problems in front of others. Moreover, it makes four-year-olds more patient. What sounds like a miracle cure to everyday problems is actually the oldest trick in the book: human touch. How do researchers know this? […]... Read more »
Guéguen N, & Fischer-Lokou J. (2002) An evaluation of touch on a large request: a field setting. Psychological reports, 90(1), 267-9. PMID: 11898995
Guéguen, N. (2004) Nonverbal Encouragement of Participation in a Course: the Effect of Touching. Social Psychology of Education, 7(1), 89-98. DOI: 10.1023/B:SPOE.0000010691.30834.14
Leonard JA, Berkowitz T, & Shusterman A. (2014) The effect of friendly touch on delay-of-gratification in preschool children. Quarterly journal of experimental psychology (2006), 1-11. PMID: 24666195
The paper by Li and colleagues  looking at serum copper (Cu) and zinc (Zn) levels in a group of participants diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is the source material for today's post. Highlighting how "mean serum Zn levels and Zn/Cu ratio were significantly lower in children with ASD compared with normal cases... whereas serum Cu levels were significantly higher" the continued focus on the metallome in autism carries on at a pace. I should at this point out that I'm not in........ Read more »
Li SO, Wang JL, Bjørklund G, Zhao WN, & Yin CH. (2014) Serum copper and zinc levels in individuals with autism spectrum disorders. Neuroreport. PMID: 25162784
Emotional intelligence, according to recent leading edge research, can buffer negative emotional experiences associated with on-the-job learning assignments used by 0rganizations to enhance their stock of human capital. For an organization to get ahead of the competition, its members perform at higher levels. This means that the workers who take their skillset to the [...]
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Dong, Y., Seo, M., & Bartol, K. (2013) No Pain, No Gain: An Affect-Based Model of Developmental Job Experience and the Buffering Effects of Emotional Intelligence. Academy of Management Journal, 57(4), 1056-1077. DOI: 10.5465/amj.2011.0687
Acute changes in flexibility after either static or PNF stretching predict the gains in flexibility after a 7-day stretching program.... Read more »
Beltrão NB, Ritti-Dias RM, Pitangui AC, & De Araújo RC. (2014) Correlation between Acute and Short-Term Changes in Flexibility Using Two Stretching Techniques. International Journal of Sports Medicine. PMID: 25144437
As the majority of people in developed countries will be touched in some way by dementia in the 21st century, current ways of interacting in dementia care may no longer be acceptable. In particular, when people with dementia appear uncommunicative, their retained awareness and ability to interact is often dismissed or overlooked. Facing social isolation and further decline, many languish with unmet needs for human interaction. However, the intimacies of family interaction in dementia care settin........ Read more »
Walmsley, B., & McCormack, L. (2013) The dance of communication: Retaining family membership despite severe non-speech dementia. Dementia, 13(5), 626-641. DOI: 10.1177/1471301213480359
When a patient has sepsis Things can go downhill fast. A life-threatening condition in which bacteria or fungi multiply in a patient's blood -- sepsis is often too fast for antibiotics to help. But that's all about to change with the introduction of a new device -- inspired by the human spleen -- that may radically transform the way doctors treat sepsis.... Read more »
Kang JH, Super M, Yung CW, Cooper RM, Domansky K, Graveline AR, Mammoto T, Berthet JB, Tobin H, Cartwright MJ.... (2014) An extracorporeal blood-cleansing device for sepsis therapy. Nature medicine. PMID: 25216635
Maybe it was all the Who noise that made the Grinch so aggressive. Recent research out of Bulgaria suggests a link between noise pollution and displaced aggression.... Read more »
Dzhambov A, & Dimitrova D. (2014) Neighborhood noise pollution as a determinant of displaced aggression: A pilot study. Noise and Health, 16(69), 95-101. DOI: 10.4103/1463-1741.132090
Telepathy is under works; it's just super clunky right now. Non-invasive technology enables brain-to-brain communication by converting words into binary and from binary into pulses of light and back.... Read more »
Grau C, Ginhoux R, Riera A, Nguyen TL, Chauvat H, Berg M, Amengual JL, Pascual-Leone A, & Ruffini G. (2014) Conscious Brain-to-Brain Communication in Humans Using Non-Invasive Technologies. PloS one, 9(8). PMID: 25137064
Stem cells offered the promise of having a patents own organ grown to replace a failing or damaged one. Unfortunately the road to that future has been paved with seemingly insurmountable challenges. Thankfully now we are one step closer, researchers have addressed a major challenge in the quest to build replacement kidneys in the lab. Working with human-sized pig kidneys, the scientists developed the most successful method to date to keep blood vessels in the new organs open and flowing with blo........ Read more »
In Kap Ko,, Mehran Abolbashari,, Jennifer Huling,, Cheil Kim,, Sayed-Hadi Mirmalek-Sani,, Mahmoudreza Moradi,, Giuseppe Orlando,, John D. Jackson,, Tamer Aboushwareb,, Shay Soker,.... (2014) Enhanced re-endothelialization of acellular kidney scaffolds for whole organ engineering via antibody conjugation of vasculatures. Technology . info:/10.1142/S2339547814500228
I can only see the abstract, and this is far from perfect, but at least it acknowledges that living kidney donors *do* see changes in bone density metabolism. That, in itself, is a shift from the whole “don’t worry, you can donate a kidney and continue on your merry way with no worries”. Unfortunately, only …
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New computer modeling and experimental ice core data shed light on the mystery of Greenland melting 20,000 years ago. This information will be helpful in refining current climate models.... Read more »
Buizert C, Gkinis V, Severinghaus JP, He F, Lecavalier BS, Kindler P, Leuenberger M, Carlson AE, Vinther B, Masson-Delmotte V.... (2014) Greenland temperature response to climate forcing during the last deglaciation. Science (New York, N.Y.), 345(6201), 1177-80. PMID: 25190795
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Neurological disorders typically involve memory issues. Most of the problems are attributed to plaques that build up in the brain (which are typically prions), yet some causes are unknown. New research however sheds some light on at least one cause of memory problems. As it turns out brain inflammation can rapidly disrupt our ability to retrieve complex memories of similar but distinct experiences.... Read more »
Czerniawski J, & Guzowski JF. (2014) Acute neuroinflammation impairs context discrimination memory and disrupts pattern separation processes in hippocampus. The Journal of neuroscience : the official journal of the Society for Neuroscience, 34(37), 12470-80. PMID: 25209285
"Overall, the present findings suggest that metabolic and hormonal disturbances such as effects on insulin and growth hormone may represent a vulnerability factor to develop mental disorders". That was the conclusion reported by van Beveren and colleagues  (open-access) looking at "disruption of insulin and growth factor signaling pathways as an increased risk factor for schizophrenia"."Years ago you served my father in the Clone Wars"Drawing on data derived from participants taking part in&n........ Read more »
van Beveren NJ, Schwarz E, Noll R, Guest PC, Meijer C, de Haan L, & Bahn S. (2014) Evidence for disturbed insulin and growth hormone signaling as potential risk factors in the development of schizophrenia. Translational psychiatry. PMID: 25158005
Completed Scrabble (left) and crossword grids (image from Toma et al 2014).Every year, hundreds of word lovers arrive from across the US to compete in the American Crossword Puzzle tournament. They solve clues (e.g. "caught some Z's") and place the answers (e.g. "sleep") in a grid. Meanwhile, a separate group of wordsmiths gather regularly to compete at Scrabble, the game that involves forming words out of letter tiles and finding a suitable place for them on the board.Both sets of players have ........ Read more »
Toma, M., Halpern, D., & Berger, D. (2014) Cognitive Abilities of Elite Nationally Ranked SCRABBLE and Crossword Experts. Applied Cognitive Psychology. DOI: 10.1002/acp.3059
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Denoeud, F., Carretero-Paulet, L., Dereeper, A., Droc, G., Guyot, R., Pietrella, M., Zheng, C., Alberti, A., Anthony, F., Aprea, G.... (2014) The coffee genome provides insight into the convergent evolution of caffeine biosynthesis. Science, 345(6201), 1181-1184. DOI: 10.1126/science.1255274
Long, C., McAnally, J., Shelton, J., Mireault, A., Bassel-Duby, R., & Olson, E. (2014) Prevention of muscular dystrophy in mice by CRISPR/Cas9-mediated editing of germline DNA. Science, 345(6201), 1184-1188. DOI: 10.1126/science.1254445
Scientists have opened a new window in science by finding that an effective magnetic field can exist for light.
Magnetic field refers to the line of forces that are present around the permanent magnet or a moving charged particle. This field can change the path of charged particles such as electrons. Usually, magnetic field has no effect on neutral particles such as photons, which are present in light. However, the present stu........ Read more »
Tzuang, L., Fang, K., Nussenzveig, P., Fan, S., & Lipson, M. (2014) Non-reciprocal phase shift induced by an effective magnetic flux for light. Nature Photonics, 8(9), 701-705. DOI: 10.1038/nphoton.2014.177
A cancer survivor is defined as anyone who is living with cancer, or whose cancer has gone into remission. Traditionally cancer care has concentrated on diagnosing and treating the disease, and comparatively little support has been given to patients once … Continue reading →... Read more »
Moretto P, Jewett MA, Basiuk J, Maskens D, & Canil CM. (2014) Kidney cancer survivorship survey of urologists and survivors: The gap in perceptions of care, but agreement on needs. Canadian Urological Association journal , 8(5-6), 190-4. PMID: 25024789
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