|Can your smartphone tell you if you have depression?
||Smartphone apps might be able to tell you if you are at risk of depression, simply by collecting GPS and other data.
|Few school districts have anti-bullying policies protecting LGBT students
||A majority of American school districts have no policies protecting LGBT students from bullying.
|Was Mickey Mantle that Good? – Misremembering Legends...
||Last night, Major League Baseball played its 86th All Star Game. As part of the festivities, MLB.com launched a campaign for fans to vote for its team’s “Franchise Four,” the … ...
|The Stanford Prison Experiment
||Some 44 years ago, I conducted a research experiment that could have been the bane of my existence. Instead it spurred me on to research several topics: good vs evil, how our personal time perspectives affect our lives, and the self-imposed "prison," shyness. Now, The Stanford Prison Experiment is an award-winning feature film that has viewers questioning: What would I do?
|The Gift of Healthy Narcissism
||To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting. ~e.e. cummings Healthy narcissism forms a constant, realistic … ...
|Coming Close is Better than Winning it All
||If you want to be a winner, you may have to lose a few times. According to research published in the journal Psychological Science, “near misses,” such as losing on the last-second shot, or missing a winning lottery number by one digit, actually boost our … ...
|ADHD, Right In The Thick Of It
||Seems like I write a lot about what it’s like to have ADHD. That’s partly because ADHD is what this blog is about. But it’s also because I’m often writing … ...
|Attachment Re-visited: 7 Red Flag Signs of Poor Boundaries...
||How do you protect yourself in this world? How do you ensure that the things you care for are protected on a daily basis? One way we protect ourself is … ...
|Psychologists are known for being liberal – but is that because they understand how people think?
||Is the field of social psychology biased against political conservatives? There has been intense debate about this question since an informal poll of over 1,000 attendees at a social psychology meeting in 2011 revealed the group to be overwhelmingly liberal. Formal surveys have produced similar results, showing the ratio of liberals to conservatives in the [...]
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|Sounds of praise or tones of racism? A look at the marketing of Christian music
||A novel investigation into the marketing of Christian music suggests that the power of music could be contributing to the powerful racial divide that remains in the nation’s Christian churches. The study by Omotayo Banjo, a University of Cincinnati assistant professor of communication, and Kesha Morant Williams, an assistant professor of communication arts and sciences [...]
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|Brain’s ability to process consonants in noisy environment reflects child’s literacy potential
||A quick biological test may be able to identify children who have literacy challenges or learning disabilities long before they learn to read, according to new research from Northwestern University. The study, published July 14 in PLOS Biology, centers on the child’s ability to decipher speech — specifically consonants — in a chaotic, noisy environment. [...]
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|Astonishing case of man with 90 minute memory ‘like nothing we have ever seen before’
||“One of our reasons for writing up this individual’s case was that we had never seen anything like this before in our assessment clinics, and we do not know what to make of it. We had never seen anything like it before.” – Lecturer in Clinical Psychology, Dr Gerald Burgess, University of Leicester A University [...]
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|The Wonderful Wizarding World of Hypnosis with Children
||The magical world of Rowling's Harry Potter saga parallels the the professional world of clinical hypnosis in health care. The tension separating the fictional magical and "muggle" worlds need not exist for clinicians who integrate clinical hypnosis skills into health care practice. The best part of hypnosis with children is that they are sorcerers. We are the apprentices.
|Living in the Candy Store
||Taking responsibility for yourself sometimes means taking responsibility for the world you live in. Change where you are and change who you are. The latest generation of technological assists do that exactly that, helping you march to your own tune and do the work you think is important.
|When You Make A Deal With Your Psychiatrist
||I did it. I am done gaining weight on my antidepressant so made a deal with my psychiatrist. The plan is to lose the weight, then go back on the … ...
|Learning to Accept Our Emotions: Lessons from Disney’s ‘Inside...
||I recently had the opportunity to see Disney Pixar’s latest animated feature, “Inside Out.” I didn’t need much prompting: it’s a movie about feelings, and I’m a psychologist. It did not disappoint. Here’s a quick synopsis of the film’s premise (spoiler alert): An 11-year-old girl … ...
|Want to Feel Better? Start With Your Gut
|| As of recent, the psychological implications of gut health, and the role of the microbiome in emotional well being has received media more attention. As we learn more about … ...
|Why kids' recovery times vary widely after brain injury
||Why do some youngsters bounce back quickly from a traumatic brain injury, while others suffer for years? New research suggests that damage to the coating around the brain's nerve fibers may explain the difference. The finding identifies possible biomarkers that physicians could use to predict high-risk patients.
|Your Favorite Fear: A Novel Approach to Healing Anxiety...
||What is a favorite fear? It’s your most familiar and most automatic fear reaction. A favorite fear is your mind and body’s pre-programmed response to specific situations. Favorite fears are … ...
|High-fat diet impairs functioning of the brain regardless of weight changes, study finds
||High-fat feeding can cause impairments in the functioning of the mesolimbic dopamine system, says Stephanie Fulton of the University of Montreal and the CHUM Research Centre (CRCHUM.) This system is a critical brain pathway controlling motivation. Fulton’s findings, published today in Neuropsychopharmacology, may have great health implications. “Our research shows that independent of weight gain [...]
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