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Posts published in November 2021

Lessons learned from a changed research program applied to teaching

In the October 1, 2021 issue of Science, Jennifer S. Chen shares with readers her experience switching from one research direction to another mid-graduate career. The four big lessons she learned from this experience apply to, well, life. But since…

No, the Covid-19 Vaccines Will Not Make You Infertile

As false information permeates our society, scientists keep their focus on the facts. The Covid-19 vaccine is not in any way associated with decreased fertility — but the Covid virus itself is. https://www.sciencenews.org/article/covid-vaccine-infertility-pregnancy-false-information Source: macmillan psych community

Sleep and Neurodevelopment Symposium: The Earliest Years

The workshop will focus on building the research questions and opportunities to fill the data gap regarding the role of sleep in the early years in establishing healthy neural networks and reflecting aberrant neurodevelopment. Source: NIH

Physician decision-making: Heuristics at work

When about to give birth, I would like my healthcare provider to make a recommendation for cesarean or vaginal delivery based on my particular set of circumstances and indicators, and mine alone. I would also like a pony. Both may…

Pavlov meant conditional, not conditoned

In the Society for the Teaching of Psychology (STP) Facebook group, Bridgette Martin Hard wondered why conditioning (as in classical and operant conditioning) is called conditioning (members of the STP Facebook group can read the discussion). While I had heard…

Cab Drivers and Alzheimer's Disease

What can cab drivers tell us about Alzheimer’s Disease? Quite a lot, it turns out. London Cabbies’ Brains Analyzed for Alzheimer’s Research https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/2021/11/01/london-taxi-driver-alzheimers-research/ Source: macmillan psych community

NIMH Workshop on Advancing Training in Suicide Prevention Clinical Care

NIMH will convene a workshop on November 3, 2021, and November 8, 2021, to assess the state of the science related to suicide prevention training in clinical care with the ultimate goal of preventing suicidal behavior through improved training of…

A free beverage if you have a buddy

What if you ran a company where your employees are spending their days in their cubicles staring at computer screens in silence? What if you wanted your employees to interact face-to-face a little more? Would you be willing to give…