As much as you think your tastes are unique, psychologists say they can guess your favorite color. It's likely to be blue. And it's especially unlikely to be yellow—unless you're colorblind. Men with red-green colorblindness have preferences that are essentially opposite from everyone else's. The finding could help scientists understand why humans like what they like, and how colorblind people see the world differently.
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This week’s tip is quite multi-media. There’s a video, as required. But there’s a traditional published paper format, too. And there’s also the free training slides and exercises from us, sponsored by the folks who create the UCSC Genome Browser. So if you prefer audio, graphics, or text–we’ve got it all in this week’s tip. […]... Read more »
Mangan ME, Williams JM, Kuhn RM, & Lathe WC. (2014) The UCSC Genome Browser: What Every Molecular Biologist Should Know. Current Protocols in Molecular Biology., 107(19.9), 199-199. DOI: 10.1002/0471142727.mb1909s107
MedicalResearch.com Interview with: Latetia V. Moore Ph.D. MSPH Epidemiologist, Centers for Disease Control Medical Research: What is the background for this study? Dr. Moore: For this study, CDC researchers analyzed the average daily fruit and vegetable intake from the 2013 … Continue reading →
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What if the adoption of shelter dogs could be sped up with better photographs? A new study by Rachel Lampe and Thomas Witte (Royal Veterinary College, Herts) studies the effect of photographs of black Labrador Retriever crosses on the length of time before they found a new home. ... Read more »
Lampe, R., & Witte, T. (2014) Speed of Dog Adoption: Impact of Online Photo Traits. Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science, 1-12. DOI: 10.1080/10888705.2014.982796
A woman’s right ovary kicks her left ovary’s behind. It puts out more hormones and more pregnancies result from right-sided ovulations than from left-sided ovulations. And there’s none of this right-left stuff you’ve been taught, the ovaries don’t have to take turns ovulating every other month. In fact, a study showed that the best chance for pregnancy is if the ovulation pattern is left-left-right over a three-cycle interval. ... Read more »
Cowell, P., Ledger, W., Wadnerkar, M., Skilling, F., & Whiteside, S. (2011) Hormones and dichotic listening: Evidence from the study of menstrual cycle effects. Brain and Cognition, 76(2), 256-262. DOI: 10.1016/j.bandc.2011.03.010
Rodler D, Stein K, & Korbel R. (2015) Observations on the right ovary of birds of prey: a histological and immunohistochemical study. Anatomia, histologia, embryologia, 44(3), 168-77. PMID: 24895012
Zheng, X., O’Connor, J., Huchzermeyer, F., Wang, X., Wang, Y., Wang, M., & Zhou, Z. (2013) Preservation of ovarian follicles reveals early evolution of avian reproductive behaviour. Nature, 495(7442), 507-511. DOI: 10.1038/nature11985
Fukuda, M. (2000) Right-sided ovulation favours pregnancy more than left-sided ovulation. Human Reproduction, 15(9), 1921-1926. DOI: 10.1093/humrep/15.9.1921
Ecochard, R. (2000) Side of ovulation and cycle characteristics in normally fertile women. Human Reproduction, 15(4), 752-755. DOI: 10.1093/humrep/15.4.752
Fukuda, M., Fukuda, K., Tatsumi, K., Shimizu, T., Nobunaga, M., Byskov, A., & Yding Andersen, C. (2011) The ovulation pattern during three consecutive menstrual cycles has a significant impact on pregnancy rate and sex of the offspring. Fertility and Sterility, 95(8), 2545-2547. DOI: 10.1016/j.fertnstert.2011.02.010
By guest blogger David RobsonAristotle once compared the human mind to a wax tablet. When we are young, the wax is warm and soft; it is easy to make an impression and record our thoughts and feelings. With age, the wax hardens – the older impressions fade, and it is harder to carve out new images in their place.This view of memory, at least among the general public, has changed little in the 2300 years since. Many of us still believe that the brain’s “plasticity” – its ability to adapt........ Read more »
Touron, D. (2015) Memory Avoidance by Older Adults: When "Old Dogs" Won't Perform Their "New Tricks". Current Directions in Psychological Science, 24(3), 170-176. DOI: 10.1177/0963721414563730
I’ve tried to write about this article on a few occasions and had to stop because I simply felt terrible with the implications of the research. In short, as the headline of this post suggests, when women read words that are objectifying, they’re … Continue reading →... Read more »
Calogero, R., Pina, A., & Sutton, R. (2013) Cutting Words: Priming Self-Objectification Increases Women's Intention to Pursue Cosmetic Surgery. Psychology of Women Quarterly, 38(2), 197-207. DOI: 10.1177/0361684313506881
MedicalResearch.com Interview with: Nadereh Pourat, PhD Professor, Department of Health Policy and Management, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health Adjunct Professor, UCLA School of Dentistry Director of Research, UCLA Center for Health Policy Research Medical Research: What is the background … Continue reading →
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MedicalResearch.com Interview with: Christopher M. Jones, Pharm D., M.P.H Senior advisor, Office of Public Health Strategy and Analysis Office of the Commissioner, Food and Drug Administration Medical Research: What is the background for this study? Dr. Jones: Opioid analgesics and … Continue reading →
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Christopher M. Jones, Pharm D., M.P.H. (2015) Co-ingestion of Benzodiazepines and Opioids Contributes to Overdose and Death. MedicalResearch.com. info:/
Cochrane, in the title of this post, refers to the Cochrane Collaboration and the sterling work done throughout health care synthesising peer-reviewed evidence pertinent to the goal of evidence-based medicine.The collaboration has recently turned its eye towards the topic of chelation with autism in mind, a topic that has been discussed previously on this blog (see here). Their conclusions based on the findings reported by Stephen James and colleagues  (open-access here), looking at the ........ Read more »
For some inexplicable reason, you watched the torture gore horror film Hostel over the weekend. On Monday, you're having trouble concentrating at work. Images of severed limbs and bludgeoned heads keep intruding on your attempts to code or write a paper. So you decide to read about the making of Hostel.You end up seeing pictures of the most horrifying scenes from the movie. It's all way too way much to simply shake off so then you decide to play Tetris. But a funny thing happens. The unwelcome i........ Read more »
Holmes, E., James, E., Kilford, E., & Deeprose, C. (2010) Key Steps in Developing a Cognitive Vaccine against Traumatic Flashbacks: Visuospatial Tetris versus Verbal Pub Quiz. PLoS ONE, 5(11). DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0013706
James, E., Bonsall, M., Hoppitt, L., Tunbridge, E., Geddes, J., Milton, A., & Holmes, E. (2015) Computer Game Play Reduces Intrusive Memories of Experimental Trauma via Reconsolidation-Update Mechanisms. Psychological Science. DOI: 10.1177/0956797615583071
In the Middle Ages those suspected of witchcraft were often subjected to a ‘trial by fire’ to prove their innocence or guilt. The idea was that fire was a divine manifestation and hence the ordeal of being burnt would result … Continue reading →... Read more »
Young, M. M. (1989) Comment: The Salem Witch Trials 300 Years Later: How Far Has the American Legal System Come? How Much Further Does It Need to Go?. Tulane Law Review, 234-258. info:/
Former elite athletes have a longer life expectancy than demographically-matched control patients. Those athletes participating in soccer, basketball, ice hockey, jumping, short distance running, hurdling, cross-country skiing, middle and long distance runners suffer from heart disease less than control patients.... Read more »
Kettunen, J., Kujala, U., Kaprio, J., Backmand, H., Peltonen, M., Eriksson, J., & Sarna, S. (2014) All-cause and disease-specific mortality among male, former elite athletes: an average 50-year follow-up. British Journal of Sports Medicine, 49(13), 893-897. DOI: 10.1136/bjsports-2013-093347
MedicalResearch.com Interview with: Dr. Ankur Pandya Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Health Decision Science Department of Health Policy and Management Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health Boston, MA Medical Research: What is the background for this study? What are the … Continue reading →
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Challenging the idea that addiction is hardwired in the brain, a new study suggests that even a short time spent in a stimulating learning environment can rewire the brain’s reward system and buffer it against drug dependence. Scientists tracked cocaine cravings in more than 70 adult male mice and found that those rodents whose daily drill included exploration, learning and finding hidden tasty morsels were less likely than their enrichment-deprived counterparts to seek solace in a chamber whe........ Read more »
Boivin, J., Piscopo, D., & Wilbrecht, L. (2015) Brief cognitive training interventions in young adulthood promote long-term resilience to drug-seeking behavior. Neuropharmacology, 404-413. DOI: 10.1016/j.neuropharm.2015.05.036
Our sense of smell likely evolved to help us avoid eating harmful stuff such as poisonous plants or spoiled foods. It's particularly useful since we can employ it prior to actually placing anything in our mouth. To smell something is to detect and interpret airborne molecules, which often arise from a nearby liquid or solid. These molecules enter our nose and activate olfactory receptors, producing signals that travel to the brain where a smell is perceived. We have hundreds of receptor typ........ Read more »
Burgess, J. (2001) Phosphine exposure from a methamphetamine laboratory investigation. Clinical Toxicology, 39(2), 165-168. DOI: 10.1081/CLT-100103833
Erickson, T., Thompson, T., & Lu, J. (2007) The approach to the patient with an unknown overdose. Emergency Medicine Clinics of North America, 25(2), 249-281. DOI: 10.1016/j.emc.2007.02.004
MedicalResearch.com Interview with: Jonathan Cedernaes M.D., Ph.D. Department of Neuroscience Uppsala University Sweden Medical Research: What is the background for this study? What are the main findings? Dr. Cedernaes: Sleep is known to facilitate the formation of long-term memory in … Continue reading →
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MedicalResearch.com interview with Dr. Ella James, Post-Doctoral Investigator Scientist Medical Research Council Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit Cambridge, UK. MedicalResearch: What is the background for this study? Dr. James: Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is experienced by some people after a … Continue reading →
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Dr. Ella James, Post-Doctoral Investigator Scientist. (2015) May Be Possible To Use Video Games To Block PTSD Intrusive Memories. medicalresearch.com. info:/
Approximately 25% of the world’s population suffers from allergies, making it one of the most common chronic diseases. What factors may be contributing to this?... Read more »
Dávila I, Mullol J, Ferrer M, Bartra J, del Cuvillo A, Montoro J, Jáuregui I, Sastre J, & Valero A. (2009) Genetic aspects of allergic rhinitis. Journal of investigational allergology , 25-31. PMID: 19476051
Grammatikos AP. (2008) The genetic and environmental basis of atopic diseases. Annals of medicine, 40(7), 482-95. PMID: 18608118
Strachan DP. (2000) Family size, infection and atopy: the first decade of the "hygiene hypothesis". Thorax. PMID: 10943631
Parker W. (2014) The "hygiene hypothesis" for allergic disease is a misnomer. BMJ (Clinical research ed.). PMID: 25161287
Martino D, & Prescott S. (2011) Epigenetics and prenatal influences on asthma and allergic airways disease. Chest, 139(3), 640-7. PMID: 21362650
Image: National Autistic Society. The language we use reflects our attitudes but perhaps more important, it can shape those attitudes. A new study considers this power in the context of autism. Lorcan Kenny and his colleagues have conducted a UK survey of hundreds of autistic people; parents, relatives and carers of autistic adults and children; and professionals in the field, about their preferences for the language used to discuss autism. The research was conducted online with the help of........ Read more »
Kenny, L., Hattersley, C., Molins, B., Buckley, C., Povey, C., & Pellicano, E. (2015) Which terms should be used to describe autism? Perspectives from the UK autism community. Autism. DOI: 10.1177/1362361315588200
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