Does listening to music or watching television while exercising impact food intake or energy expenditure after the workout?

Today’s post comes from Ms Holly Livock, a recent MSc graduate from the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario Research Institute.  You can find more on Holly at the bottom of this post. Electronic devices are a common phenomenon in today’s society. We use them wherever we go – in our cars, our homes, at work or while we exercise. Television is currently the main sedentary activity in both adult and pediatric populations, with the average…

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Interview – Michael Marshall

  Jonathan and Chris interview Michael "Marsh" Marshall, project director of the Good Thinking Society and the vice-president of the Merseyside Skeptics Society in England. They discuss how Marsh and Simon Singh met; what a skeptical charity does; why Marsh interviews people with fringe beliefs; changing people's minds with nudges; the Good Thinking Society's campaign to stop the NHS from funding homeopathy in the UK; how PR releases get used by journalists to create "churnalism";…

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Companion Animal Psychology News August 2018

A cat's purr, heart dogs, and the 'real' age of pets - don't miss out with Companion Animal Psychology News.Some of my favourites from around the web this monthAre dogs really our best friends? Marc Bekoff on the consequences of misrepresentations of dogs.“Heart dog. Say those two words to any dog lover and their eyes will go soft.” Debby McMullen on what the phrase ‘heart dog’ means to her at Victoria Stilwell’s site.Small dogs aim…

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Human Brain Networks Operate on a Unimodal/Multimodal Gradient

This week I’d like to tell you about an article published in the journal PNAS in 2016. It is of interest because it does something that is extremely valuable in the realm of science: it shows how two bodies of data converge into a single phenomenon and thereby helps us to understand some things that were less clear before. Let me explain. The article, by Daniel S. Margulies and no fewer than 11 co-authors, is…

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Eight Tips to Help Fearful Dogs Feel Safe

The most important things to know if you have a fearful dog.Photo: Ramon Espelt Photography / Shutterstock1. Recognize that the dog is fearfulThe first step is, of course, to recognize the dog is fearful in the first place.If you know that already, well done for recognizing the signs. Hopefully you will find the following tips helpful.If you aren’t sure, you might like to read how can I tell if my dog is afraid? If the…

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Insider tips for becoming a PI

Dr. Hannes Röst giving a talk at the University of Toronto. (Credit: Samantha Yammine) You’ve heard the rumours – it is notoriously difficult to get a job as a tenure-track Principal Investigator (PI). The 10,000 PhDs project reported that, on average, about 23 percent of life sciences PhDs from the University of Toronto get a tenure stream position. An interactive mathematical model put forth by David van Dijk et al. a few years ago allows…

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Vitamin D and the Quest for the Perfect Tan

  You might look good with a tan, and of course there's vitamin D to think about, but the truth is that tanning is a very very bad idea. And the whole Vitamin D thing might not pan out in the long run. We banned tanning beds in Quebec for those under 18, but the risk of sun tanning hasn't really made it into the public consciousness. My latest for the Montreal Gazette: https://montrealgazette.com/opinion/opinion-deliberate-tanning-is-a-real...  

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Interview with Jane Sigsworth

Jane Sigsworth on the things people find hard when they have a fearful dog, and the beauty of a safe space for dogs to be off-leash.Recently I wrote about desensitization and counter-conditioning in dog training, an important technique to help fearful dogs. As a talented dog trainer who helps clients with fearful and aggressive dogs, Jane Sigsworth uses this technique often. I spoke to her to learn about some of her case studies – and…

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Une neuroscientifique explique les effets de l’alcool sur le cerveau… en se saoulant !

Et elle ne fait pas que ça. Elle explique aussi les effets du sucre sur le corps-cerveau en mangeant des bonbons, les effets de l’insomnie en passant une nuit blanche, les effets de la grippe tout en étant grippée et même les effets d’une rupture amoureuse en rompant avec son copain ! Ou du moins, c’est ce qu’elle laisse croire. Nous y reviendrons en conclusion. Cette neuroscientifique, c’est Shannon Odell. Plus précisément candidate au doctorat…

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040 – Omega-3s and the Mediterranean Diet

  Returning from a memorable fishing trip, the boys tackle the evidence behind omega-3s, a group of molecules known as "PUFAs!" (try not to laugh). They talk about the EPA; kinky and bent molecules; carnivorous chickens; cardiovascular disease and brain development. Also: how big trials can go wrong; and an interview with Dr. Emma Jones on palliative care, cultivating quality of life, collaborations in paediatric oncology, and myths about medicinal cannabis! Julia Belluz's article about…

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