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  • November 23, 2010
  • 01:30 PM
  • 878 views

Developing a set-back plan in pain management

by Bronwyn Thompson in Healthskills: Skills for Healthy Living

Without a doubt, anyone reading my blog will have tried at some point to change a habit.  Maybe to stop drinking coffee (why?!), start doing more exercise, say no to new projects, eat more fibre – even when a decision to make a change is not done of a New Year’s Eve, chances are that … Read more... Read more »

  • November 23, 2010
  • 07:33 AM
  • 642 views

purple pain and a gene called 'straightjacket'

by Chris in The Lousy Linguist

Dr. Kevin Mitchell, a neuroscientist at Smurfit Institute of Genetics, University of Dublin, posted at his excellent blog Wiring the Brain about a weird, interesting study* that points to a possible genetic explanation of synaesthesia** (e.g., hearing a word and experience the color red). The authors were studying pain mechanisms in fruit flies (turns out the mechanisms are similar to us mammals, whuddathunk?). Once they identified a particular gene they dubbed straightjacket*** which is "involv........ Read more »

  • November 23, 2010
  • 04:30 AM
  • 517 views

Science’s policy clout diminished, but oil risk looms large

by SAGE Insight in SAGE Insight

The public’s trust in scientific claims regarding offshore oil drilling From Public Understanding of Science The findings of this research indicate that scientists’ efforts to influence public opinion have a limited effect.  The investigators behind this paper believe it is time for a content hypothesis revival – where people are most likely to accept a [...]... Read more »

Carlisle, J., Feezell, J., Michaud, K., Smith, E., & Smith, L. (2010) The public's trust in scientific claims regarding offshore oil drilling. Public Understanding of Science, 19(5), 514-527. DOI: 10.1177/0963662510375663  

  • November 23, 2010
  • 01:54 AM
  • 757 views

Seconds From Disaster - The Devil is in the details

by Jan Husdal in husdal.com

Accidents don’t just happen. They are the result of a chain of events leading up to the disaster. Everyone who has watched an episode of the National Geographic Television series “Seconds from Disaster” will have heard that phrase. An insightful article shows how organizational imperfections lay a favorable ground for crises to occur because managerial ignorance makes blind to the presence of these imperfections.... Read more »

  • November 22, 2010
  • 04:34 PM
  • 906 views

Flare-ups, breakthrough pain or set-backs: self managing exacerbations of pain

by Bronwyn Thompson in Healthskills: Skills for Healthy Living

A couple of days ago I wrote about medication and managing flare-ups, and out of that post there was a bit of discussion about what exactly I meant by flare-up, and whether it might be better defined as break-through pain.  I’ve found that there is not a lot of agreement in the literature – nor … Read more... Read more »

Turk, D.C., Swanson, K.S., & Tunks, E.R. (2008) Psychological approaches in the treatment of chronic pain patients--When pills, scalpels, and needles are not enough. The Canadian Journal of Psychiatry, 53(4), 213-223. info:/

  • November 22, 2010
  • 11:01 AM
  • 730 views

Stressing Motherhood: A primatologist discovers the social factors responsible for maternal infanticide. (Scientific American)

by Eric Michael Johnson in The Primate Diaries

The latest stop in the #PDEx tour is being hosted by Scientific American:Throughout history, from the fictional Medea to the tragic reports of modern times, women have taken the lives of their children under a variety of contexts, whether it is to punish the father, escape from the burden of motherhood, or even to protect a child from what they perceive as a fate worse than death. In this regard humans share yet another feature, albeit a tragic one, with nonhuman animals since females in a varie........ Read more »

  • November 22, 2010
  • 11:01 AM
  • 621 views

Stressing Motherhood: A primatologist discovers the social factors responsible for maternal infanticide. (Scientific American)

by Eric Michael Johnson in The Primate Diaries in Exile

The latest stop in the #PDEx tour is being hosted by Scientific American:Throughout history, from the fictional Medea to the tragic reports of modern times, women have taken the lives of their children under a variety of contexts, whether it is to punish the father, escape from the burden of motherhood, or even to protect a child from what they perceive as a fate worse than death. In this regard humans share yet another feature, albeit a tragic one, with nonhuman animals since females in a varie........ Read more »

  • November 21, 2010
  • 01:41 PM
  • 460 views

Taking a closer look at health encounters for people with chronic pain

by Bronwyn Thompson in Healthskills: Skills for Healthy Living

A theme of comments made by people I’ve seen clinically is that certain health care encounters they’ve had have not been especially helpful. Some people feel belittled, some patronised, some bamboozled, some dismissed – and yet in most surveys of health care satisfaction, the rating is pretty high (Jenkinson, Coulter, Bruster, Richards & Chandola, 2002). … Read more... Read more »

  • November 21, 2010
  • 06:41 AM
  • 633 views

Autism Gives You Biblical Superpowers

by Neuroskeptic in Neuroskeptic

We've all heard about autistic "savants" with amazing mathematical, memory or artistic abilities. But could autism give you the power to kill 1,000 men armed only with a donkey bone?Samson was the original Chuck Norris. Granted mighty strength by God so long as he didn't cut his hair or shave, Samson's first act of heroism was ripping a lion to shreds with his bear hands. Then he moved onto people. According to the Book of Judges:"And Samson said, With the jawbone of an ass, heaps upon heaps, wi........ Read more »

  • November 20, 2010
  • 01:07 PM
  • 520 views

The pursuit of happiness

by Hadas Shema in Information Culture

Happiness is an elusive term (though for most people, it includes one form or another of chocolate) and, to many people's surprise, it doesn't have much to do with money. Aaker, Rudd & Mogilner (forthcoming, 2011) reviewed the current happiness literature and came up with a list of five principles for happiness-maximizing ways to spend time. Spend your time with the right people. People who socialize more often tend to be happier than those who spend most of their time alone. Happiness is as........ Read more »

Aaker, J. L., Rudd, L., & Mogilner, C. (2011) If Money Doesn’t Make You Happy, Consider Time. Journal of Consumer Psychology. info:/

  • November 19, 2010
  • 05:02 AM
  • 786 views

Employability: concepts and components

by David Winter in Careers - in Theory

I am preparing material for an employability module, and I’ve been getting myself into it by exploring different definitions and concepts of employability. What is employability? Coming at that question from a careers adviser’s perspective, I tend, by default, to think about employability in terms of the awareness and attributes of the individual job seeker. [...]... Read more »

  • November 18, 2010
  • 03:56 PM
  • 904 views

Study: More Privilege Means Less Empathy

by David Berreby in Mind Matters


If you're a member of America's anxious middle class, you can feel downtrodden one minute and privileged the next, just watching the news. Here's some super-rich guy planning his run for President, way above you on the social ladder. Next, a story about destitute refugees, which reminds you that you ...Read More
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Kraus, M., Cote, S., & Keltner, D. (2010) Social Class, Contextualism, and Empathic Accuracy. Psychological Science, 21(11), 1716-1723. DOI: 10.1177/0956797610387613  

  • November 18, 2010
  • 04:06 AM
  • 233 views

Censoring cyberspace

by SAGE Insight in SAGE Insight

From Index on censorship This special issue calls for a new approach to tackling censorship online. As cyberspace has become the arena for political activism, governments are growing more sophisticated in controlling free expression online – from surveillance to filtering. And it’s now becoming harder than ever for human rights activists to outwit the authorities. [...]... Read more »

MacKinnon, R. (2010) Google Rules. Index on Censorship, 39(1), 32-45. DOI: 10.1177/0306422010363343  

Deibert, R., & Rohozinski, R. (2010) Cyber Wars. Index on Censorship, 39(1), 79-90. DOI: 10.1177/0306422010362176  

  • November 17, 2010
  • 04:39 PM
  • 651 views

Rates of Scientific Fraud Retractions

by Bob O'Hara in Deep Thoughts and Silliness

Ivan Oransky on his Retraction Watch blog pointed to a paper by R. Grant Steen looking at numbers of retraction and whether they were due to fraud or error. Ivan pointed to a news item on The Great Beyond by...... Read more »

  • November 17, 2010
  • 12:04 PM
  • 627 views

Apparently, there's nothing left to learn about ecosystem services

by Noam Ross in Noam Ross

In a new paper in Ecological Economics, Mark Sagoff criticizes ecologists for trying to find general, broadly applicable values for ecosystem services.  Real values, Sagoff argues, are "dispersed, contingent, particular, local, transitory, and embedded in institutions and practices."   He cites an example of citrus growers in the San Joaquin valley of California.  While pollinators have been held up by many ecologists as providers of a valuable ecosystem services, pollinators are a pest to ........ Read more »

Mark Sagoff. (2010) The quantification and valuation of ecosystem services. Ecological Economics. info:/10.1016/j.ecolecon.2010.10.006

  • November 17, 2010
  • 12:03 PM
  • 2,228 views

Faunal Friends: Evolution and the Animal Connection

by Krystal D'Costa in Anthropology in Practice


I’ll never forget the day S brought home a live chicken. When we lived in Queens, there were a number of fresh poultry and livestock suppliers that catered to the growing West Indian community, but there were definitely a few backyard farmers in the neighborhood. S was at a gas station when he heard a cheeping noise. He knelt down to investigate and when he straightened up, found a chick sitting on the mat in the car. “What was I supposed to do?” he asked showing me the chick. “It jumpe........ Read more »

Shipman, Pat. (2010) The Animal Connection and Human Evolution. Current Anthropology, 51(4), 519-538. DOI: 10.1086/653816  

  • November 17, 2010
  • 04:03 AM
  • 746 views

Effects of anxiety on memory in young children

by SAGE Insight in SAGE Insight

Effects of anxiety on memory storage and updating in young children From International Journal of Behavioral Development This paper presents the findings of studies that tested the visual and verbal short term memory of young children. The test on visual memory did not reveal anxiety levels had any significant influence, however the results for verbal [...]... Read more »

Visu-Petra, L., Cheie, L., Benga, O., & Packiam Alloway, T. (2010) Effects of anxiety on memory storage and updating in young children. International Journal of Behavioral Development. DOI: 10.1177/0165025410368945  

  • November 16, 2010
  • 09:39 PM
  • 947 views

A Brush with Madness

by Kristopher Hite in Tom Paine's Ghost







I'm giving myself ten minutes to do this. To write whatever storms into my mind then hit post.

I think the archaic revival might run into some barriers. Like starvation, no communication, and other electrical difficulties if it embraces the Abbey-esque Luddite philosophy entirely.

As much as I want to get onto that other boat I think I will just slip between the hulls and end up swimming by myself among the sea-monsters, bullets whizzing past my head with bubbles trailing behind in dark ........ Read more »

Sedel F, Baumann N, Turpin JC, Lyon-Caen O, Saudubray JM, & Cohen D. (2007) Psychiatric manifestations revealing inborn errors of metabolism in adolescents and adults. Journal of inherited metabolic disease, 30(5), 631-41. PMID: 17694356  

Rose FC. (2006) Van Gogh's madness. International review of neurobiology, 253-69. PMID: 16730519  

Altintoprak AE, Ersel M, & Bayrakci A. (2009) An unusual suicide attempt: a case with psychosis during an acute porphyric attack. European journal of emergency medicine : official journal of the European Society for Emergency Medicine, 16(2), 106-8. PMID: 19262206  

Mandoki MW, & Sumner GS. (1994) Psychiatric manifestations of hereditary coproporphyria in a child. The Journal of nervous and mental disease, 182(2), 117-8. PMID: 8308532  

  • November 16, 2010
  • 08:25 PM
  • 1,028 views

Monkeys and Uncles

by Laelaps in Laelaps

During the long wind-up to this autumn’s congressional elections, hardly a week went by without a gaffe by Delaware tea partier and Sarah Palin-wannabe Christine O’Donnell. The sharp-tongued political commentator Bill Maher seemed to have an entire stockpile of embarrassing clips from when O’Donnell – then president of the conservative advocacy group the Savior’s Alliance [...]... Read more »

Meikle, W., & Scott, E. (2010) Why Are There Still Monkeys?. Evolution: Education and Outreach, 3(4), 573-575. DOI: 10.1007/s12052-010-0293-2  

Zalmout, I., Sanders, W., MacLatchy, L., Gunnell, G., Al-Mufarreh, Y., Ali, M., Nasser, A., Al-Masari, A., Al-Sobhi, S., Nadhra, A.... (2010) New Oligocene primate from Saudi Arabia and the divergence of apes and Old World monkeys. Nature, 466(7304), 360-364. DOI: 10.1038/nature09094  

  • November 16, 2010
  • 01:37 PM
  • 607 views

Medication and Self Managing Chronic Pain (ii)

by Bronwyn Thompson in Healthskills: Skills for Healthy Living

If medication is to be part of a toolkit for self managing chronic pain, then it seems to me that it’s important to know as much about the medication and how it should be used as possible.  Once again, today I’m not directly referring to the literature because I haven’t found an awful lot discussing … Read more... Read more »

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