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Drug target identified that may increase social interaction in autism
Stephen FellerPHILADELPHIA, Sept. 9 (UPI) -- Compensating for a missing gene in the brain may help alleviate social avoidance symptoms in autism spectrum disorder patients, according to a new study.
67 points by UPI | United Press International Autism Psychology International News Service News World Communications William Randolph Hearst Autism spectrum Social relation
Rosie O’Donnell’s daughter Chelsea undergoing psych evaluation
Rosie O’Donnell’s teenage daughter Chelsea is undergoing a psychiatric evaluation after being hospitalized in Long Island on Tuesday.
306 points by Daily News | Psychiatry Psychology Mental health professional Family Psychiatrist Hospital Mental health Heroin
South Carolina Vet Administration holds mental health summit
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - The South Carolina Veterans Health Administration is hosting its fifth community mental health summit and inviting those who assist veterans to attend. VA clinical psychologist Michelle Andra says the event scheduled for Friday focuses on suicide prevention efforts and ways to increase veterans' access to mental ...
-1 points by The Washington Times | South Carolina United States Department of Veterans Affairs Psychology Medicine Veterans Health Administration Mental health professional Mental health English-language films
Rising homelessness and lack of psychiatric care beds are cited in surge of mental competency cases
A lack of psychiatric care beds and rising homelessness are fueling a dramatic increase in mental competency cases in Los Angeles County, a new study has found. The county launched a review after The Times reported on a surge in the number of competency cases in Los Angeles’ mental health court over...
593 points by Los Angeles Times | Mental disorder Psychiatry Mental health Psychology Schizophrenia Psychiatric medication Cross-cultural psychiatry Psychiatric hospital
Hillary Clinton explains why she adopted ‘aloof’ persona
WASHINGTON — Hillary Clinton said she takes responsibility for coming across as “aloof,” but explains she had to adopt a cool persona decades ago to “protect” herself. “I had to learn as a young woman to control my emotions,” Clinton said in an interview for Humans of New York released Thursday. “And that’s a hard...
205 points by New York Post | Hillary Rodham Clinton Psychology Want Need Mind John McCain Bill Clinton Feeling
Clinton tells Humans of New York: 'I don't view myself as cold or unemotional'
Campaign 2016 updates: Gary Johnson wonders what Aleppo is Sept. 8, 2016, 12:41 p.m. Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton campaign in swing states after their town hall on military issues. Libertarian nominee Gary Johnson is widely mocked after asking, "What is Aleppo?"Voters are finding it harder...
9 points by Los Angeles Times | Psychology New York City Perception Human
Kabul: Who cleans up after a suicide blast?
The firefighting unit in Afghanistan spends more time cleaning up after devastating blasts than extinguishing fires.
2557 points by Al Jazeera English | Psychological trauma Psychology Mental health Firefighter BLAST Mental health professional Al Jazeera Attack
Clinton talks about being 'walled off' to 'Humans of New York'
The piece was published the day after Clinton was criticized by the RNC chair for not smiling during the NBC Commander-in-Chief Forum.       
64 points by USA Today | Woman Psychology Hillary Rodham Clinton Want Perception Law School Admission Test Mind Thought
Clinton says perception she is aloof is born of 'hard path' as a professional woman
"I don’t view myself as cold or unemotional. ... But if that sometimes is the perception I create, then I can’t blame people for thinking that.”
138 points by The Washington Post | Woman Perception Hillary Rodham Clinton Want Psychology Donald Trump Mind Vietnam War
Emily Ratajkowski called ‘attention seeking whore’ over politics
Model Emily Ratajkowski is consistently slammed by critics who think women can’t have both beauty — and brains.
74 points by Daily News | Brain Mind Psychology Woman Female Academy Award for Best Actress Robin Thicke Glamour
Ann Arbor writer’s stories hit tech’s effects on kids
The 13 stories look at the effects the internet has on social, emotional and psychological interactions, relationships.        
-1 points by The Detroit News | Emotion Short story Adrian Michigan Psychology Science fiction Kurt Vonnegut Creative writing Interpersonal relationship
Are the kids alright? ChildLine contacted by suicidal youngsters in Britain every 30mins
Children reporting suicidal thoughts in Britain have doubled in number over the last five years, according to the charity ChildLine, which says it receives calls from kids as young as 10 seeking support. Read Full Article at
114 points by Russia Today | Suicide Mental disorder Psychology Emotion Suffering Call option Mental health Mind
Las Vegas judge hears over 300 petitions a week for mental health commitments in Clark County
According to Nevada Revised Statute 433A, there are three ways to be admitted to a mental health facility or hospital in Clark County. Potential patients can seek help voluntarily, or a petition to commit an individual — a Legal 2000 — can be made in an emergency situation by a physician, psychologist, social worker, registered nurse or by any officer authorized to make arrests in Nevada.
7 points by Las Vegas Review-Journal | Psychiatry Mental disorder Psychiatric hospital Mental health Medicine Involuntary commitment Psychology Police
Receiving a degree in social work in Nevada requires extra schooling
When Lois moved here from California, she expected to get a therapist’s license with no problem. After all, she had a master’s degree in marriage family therapy (MFT) and art therapy. But the board denied her application. She needed more training to practice in Nevada.
5 points by Las Vegas Review-Journal | Psychotherapy Psychology Family therapy Clinical psychology Mental health professional Mental disorder Psychiatry Mental health
John Varvatos – Stay focused
The Daily FUEL: John Varvatos – Stay focused        
2 points by Detroit Free Press | American films English-language films Skill Learning World Performance Short story Psychology
Doing these two simple things can help you get motivated when you’re feeling stuck
When your "get up and go" has "got up and left," when there's no more "pep" left in your step, sometimes the best thing you can do is just stop trying for a while.
6 points by The Denver Post | The Washington Post Mental health professional 2007 singles Doing It The Little Things Thing Psychology Stellar*
My Turn: School choice and the future of intelligence
The 21st century is going to be interesting for our species. For millennia human minds (whether Denisov, Neanderthal or Sapiens) have been unchallenged on this planet. No competitor could outthink us. Our only existential threats were mindless: diseases and large-scale climate events like asteroid...
-1 points by Concord Monitor | Artificial intelligence Psychology Education Cognitive science Machine learning Mind Consciousness Intelligence
My Turn: How I became an advocate for full-day kindergarten
I am a full-day kindergarten convert. I have been a co-sponsor of legislation to fully fund extended-day kindergarten but after 40 years as an early childhood/child development professional and former kindergarten teacher, I had serious questions about the impact of the new curriculum expectations...
-1 points by Concord Monitor | Childhood Psychology Child Early childhood education 2016 Cognition Concord High School High school
Ohio GOP lawmaker seeks ban on suspending young students
State Sen. Peggy Lehner, a Kettering Republican plans to introduce legislation that would ban suspending K-3 students except in cases where a student threatens to harm COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- An Ohio lawmaker said she was stunned to learn that thousands of elementary students are suspended for disobedience or disruptions each school year and plans to introduce legislation that would ban such punishment except in cases where a student threatens to harm. State Sen. Peggy Lehner, a Kettering Republican who leads the education committee, said a better alternative is training for teachers on how to de-escalate misbehavior, The Cincinnati Enquirer reported. According to a state database, there were more than 17,000 suspensions or expulsions in preschool through third grade for disobedient or disruptive behavior during Ohio's 2015-16 school year. More than 2,000 kindergartners were suspended for fighting or violence. Lehner is seeking input from teachers and school officials before advancing her proposal. While local education officials agree early grade suspensions and expulsions should be rare, most oppose a state-imposed ban and prefer that discipline policies be left up school districts. "Students do need to be in school. We should not be pushing them out of school, particularly at those young grades," said Mt. Healthy Superintendent Reva Cosby. "But I don't think that we should take that option away. I think we are knowledgeable, and we should know when it rises to that level." Mt. Healthy City Schools had more than 600 suspensions and expulsions for kindergarten through third grade in the 2015-16 school year. Greg Landsman, a Cincinnati City Council candidate who ran an education nonprofit, said a student who is repeatedly suspended will "inevitably come to the conclusion that he or she does not belong there." "Dropping out becomes highly likely," he said. "And nobody wants that."Landsman said schools should attack the root of the problem rather than symptoms of the misbehavior by making therapists and counselors available to unruly children.
3 points by The Plain Dealer | Education High school Cincinnati School The Cincinnati Enquirer Teacher Psychology Kindergarten
Would you delete traumatic memories? Scientists have discovered how
Scientists in Canada have taken the idea of positive thinking to a whole new level – by discovering a way to target and erase bad memories from our brains. Read Full Article at
14 points by Russia Today | Posttraumatic stress disorder Psychological trauma Complex post-traumatic stress disorder Cognition Research Psychology Brain Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
EDITORIAL: Legislation to drop test scores from Nevada teacher evaluations is a bad idea
Those who ignore the relationship between teacher quality and achievement do not have the best interests at heart of either students or taxpayers.
1 points by Las Vegas Review-Journal | Education Legislature Nevada United States Congress Evaluation United Kingdom Teacher Psychology
Tuxedoed Trudeau gives ironic but inspiring speech at elite banquet
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told an elite audience in Hamburg that it is time to “get real” about rising inequality which is causing anger among the middle class, urging businesses to “pay your taxes” and “pay a living wage.” Read Full Article at
2574 points by Russia Today | Full-time Management Minimum wage Employment Political philosophy Psychology Prime minister Mind
What Donald Trump's handshake might tell us about him
The psychology of handshakes, explained.
397 points by The Washington Post | Handshake Psychology Personality psychology Thought Hand Shakes Shake Social anxiety
AI can now identify objects it hasn’t seen before through ‘probability’
Computers are edging ever-closer to mimicking human intelligence with new technology that allows them to recognize objects based on the probability of what they should look like rather than on comparisons to an actual match. Read Full Article at
48 points by Russia Today | Massachusetts Institute of Technology Technology Review Machine learning Artificial intelligence Computer Knowledge Alan Turing Psychology
‘Jackie’ Composer Mica Levi Joins Select Club of Female Scoring Oscar Nominees
British experimental-pop musician Mica Levi, composer of “Jackie,” is only the fourth woman in Oscar history to be nominated for an original film score. “Jackie” director Pablo Larrain liked her first score for 2013’s “Under the Skin,” and sought her out to bring what he called “a feminine sensibility” to his portrait of JFK’s widow... Read more »
80 points by Variety | John F. Kennedy Lee Harvey Oswald John F. Kennedy assassination Thought Woman Writing Mind Psychology
Millennials eclipse teens as worst drivers on the road, AAA study finds
Rookie teenage drivers have long been seen as the worst motorists on the road, but now there’s evidence that their older cousins - millennials - may be the most reckless people behind the wheel.
11 points by Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | Miles per hour Speed Text messaging Demographics Psychology Demography Adolescence Behavior
Mental health crisis training grows in Detroit area
About 36,000 in Michigan have received the training offered by Mental Health First Aid USA        
-2 points by The Detroit News | Mental health High school Education Psychology Psychiatry Suicide Mental disorder School
Sarah heals her wounds with the help of wolves
Sarah learned how to manage her PTSD with the help of wolves.       
283 points by USA Today | Psychology The Animals Therapy Wolf Loneliness Present Dog Gray Wolf
Sen. Al Franken admits concerns about Trump's mental health
Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) suggested Sunday that he thought President Trump was suffering from poor mental health.
4171 points by Daily News | Psychiatry United States American Jews United States Senate Al Franken Barack Obama Psychology President of the United States
Berlin Film Review: ‘Devil’s Freedom’
Don’t be fooled by his film’s slim running time: Everardo González, Mexican documentarian and laureate of various international festivals, can pack an awful lot of bleakness into 74 unhurried minutes. But thanks to a simple, chillingly inspired device, “Devil’s Freedom” — a mournful investigation into the phenomenon of Mexico’s “disappeared” from the perspectives of those... Read more »
290 points by Variety | The Texas Chain Saw Massacre Faces Mask Face Psychology Person of interest
Letter: Politics and splinters
Politics and splintersThe current political and social divide is alarming. Our minds and souls are as splintered as our governmental bodies. Splinters fester if not treated with care, kindness, patience and empathy.Stop polarizing friends. The stakes are too high for those of us working in the trenc...
1 points by Concord Monitor | Problem solving Psychology The Current Political science Spirit
Vince Li, perpetrator of grisly Greyhound beheading, granted absolute discharge
A Canadian man who killed, decapitated and partially consumed the flesh of a fellow Greyhound passenger during a 2008 bus ride was granted an absolute discharge Friday, effectively reestablishing his freedom following several years of treatment at a Manitoba mental heath facility. The Manitoba Criminal Code Review Board agreed Friday ...
204 points by The Washington Times | Mental health professional Mental health Psychiatry Health care Psychosis Psychology Schizophrenia Greyhound Canada
Rapid City Hospital makes second major policy change
RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - The Rapid City Regional Hospital has announced that is no longer taking in certain types of mentally ill patients and will instead contact the Pennington County Sheriff's Office to take those individuals in to custody. This is the second major policy change recently made by ...
-2 points by The Washington Times | Police Constable Rapid City South Dakota South Dakota Psychology Sheriff Pennington County South Dakota Health
Woman who pushed girl in train's path tells why she did it
Autumn Matacchiera knew something was wrong before she found herself on a train platform in Burlington City, N.J.       
359 points by USA Today | Disability Mental disorder Psychiatry Mental health Developmental disability Psychology Mental retardation Autism
Where you live affects your personality
When people move across state lines, they usually think about what their new place will be like, their new neighbors, their new town -- in short, all the other changes that come with a change of address. But what most people don't consider is the way that the move will change them, too.
526 points by CNN | Personality psychology Trait theory Big Five personality traits Psychology New York City Personality traits Neuroticism Agreeableness
Your annoying habits are actually good for your health
From humming to talking to yourself, some of our stranger quirks can be beneficial to our health: Daydreaming Many regard this as the sign of a short attention span but letting your mind wander can boost your problem-solving abilities. A study at the University of British Columbia found that when participants’ minds wandered, the parts...
31 points by New York Post | Mind Psychology Cognition Brain Attention United Kingdom Distraction Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder
Ditch humans or cooperate? Google’s DeepMind tests ultimate AI choice with game theory
DeepMind, the London-based artificial intelligence unit of Google’s parent Alphabet Inc. has been running a series of simulations aimed at answering a key AI question once and for all: will the robots play nice, or will they try and kill us all? Read Full Article at
711 points by Russia Today | Artificial intelligence Agent Intelligent agent Software agent English-language films Economics Psychology Hunting
Stop yelling at your kids right this instant
If you want your child to do well at school, stop being so hard on them. Children exposed to harsh parenting are more likely to have poor outcomes at school, according to experts. That is because their interpersonal needs are not being met at home, so they are more likely to become reliant on friends....
307 points by New York Post | Psychology Aggression Interpersonal relationship Developmental psychology Education Human behavior Violence Childhood
Psychology board investigating murder suspect Gregory ‘Brent’ Dennis
The head of the Nevada Board of Psychological Examiners said Tuesday the agency is investigating the actions of Boulder City psychologist Gregory “Brent” Dennis, who is accused of killing his wife.
2 points by Las Vegas Review-Journal | Psychology Drug addiction Pleading Nevada Legal terms Cause of action Las Vegas Nevada Executive director
Martellus Bennett sends out inspirational tweets
"This is important. I'm important. You're important."         
-2 points by Arizona Republic | Washington Redskins Cognition American football New England Patriots Mind San Diego Psychology Idea
Psychologists group lobbying to tweak Nevada reading initiative
The Nevada Association of School Psychologists is lobbying legislators to eliminate the retention requirement for third-graders under the state’s Read by Grade Three initiative.
5 points by Las Vegas Review-Journal | Psychology Student Educational years Mental health professional United States State Clinical psychology Educational psychology
Scientists find new brain target for treatment of autism
Amy WallaceFeb. 7 (UPI) -- Researchers have successfully induced empathy-like behavior in rodents by manipulating a brain circuit as a new treatment for autism spectrum disorder.
58 points by UPI | Psychology United Press International Pervasive developmental disorder Autism spectrum United States Autism Human behavior Asperger syndrome
Boulder City psychologist charged in wife’s death released on $250K bail
Psychologist Gregory “Brent” Dennis has been released from custody on $250,000 bail stemming from a murder charge in the 2015 death of his wife, attorney Susan Winters.
47 points by Las Vegas Review-Journal | Clark County Nevada Nevada Las Vegas Nevada Las Vegas metropolitan area Las Vegas Sun Psychology Mental health professional KILL
Organization that manages Baltimore's mental health services hires a new CEO
Behavioral Health System Baltimore, the nonprofit that manages the city's mental and behavioral health programs, has promoted an executive within the organization to become its new president and CEO. Crista M. Taylor, the organization's current vice president for programs, will take the lead role...
-2 points by Baltimore Sun | Management Kaiser Permanente Baltimore Medicine Mental disorder Health insurance Psychology Vice President of the United States
Just me and the iron: Using weightlifting as meditation
When I think of meditation, I picture an image of serenity - a wide-open room, a person sitting cross-legged on a mat, eyes closed and mind relaxed. Meditation, to me, conjures up peacefulness, calmness, quietness and stillness. Which is why the sight of bulging biceps, dripping sweat and a barbell...
52 points by Chicago Tribune | Thought Mind Psychology Philosophy of mind Weightlifting Consciousness Cognition Cognitive science
New study finds screen time for kids not that bad
Amy WallaceFeb. 7 (UPI) -- A new study from Stetson University in Florida has found that limiting screen time for children and teens is not as necessary as previously thought.
77 points by UPI | United Press International Sex Psychology Eating disorders Male
Chemical switch may lessen schizophrenia symptoms
Amy WallaceFeb. 7 (UPI) -- Researchers at the University of Maryland School of Medicine discovered adjusting levels of kynurenic acid can have significant effects on schizophrenia.
-2 points by UPI | United Press International Psychiatry Kynurenic acid Kynurenine Amino acid Scientific method Psychology Mental disorder
Dog that snaps at kids must be kept away from little ones: Ask Dog Lady
Dog that snaps at kids must be kept away from little ones: Ask Dog Lady. When you adopt a rescue puppy, you may have to address behavior issues that arise from past abuse. Thomas Ondrey / The Plain Dealer  Dear Dog Lady, My husband and I have two rescue dogs, one of which we named Stranger. He is a large Labrador/bullmastiff mix. The first six months of his life are a mystery, but he showed up in our yard three years ago as a malnourished puppy with a shattered hind leg and we worked very hard to rehabilitate and train him. He is a beautiful and well-behaved dog, but he has a deeply troubling and dangerous issue around young children and we're at a loss. Recently, our neighbor's 8-year-old daughter was lightly petting his head and all of a sudden he growled and snapped at her. Thankfully, he did not bite her and she and her parents were very understanding, but this is unacceptable behavior in our family-oriented neighborhood. This is not the first time he has done this, and it seems it only happens with children under 12-13 years old. After he growls and/or snaps, he immediately cowers and sometimes relieves himself involuntarily. I suspect he was possibly tormented by children as a puppy - even beaten - but we don't know how to begin to correct this behavior. Is there something we can do, or do we need professional help? -- Worried A: Just by asking you do the right thing. Too many people would ignore warning signs of their beloved dog's aggression by rationalizing or denying. Dog Lady applauds you because you care about Stranger -- and Stranger danger. Having your dog evaluated by a dog behaviorist is the best idea. You can find a professional dog trainer in your area by going to the Web site of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers ( Be advised that a "Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist" (the initials C.A.A.B. after a name) is the highest designation for a trainer. Until you have your very strong and powerful dog evaluated, you should keep him away from all children. You must be vigilant. To allow him near children is irresponsible. Adopting two shelter dogs was a wonderful act of kindness. However, as you found out, you also assume responsibility for the mysterious back story of canine fears and behavior. Dear Dog Lady, When my nephew and his fiancee went on vacation, they left their pet parrot, Jambalaya, with me. They said it would be easy as pie to take care of this bird, but it's been terrible for me and for Sherman, my West Highland white terrier. I believe Jambalaya's squawks torment Sherman because the dog follows me around constantly with his ears at half-mast. He tried climbing up to swat or attack the cage, and I had to move it higher. Also, the bird has disrupted my life. My nephew seems to think I will take care of chatterbox Jambalaya whenever he and his fiancee are out of town. I'm the only family member who lives nearby. I am going to have to tell him "no." Do I blame it on the dog? -- Patrick A: The dog will never know what's fair and fowl. Your terrier with the flattened ears can't understand when blame is unjustly pinned on him. So, sure, fault the dear dog. But why not do the brave thing and blame it on yourself? Tell your nephew you love him and he's family, but Jambalaya is foul. She disrupts your household and you must ask him to find another place to park the bird. Write [email protected] and go to to read "Shorty Knows" on the new blog.
-2 points by The Plain Dealer | West Highland White Terrier Dog Behavior Puppy Psychology Pet Dog behavior Dogs
'Honest' photos of most famous faces

1033 points by CNN | Photography Subject Image Person Psychology Camera 2007 singles Photograph
This app helps you develop a closer bond with your sex robot
Want to develop a more personal bond with your sex robot? There’ll be an app for that. Realdoll plans to release the Harmony AI app, which will tap into artificial intelligence to turn the world of automatonic sex assistants on its head. “We are developing the Harmony AI system to add a new layer to...
91 points by New York Post | Personality psychology Psychology Artificial intelligence Female body shape Robotics Sex doll Male Masturbation