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Jul 7

This is an image similar to one of the actual image types rated as disgusting by the raters. The actual images used in the study are from the International Affective Picture System (IAPS) collection and cannot be reproduced in a publication. This image is modeled on an image in the IAPS collection of a man eating worms, but the man in this picture is actually one of the authors of this article.

- Sample of Type of Image Rated to be Disgusting.

Jul 2

Paid psychology research opportunities available to eligible participants in Columbus Ohio

Crazed commuters, fretful parents and overwrought executives are not the only ones to suffer from anxiety — or to benefit from medication for it. The simple crayfish has officially entered the age of anxiety, too.

This presumably was already clear to crayfish, which have been around for more than 200 million years and, what with predatory fish — and more recently, étouffée — have long had reasons to worry.

But now scientists from France have documented behavior in crayfish that fits the pattern of a certain type of anxiety in human beings and other animals. Although the internal life of crayfish is still unknown, the findings, reported on Thursday in the journal Science, suggest that the external hallmarks of anxiety have been around for a very long time — and far down the food chain.

- What to Do When Crawdad Grows Anxious - NYTimes.com

Here, Pearson r = 0.828, p-value = 1.8 * 10^-16 and Spearman r = 0.756, p-value 1.8 * 10^-12 — which is really good news for a simple $100 Basis band. This filter removes 17 data points — about 28% of the data, which is not so great, especially given the fact that we only had 78 points out of 106 minutes worth of data to begin with.

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Mine: How to extract data from a figure - and how good is Basis?

A nice secondary analysis of a post I made about the Basis band’s heart rate data.

My microbiome

Awhile ago I supported an Indiegogo project called ubiome. It’s a company that allows people to have their microbiome sequenced. The microbiome has often been referred to as the body’s second genome. It’s the bacteria that lives on and within our bodies. Although we generally think of bacteria as being problematic, there many types of ‘good’ bacteria that are essential to our bodies functioning.

The practical use of a service like this is probably a long way off, but I consented to participate in the research conducted by ubiome to help contribute to the body of knowledge about the microbiome. One of the cool things about the microbiome is that it can change over time which means that as we understand it better people can develop new interventions that target a wide array of medical conditions. The microbiome may be an important avenue for research is psychiatric disorders as well.

I love things in the category of science toys that let me access information that is typically outside of my reach so I ordered some kits form ubiome. Today I got access to the beta form of my results.

I’m pretty excited so I figured I’d share.

Here’s some information about my mouth sample

This is one of my 3 gut samples

One of my gut samples  broken into categories of bacteria compared to other samples in the database.

I’m very excited to get access to these data and am looking forward to seeing the ubiome site in the full version.

Mar 5

Is it you? Yay! Time for a big smile, a heartfelt hug with your spouse or co-star, and a fast-paced walk to the stage. This is your moment!


But, the odds are against you, as there are more nominees than awardees. So they do not call your name. Rather, you hear somebody else’s name. They call that untalented actor who was in that terribly boring movie. Ah, the horror! If only anyone else had won! Anyone but him/her! You can feel the frustration, the indignation, the anger! But these thoughts are interrupted when you notice that the cameraman is focusing his camera in your direction. What do you do? Do you show this frustration, for example, by dropping an f-bomb or rolling your eyes? You could, but that is not a good idea for live television. You would be ridiculed in every morning show. Your PR team would be very upset. So, you would have to regulate that emotional expression. You might want to keep a steady face. You might try to make a funny gesture. Does it work? Can people tell?

- Oscars and Emotion Regulation | The Science of Emotions

Mar 5
Loving these comics from http://imightbedeadtomorrow.tumblr.com/

Loving these comics from http://imightbedeadtomorrow.tumblr.com/

The Science of Emotions

When they see people with average or even below-average IQ scores who achieve amazing intellectual feats in life, researchers who equate IQ with intelligence will say, “Oh, look what they’ve achieved despite their low intelligence.” That’s an absurd statement. What these people have done is achieved extraordinary intellectual feats through a whole range of other personal characteristics. The kind of things they measure on IQ tests just weren’t important for them to achieve their personal goals.

- Why the current definition of intelligence isn’t smart - The Globe and Mail

(via Therapy Cartoon and Humor)

(via Therapy Cartoon and Humor)