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Autism risk test is 70 percent accurate

Autism risk test is 70 percent accurate | Psychology, music, parenting, politics, and anything else in the world that is interesting to Jim P. | Scoop.it

This test could assist in the early detection of the condition in babies and children and help in the early management of those who become diagnosed,” says lead researcher Professor Stan Skafidas, Director of the Center for Neural Engineering at the University of Melbourne.
“It would be particularly relevant for families who have a history of autism or related conditions such as Asperger’s syndrome,” he says.
Autism affects around one in 150 births and is characterized by abnormal social interaction, impaired communication, and repetitive behaviors.
The test correctly predicted autism spectrum disorder (ASD) with more than 70 percent accuracy in people of central European descent. Ongoing validation tests are continuing including the development of accurate testing for other ethnic groups.


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Teachers' Expectations Can Influence How Students Perform : NPR

"Teachers' expectations about their students' abilities affect classroom interactions in myriad ways that can impact student performance. Students expected to succeed, for example, get more time to answer questions and more specific feedback."


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Improving memory for specific events can alleviate symptoms of depression

Improving memory for specific events can alleviate symptoms of depression | Psychology, music, parenting, politics, and anything else in the world that is interesting to Jim P. | Scoop.it
Hear the word party and memories of your 8th birthday sleepover or the big bash you attended last New Year’s may come rushing to mind.

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Part Three: Ten Commandments For Educators Who Teach Kids on the Autism Spectrum

Part Three: Ten Commandments For Educators Who Teach Kids on the Autism Spectrum | Psychology, music, parenting, politics, and anything else in the world that is interesting to Jim P. | Scoop.it
1) Thou shall not perceive me as a diagnosis.  It is not true that once you have worked with an autistic child,  you have worked with them all.

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In 20 Seconds, Bill Clinton Made The Best Case For Electing Obama That Anyone Has Made Yet

In 20 Seconds, Bill Clinton Made The Best Case For Electing Obama That Anyone Has Made Yet | Psychology, music, parenting, politics, and anything else in the world that is interesting to Jim P. | Scoop.it
Here it is....

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The Reflection Reflex (Mirror Neurons)

The Reflection Reflex (Mirror Neurons) | Psychology, music, parenting, politics, and anything else in the world that is interesting to Jim P. | Scoop.it

The article is a few years old, but it provides a good explanation of mirror neurons and the link between seeing and doing, and reviews the books, Mirroring People and Mirrors in the Brain. "When we get right down to it, what do we human beings do all day long? We read the world, especially the people we encounter."


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What Caffeine Really Does to Your Brain - Forbes

What Caffeine Really Does to Your Brain - Forbes | Psychology, music, parenting, politics, and anything else in the world that is interesting to Jim P. | Scoop.it

"What caffeine does do is one heck of an impersonation. In your brain, caffeine is the quintessential mimic of a neurochemical called adenosine. Adenosine is produced by neurons throughout the day as they fire, and as more of it is produced, the more your nervous system ratchets down."


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A Neurologist Makes the Case for Teaching Teachers About the Brain

A Neurologist Makes the Case for Teaching Teachers About the Brain | Psychology, music, parenting, politics, and anything else in the world that is interesting to Jim P. | Scoop.it
"Do you recall some of your college professors who knew their subject matter but had zero teaching skills? Staying awake in their one-way-directed lecture classes required Herculean strength (or lots of coffee). They were never trained to develop the skillset of engagement strategies.

Even though I was a physician with a strong science background, when I decided to become a classroom teacher (and thought I'd teach science), I did not want to make that career change without the benefit of instruction and guided student teaching. The year I spent in my graduate school of education program was invaluable in my transition to becoming a professional educator."


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"AAAS Briefing: Links Between Poverty, Brain Development Raise Key Policy Issues"

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"Well before young children arrive for the first day of school, their brains have undergone an extraordinary process of development. At birth, the brain weighs about 400 grams and has 100 billion neurons. By the age of 2, at 1100 grams, it is about 80% the size of an adult brain. At some early stages of development, the brain is adding up to a half-million neurons per minute, and by age 3, it in will have 1000 trillion neuron connections."


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Schizophrenia/Psychosis--Brain Disease or Existential Crisis?

Schizophrenia/Psychosis--Brain Disease or Existential Crisis? | Psychology, music, parenting, politics, and anything else in the world that is interesting to Jim P. | Scoop.it

The emerging schizophrenia recovery research suggests that psychotic disorders may arise from a desperate psyche's attempt to cope with or heal from an overwhelming crisis. - by Paris Williams, PhD on Brain Blogger August 7, 2012


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The Mechanics of the Brain (Interactive)

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An unprecedented research project in one Virginia community, the Roanoke Brain Study, uses a variety of games to explore how interactions and other factors shape our brains and decisions.
Check out this interactive to see what insights researchers can learn from these four behavioral games.


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They're also walking IEDs as problem students make new names for themselves.

They're also walking IEDs as problem students make new names for themselves. | Psychology, music, parenting, politics, and anything else in the world that is interesting to Jim P. | Scoop.it
NAUGHTY kids are turning up to school with notes from doctors who have given their unruly behaviour a medical name - oppositional defiant disorder (ODD).

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Sports psychology as important for Olympic athletes as conditioning the body

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Sports psychology as important for Olympic athletes as conditioning the bodyMontreal GazetteMantras, key words, self- talk and visualization are all part of the new lexicon of sport spawned by sports psychology, an emerging science that suggests...

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‘How Children Succeed,’ by Paul Tough

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Most readers of The New York Times probably subscribe to what Paul Tough calls “the cognitive hypothesis”: the belief “that success today depends primarily on cognitive skills — the kind of intelligence that gets measured on I.Q. tests, including the abilities to recognize letters and words, to calculate, to detect patterns — and that the best way to develop these skills is to practice them as much as possible, beginning as early as possible.” In his new book, “How Children Succeed,” Tough sets out to replace this assumption with what might be called the character hypothesis: the notion that noncognitive skills, like persistence, self-control, curiosity, conscientiousness, grit and self-confidence, are more crucial than sheer brainpower to achieving success.


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The Psychology of Colors [infographic]

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The psychology behind color has been well documented. Red makes you hungry, pink rooms calm you down, and green is very tranquil.


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iPhone and iPad apps to Promote Reading and Language Development

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The number of iPhone and iPad apps related to speech and language continues to grow every day! This can be both exciting and overwhelming, however. That’s where I come in.

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Obama Crushes Mitt Romney In The New NBC/WSJ Poll

Obama Crushes Mitt Romney In The New NBC/WSJ Poll | Psychology, music, parenting, politics, and anything else in the world that is interesting to Jim P. | Scoop.it
More bad news for Mitt....

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The Happiness Chronicles III: Does Status Increase Happiness?

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Respect matters more than money for one's happiness...

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In the Age of Anxiety, are we all mentally ill?

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NEW YORK (Reuters) - "When Cynthia Craig was diagnosed with postpartum depression eight years ago, she told her family doctor she felt anxious about motherhood."
Like an increasing number of people, she was diagnosed with Generalized Anxiety Disorder. But was it a reasonable diagnosis in her case, or indeed, in so many other cases?
Some psychiatrists say the increase in the prevalence of anxiety from about 4 percent to 50 percent is the result of psychiatrists and others "getting better at diagnosing anxiety."
Critics, including other leading psychiatrists, disagree. They say the apparent explosion in anxiety shows there is something seriously and dangerously wrong with the DSM. Its next edition, due in May, would lower the threshold for identifying anxiety.


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iPerformance Psychology Releases New Sports Psychology App Today

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Denver, CO (PRWEB) July 15, 2012 U.S. Track and Field sports psychologist Dr. Steve Portenga is releasing the world’s most advanced sport and performance psychology mobile app for the iPhone in the Apple App Store today.

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Sleep problems may contribute to cognitive decline

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A group of studies, all conducted independently, have reached a similar sobering conclusion: sleep problems—including several common sleep difficulties faced by millions of people on a regular basis—may, over time, lead to cognitive impairment and even dementia.


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Why Do Americans Accept Wealth Inequality?

Why Do Americans Accept Wealth Inequality? | Psychology, music, parenting, politics, and anything else in the world that is interesting to Jim P. | Scoop.it
The belief in individual choice affects beliefs about wealth inequality...

It is clear that many Americans who are not in wealthiest 20% support policies that maintain the inequality in the distribution of wealth. Over the past fifteen years, tax rates have been cut across the board and attempts to increase tax rates on the wealthiest 1 to 2% of Americans have been blocked. The politicians who have blocked these tax increases have been re-elected. Clearly, many people are voting for these candidates, suggesting that there is broad support for the current inequality in wealth.

Why is that?


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The Brain Set Free - Science News

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Lifting neural constraints could turn back time, making way for youthful flexibility..."In time, these brain connections crystallize, forming indelible patterns etched into marble. Impressionable brain systems that allowed a child to easily learn a language, for instance, go away, abandoned for the speed and strength that come with rigidity. In a fully set brain, signals fly around effortlessly, making common­place tasks short work. A master of efficiency, the adult brain loses the exuberance of childhood.But the adult brain need not remain in this petrified state. In a feat of neural alchemy, the brain can morph from marble back to limestone."


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Pure Obsessional OCD — Symptoms and Treatment

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When most people think about obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), they probably imagine the most widely known forms of compulsive behavior, such as repeated hand washing or checking a door to make sure it is locked. However, there is a form of OCD, sometimes referred to as pure obsessional OCD (Pure O), where obsessions and compulsions take place internally

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Should you be in to Brainwashing? | Brain Based Learning

Should you be in to Brainwashing? | Brain Based Learning | Psychology, music, parenting, politics, and anything else in the world that is interesting to Jim P. | Scoop.it

Whether you work with adults or younger students directly, this month's issue may change your approach forever. You'll learn why you should be in the business of brainwashing...."Brainwashing is the altering of beliefs, knowledge or attitudes in the mind of another. The first of your two questions is, “Should I do brainwashing?” The answer is an emphatic, “Yes!” Second, “Why?” Humans live their lives and take actions based on their narratives. Our own narrative is the aggregate of our daily routines, habits and predictive decisions, actions, values and conversations we engage in. Humans are remarkably true to their own “story”. At school, the story that students create and identify with is especially important."


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