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Editor’s Selections: Evil Cats, Parenting, and Confiding in Your Computer

Here are my Research Blogging Editor’s Selections for this week: DJ Busby of the Astronasty blog writes, “2 to 3 billion people, about half the world’s population, have a brain parasite called Toxoplasma gondii, which causes a disease called toxoplasmosis…The parasite’s main host are cats, but infects many warm blooded animals.” I always knew cats [...]..

December 7, 2010 — Jason G. Goldman

Healing thyself: Does psychedelic therapy exploit the placebo effect?

My last post talked about the depressing lack of progress in treatments for depression and other common psychological disorders. Talking cures and antidepressants alike are subject to the "dodo effect," which decrees that all therapies are roughly as effective—or ineffective—as one another...

December 7, 2010 — John Horgan

Evolutionary Psychology Beyond Sex

Eric M. Johnson and I spent about 45 minutes discussing “evolutionary psychology beyond sex” last night, which you can see today on Bloggingheads “Science Saturday.” Or just watch it here:...

December 4, 2010 — Jason G. Goldman

The best body mass indexes for low mortality rates

Want to pencil in a healthy target weight for that New Year's resolution? A new analysis of data from 1.46 million adults has zeroed in on the body mass index (BMI) with the lowest risk of death from any cause—and they aren't the ones that most tilt the scales downward...

December 1, 2010 — Katherine Harmon

Open Lab, Closed. Now the work begins…

And it is over! The submission deadline has just passed. No more submissions will be accepted for the 2010 edition of the Open Laboratory. I have lined up an impressive list of reviewers who will immediately start receiving their first judging lists and the complex process of winnowing down almost 900 entries into the final [...]..

December 1, 2010 — Jason G. Goldman

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