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Kimberly L. C. Davis
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Welcome to the 21st century...?
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Thank you. Now can I please have my blankie?
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Learning a second language may help improve brain function regardless of when you start.

Researchers found that young adults proficient in two languages performed better on attention tests than those who spoke only one language, irrespective of whether they had learned that second language during infancy, childhood or their teen years. Read the #openaccess article from Frontiers in #Psychologyhttp://fron.tiers.in/go/6AdPQ0
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When seeking mental health services, rural communities face several ethical concerns, such as increased stigma, confidentiality concerns, and dual relationships. As such, the use of #telehealth and telepsychological services has been seen as a positive alternative means to provide mental health services to rural or remote areas. Reed et al. (2014) examined the effects of social media use and population size on the perceived effectiveness of, and openness to, telepsychological services. Results of the study indicate increased positive attitudes toward #telehealth with increases in social media use and decreases in population size. To read this freely available article from the Journal of Rural Mental Health, see: http://on.apa.org/1pP1GrI.
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Yeah, this is important. As a former manager of a rural mental health clinic, where I saw a lot of people have problem getting in to the clinic - the only one for them within many, many miles, it's obvious that tele-therapy is a real option. I've done a fair amount of it, and it gets the same results as in-person therapy. Research supports this observation.
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Mwah hah hah...
“ “Can I put fake gravestones with my neighbors’ names on them in my front yard after they petition the city to enact an ordinance requiring me to remove my 38-foot RV from my driveway?” (Derek Allen...
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North America experiences massive Moose die-off

Biologists are working to solve this mystery, and there are many potential contributors to this complex problem.  Many of these indirect causes are connected with changes in the eco-system brought about or magnified by climate change.

Losses range from 25% to 40% of existing numbers per year.  Many areas are on the brink of losing sustainable numbers.

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http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/15/science/earth/something-is-killing-off-the-moose.html?_r=0
http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2013/1015/Moose-die-off-is-massive-and-a-mystery-to-scientists-video
Painting by Derek C Wilson from his own photograph.

#biology   #sustainability   #climatechange  
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"A recent study found that the selfie phenomenon may be damaging to real world relationships, and that increased frequency of sharing self-portraits is related to a decrease in intimacy with others."
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Can You Call Yourself An Environmentalist And Still Eat Meat?

"For a bit more perspective on this very complicated and personal issue, we asked a couple of environmentalists where they stand." And learn more about what +NPR's readership had to say on this subject in the article.
After a Hollywood environmentalist told us the answer to this question was no, we posed it to the followers of the @NPRFood Twitter account. We got a big — and diverse — response.
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I do. And I haven't, since 1973. Just a bit prescient, eh?
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For most of human history, child abductions and exploitations didn't exist - in our awareness. But they certainly did exist. We just ignored them.

This profoundly sad story is important because it marks the beginning of a major change in our national culture, in which we moved from nearly complete denial about child abduction and exploitation to a significantly more informed and response-able view of the problem.

What really strikes me like a sharp blow is this realization: the time before now - characterized by virtually wholesale denial of the problem, stretches back from 1982 - where this story starts - to the beginning of human history. It is only very recently that anyone was aware of this problem in any meaningful way.

Consider what that means. It leaves me just about speechless.
The unsolved cold case of Johnny Gosch, a 12-year-old paperboy who vanished in 1982, and a mother's enduring obsession
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New nanowire growth mechanism observed - A mechanism of growth of anisotropic metal oxides that was predicted 20 years ago has been observed for the first time by researchers at the University of Bristol. The work is described in an article published this week in Science. http://ow.ly/2GvGcO
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Gender Gap in STEM

Less than a third research scientists are female. According to a report from the L’Oreal Foundation, boys and girls perform equally well in science throughout high school. Yet, deep rooted gender stereotypes about science discourage young women from pursuing a science career. The gender gap continues to widen beyond college.   

Read more: http://goo.gl/jjpcVW

Via +Jeffrey J Davis for #stemwomen  
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Agreed. I would like to see more solutions put forward to this problem. It is simply not enough to raise awareness. Although this particular solution may not be practice across the board, I do appreciate that the author shared an example of how they are addressing the issue in their venue.
On a side note, it's never too late to fight the good fight!! :)
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ARTICLE SPOTLIGHT—Military Psychology: Meyer et al. (2013) examined commitment to military organizations using the 3-component model of commitment. This model results in behavioral and well-being profiles composed of affective, normative, and continuance commitment. Those high on affective and normative commitment were more likely to report favorable work conditions, intentions to stay with the current organization, and well-being. Those with continuance commitment or who were uncommitted reported the least favorable work conditions, were most actively seeking out new jobs, and scored highest on measures of anxiety and depression. To read this article and others from Military Psychology, visit: http://on.apa.org/18iZu4O. #psychology   #military  
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