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BPS Research Digest

BPS Research Digest
When you’ve done something good, or performed a task well, it feels great to get some praise for it. And parents and teachers, especially in Western cultures, are encouraged to dole out praise to children in an increasingly generous manner. A drawing might not just be 'good', it might be 'incredible'. That song wasn’t just 'beautiful', it was 'epic'. Such praise is often given with the best intentions, particularly in the belief that positive feedback, especially for children who don’t have much faith in themselves, might help to raise their self-esteem. But does it work?

Mesothelioma Cancer & Asbestos Related Disease » A Tribute to Debbie Brewer – Loving Mother& Asbestos Campaigner June 13, 2013 A few years ago I was researching information concerning asbestos as I believed that I may have worked with it as a teenager. 35+ years later, and I can still hear my dad’s voice saying to me “ What the Eck are you working there for? You’ll end up with lung cancer, if that stuff gets on your lungs”. BENE Online BENE Online… Welcome to BENE Online… Login If you are a new hire whose record is not yet in BENE's system, you can still review information about your benefits or see what medical options are available to you by clicking on the following links.

Neuroskeptic A neat study from Dutch psychologists Olympia Colizoli, Jaap Murre and Romke Rouw claims that it's possible to train people to have something a bit like synaesthesia - which they call Pseudo-Synesthesia through Reading Books with Colored Letters. Synaesthesia generally comes out of the blue - some people just have it while others don't. Those who do experience it typically report that they've always had it. But could it be learned? Colizoli et al recruited 17 non-synaesthetes and got them to read books specially printed such that 4 common letters, "a", "e", "s" and "t", were always printed in a certain colour: red, orange, green or blue. The idea was that constant exposure to the coloured letters might trigger grapheme-color synaesthesia, which is a relatively common 'naturally occurring' form of the condition.

Table of contents (With last update date) Cover Foreword (August 13, 2009) Part 1. Can Borderline Personality Be Controlled? “A cure for Borderline Personality Disorder will never be found on the same level of consciousness in which it was created” -Ryan C. Bogdewic You know what it’s like, Borderline Personality Disorder. In Vivo Effects Of Traditional Ayurvedic Formulations in Drosophila melanogaster Model Relate with Therapeutic Applications Background Ayurveda represents the traditional medicine system of India. Since mechanistic details of therapy in terms of current biology are not available in Ayurvedic literature, modern scientific studies are necessary to understand its major concepts and procedures. It is necessary to examine effects of the whole Ayurvedic formulations rather than their “active” components as is done in most current studies. Methods

The Ten Most Revealing Psych Experiments Psychology is the study of the human mind and mental processes in relation to human behaviors - human nature. Due to its subject matter, psychology is not considered a 'hard' science, even though psychologists do experiment and publish their findings in respected journals. Some of the experiments psychologists have conducted over the years reveal things about the way we humans think and behave that we might not want to embrace, but which can at least help keep us humble. That's something. 1. 'Lord of the Flies': Social Identity Theory

Dinosaurs, dragons, and dwarfs: The evolution of maximal body size The size and taxonomic affiliation of the largest locally present species (“top species”) of terrestrial vertebrate vary greatly among faunas, raising many unsolved questions. Why are the top species on continents bigger than those on even the largest islands, bigger in turn than those on small islands? Why are the top mammals marsupials on Australia but placentals on the other continents? Why is the world's largest extant lizard (the Komodo dragon) native to a modest-sized Indonesian island, of all unlikely places? Why is the top herbivore larger than the top carnivore at most sites?

Color Psychology by David Johnson Like death and taxes, there is no escaping color. It is ubiquitous. Yet what does it all mean? Why are people more relaxed in green rooms? Manifold Destiny - The New Yorker On the evening of June 20th, several hundred physicists, including a Nobel laureate, assembled in an auditorium at the Friendship Hotel in Beijing for a lecture by the Chinese mathematician Shing-Tung Yau. In the late nineteen-seventies, when Yau was in his twenties, he had made a series of breakthroughs that helped launch the string-theory revolution in physics and earned him, in addition to a Fields Medal—the most coveted award in mathematics—a reputation in both disciplines as a thinker of unrivalled technical power. Yau had since become a professor of mathematics at Harvard and the director of mathematics institutes in Beijing and Hong Kong, dividing his time between the United States and China. His lecture at the Friendship Hotel was part of an international conference on string theory, which he had organized with the support of the Chinese government, in part to promote the country’s recent advances in theoretical physics.

5 Psychological Experiments That Prove Humanity is Doomed's new book is now on sale. What follows is one of 22 classic articles that appear in the book, along with 18 new articles that you can't read anywhere else. Psychologists know you have to be careful when you go poking around the human mind because you're never sure what you'll find there. A number of psychological experiments over the years have yielded terrifying conclusions about the subjects. Our brains are shrinking...and why this actually means we're getting smarter If that were the case, then brains would never have gotten that large in the first place. The larger brain size was clearly worth the increased difficulty of childbirth or else it would not have evolved in the first place. Also, you can't say that because adult brainsize was bigger, then childhood brainsize was bigger. They could have initially been the sime size but done more post-birth growth. Finally, our ancestors (as pointed out in the article) didn't just have bigger brains, they were bigger, which means that EVEN IF childrens heads had been larger at birth, it might not have meant more difficult childbirth since the women might have been proportionality the same size. of all the explanations given, difficulty of childbirth is the least likely, since the way our species has dealt with this issue in the past has not been to shrink brain size but rather to shrink gestation period and provide more intensive post birth care.

Ten Psychology Studies from 2009 Worth Knowing About - David DiSalvo - Brainspin Image by AFP/Getty Images via Daylife Several great psychology and neuroscience studies were published in 2009. Below I’ve chosen 10 that I think are among the most noteworthy, not just because they’re interesting, but useful as well. 1. If you have to choose between buying something or spending the money on a memorable experience, go with the experience. According to a study conducted at San Francisco State University, the things you own can’t make you as happy as the things you do. 11.01.95 - Extraordinary Births In the Aggresive Hyena World, Male-Like Moms Rule Berkeley scientists have found that the humans and spotted hyena share a surprising similarity: Females of both species often have difficulty giving birth because the newborns are unusually large and the birth passage is unusually small. In humans, the evolution of high intelligence has produced a very large head to house a large brain, but the pelvis and birth canal have narrowed to permit upright walking. In hyenas, the babies are large because they fight ferociously at birth, and the birth canal is narrow because it passes through the female's greatly enlarged clitoris, which is the size and shape of a male penis.