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Religious people are less intelligent than atheists, according to analysis of scores of scientific studies stretching back over decades

Religious people are less intelligent than atheists, according to analysis of scores of scientific studies stretching back over decades | Kinsanity | Scoop.it
A new review of 63 scientific studies stretching back over decades has concluded that religious people are less intelligent than non-believers.

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Tom Hauck's curator insight, August 14, 2013 1:58 AM

Well...there ya go... God makes us a bunch of dummies... Who knew..?

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How E-books May Disrupt Your Sleep

How E-books May Disrupt Your Sleep | Kinsanity | Scoop.it
Planning to read in bed tonight? It may be better to read from a printed book instead of an e-book reader.

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Laura Brown's comment, December 22, 5:55 PM
Shining a light in your face is no way to read. I've yet to get into ebooks versus printed books. Mainly for practical reasons.
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How Exercise Changes Our DNA

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Exercise, a new study finds, changes the shape and functioning our genes, an important step on the way to improved health and fitness.
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Dan Aykroyd Talks Mental Health And Acting - YouTube

http://www.cbc.ca/strombo/ Dan talks about being diagnosed with mild Tourette syndrome and Asperger syndrome as a young man, and how he still sees some sympt...
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For docs, more biology info means less empathy for mental health patients

For docs, more biology info means less empathy for mental health patients | Kinsanity | Scoop.it
Give therapists and psychiatrists information about the biology of a mental disorder, and they have less — not more — empathy for the patient, a new Yale study shows.

The findings, released Dec. 1 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, challenge the notion that biological explanations for mental illness boost compassion for the tens of millions of Americans who suffer from mental-health problems.  

Conventional wisdom suggests that biological explanations for psychiatric symptoms should reduce the blame patients receive for their behavior by making genes and brain cells the culprits. This, in turn, should increase feelings of compassion.

In a series of studies, U.S. clinicians read descriptions of patients whose symptoms were explained using information that focused on either genetics and neurobiology or on childhood experiences and stressful life circumstances. Among other questions, the clinicians were asked how much compassion they felt for the individual, an essential element of therapy.

The clinicians consistently expressed less empathy and compassion for the patient when his or her symptoms were explained using biological factors, the researchers found.


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Lon Woodbury's curator insight, December 4, 3:53 PM

This won't be good news for Psychiatrists who emphasize treatment by medication. -Lon

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Surprising results...

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Supporting Sexuality As A Family Caregiver

Supporting Sexuality As A Family Caregiver | Kinsanity | Scoop.it

So, here’s the question I’d like us all to ponder: What can we do to empower caregivers so that they can supporting the sexuality of the family members for whom they are caring?

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A woman's fight to improve mental health care in China

A woman's fight to improve mental health care in China | Kinsanity | Scoop.it
In 1985, Meng Weina set up China's first private special needs school in the southern city of Guangzhou.

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The Curious Effect of Depression on Intuitive Thinking Skills — PsyBlog

The Curious Effect of Depression on Intuitive Thinking Skills — PsyBlog | Kinsanity | Scoop.it
First experiment to find a link between depression and intuition.

Depression curbs people’s ability to make intuitive judgements, a new study finds for the first time.

The research may help explain why people who are depressed say they find it difficult to make ordinary, everyday decisions.

In the experiment, published in the British Journal of Clinical Psychology, half the participants had major depressive disorder, while the other were a healthy control group (Remmers et al., 2014).

Both groups were given a measure of intuitive thinking which involved finding the link between words.

 


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Michele Marchese's curator insight, November 15, 8:15 PM

Depression is like being in a silent limbo, we can't make any decisions to help us move forward from the melancholy that we feel. Depression weakens our creativity, and intuitive processing. Holistic therapies such as Flower essences due to their own energetic vibrational healing, Aromatherapy essential oils such as sage, orange, lemon or sandalwood. Hypnotherapy, Reiki, and, Acupuncture, and more can help us to find the path in our mind that leads us back to our creative center. We need to be able to listen to our own natural abilities to make decision

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Mad In America - Science, Psychiatry & Community

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Mad In America provides news, resources, blogs, forums and a community for people interested in critically re-thinking mental health care in the US and abroad.

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The female nose always knows: Do women have more olfactory neurons?

The female nose always knows: Do women have more olfactory neurons? | Kinsanity | Scoop.it
Using a new method called isotropic fractionator, a group of researchers has found biological evidence that may explain the superior olfactory abilities that women have over men.

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Hubby & talk about this all the time - he can't smell a thing, I swear!

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How Conservative Christianity Can Warp the Mind

Some religious beliefs can create habitual thought patterns that actually alter brain function, making it difficult for people to heal or grow.

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Jocelyn Stoller's curator insight, October 31, 3:24 PM

Any shame-based indoctrination can have this effect on young minds.

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What’s Going on Inside the Brain Of A Curious Child?

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New research suggests that curiosity triggers chemical changes in the brain that help students better understand and retain information.

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What if Age Is Nothing but a Mind-Set?

What if Age Is Nothing but a Mind-Set? | Kinsanity | Scoop.it
Ellen Langer’s experiments have shown that mental attitudes might reverse some ravages of old age. Now she wants to test that same radical principle on cancer.
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WEGO Health Activist Awards

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NominaWho are some of the outstanding Health Activists who enrich the lives of others by sharing their experience, knowledge and strength? Nominate them for a WEGO Health Activist Award.

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It would be awesome if someone covering mental health & special needs would at least make the list!

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Actually, People Still Like to Think

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The University of Virginia psychologist Timothy Wilson began his study with a simple question: When our minds turn inward, “is it a pleasing experience”?
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Scientists Have Discovered What Happens to Our Minds as We Die

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What happens to our minds when we die? Scientists may be closer to answering this question than ever. 

Researchers at the University of Southampton have completed the largest study ever on near-death and out-of-body experiences, and the results may have big implications for how we view death. 

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Want to Quit Smoking? Eat a Magic Mushroom, New Study Says

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A new study shows smokers may be able to kick the habit with a little help from psilocybin and three controlled trips
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ADHD: Exercise Before School Can Decrease Symptoms, Study Shows - Headlines & Global News

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“Headlines & Global News ADHD: Exercise Before School Can Decrease Symptoms, Study Shows Headlines & Global News ...”


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I've long said my son does best when he gets a walk to rid himself of the puppy zoomies.

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MRI Shows Gray Matter Myelin Loss Strongly Related to MS Disability

MRI Shows Gray Matter Myelin Loss Strongly Related to MS Disability | Kinsanity | Scoop.it
A new MRI study finds myelin loss in the gray matter of people's brains with MS is closely correlated with the severity of the disease.

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Estrogen Receptor Expression May Help Explain Why More Males Have Autism

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Researchers report estrogen receptor beta is significantly decreased in the brain of people with autism.

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I'm skeptical; I still believe that gender inequality (rampant in the medical sciences as well as the family dynamic where fathers are more involved in their boys lives and are more likely to get them help than their daughters) has more to do with more males being diagnosed. But here's a study that's worthy of noting.

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Google X acquires 'tremor-canceling spoon' startup

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Google X, the research division of tech giant Google, has just announced that it has acquired Lift Labs, a company working on devices for people suffering from neurodegenerative diseases such as Pa...

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Official AndreasCY's curator insight, September 11, 1:57 AM

The research division of tech giant Google has just announced that it has acquired Lift Labs, a company working on devices for people suffering diseases such as Parkinson’s.

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Dr. Walter Freeman and the Ice Pick Lobotomy

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“ Dr. Walter Freeman and the Ice Pick Lobotomy,
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Stress in mothers of children with autism: Trait mindfulness as a protective factor

Publication date: June 2014
Source:Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, Volume 8, Issue 6
Author(s): Caitlin M. Conner , Susan W. White
Mindfulness-based interventions may reduce parents’ stress and improve parent–child relationships.

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Erasing Traumatic Memories

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Researchers report xenon gas, normally used in humans for anesthesia, could potentially be used to treat PTSD.

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Darwin’s Battle with Anxiety

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A posthumous diagnosis of the paralyzing mental malady that afflicted one of humanity’s greatest minds.
Charles Darwin was undoubtedly among the most significant thinkers humanity has ever produced.

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The Advantages of Dyslexia

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With reading difficulties can come other cognitive strengths

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"The trick that makes Escher’s drawings intriguing is a geometric construction psychologists refer to as an “impossible figure,” a line-form suggesting a three-dimensional object that could never exist in our experience. Psychologists, including a team led by Catya von Károlyi of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, have used such figures to study human cognition. When the team asked people to pick out impossible figures from similarly drawn illustrations that did not violate causality, they were surprised to discover that some people were faster at this than others. And most surprising of all, among those who were the fastest were those with dyslexia.

"Dyslexia is often called a “learning disability.” And it can indeed present learning challenges. Although its effects vary widely, children with dyslexia read so slowly that it would typically take them a half a year to read the same number of words other children might read in a day. Therefore, the fact that people who read so slowly were so adept at picking out the impossible figures was a big surprise to the researchers. After all, why would people who are slow in reading be fast at responding to visual representations of causal reasoning?"


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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, August 19, 8:17 PM

We have privileged the written language and marginalized visuals and imagery. There are many forms of creativity. I had students who read slowly and wrote poorly but were great artists and poets. Those things are not valued in School. I wonder who decided on that?

 

Learning disabilities may not be disabilities. They may be different ways of learning. I watched students share their abilities. The artist helped the writers who helped the artists.

 

I listened to a key note speaker who had little teaching experience and had rushed through teaching to get out of the classroom ridicule the use of haiku in teaching. Yet, I found students enjoyed writing poetry and drawing more than they enjoyed his passion, digital technologies. School managers and experts should spend time with students and learn what students enjoy.

 

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An opinionated woman obsessed with objects, entertained by ephemera, intrigued by researching, fascinated by culture & addicted to writing. The wind says my name; doesn't put an @ in front of it, so maybe you don't notice. http://www.kitsch-slapped.com
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Adventures in advertising and marketing - the contemporary, the historical, and the hysterical. http://deanna.dahlsad.com/
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Collecting old things; heirlooms and new to you things! Companion to http://www.inherited-values.com/
Colorful Prism Of Racism
Racism past and present. Companion to http://www.kitsch-slapped.com/category/colorful-prism-of-racism/
Consumption Junction
Consumerism meets marketing; who & what manipulates the free market of goods & services. See also: http://www.kitsch-slapped.com/category/ze-big-mouth-promotions-stuff/
Crimes Against Humanity
From lone gunmen on hills to mass movements. Depressing as hell, really.
Cultural History
The roots of culture; history and pre-history.
Dare To Be A Feminist
I do. http://www.kitsch-slapped.com/category/hey-sister-can-you-spare-some-social-change/
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Art, crafts, and the people who make them. To inspire and purchase. Companion to http://www.ululating-undulating-ungulate.com/
Herstory
History as this woman sees it. The serious, the kitsch, the opinionated. Companion to http://www.kitsch-slapped.com/
In The Name Of God
Mainly acts done in the name of religion, but also discussions of atheism, faith, & spirituality.
Kinsanity
Let's just say I have reasons to learn more about mental health, special needs children, psychology, and the like.
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Mostly vintage and retro "badness" but you can decide how delicious it is. http://www.kitschy-kitschy-coo.com/blog/
Nerdy Needs
The stuff of nerdy, geeky, dreams.
Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic
The meaning behind the math of the bottom line in publishing and the media. For writers, publishers, and bloggers (which are a combination of the two).
Sex Positive
Sexuality as a human right.
Vintage Living Today For A Future Tormorrow
It's as easy to romanticize the past as it is to demonize it; instead, let's learn from it. More than living simply, more than living 'green', thrifty grandmas knew the importance of the 'economics' in Home Economics. The history of home ec, lessons in thrift, practical tips and ideas from the past focused on sustainability for families and out planet. Companion to http://www.thingsyourgrandmotherknew.com/
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Travel based on grande ideas, locations, and persons of the past.
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