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  • Computerized emotion detector

    Psychology Research News -- ScienceDaily
    16 Sep 2014 | 11:15 am
    Face recognition software measures various parameters in a mug shot, such as the distance between the person's eyes, the height from lip to top of their nose and various other metrics and then compares it with photos of people in the database that have been tagged with a given name. Now, new research looks to take that one step further in recognizing the emotion portrayed by a face.
  • Listen Carefully

    Psychology Today Features
    18 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
  • Maybe Your Kids Inherited Your Couch Potato Genes

    Sports Are 80 Percent Mental
    26 Aug 2014 | 8:26 am
    On the road to sports success, young athletes need two ingredients, innate skills and the willingness and determination to get better.  We all know boys and girls who showed early promise that got them noticed but then didn’t have the drive to practice every day to develop that talent.  Often labeled lazy or unmotivated, the assumption was that they chose their own path by not working hard.  However, new research shows evidence that genetics may play a role not only in the natural abilities of a developing superstar but also in their practice persistence and…
  • How to Overcome Stage Fright

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    Sandra Kiume
    17 Sep 2014 | 1:27 pm
    A funny and very endearing TED Talk by folk singer Joe Kowan about experiencing and overcoming severe stage fright. Kowan describes his discomfort as well as his unique and creative strategy for coping with it – performing a song that confronts it head on. I’m reminded of Brene Brown’s advice on coping with shame; by admitting to our vulnerabilities, others see us as authentic, and appreciate our humanity more than if we try to mask our fears. Bravo, Joe!
  • How to Find a Good Therapist

    Dr. Deb
    Dr. Deb
    15 Sep 2014 | 5:12 pm
    One of the most common questions I'm asked is, "How can I find a good therapist?"Well, it's a multi-step process, so let's get going. Types of TherapistsFirst, it's important to think about the type of therapist you think is best for your presenting issues. There are many kinds of mental health therapists, but sometimes understanding "who does what" can be confusing. Here is a list to help identify the specialties and degrees therapists can hold.PsychologistsPsychologists generally have a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.), or Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) and must…
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  • Share Your Best Narcissistic Social Media Stories

    Jennifer Golbeck, Ph.D.
    17 Sep 2014 | 1:33 pm
    Have you encountered a great example of someone being narcissistic online? I've heard so many good stories that I'm now asking you, dear readers, to send me your best examples. Drop me an email with your tales. I'll post the best ones next week so we can discuss how social media encourages narcissism and how you can deal with this behavior when you encounter it more
  • The One Best Rule for Predicting People’s Behavior

    Jeremy E. Sherman, Ph.D.
    17 Sep 2014 | 11:11 am
    If you want to make better guesses at what people will do, follow the money, but not just the money--follow the tempting advantages of all sorts. People can't resist them for long. read more
  • To Thine Own Self Be Who? Part III

    Kimberly Key
    17 Sep 2014 | 6:02 am
    A look at the nine main fears that drive each personality, often unconsciously, and the solutions for overcoming the stealth fears are probably sabotaging you right more
  • Where Did The Summer Go?

    Timothy A. Pychyl, Ph.D.
    16 Sep 2014 | 12:29 pm
    While all procrastination is delay, not all delay is procrastination. New research has defined six types of delay. What kind of delay do you experience most?read more
  • Are You a Sexual Perfectionist?

    Susan Krauss Whitbourne, Ph.D.
    16 Sep 2014 | 8:52 am
    Because they seek perfection in every area of their lives, some individuals also seek to get a 100% grade on their sexual performance. If you’re one of these sexual perfectionists, you may be setting yourself up, paradoxically, for long-term misery instead of pleasure in the more
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  • Stereotypes as Stumbling-Blocks: How Coping With Stereotype Threat Affects Life Outcomes for People With Physical Disabilities

    Silverman, A. M., Cohen, G. L.
    10 Sep 2014 | 4:28 pm
    Stereotype threat, the concern about being judged in light of negative stereotypes, causes underperformance in evaluative situations. However, less is known about how coping with stereotypes can aggravate underperformance over time. We propose a model in which ongoing stereotype threat experiences threaten a person’s sense of self-integrity, which in turn prompts defensive avoidance of stereotype-relevant situations, impeding growth, achievement, and well-being. We test this model in an important but understudied population: the physically disabled. In Study 1, blind adults reporting…
  • Visual Attention and Goal Pursuit: Deliberative and Implemental Mindsets Affect Breadth of Attention

    Buttner, O. B., Wieber, F., Schulz, A. M., Bayer, U. C., Florack, A., Gollwitzer, P. M.
    10 Sep 2014 | 4:28 pm
    Mindset theory suggests that a deliberative mindset entails openness to information in one’s environment, whereas an implemental mindset entails filtering of information. We hypothesized that this open- versus closed-mindedness influences individuals’ breadth of visual attention. In Studies 1 and 2, we induced an implemental or deliberative mindset, and measured breadth of attention using participants’ length estimates of x-winged Müller-Lyer figures. Both studies demonstrate a narrower breadth of attention in the implemental mindset than in the deliberative mindset. In…
  • "Not One of Us": Predictors and Consequences of Denying Ingroup Characteristics to Ambiguous Targets

    Kteily, N., Cotterill, S., Sidanius, J., Sheehy-Skeffington, J., Bergh, R.
    10 Sep 2014 | 4:28 pm
    We investigated individual difference predictors of ascribing ingroup characteristics to negative and positive ambiguous targets. Studies 1 and 2 investigated events involving negative targets whose status as racial (Tsarnaev brothers) or national (Woolwich attackers) ingroup members remained ambiguous. Immediately following the attacks, we presented White Americans and British individuals with the suspects’ images. Those higher in social dominance orientation (SDO) and right-wing authoritarianism (RWA)—concerned with enforcing status boundaries and adherence to ingroup norms,…
  • Red and Romantic Rivalry: Viewing Another Woman in Red Increases Perceptions of Sexual Receptivity, Derogation, and Intentions to Mate-Guard

    Pazda, A. D., Prokop, P., Elliot, A. J.
    10 Sep 2014 | 4:28 pm
    Research has shown that men perceive women wearing red, relative to other colors, as more attractive and more sexually receptive; women’s perceptions of other women wearing red have scarcely been investigated. We hypothesized that women would also interpret female red as a sexual receptivity cue, and that this perception would be accompanied by rival derogation and intentions to mate-guard. Experiment 1 demonstrated that women perceive another woman in a red, relative to white, dress as sexually receptive. Experiment 2 demonstrated that women are more likely to derogate the sexual…
  • Diverse According to Whom? Racial Group Membership and Concerns about Discrimination Shape Diversity Judgments

    Bauman, C. W., Trawalter, S., Unzueta, M. M.
    10 Sep 2014 | 4:28 pm
    People often treat diversity as an objective feature of situations that everyone perceives similarly. The current research shows, however, that disagreement often exists over whether a group is diverse. We argue that diversity judgments diverge because they are social perceptions that reflect, in part, individuals’ motivations and experiences, including concerns about how a group would treat them. Therefore, whether a group includes in-group members should affect how diverse a group appears because the inclusion or apparent exclusion of in-group members signals whether perceivers can…
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  • The Healthiest Way to Deal With Memories of a Traumatic Childhood

    Jeremy Dean
    17 Sep 2014 | 7:44 am
    Two-thirds of Americans report one or more adverse childhood experiences. Adults who were neglected or abused as children generally experience poorer physical health in later years. A new study, though, finds that those who... Dr Jeremy Dean is a psychologist and author of PsyBlog. His latest book is "Making Habits, Breaking Habits: How to Make Changes That Stick" Related articles: Childhood Amnesia: The Age at Which Our Earliest Memories Fade Family Problems In Childhood Affect Brain Development Mindfulness at School Decreases Chance of Developing Depression Childhood Poverty and Stress…
  • Most Unlikely Weight Loss Trick Revealed by Psych Experiment

    Jeremy Dean
    16 Sep 2014 | 7:34 am
    Wow!!! This is surely one of the most counter-intuitive dieting tips ever. Dr Jeremy Dean is a psychologist and author of PsyBlog. His latest book is "Making Habits, Breaking Habits: How to Make Changes That Stick" Related articles: The Surprising Impact of Weight Loss on the Emotions How to Lose Weight: Stop Exercising, Start Having Fun Dogs Recognise Familiar Human Faces in Eye Tracking Experiment How to Recapture the Simple Pleasures of Childhood Food on the Mind: 20 Surprising Insights From Food Psychology
  • The Surprising Effect of Little Daily Hassles On Your Long-Term Health

    Jeremy Dean
    15 Sep 2014 | 7:18 am
    What's more likely to kill you: little hassles or major stressful life events? Dr Jeremy Dean is a psychologist and author of PsyBlog. His latest book is "Making Habits, Breaking Habits: How to Make Changes That Stick" Related articles: Can Everyday Hassles Make You Depressed? How Long-Term Stress Affects Short-Term Memory How Long-Term Stress Causes Serious Mental Disorders Family Problems In Childhood Affect Brain Development The Surprising Power of an Emotional ‘Memory Palace’
  • One More Reason Why Teenage Behaviour Can Be So Extreme

    Jeremy Dean
    14 Sep 2014 | 6:31 am
    Adolescent behaviour can seem very weird to adults -- this basic mental process helps explain why. Dr Jeremy Dean is a psychologist and author of PsyBlog. His latest book is "Making Habits, Breaking Habits: How to Make Changes That Stick" Related articles: Later School Start Times Improve Sleep and Daytime Functioning in Adolescents The Irritating Reason That Overconfident People Get All The Breaks Mysterious Brain Region That is Vital to How You Decide The Honking Experiment: Can You Predict Your Driving Behaviour? Rule-Breaking Teens Make More Successful Entrepreneurs
  • Husband or Wife? The Partner Whose Happiness Matters More For The Marriage

    Jeremy Dean
    13 Sep 2014 | 9:48 am
    Which spouse's happiness is most important for marital satisfaction? Dr Jeremy Dean is a psychologist and author of PsyBlog. His latest book is "Making Habits, Breaking Habits: How to Make Changes That Stick" Related articles: New Study Affirms 4 Very Old-Fashioned Guidelines for a Good Marriage Movie-and-Talk: Can This Simple Exercise Help Save a Marriage? The Key to Happiness: Brainpower or Social Connectedness? 4 Dark Sides To The Pursuit of Happiness Our Genes Respond Positively to The Right Kind of Happiness
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  • An earlier death

    14 Sep 2014 | 2:05 pm
    Journalism site The Toast has what I believe is the only first-person account of Cotard’s delusion – the belief that you’re dead – which can occur in psychosis. The article is by writer Esmé Weijun Wang who describes her own episode of psychosis and how she came to believe, and later unbelieve, that she was dead. It’s an incredibly evocative piece and historically, worth remembering. Somatic details figure heavily in these recollections: what I wore, what I looked like. I told myself, through mirrors and dressing-up and Polaroids and weighing myself, You have a…
  • Spike activity 12-09-2014

    12 Sep 2014 | 1:15 pm
    Quick links from the past week in mind and brain news: New Scientist reports that sleeping brains can process and respond to words. Forward directly to boss. “Cyranoids” – Stanley Milgram’s Creepiest Experiment. Neuroskeptic covers the science behind a little known Milgram experiment and a curiously common TV trope. The Neurocritic reports on a case of mistakenly garnishing your dish with hallucinogenic flowers. America’s New Bedlam. Genuinely disturbing BBC Radio Assignment documentary on mental illness in US prisons. Podcast at this mp3 link. Science News reports on the…
  • Mental health debates without the stress

    10 Sep 2014 | 2:05 pm
    If you work in mental health, you could do much worse than reading the editorial in today’s Lancet Psychiatry about unpleasant debates and how to avoid them. Unfortunately, debates in mental health tend to get nasty quite quickly – but I’ve seen no part of the debate spectrum which has a monopoly on bigotry or a blessed surplus of consideration. But instead of throwing up their hands in despair, the editorial team wrote some sensible guidance on bringing some respect to moving mental health forward. The first is to assume the best of one’s opponent: that their argument…
  • Agents, social encounters and hallucinated voices

    9 Sep 2014 | 2:58 pm
    I’ve written a piece for the new PLOS Neuro Community about how the social aspects of hallucinated voices tend to be ignored and how we might go about making it more central in psychology and neuroscience. It came about because the PLOS Neuro Community have asked authors of popular papers to write a more gentle introduction to the topic, so the piece is based on a PLOS Biology paper I wrote last year. I’ve met a lot of people who hear hallucinated voices and I have always been struck by the number of people who feel accompanied by them, as if they were distinct and distinguishable…
  • Talk, 28 Oct 2014: The power of reason

    8 Sep 2014 | 1:28 am
    I am giving a talk on 28th October at Off the Shelf, Sheffield’s festival of words. Here is the blurb: Is it true that “you can’t tell anybody anything”? From pub arguments to ideology-driven party political disputes it can sometimes people have their minds all made up, that there’s no point trying to persuade anybody of anything. Popular psychology books reinforce the idea that we’re emotional, irrational creatures, but Tom Stafford argues against this bleak portrait of human irrationality. He has investigated the psychological science of persuasion by…
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  • How to Overcome Stage Fright

    Sandra Kiume
    17 Sep 2014 | 1:27 pm
    A funny and very endearing TED Talk by folk singer Joe Kowan about experiencing and overcoming severe stage fright. Kowan describes his discomfort as well as his unique and creative strategy for coping with it – performing a song that confronts it head on. I’m reminded of Brene Brown’s advice on coping with shame; by admitting to our vulnerabilities, others see us as authentic, and appreciate our humanity more than if we try to mask our fears. Bravo, Joe!
  • Finding Hope from an Attempt Survivor on World Suicide Prevention Day

    Sandra Kiume
    10 Sep 2014 | 12:14 pm
    In Finding Hope, a short and inspiring video, a child sexual abuse survivor talks about his suicide attempt and recovery. No matter how close to the brink you may be or have been, there is hope. Read this first, then reach out for help. Find a telephone helpline near you with this global directory, or if you prefer not to use a phone, find international crisis chat and other online services through Online Suicide Help. Learn more about World Suicide Prevention Day September 10,2014, and the many activities happening around the world.  
  • Is There a Biological Basis of Depression?

    Sandra Kiume
    2 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    A look at what neuroscience has learned about depression. Is there a biological basis? Far more complex than a “chemical imbalance,” this short animated video does its best to simplify scientific knowledge about the brain for the public. Packed with information, it’s a comprehensive overview.  
  • Are Eating Disorders Racist? And Other Questions for Kati Morton

    Sandra Kiume
    28 Aug 2014 | 5:32 pm
    Therapist Kati Morton answers questions from her Tumblr readers, in a YouTube video. First, she talks about forgetting to talk about issues with your therapist during your appointment and ways to help remember, with helpful tips. The second question is, “Are eating disorders racist? …I don’t believe I can have one, because I’m African-American.” Kati replies that mental illness doesn’t discriminate, and that she’s had African-American clients struggling with eating disorders. The third question asks about switching therapists. Kati asks what work have…
  • Headspace: Mental, Physical, and Social Health for Youth

    Sandra Kiume
    26 Aug 2014 | 2:48 pm
    Since 2006, Australia’s Headspace program for youth mental health has opened service centres across the country offering physical, mental, social, and addiction care. They’ve achieved a 93% satisfaction rate among nearly 100,000 youth. The model is now expanding to Canada. Learn more about the approach in this short whiteboard animation video from UBC.  
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    BPS Research Digest

  • Why is poverty associated with mental health problems for some people, but not others?

    Research Digest
    18 Sep 2014 | 2:32 am
    By guest blogger Peter Kinderman“I’ve been rich and I’ve been poor. Believe me, rich is better” (Mae West).  Critiques of the rather discredited "disease-model" of mental illness are commonplace, but we also need to articulate the alternative. New research by Sophie Wickham and colleagues helps do that, by providing support for the idea that we learn, as a consequence of our experiences in life, a framework of appraising, understanding and responding to new challenges. This psychological schema then shapes our emotional and behavioural responses to future events.Wickham and…
  • There's a problem with assuming the most intelligent candidates make the best employees

    Research Digest
    17 Sep 2014 | 1:43 am
    Workplace research through the 20th Century suggested that selecting for intelligence is the best way to identify good performers. General mental ability (GMA), a popular recruitment measure that maps closely to the colloquial meaning of "intelligence", is strongly correlated with on-the job performance, well ahead of any other single measure.This consistent finding came from studies that mostly defined job performance as carrying out the duties expected in that role. Although intuitive, this neglects two types of "extra-role" behaviours identified and studied in more recent years:…
  • Forgive yourself for relaxing in front of the TV and the couch time might actually do you some good

    Research Digest
    16 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    There's a snobbishness about relaxation time. Tell someone your hobby is watching TV and chances are they'll look at you with derision. Mention meditation, reading or yoga and you're far more likely to attract nods of approval.And yet there is substantial evidence that time watching TV or playing video games can have a powerful restorative effect - just what many of us need after a hard day. This benefit isn't found for everyone, and in new paper Leonard Reinecke and his collaborators propose that a key reason has to do with guilt.The researchers think that it is people who are mentally…
  • Pupils benefit from praise, but should teachers give it to them publicly or privately?

    Research Digest
    15 Sep 2014 | 1:28 am
    There's a best practice guide for teachers, produced by the Association of School Psychologists in the US, that states praise is best given to pupils in private. This advice is not based on experimental research - there hasn't been any - but on surveys of student preferences, and on the rationale that pupils could be embarrassed by receiving praise in public.Now, in the first study of its kind, John Blaze and his colleagues have systematically compared the effect of public and private praise (also known as "loud" and "quiet" praise) on classroom behaviour. They found that praise had a…
  • Link feast

    Research Digest
    13 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    Our pick of the best psychology and neuroscience links from the past week“Cyranoids”: Stanley Milgram’s Creepiest ExperimentMilgram is most famous for his obedience experiments, but Neuroskeptic reports on new research into another of Milgram's ideas - that our speech can be fed to us by someone else (so we become a Cyranoid) without anyone realising anything is amiss.Rising star of business psychology, Professor Adam Grant, has launched a new, free newsletter called "Granted"The author of NYT Bestseller Give and Take promises to send you videos and articles about work and…
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  • Trend: School-based programs to enhance resilience and emotional/ cognitive flexibility

    Mosaic Science
    17 Sep 2014 | 6:48 am
    Dozens of programs to encourage resilience have been introduced in schools all over the world, both to help children recover from trauma, but also cope better with their day-to-day stresses. Many use techniques such as ‘mindfulness’, which some claim can foster a stronger state of mind. Meanwhile, researchers have been studying adults who have thrived under severe stress to try and identify what it takes to be truly resilient. Can you really teach people to be mentally tougher? For scientists the concept of psychological resilience began in the 1970s with studies of children who did fine…
  • Study: A new psychosocial treatment for Inattentive ADHD

    Dr. David Rabiner
    16 Sep 2014 | 6:23 am
    Children with the inattentive type of ADHD (ADHD-I) show high rates of attention difficulties without the hyperactive and impulsive behavior shown by children with ADHD Combined Type (ADHD-C). The inattentive type of ADHD is quite common and is associated with significant impairment with school work, planning and organizational skills, processing speed, and peer relations. Even so, children with ADHD-I tend to be identified later than those with ADHD-C, perhaps because they do not typically display the disruptive behavior problems that command parents’ attention early on. They are also less…
  • To build a healthier future, let’s empower and equip individuals to be in control of their well-being

    15 Sep 2014 | 6:48 am
    How we can all build a healthier future (World Economic Forum blog): “Just 40 years ago life expectancy in Asia was slightly above age 50. In 2000, the continent’s 210 million people aged over 65 could expect to live just another five years, to 70 on average. By 2050, it’s estimated by the United Nations that the majority of people within this demographic – which is expected to have quadrupled – will live to at least age 77… …we must also encourage consumers to operate twin strategies in their own lives. Not only should they have access to hospitals, nursing care and treatments,…
  • Three Ways to Bring Mindfulness Into Therapy

    Greater Good Magazine
    12 Sep 2014 | 6:46 am
    Many therapists have come to regard cultivating moment-to-moment awareness as a curative mechanism that transcends diagnosis, addresses underlying causes of suffering, and serves as an active ingredient in most effective psychotherapies. The clinical value of mindfulness interventions has been demonstrated for many psychological difficulties, including depression, anxiety, chronic pain, substance abuse, insomnia, and obsessive-compulsive disorder. And it doesn’t matter which therapeutic approach we take, be it psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral, humanistic, or any other. Mindfulness…
  • Study: Long-term use of anxiety and sleeping pills can increase Alzheimer’s risk

    11 Sep 2014 | 12:59 am
    Anxiety and sleeping pills ‘linked to dementia’ (BBC): “A study of older Canadian adults found that past benzodiazepine use for three months or more was linked to an increased risk (up to 51%) of dementia…Benzodiazepines are used to treat anxiety disorders and insomnia. Dr James Pickett, head of research at the Alzheimer’s Society, said with 1.5 million people in the UK being prescribed benzodiazepines at any one time, “evidence that their long-term use increases the risk of dementia is significant, and raises questions about their use”. Despite published guidance on their…
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  • National Alliance for Grieving Children

    Psych Central Resource Editor
    15 Sep 2014 | 10:00 am
    The National Alliance for Grieving Children (NAGC) provides a network for nationwide communication between hundreds of  professionals and volunteers who want to share ideas, information and resources with each other to better support the grieving children and families they serve in their own communities. Through this network, the NAGC offers online education, hosts an annual symposium on children’s grief, maintains a national data base of children’s bereavement support programs and promotes national awareness to enhance public sensitivity to the issues impacting grieving…
  • The Observer

    Psych Central Resource Editor
    8 Sep 2014 | 10:00 am
    Published 10 times per year by the Association for Psychological Science, the Observer educates and informs the Association on matters affecting the research, academic, and applied disciplines of psychology; promotes the scientific values of APS Members; reports and comments on issues of national interest to the psychological scientist community; and provides a vehicle for the dissemination of information on APS.  For Non-Members, you may pay a short-time usage fee, or become a member.  For members of the APS, you log in with your account, and you can automatically read the Observer.
  • MindYourMind

    Psych Central Resource Editor
    1 Sep 2014 | 10:00 am
    These resources are designed to reduce the stigma associated with mental illness and increase access and use of community support, both professional and peer-based. Through the use of active engagement, best practice and technology, MindYourMind inspires youth to reach out, get help and give help. This site has tips for when you are in crisis, need help, creating wellness for yourself, facts about all kinds of mental illness, fun interactive apps and games, personal expressions, interviews and ways to get involved and help others.
  • Moodletter

    Psych Central Resource Editor
    25 Aug 2014 | 10:00 am
    The information in Moodletter is for those living with these illnesses and their family members, friends, employers and co-workers, as well as mental health professionals. Others who want to live happier and healthier lives will also find articles of interest.  The information on Moodletter is provided to augment your relationship with your medical professional, not replace it. The better informed we are, the better we can help our medical professionals help us.
  • International Cultic Studies Association (ICSA)

    Psych Central Resource Editor
    18 Aug 2014 | 10:00 am
    ICSA’s mission is to apply research and professional perspectives to: Help those who have been spiritually abused or otherwise harmed by psychological manipulation and high-demand groups Educate the public Promote and conduct research Support helping professionals interested in cults, related groups, and psychological manipulation.
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  • How to Find a Good Therapist

    Dr. Deb
    15 Sep 2014 | 5:12 pm
    One of the most common questions I'm asked is, "How can I find a good therapist?"Well, it's a multi-step process, so let's get going. Types of TherapistsFirst, it's important to think about the type of therapist you think is best for your presenting issues. There are many kinds of mental health therapists, but sometimes understanding "who does what" can be confusing. Here is a list to help identify the specialties and degrees therapists can hold.PsychologistsPsychologists generally have a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.), or Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) and must…
  • September 10th is World Suicide Prevention Day

    Dr. Deb
    2 Sep 2014 | 10:21 am
    Every 40 seconds someone dies by suicide. Every 41 seconds someone's left to make sense of it.That's over 1 million people who die by suicide each year. And millions more who grieve and mourn the loss of their loved one.Suicide is THE most preventable kind of death. Education, resources, intervention and outreach can help children and adults who struggle with staggering sadness, hopelessness and despair.World Suicide Prevention Day is September 10th sponsored by The International Association for Suicide Prevention, The World Health Organization, The United Nations and many…
  • Gallup Poll: State of Well-Being in the U.S.

    Dr. Deb
    1 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    A recent 2014 Gallup Poll cited levels of well-being in the USA. Research was done with over 85 thousand Americans and focused on 5 levels of well-being: Purpose, Social, Financial, Community and Physical. Below are more detailed definitions of these categories.Purpose well-being is composed of questions about having an inspiring leader, daily activity, goals, and strengths.Social well-being includes questions about relationships with friends and family, personal time, and received encouragement and support.Financial well-being is made up of questions about standard…
  • The Myths that Society Holds About Mental Illness

    Dr. Deb
    1 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    It is an undisputed fact that individuals who experience mental health issues are often faced with discrimination that results from misconceptions of their illness. As a result, many people who would benefit from mental health services often don't seek treatment for fear that they will be viewed in a negative way. The World Health Organization agrees and says that in the 400 million people worldwide who are affected by mental illness, about twenty percent reach out for treatment.Take a look at the common myths society holds about mental illness. MYTH: Mental illness is not a…
  • Is It Ever Right For a Therapist to Cry?

    Dr. Deb
    1 Jun 2014 | 7:00 am
    During my morning surf for psychology stories, I came across this one at the BBC asking "Is it ever right for a therapist to cry?"I wondered as I sipped my English Breakfast Tea (a perfect coincidence) why this was a worthy subject the BBC felt needed covering. Surely, people know that therapists cry. Especially if a patient's narrative is moving, upsetting or emotionally tragic. Right? The article, though, reported that some patients were surprised that a therapist might tear up in a session, finding the response off-putting and even unprofessional.The BBC article brought into view a…
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    Psychology Research News -- ScienceDaily

  • Don't underestimate your mind's eye: Objects don't need to be seen to impact decision-making

    16 Sep 2014 | 11:28 am
    Objects in our visual environment needn't be seen in order to impact decision making, according to new research. Take a look around, and what do you see? Much more than you think you do, thanks to your finely tuned mind's eye, which processes images without your even knowing.
  • Computerized emotion detector

    16 Sep 2014 | 11:15 am
    Face recognition software measures various parameters in a mug shot, such as the distance between the person's eyes, the height from lip to top of their nose and various other metrics and then compares it with photos of people in the database that have been tagged with a given name. Now, new research looks to take that one step further in recognizing the emotion portrayed by a face.
  • Slowed processing speed linked with executive deficits in multiple sclerosis

    16 Sep 2014 | 10:25 am
    A new study supports the role of slowed processing speed in the executive deficits found in individuals with multiple sclerosis. Following this study, experts say that MS cognitive research should focus on two key domains -- processing speed and memory.
  • Neuroimaging technique identifies concussion-related brain disease in living brain

    16 Sep 2014 | 7:22 am
    An experimental positron emission tomography (PET) tracer is effective in diagnosing concussion-related brain disease while a person is still alive. A new study suggests that an experimental radiolabeled compound, which is designed to latch onto a protein called tau that accumulates in the brain with repetitive blows to the head, can be registered on a PET scanner to effectively diagnose chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE).
  • Myth about Parkinson's disease debunked

    16 Sep 2014 | 5:49 am
    Using advanced computer models, neuroscience researchers have gained new knowledge about the complex processes that cause Parkinson's disease. Scanning the brain of a patient suffering from Parkinson's disease reveals that in spite of dopamine cell death, there are no signs of a lack of dopamine -- even at a comparatively late stage in the process.
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    Sports Are 80 Percent Mental

  • Maybe Your Kids Inherited Your Couch Potato Genes

    26 Aug 2014 | 8:26 am
    On the road to sports success, young athletes need two ingredients, innate skills and the willingness and determination to get better.  We all know boys and girls who showed early promise that got them noticed but then didn’t have the drive to practice every day to develop that talent.  Often labeled lazy or unmotivated, the assumption was that they chose their own path by not working hard.  However, new research shows evidence that genetics may play a role not only in the natural abilities of a developing superstar but also in their practice persistence and…
  • See The Game Through The Eyes Of The Quarterback

    6 Aug 2014 | 1:57 pm
    Going into the start of football season, there is plenty of expert commentary on what makes up the “right stuff” when evaluating quarterbacks. Everything from arm strength to height to foot skills to the size of their hands was measured and dissected to find the magic combination of variables. While the body mechanics of delivering a football on target are vital, QBs rely even more on their vision both before and after the ball is snapped.It’s not just knowing where and when to look at an opposing defense but also understanding what to look for across the line. Defensive players are…
  • How To Train The Runner's Brain - An Interview With Jason Fitzgerald

    5 Jun 2014 | 10:49 am
    As productive human athletes, we just assume that we can knock down any walls put in front of us and conquer new feats of greatness if "we just put our mind to it."  Our conscious brain sets goals, gives pep talks and convinces us that with the right training plan, we can finish a race of any distance. But, when we're stretching our training run farther than ever before, the little voice in our head pops up to try to talk some sense into us; "that's enough for today" or "there's a lot of pain happening right now, time to quit."  As I discussed in last week's post about the…
  • Fight Fatigue By Overriding Your Brain's Urge To Quit

    29 May 2014 | 1:44 pm
    What makes an endurance athlete quit? Not quit the sport, but quit during a competition.  Every runner, swimmer, or cyclist starts a race with the desire to win or at least achieve a personal best time.  They’ve done the pre-race math - keep at a certain pace for the entire distance to achieve the target time.  Their wearable technology keeps them updated on heart rate, distance and split times to stay on that pace.  However, at the finish line, many athletes are not able to maintain their strides/strokes per minute, giving in to the perception that their energy tank is…
  • Marathons Are Tough On The Heart, But Training Helps

    20 Apr 2014 | 2:20 pm
    Now that it’s mid-April, thousands of amateur runners are realizing the time has come to get serious about their Spring marathon training plans.  The easier 4-6 mile weekday jogs increase quickly into 10-15 mile weekend long runs.  For those new to endurance distances, this jump in mileage can put a strain not only on the legs but also on the heart.  In fact, there’s been some confusing research in the press lately with some claiming a marathon can do some coronary damage while others praising the health benefits of the cardiovascular training.First, the encouraging news.
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    (e) Science News - Psychology & Sociology

  • Smart teens rub off on teammates

    18 Sep 2014 | 3:29 am
    A new study of high school activities bears this message for incoming high school students: Play what the smart kids play. read more
  • Being social: Learning from the behavior of birds

    18 Sep 2014 | 3:28 am
    Science has learned a great deal about complex social behavior by studying nonhuman mammals and primates, but parrots might have something to teach too. read more
  • Do ads showing sexy women make male consumers less charitable?

    16 Sep 2014 | 10:49 pm
    What happens when you use images of sexy women to attract men's attention? According to a new study in the Journal of Consumer Research, male consumers who are shown images of sexy women feel less connected to other people and are less likely to purchase products advertised as benefiting others or make charitable contributions. read more
  • Why are consumers willing to spend more money on ethical products?

    16 Sep 2014 | 10:49 pm
    What motivates consumers to make ethical choices such as buying clothing not made in a sweat shop, spending more money on fair-trade coffee, and bringing their own bags when they go shopping? According to a new study in the Journal of Consumer Research, ethical consumption is motivated by a need for consumers to turn their emotions about unethical practices into action. read more
  • Exxon Valdez 2014: Does media coverage of manmade disasters contribute to consumer complacency?

    16 Sep 2014 | 10:48 pm
    Twenty-five years ago, the Exxon Valdez spilled 11 million gallons of oil into Alaska’s Prince William Sound. Americans found themselves cleaning up another giant oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010. According to a new study in the Journal of Consumer Research, news coverage of environmental disasters serves to calm our immediate anxieties instead of catalyzing changes in the way fossil fuels are used. read more
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    Brain Blogger

  • The Phantom Menace

    Sara Adaes, PhD (c)
    16 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    After the amputation of a body part, patients frequently feel that the amputated area is still present. Sensation of the position and movement of the limb, as well as of heat, cold, itching, and even pain, are often described for a limb that is no longer present. Pain in a limb that has been amputated is known as “phantom limb pain”. According to statistical data, it can occur in up to 80% of all amputees, although to varying extents. The incidence of phantom limb pain seems to increase with age. In congenital amputees, there are occasional reports of phantom limb pain arising later in…
  • How Temperature Affects People With Multiple Sclerosis

    Viatcheslav Wlassoff, PhD
    13 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a neurological disorder that presents with myriad of symptoms. The disease causes physical as well as emotional changes in the patients. One peculiar symptom seen in people with MS is their sensitivity to heat. While heat sensitivity is a symptom of many other conditions as well, the exacerbation of the other symptoms, when the core body temperature rises, is a disturbing and unfortunate feature that affects people with MS. What causes the symptoms in MS? Multiple Sclerosis is an autoimmune disorder. This auto-immunity, the tendency of the body’s immune system to…
  • Back to School Suicides

    Carla Clark, PhD
    10 Sep 2014 | 6:15 am
    Back to school suicides. No, it’s not the name of the latest band. Worryingly, it is a heavily underreported, and barely understood or investigated, yet wholeheartedly devastating new age phenomenon. Having more than tripled since the 1950s, a recent study may indicate that the rise in youth suicide is strongly linked with attending school, lending a macabre tone to the seemingly innocent phrase “back to school blues”. It might shock you that suicide is the third leading cause of death among teens (10-19 years old) in the United States. To date, many studies have identified…
  • Spinal Cord Injury and Wearable Robotics

    Vincent Huang, MD
    9 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    Following a spinal cord injury (SCI), the paramount question in the minds of most patients and their loved ones is: “Will I be able to walk again?” Though there is no simple answer to this question, with advances in medical research and the advent of wearable exoskeletal robotic systems, the hope is that a SCI will no longer colloquially synonymous with the inability to walk. The annual incidence of SCI is approximately 12,000 new cases each year. Currently, there are approximately 273,000 people in the United States living with SCI. 80% are male with the average of 42 years of age at the…
  • The Hollywood Medical Reporter – The Land of Oz

    Daliah Leslie
    7 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    Ethics are murky when it comes to the depiction of medical science on television shows and films. Despite a growing consensus that many of these shows dangerously misinform the public, there is no clear consensus for a solution. The primary reason for this situation: these forms of media are designed as entertainment, not education. As a result, their artistic license – freedom of expression – frees them from much regulation. However, this argument reflects dated preconceptions about the media, and television specifically. Broadcast television of today has nothing more than a tangential…
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    World of Psychology

  • Movie Music and Theory of Mind

    Dave and Greta Munger
    18 Sep 2014 | 3:45 am
    Movie music can have a huge impact on our perception of a film. Ever since the days of “silent” movies, filmmakers have recognized that music enhances the movie-going experience. The earliest movies were shown in halls with live accompanists playing pianos and organs. Some films were even accompanied with full live orchestras. Why would movie companies go to such expense, if not to make viewers enjoy the film more? Movies like “Jaws” in 1975 incited terror in their audiences simply by playing scary music while showing pictures of empty ocean. Marilyn Boltz has found…
  • What My Cancer Scare Taught Me about Love and Dating

    Psych Central Staff
    17 Sep 2014 | 3:35 pm
    Sometimes it takes an extreme situation to see there is love right in front of you. Have you ever suddenly had a change of health that put a halt to your desire to date? A dramatic unexpected diagnosis can quickly change your dating goals or even obliterate them temporarily. You may need surgery or treatment that will be the focus of your life for a while. That is what happened to me recently. I experienced an interruption in dating while I focused on my health. In June of 2014, I was diagnosed with severe squamous dysplasia/carcinoma in SITU of my cervix from an in-office biopsy. I was then…
  • Helping Children Avoid Depression

    Angelica Shiels, PsyD
    17 Sep 2014 | 8:45 am
    Today’s children are at a higher risk for depression than any previous generation. Almost one in 10 children will experience a major depressive episode by the time they are 14 years old, and almost one in five will experience a major depressive episode before graduating from high school. The good news is, there is apparently something that parents and educators can do to decrease the likelihood that children will succumb to this statistic. Research suggests that teaching children to think and problem-solve a certain way works to decrease the likelihood that children will become depressed. A…
  • The Many Factors that Trigger Depression

    Margarita Tartakovsky, M.S.
    17 Sep 2014 | 7:15 am
    Depression is a debilitating, devastating illness. In Darkness Visible: A Memoir of Madness, author William Styron perfectly captures the pain of depression: “The pain is unrelenting, and what makes the condition intolerable is the foreknowledge that no remedy will come — not in a day, an hour, a month, or a minute. If there is mild relief, one knows that it is only temporary; more pain will follow. It is hopelessness even more than pain that crushes the soul. So the decision-making of daily life involves not, as in normal affairs, shifting from one annoying situation to another less…
  • Passing it On: Parenthood & Mental Illness

    Karren Johnson, MA
    17 Sep 2014 | 3:45 am
    “Aren’t you afraid he will get your disease?” This question was uttered by a colleague at a department picnic this past summer when I was still working as a college instructor. This colleague had known me for a few years. She had known me when I was still adamantly not going to have children. She knew of my diagnoses. This was the first time she had seen me since I had given birth, and the first time she met my son, who had just turned one year old. She chose to ask a question about my fear of passing on my psychiatric illnesses.Not a question concerning the million other things that…
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    Teaching High School Psychology

  • Indiana High School Psychology Teachers annual conference!

    Rob McEntarffer
    16 Sep 2014 | 8:20 am
    The Indiana High School Psychology Teachers Association’s 16th annual conference is right around the corner!This year’s conference will be held in the IUPUI Campus Center (Room 405) from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM on Friday, October 3rd. It is open to all high school psychology teachers within the state of Indiana.Date: Friday, October 3, 2014Time 9am-3pmLocation: Indiana University-Purdue University IndianapolisRegistration cost: $30 (registration deadline September 22)Registration LinkDetails: Come and enjoy the opportunity to meet and network with your teaching colleagues at IUPUI in an…

    Rob McEntarffer
    15 Sep 2014 | 8:16 am
    The annual Utah-Teachers of Psychology in Secondary Schools (UTOPSS) Fall Conference is coming up soon!  There is still time to register.Who: All high school Psychology teachers are invited to attend! Please invite any new psychology faculty on your staff or in your district.Where: Westminster College; 1840 S. 1300 E., SLC, UT; Gore Auditorium, room 112What: Come for a full day of learning and collaboration!When: Friday, October 3, 2014 from 8:00 am to 3:30 pmWhy: Come and get reenergized for the new school year! There is a wonderful day planned. Look for the bios of our guest speakers…
  • A new Phineas Gage movie

    Steve Jones
    13 Sep 2014 | 7:55 am
    Today marks the 166th anniversary of Phineas Gage's horrific accident while working on a railroad crew in Cavendish, Vermont. I am sure you are all familiar with what happened that day, and if you are a longtime reader of the blog, surely you know that I am a wee bit obsessed with this story.I am delighted to learn of the new movie Gage, which focuses on the interactions between Gage and his physician, Dr. John Martyn Harlow. I contacted co-producer Alyssa Roehrenbeck to learn more about the film, and this is what she shared with me:The film really focuses on the relationship between…
  • Webcasts from APA!

    Rob McEntarffer
    5 Sep 2014 | 12:23 pm
     The APA and TOPSS are organizing two webcasts that look like they might be VERY useful for high school psych teachers:The great Barney Beins (Research methods textbook author! AP Psych reader! Long-time friend of high school Psych! Good guy!) is presenting "APA Online Psychology Laboratory: Experiments and Demos to Engage your Students" on Sep. 12 at 1:00 eastern time. This time probably conflicts with most teaching responsibilities, but there should be a video posted after the webinar. Barney is one of the smartest fellows I know, an expert in research methodology, and a fabulous…
  • Motor and sensory cortex activities

    Steve Jones
    1 Sep 2014 | 6:03 am
    Yesterday I spotted these posts on It looks like they are taken from a NSTA presentation by two professors, with one video and set of activities on the motor cortex, and another on the sensory cortex. Good activity to do in class with creating and using the two-point discrimination probes.Part one: (goes to - I shortened the really long link)Part two: one wonders how one would "enliven your chemistry or physics lessons" with this information. No mention of high school psychology either.
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    Advances in the History of Psychology

  • New Talk! BPS History of Psychological Disciplines Seminar Series

    Jacy Young
    3 Sep 2014 | 4:16 am
    RD Laing The British Psychological Society’s History of Psychology Centre, in conjunction with UCL’s Centre for the History of the Psychological Disciplines, has announced the first of its autumn talks as part of the  BPS History of Psychological Disciplines Seminar Series. On September 22, Allan Beveridge, of Queen Margaret Hospital, Dunfermline, will be speaking on “Portrait of the Psychiatrist as a Young Man: The Early Writing and Work of RD Laing, 1927-1960″ Full details follow below. The British Psychological Society History of Psychology Centre in conjunction with…
  • CfP: Symposium de la Sociedad Española de Historia de la Psicología

    Jacy Young
    29 Aug 2014 | 5:22 am
    The Sociedad Española de Historia de la Psicología (SEHP) has issued a call for papers for their XXVIII Symposium. To be held in Tenerife, Spain May 7th-9th 2015, the meeting marks the centennial of Gestalt psychologist Wolfgang Köhler‘s experiments at the Prussian Academy of Sciences anthropoid research station in Tenerife. Organizer Justo Hernandez notes the meeting welcomes contributions on all topics in the history of psychology, but papers dealing with the history of Gestalt psychology and the history of comparative psychology are particularly welcome. More information is…
  • Special Issue of HoP: “Mental Testing after 1905: Uses in Different Local Contexts”

    Jacy Young
    28 Aug 2014 | 5:28 am
    The August 2014 issue of History of Psychology is now online. A special issue on “Mental Testing after 1905: Uses in Different Local Contexts” edited by Annette Mülberger (left), the issue includes articles on intelligence testing in the Soviet Union, pedagogical uses of intelligence tests in Spain, psychological testing in Brazil, and more. Full titles, authors, and abstracts follow below. “The need for contextual approaches to the history of mental testing,”by Annette Mülberger. The abstract reads, The effort to locate the origin and follow the historical…
  • Congrats Center for the History of Psychology!

    Jacy Young
    27 Aug 2014 | 3:13 pm
    A big congratulations to the Center for the History of Psychology, which has secured a donation of $3.5 million. With the gift the Center will now be known as the Drs. Nicholas and Dorothy Cummings Center for the History of Psychology. The Cummings’s generosity comes in the wake of a previous donation of $1.5 million to the Center. With the funds the Cummings Center plans “to expand its museum and construct a dedicated research space and offices for visiting scholars and staff, as well as to fund an endowment to support a full-time associate director position.”  Share on…
  • Galton Papers Now Online!

    Jacy Young
    1 Aug 2014 | 8:24 pm
    UCL Special Collections and the Wellcome Trust have collaborated to make available online the papers of Francis Galton. This is part of a larger Wellcome Library endeavour Codebreakers: Makers of Modern Genetics, which includes digitized papers from a number of important figures in the development of genetics. The full Galton papers can be explored online here. Share on Facebook
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    Psychology of Media:

  • Outlaw Art and Extreme Selfies in Life

    Dr. Pamela Rutledge
    30 Aug 2014 | 1:22 pm
    The line has been blurry between art and life for some time.  What has changed is that we (all of us!) can now more readily and artistically capture life. Extreme selfies and outlaw Instagrammers highlight new questions to defining art–or even defining selfies.  Is it the intention of the creator or the perception of the audience?  See what you think in Rebecca Robbins’ “Meet the daredevil photographers racking up thousands of Instagram followers” in the Washington Post.  
  • Facebook’s Research Dilemma: Did They Violate Ethical or Social Contracts?

    Dr. Pamela Rutledge
    2 Jul 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Facebook is getting serious flack for manipulating member news feeds to measure the emotional impact of positive and negative posts on member moods.  Legal or not, this spells bigger trouble for Facebook because it violates the basic premise upon which their empire is founded—relationships—and the social contract of fairness. Facebook is in the spotlight…again.  This time, it is for recently published research that manipulated members’ Facebook news feeds based on positive and negative emotional content and then measured the impact by judging the positivity or negativity…
  • Streetchat, SnapChat, Yik Yak & 5 Basic Media Literacy Rules for Teens (and Parents)

    Dr. Pamela Rutledge
    27 Jun 2014 | 6:44 am
    A new app makes headlines every week as teens migrate to the next new thing, and in the way of teens, do things that horrify their parents.  These are teen rituals, all the posturing, flirting and experimenting.  We all did it.  We just didn’t have SnapChat, YikYak, ooVoo or StreetChat to embarrass our parents and take those often ill-conceived steps toward independence and adulthood. The solution is not, however, to blame the tools that allow users to take and send images and videos. The solution is to start training kids in what my friend Diana Graber at Cyberwise calls CyberCivics.
  • Spornosexuality, Body Image and Boys

    Dr. Pamela Rutledge
    27 Jun 2014 | 6:32 am
    We’ve spent all kinds of energy worrying about girls and body image.  Trends like ‘spornosexuals’ in the media (athletes and other celebrities with their shirts off showing off their abs) remind us not to neglect boys that I wrote about in a previous post (The Spornosexual: Should Beckham Keep His Shirt On?).  There are always unrealistic pressures on children as they grow up. Not everyone can be 6’2” and have six-pack abs.  Parents, teachers and caretakers can help kids focus on strengths and not lament genetics and fashion trends, but that’s no easy task. Parents can use…
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    One Among Many

  • Situation Room

    Joachim I. Krueger, Ph.D.
    7 Sep 2014 | 12:58 pm
    Are situations like people? Can they be described and sorted? A recent study says yes. read more
  • Creation Myth

    Joachim I. Krueger, Ph.D.
    1 Sep 2014 | 11:58 am
    Creativity is important and fun. Now let’s look at the dark side. Can it drive a wedge between us? read more
  • Happiness Between Philosophy and Psychology

    Joachim I. Krueger, Ph.D.
    16 Aug 2014 | 12:40 pm
    You know what it feels like to be happy. Why are philosophers and psychologists still debating? read more
  • Will in Chains

    Joachim I. Krueger, Ph.D.
    11 Aug 2014 | 6:35 pm
    Being a determinist and having no pretensions to possess a free will has not bothered me one bit. You should not worry either. These chains don’t hurt. read more
  • McDonald's and Culture

    Joachim I. Krueger, Ph.D.
    2 Aug 2014 | 7:43 am
    Food and drink are culturally variable, and so is the design of the places that offer them. A general nod to “cultural differences” does not explain much, especially when the purveying corporation is the same globalized one. read more
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    The Situationist

  • Jennifer Eberhardt Wins MacArthur!

    The Situationist Staff
    17 Sep 2014 | 6:04 pm
    Congratulations to Situationist friend, Jennifer Eberhardt who is one of this year’s MacArthur Grant winners. Eberhardt investigates the subtle, complex, largely unconscious yet deeply ingrained ways that individuals racially code and categorize people and the far-reaching consequences of stereotypic associations between race and crime. To read numerous Situationist posts about Eberhardt’s research or presentations at Harvard Law School click here. To watch similar videos, visit the video libraries on the Project on Law and Mind Sciences website (here).
  • Trent Smith on Deep Capture and Obesity – SALMS Talk Friday!

    The Situationist Staff
    9 Sep 2014 | 7:06 pm
    The Economics of Information, Deep Capture, and the Obesity Debate When: Friday 09/12/14 –  12-1pm Where: WCC 1023 Are consumers susceptible to manipulation by large corporations?  Or are consumers basically rational, able to decide for themselves what to buy and how to live?  This lecture will argue that these seemingly contradictory views of the American consumer are not mutually exclusive, and in fact follow directly from economic models of imperfect information.  Examples of U.S. food industry practices, both historical and in the ongoing public debate over the causes of the…
  • Ideology, Psychology, and Free Speech

    The Situationist Staff
    7 May 2014 | 11:26 am
    From Today’s New York Times, here is a brief excerpt from an article about a revealing new study, co-authored by Lee Epstein. In cases raising First Amendment claims, a new study found, Justice Scalia voted to uphold the free speech rights of conservative speakers at more than triple the rate of liberal ones. In 161 cases from 1986, when he joined the court, to 2011, he voted in favor of conservative speakers 65 percent of the time and liberal ones 21 percent. He is not alone. “While liberal justices are over all more supportive of free speech claims than conservative justices,”…
  • The Gendered (Lookist) Situation of Venture Capital

    The Situationist Staff
    4 May 2014 | 8:13 am
    From Harvard Business School’s Working Knowledge, here are excerpts of an article by Carmen Nobel about research co-authored by HBS’s Alison Wood Brooks. If you’re in search of startup funding, it pays to be a good-looking guy. A series of three studies reveals that investors prefer pitches from male entrepreneurs over those from female entrepreneurs, even when the content of the pitches is identical. Attractive men are the most persuasive pitchers of all, the studies show. The findings are detailed in the paper Investors Prefer Entrepreneurial Ventures Pitched by Attractive…
  • Francis Shen

    The Situationist Staff
    30 Mar 2014 | 7:40 pm
    Just a reminder that SALMS will be hosting a lunchtime speaker event tomorrow: Professor Francis Shen will be speaking to us about the intersection of neuroscience and the law. This area of scholarship often delves into questions of mental illness, drug rehabilitation, and mental privacy, and other issues of mind. For those looking to learn more about this branch of legal scholarship, this lunch should be a good first look. When: Monday 3/31/14 12-1pm Where: WCC 1010 Free Lunch?: Of course For an example of Francis Shen’s more recent work, here is a link to a recent article:…
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    Ulterior Motives

  • Generosity When Paying For Others

    Art Markman, Ph.D.
    12 Sep 2014 | 8:02 am
    It is no surprise that people tend to be frugal when making purchases for themselves. They look for good deals and generally want to minimize the cost of the things that they buy. But what about when buying things for other people? read more
  • Using Cognitive Science to Teach Sex Education

    Art Markman, Ph.D.
    10 Sep 2014 | 6:36 am
    Sex is a wonderful thing that has potentially life-altering consequences—particularly for teens. Teen pregnancy can derail educational opportunities. Sexually transmitted diseases from unprotected sex can have lifelong consequences. read more
  • The Danger of Indifference

    Art Markman, Ph.D.
    2 Sep 2014 | 1:03 pm
    One of the themes in this blog over the years is goal contagion, which is the idea that we often adopt the goals of the people around us. See someone helping others, and you suddenly want to be helpful. See someone being aggressive, and it makes you more likely to engage aggressively with others. What about apathy? read more
  • Saving Face by Using Ambiguous Language

    Art Markman, Ph.D.
    29 Aug 2014 | 11:48 am
    When we use language, it seems so easy to understand what other people are saying that it is hard to appreciate the complexity of the act of carrying on a conversation. Obviously, we miscommunicate at times, but most of the time, we do a good job of understanding what other people mean and making ourselves more
  • Video Games and Risky Behavior

    Art Markman, Ph.D.
    27 Aug 2014 | 4:13 am
    One topic I have taken up in this blog from time-to-time is the impact of video games on behavior. There are both positive and negative consequences associated with video game play. One area where it has been hard to draw firm conclusions is in the area of aggression and risky behavior. read more
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    NIMH | Recent Updates

  • Blog Post » Childhood and Beyond - Services Research for ASD

    Thomas Insel
    17 Sep 2014 | 11:04 am
    In his blog, Dr. Insel talks about on new NIMH grants that will support research on services for people of all ages with autism.
  • Science News » New grants fund cross-lifespan services research for autism spectrum disorder

    NIMH Press Office
    10 Sep 2014 | 11:32 am
    NIH-funded projects aim at improving access, timeliness of interventions.
  • Blog Post » Suicide: a Global Issue

    Thomas Insel
    12 Sep 2014 | 10:14 am
    Dr. Insel discusses a newly released World Health Organization World Suicide Report, an overview of the impact of and factors involved in suicide globally and strategies for preventing suicide.
  • Blog Post » Manipulating Memory

    Thomas Insel
    12 Sep 2014 | 10:14 am
    A pair of articles published this week in two of the most prestigious science journals describe the manipulation of memory with neurotechnologies capable of precisely targeting brain circuitry. One study used optogenetics to turn on and turn off memory associations, changing negative associations to positive ones, in mice. The other study used magnetic stimulation and functional magnetic resonance imaging to improve memory for words associated with faces, by boosting connectivity in a human brain memory circuit. As the field moves from descriptive studies to more mechanistic tuning of brain…
  • Science News » Suspect Gene Corrupts Neural Connections

    Jules Asher
    16 Sep 2014 | 2:11 pm
    Researchers have shown in patients’ cells how a rare mutation in a suspect gene disrupts the expression of dozens of other genes underlying neural connections.
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    The Essential Read

  • The Power of Moral Complexity

    Peter T. Coleman, Ph.D.
    17 Sep 2014 | 8:53 am
    The more serious challenges our nation faces today requires the moral courage to engage with our doubts, denial, and more
  • Birth Size Inversely Varies Risk of Autism v. Schizophrenia

    Christopher Badcock, Ph.D.
    17 Sep 2014 | 12:58 am
    A study directly comparing autism and schizophrenia risks in a population of 5 million provides the first large-scale empirical test for the imprinted brain theory’s prediction that such risks co-vary inversely. read more
  • Why We Can't Stop the Depression Epidemic

    Jonathan Rottenberg, Ph.D.
    16 Sep 2014 | 1:36 pm
    Comedian Robin Williams’s death in August rocketed depression into the headlines, and his suicide became a defining moment when the nation would finally reckon with depression. But this reckoning never happened. read more
  • Waking Up on the Wrong Side of the Desk—And Staying There

    Nancy Rothbard, Ph.D.
    16 Sep 2014 | 12:11 pm
    Your morning mood—good or bad—can linger longer than you might think and make a big impact on your job more
  • Are You a Sexual Perfectionist?

    Susan Krauss Whitbourne, Ph.D.
    16 Sep 2014 | 8:52 am
    Because they seek perfection in every area of their lives, some individuals also seek to get a 100% grade on their sexual performance. If you’re one of these sexual perfectionists, you may be setting yourself up, paradoxically, for long-term misery instead of pleasure in the more
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    In the news by Karen Franklin PhD

  • Forensic psychology: Is it the career for me?

    15 Sep 2014 | 10:34 am
    I get many emails and phone calls from students interested in pursuing forensic psychology as a career. There is surprisingly little information available online to answer these students' questions. So, by popular demand, I have revised my 2007 overview in order to provide more current guidance, especially tailored toward frequently-asked student questions. You may also want to review the comments sections of my original essay, which is posted at each of my two professional blogs (HERE and HERE). First off, what is a forensic psychologist? Forensic psychologists are most commonly licensed…
  • More studies finding bias in PCL-R measurement of psychopathy

    4 Sep 2014 | 2:05 pm
    I've been reporting for quite some time about problems with the reliability and validity of the Psychopathy Checklist (PCL-R), a popular instrument for measuring psychopathy in forensic settings. It is a critical issue in forensic psychology, because of the massively prejudicial nature of the term "psychopath." Once a judge or jury hears that term, pretty much everything else sounds like "blah blah blah."Now, the journal Law and Human Behavior has published two new studies -- one from the U.S. and the other from Sweden -- adding to the ever-more-persuasive line of research on PCL-R rater…
  • Patience is no virtue on MSOP injustice

    26 Aug 2014 | 3:34 pm
    A federal judge seems willing to give the state more time. There's scant evidence it will be used well. Guest essay by D. J. Tice, Minnesota Star Tribune* For many years, critics of the Minnesota Sex Offender Program have worried that this state may be guilty of cruel injustices. They’ve worried that Minnesota’s sweeping, inconsistent system for dumping sex offenders who have completed prison sentences into so-called “treatment centers” may be imposing retroactive life sentences on some “clients” who pose no serious threat to the public, while giving them no effective treatment.
  • Announcing blogger sabbatical

    14 Aug 2014 | 8:14 pm
    Dear Blog Subscribers and Readers, If you have detected a decline in blog frequency of late, it's not your imagination. After more than seven years, I have made the difficult decision to take a sabbatical break from regular blogging in order to direct my energy toward some larger writing projects. As some of you know, in addition to juggling forensic case work, trainings and teaching with family life, I have also experienced a considerable increase in professional travel. This represents exciting professional growth for me, but I am finding that this schedule makes it hard to pursue more…
  • Innovative international risk assessment service is expanding

    6 Jul 2014 | 10:46 pm
    Try your hand at answering these questions: When evaluating Aboriginal offenders, how valid are standard risk assessment protocols? Among Canadian men, how well does the Danger Assessment (DA) predict domestic violence? For sex offenders in Vermont, what instrument is more accurate than the widely used Static-99 for predicting recidivism? In screening U.S. soldiers coming back from Afghanistan, is there a valid tool that would help allocate limited therapeutic resources in order to decrease violence risk? Finally, what the heck are the Y-ARAT, the CuRV, the START, and the…
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    The Mouse Trap

  • Many Paths, Many Ends

    Sandeep Gautam
    22 Aug 2014 | 12:49 am
    Aum symbol in red (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Human beings are driven by many different goals throughout their life and though the goals of one individual would be different from other, the major goals of life can be classified as striving towards finding happiness, success, integrity and meaning in life. I have blogged elsewhere about how the latest research in positive psychology is explicating these four different legitimate aims via which one may lead a good or flourishing life. Also, a rider is in place here- its not as if one needs to, or is indeed, driven by one major goal to the…
  • emotions and personality: take 6

    Sandeep Gautam
    1 Feb 2014 | 5:52 am
    Cover of Personality Disorders in Modern Life   Today I learned that Theodore Millon died. I started reading ” personality disorders in modern life” as a tribute to him, but the monkey mind that mine is, ended up writing this post instead.   To recall, Theodore Millon’s model talked about four fundamental evolutionary problems faced by all humans: 1) existence 2) adaptation 3) replication and 4)  abstraction. There were also two polar ways of approaching each fundamental problem; that of pleasure-pain; activity-passivity; self-other and I added to it the fourth…
  • Doing more by doing less!

    11 Oct 2013 | 10:20 am
    Hepburn (band) (Photo credit: Wikipedia) When I first heard of the book title ” Why Quitters Win: Decide to be excellent“,  to say the least, I was very much intrigued. Was Nick trying to say something like stop doing something mid-way if you know that it is going to fail- and ignore the sunk costs…or was it about quitting when faced with unreasonable odds- rather than doubling your efforts and commitment. I believe in sticking with the choices you make,  till you have given it your last shot, and so was slightly apprehensive. However, what Nick Tasler means, is not about…
  • An infographic on schizophrenia

    Sandeep Gautam
    16 May 2013 | 3:35 am
    In continuation of the theme of May as Mental Health month, passing along an infographic received in email. Hope it helps in raising awareness. Source: Rating: 0.0/10 (0 votes cast)
  • Book review: A Lethal Inheritance

    Sandeep Gautam
    15 May 2013 | 7:30 pm
    Rethink Mental Illness (Photo credit: Wikipedia)   Today, i.e. 15th may 2013 is being celebrated as a mental health blog day by APA and in the spirit of the day I am posting a review of ‘A Lethal Inheritance’ by Victoria Costello. It is a book chronicling how ‘ a mother uncovers the science behind three generations of mental illness‘  and is an apt topic for the day highlighting the importance of public education and discourse about the topic of mental health.  this blog pots and book review is a homage to all the people who silently suffer from mental illness,…
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    Your Mind Your Body

  • Managing your emotions during your child’s transition to college

    Dr. Robin Haight
    16 Sep 2014 | 10:16 am
    Photo courtesy of Nazareth College/Flickr. This strange thought occurred to me when I was making a list of all the stuff I was going to need to send my son off to college: where’s the college shower? When a child comes into this world there is the baby shower, where experienced parents and a caring circle of friends pile on the onesies, the diapers, and the advice  in preparation for his or her arrival.  But when that very child (now young man or woman) leaves the nest for college there is no communal ritual preparation.  The, now, older parents really don’t have a clue about this…
  • It’s OK to talk to your children about suicide. Here’s how:

    Dr. Stephanie Smith
    22 Aug 2014 | 3:01 pm
    Don’t avoid talking with children about suicide. Use age-appropriate language to start the conversation. Photo by pennuja via Flickr None of us want to talk about suicide, but lots of us are thinking about it. A 2009 study by SAMHSA found that 8.3 million adults in the United States had serious thoughts of suicide in the past year. That’s a lot of people–and it’s just for one year. The study also found that 2.3 million American adults made a plan for suicide in the past year. And 1.1 million actually attempted to kill themselves. Anyway you cut it, lots of people have suicide…
  • Coping with conflicting emotions and grief after a suicide

    Dr. Lisa Berghorst
    18 Aug 2014 | 7:50 am
    Tributes to friends and family who died by suicide on display at a suicide prevention walk. (Used by permission via Flickr: Copyright 2009, Jenny Sand Photography) Shock.  Disbelief.  Numbness.  Anguish.  Despair.  Loneliness.  Abandonment.  Grief.  Anger.  Guilt.  Emptiness.  Helplessness.  Devastation. These are only a few of the intense emotions often experienced after a loved one, friend, colleague, or anyone you admire is lost through suicide. You are not alone in experiencing a range of potentially conflicting emotions.  They may come and go in waves and change over time.
  • Suicide facts and stats tell us what it is, but not why it happens

    Dr. Robin Haight
    13 Aug 2014 | 3:05 pm
    Robin Williams’ Walk of Fame star. Photo credit. Here are the demographic statistics for suicide: a 63-year-old white man living in the western United States exists is at highest risk.  Men kill themselves about four times as frequently as women. Of those who died by suicide in 2011, 78.5 percent were men and 21.5 percent were women. These numbers do not tell us the WHY of suicide, just what is. We know that depression is a huge risk for suicide. Alcohol or substance abuse elevates that risk even higher. Sixty percent of those who kill themselves suffered from major depression; if we…
  • Trying to understand Robin Williams’ death and how to stop suicide

    12 Aug 2014 | 11:00 am
    Robin Williams performs at George Washington University in Washington, DC in 2008. Photo courtesy of Shamigo/Flickr. The world is reeling in shock from the death of Robin Williams. He was an amazing man–an icon. His popularity spanned generations. He had it all…talent, fame, money, a family and friends. Yes, he had it all…even depression and addictions. The world is in mourning together. So many of us feel the sadness; as if the loss were intensely personal. We knew this man. Or did we. We are confused. We are angry. We have so many questions. Why would someone with so much want to…
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    Dr. Jennifer Howard Changes That Last Blog

  • Red Flags in Relationships (Part 1)

    15 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    We've been talking about the value of being curious in life, as well as being curious in the beginning of relationships and in long term relationships. Let's talk about those red flags in relationships. Being curious about any red flags that come up when you are in relationships can help inform you on what needs to be done.
  • How to Deal with Soft Addictions

    8 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    When we think of addictions, most of us think about substances the likes of cocaine, heroin, and alcohol. Those are hard addictions. But many of us haven't thought much about those behaviors or soft addictions that can create difficulties and distract us from our greatness.
  • What Does it Mean to Take 100% Personal Responsibility?

    4 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    The other day I reposted on Facebook a post from James Van Praagh that said the following: “Your Attention Please: No one is coming to save you. This life of yours is 100% your responsibility.” Wow, what responses. One woman got downright angry.
  • Curiosity & Long Term Relationships

    1 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    We were talking about the importance of becoming curious in new relationships, but what about when you have been with someone for a while? How much do you know about the person you're been with for a while, the person you're going to marry, or even your spouse of many years? By the time you're ready to get married you probably feel you know a lot about the person you're going to commit your life to. But, have you been curious enough? Have you explored areas that may have raised red flags or overlooked other areas?
  • The Curiosity Factor in New Relationships

    28 Aug 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Do you allow yourself to be curious in the beginning stage of relationships? How much do you know about the person you're dating? Curiosity is a critical part of relationships. Asking questions in the beginning stages of dating helps you get to know that person and their values. Curiosity also helps long-term relationships remain fresh over the span of time.
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    Psychology Matters Asia

  • Loneliness: What You Need

    16 Sep 2014 | 10:00 am
    Several months ago, a British man came to see me with his Filipina wife. There I felt the heaviest weights their hearts can endure. After being shown indisputable evidences of her affair with a younger man, the wife hurriedly walked out. Tears flowing from his eyes as a flooding river in the night, the British husband was left with me. Groans fell from his lips -- deep loneliness and trauma arrived and clinged to his chair.
  • Understanding Low Self-Esteem and how you can improve it

    9 Sep 2014 | 12:06 pm
    Pia Mellody, one of the founders of the co-dependency movement, cites problems with self-esteem as being one of the five primary symptoms of co-dependency (Mellody, Pia, 1989). In an amazing example of prescience, Pia did not propose that every person who is co-dependent suffers from low self-esteem but instead describes three kinds of problems in self-esteem.
  • Art Therapy Through Chess

    31 Aug 2014 | 10:28 am
    Yesterday, during a break in my hospital group session, I was interviewed by television network GMA 7 State of the Nation of Jessica Soho on the subject of "Art Therapy." I commented to the reporter that art (i.e. drawing, writing, sculpture, dance, music, singing etc.) is an expressive medium, a symbolic speech, that is effectively being used in psychotherapy to explore hidden, internal distresses and emotional pains.
  • Are you playing the BLAME-GAME to fix your unsatisfying sex life?

    23 Aug 2014 | 5:58 pm
    Everyone wants an amazing sex life. Many couples start out their relationship with a satisfying sex life. However, if the couple continues to stay together and increase the complexity of their relationship via careers, financial obligations, children, aging parents and their own personal health issues, sex often can and does change. Unfortunately, too often it changes in a way for the worse.
  • Alienated Parents, Alienated Children

    19 Aug 2014 | 9:54 am
    Professionally and personally, my heart goes out to parents and children who have become heartbroken and "alienated" in their relationship. I am grateful to families - both parents and children - who have shared with me their painful experiences in our sessions together. They are just too many to count. They have taught me much about the conflicts and distancing between parent and child and about how to protect the children from their parents- battles.
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  • Depression – Walsh Biotypes – Undermethylation

    Charles Parker
    13 Sep 2014 | 3:23 pm
    CorePsych Marker: Depression Biotypes – Walsh Depression Biotypes: Undermethylation – 1 of 5 Subsets Introduction – Undermethylation Bill Walsh is a mind pioneer. This brief video on the first Walsh depression biotype [1 of 5] will likely whet your appetite for  the fact that depression is more than just an appearance of sadness. I’ll report for you here at CorePsych the other four as time permits. From appearances to measurable science – biotype laboratory neurophysiological assessments will change treatment outcomes for depression and a variety of other…
  • ADHD Medication 5 Videos – Stimulants Explained – AMP vs MPH

    Charles Parker
    31 Aug 2014 | 8:59 am
    CorePsych Markers Matter Stimulants for ADHD: Details Matter To maintain the state of doubt and to carry on systematic and protracted inquiry — these are the essentials of thinking. ~ John Dewey These several videos provide a brief overview of some important differences between stimulant medications and how paying attention to the metabolic – the biomedical – details can make a huge difference in ADHD treatment outcomes. Precision matters. Markers matter. See the key reference below on Stimulant Drugs and ADHD1 written by Drs. Mary Solanto, Amy Arnsten, and Xavier Castellanos.
  • End the Nightmare: Address ADHD Sleep Challenges

    Charles Parker
    17 Aug 2014 | 5:35 am
    CorePsych Main health effects of sleep deprivation (See Wikipedia:Sleep deprivation). Model: Mikael Häggström. To discuss image, please see Template talk:Häggström diagrams (Photo credit: Wikipedia) End the Nightmare of Not Enough Sleep Guest Article by: Alan Brown ADHD Coach As we head into the end of summer, where our routines and daily “rhythms” are less firmly in place – there’s more of a chance that a particularly important rhythm may fall (even further) off: our sleep. The ADHD Sleep Problem Research indicates that ADHD sufferers are more likely to have sleep abnormalities,…
  • ADHD & Nature Immersion – Good for the Body & the Brain

    Dr Charles Parker
    9 Aug 2014 | 1:28 pm
    CorePsych Natural Immersion Tips for Body and Brain Improvement Guest Post By: Linda Anderson Travels Matter If there is anything I can recommend to you this summer, it’s simply this, go somewhere beautiful. Go to the desert, water, mountains, or trees and immerse yourself. In my life I’ve covered some interesting new territories, and spent time in some incredibly beautiful places all across the United States. Some of these places I’ve travelled to several times, and I am always overwhelmed by their beauty. Just remembering these moments brings a deep feeling of satisfaction…
  • Sapolsky on Human Differences – Neuroscience Matters

    Charles Parker
    3 Aug 2014 | 4:15 am
    CorePsych Professor Robert Sapolsky – Practical Neuroscience Depression is not generalized pessimism, but pessimism specific to the effects of one’s own skilled action. ― Robert M. Sapolsky, Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers Take the time to listen to this absolutely important video below by Sapolsky. He’s evolving neuroscientific understanding for Core mind-science applications  – an interesting thought leader for the next level of thinking about thinking. [Hidden in his quote above: metacognition.] Sapolsky is a neuroendocrinologist currently a Professor of…
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    Connecting Hypnotherapy...

  • 7 Ways To Mentally Cope With Moving Abroad

    16 Sep 2014 | 8:03 am
    1. Join an Online Social GroupMeetup is one of the best websites for meeting new people with a common interest. Sign up and search for interest groups in your new city, or even better, if there isn’t one already, create one. Facebook is also very useful; I’m an au pair and I made all of my new friends through the city’s au pair group.2. Schedule a Regular Time to Catch Up With Loved OnesIt’s easy to miss your loved ones when you have conflicting schedules; especially romantic partners. Schedule a time every week, regardless of the time zone and/or the circumstances and speak to each…
  • Dealing With That Overly Competitive Person

    13 Sep 2014 | 7:55 am
    If a competitive friend or colleague is making your life a misery, here's what to do about it...We're all a bit competitive. We all want the best job, the best grades or just the best seat on the train. There's nothing wrong with that, of course. A healthy competitive streak makes sure we get what we deserve in life. But some people take competition too far. They'll go to any lengths to get to the top of the tree, even if it means pushing other people off the ladder on their way up.You'll come across overly competitive people in all walks of life, from your weekly six-a-side touch match to…
  • VIDEO The Woman Who Woke Up Chinese

    6 Sep 2014 | 10:18 am
  • Psychology of The Sports Fan

    4 Sep 2014 | 7:30 am
    From Longyearbyen to Ushuaia the world is filled with fans. They are the lifeblood of professional sports and the only reason why anybody in the industry receives a check. According to a recent A.T. Kearney study today’s global sports industry is worth between €350 billion and €450 billion ($480-$620 billion). In an industry of this size and scope connecting to and sustaining a devoted fan base is an opportunity AND a major challenge, especially when your competitors are engaging in an all-out battle for the hearts, time, attention and wallets … of your fans.Today,…
  • A Hypnotherapists Thoughts On Past Life Regression

    2 Sep 2014 | 7:30 am
    By Chris ConnellySince qualifying in Clinical Hypnotherapy I’ve found the topic of Past Life Regression (PLR) generally gets mixed reviews within the hypnotherapy profession. Most often or not Hypnotherapy schools teach Past Life regression as a single unit within a framework of many other topics, if at all. When during my diploma I came across the past life regression module it was taught as a therapy where the unconscious mind of the client may role play the presenting problem in a disassociative manner thereby allowing the client to work through the presenting problem but without having…
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    What is Psychology?

  • The Business of Color Psychology – Infographic

    7 Sep 2014 | 6:56 pm
    What would you do in order to improve the performance of your business? Would you invest all of your personal savings? Would you be willing to take out a massive loan? Well, what if you could enhance brand recognition, improve customer feedback and increase sales without spending an arm and a leg? By simply taking advantage of the quirks of human psychology, such results are possible. The infographic below shows that by spending a bit more time on the colors used to market your brand, both you and your business can reap huge rewards.   Please include attribution to…
  • Kelly McGonigal: How to make stress your friend – VIDEO

    4 Aug 2014 | 4:43 pm
    For decades we have been taught that too much stress is harmful to one’s health. However, psychologist Kelly McGonigal posits that, if viewed in a positive light, stress can not only be harmless, but even beneficial.
  • The Effect of Beauty on Success and Self Confidence

    8 May 2014 | 7:57 am
    A brilliant young woman stares silently at her mirror. Unfazed, her reflection stares silently back. She takes a deep breath and dabs a few drops of freshly squeezed lemon juice onto her face – one of the many beauty tips recently read on howtoremovethat. Dark spots simply wouldn’t do for tomorrow’s job interview. Her belief is that it might be advantageous to appear as attractive as possible when she faces those potentially life changing questions. And as superficial as this might sound, she’s absolutely right. Research conducted by Dr. Mikki Hebl of Rice University and Dr. Juan…
  • Understanding the Psychology of Gambling

    22 Apr 2014 | 5:19 am
    Gambling is perceived by many individuals as merely a form of entertainment – an outlet for stress and perhaps even a form of “therapy” where person can kick back and have fun. Over the past few years, gambling has grown into a popular global pastime, appearing in a variety of guises such as horse racing, casino games, sports betting, lotteries, slot machines and other games of chance. Due to ease of access, gambling has become particularly rampant on the internet with hundreds of gambling sites having mushroomed online to meet the increasing demands of gamblers worldwide. However,…
  • Peering Into The Science of Alcoholism

    8 Apr 2014 | 12:18 pm
    Alcoholism is nothing new to modern society, but we have only recently begun to understand it in the past century. Alcohol has been a part of human culture for thousands of years, and alcoholism throughout history has often been portrayed as silly, stupid or even an endearing characteristic. We’ve all seen the movies or read a book where a funny drunk is stumbling about saying ridiculous things in broken speech patterns. However, we’ve come to realize it is a much more serious issue than that would suggest. Alcoholism is a chronic disease that affects 15 million people in the US alone,…
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    Carl Jung Depth Psychology

  • Carl Jung on the “Gifted Child.”

    Lewis Lafontaine
    17 Sep 2014 | 2:19 am
    [Carl Jung on the “Gifted Child.”] It therefore seems to me better to educate the gifted child along with the other children in a normal class, and not to underline his exceptional position by... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Carl Jung: "Psychological types are not static."

    Lewis Lafontaine
    15 Sep 2014 | 8:09 am
    [Psychological types are not static. Dr. Jung advocated the transformation and "becoming" of one’s personality and not the wearing of a 4-letter "type" as a lifelong badge of honor wherein a person... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • “Through the mind of the dog the world exists,” it says in the Vendidad...

    Lewis Lafontaine
    15 Sep 2014 | 2:29 am
    Then comes the man with the dog. “Through the mind of the dog the world exists,” it says in the Vendidad, the oldest part of the Zendavesta. Since primeval times, man has been unthinkable without... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Carl Jung and the most essential causes and conditions of dream processes.

    Lewis Lafontaine
    13 Sep 2014 | 5:02 am
    [Carl Jung and the most essential causes and conditions of dream processes.] Dream processes follow from several causes and conditions. There are about five different possible sources: 1. They can... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Carl Jung on the several possibilities of giving a meaning to a dream.

    Lewis Lafontaine
    12 Sep 2014 | 7:11 am
    [Carl Jung on the several possibilities of giving a meaning to a dream.] The dream is no unequivocal phenomenon. There are several possibilities of giving a meaning to a dream. I would like to... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Psychology in Everyday Life: The Psych Files Podcast

  • Ep 225: What's Best for Memory - Coffee or a Nap - or Both?

    Michael Britt (Michael Britt)
    16 Sep 2014 | 8:15 am
    You may have been heard that taking a nap or going to sleep after you learn something helps you to retain it (which is true), but you may also have heard that drinking coffee helps your memory. So which is it? How can you drink coffee AND take a nap? Well, apparently you can get the benefit of both - if you do it right. In this episode we not only learn about the so-called "students' coffee" but we learn about the "coffee nap". If you do it just right you can get some great memory boosts.
  • Ep 224 (Video): If Freud Worked Tech Support

    Michael Britt (Michael Britt)
    14 Aug 2014 | 5:30 pm
    A humorous way to learn about the Freudian defense mechanisms (actually elaborated by Anna Freud) of Displacement, Denial, Sublimation, Reaction Formation, and Projection. A little dream analysis thrown in. Who knows? Maybe Freud would have been good at tech support...
  • Ep 223: Little Albert's Real Identity - Time to Rewrite the Textbooks

    Michael Britt (Michael Britt)
    24 Jul 2014 | 10:52 am
    What was the name of that baby in John Watson's famous videos in which he attempts to demonstrate that fears can be acquired through conditioning (pairing a loud noise with a furry animal)? A few years ago we were presented with information indicating that a boy named Douglas Merrite was the true identity of "Little Albert". The data looked pretty convincing at that time. However, a few pieces of that data simply did not fit together for researchers Nancy Digdon, Russell Powell and Ben Harris. After another lengthy search into the past, these researchers determined that another child fits the…
  • Ep 222: How To Remember Jokes

    Michael Britt
    7 Jul 2014 | 6:08 am
    How many times have you wanted to remember a joke at a party but you just can't? Well, there IS a way to remember jokes and I have got 4 jokes to tell you along with a mnemonic that will help you remember all 4 of them. I challenge you to listen to these 4 jokes, then listen to my mnemonic and then wait a little while and go through the mnemonic and I guarantee that you'll remember all 4 jokes. Remembering anything for more than a few minutes requires not only repetition, but also something else that will make the to-be-remembered thing stick in your head. That thing can be a mnemonic device.
  • Ep 221: Facebook Study: A Brief Summary and Did They Use Informed Consent?

    Michael Britt
    1 Jul 2014 | 1:55 pm
    You may have heard that Facebook manipulated the content of user's New Feeds during January of 2012 so that some users saw more positive posts than others, which other Facebook users saw more negative posts. How did this affect these users? Did those who say negative posts become more negative and vice versa? The answer is that the research indicates that some of them - though a very, very few of them - did subsequently write posts that were similar to the ones that saw on their News Feed. How big of an effect is this? Is it unethical? Does agreeing to Facebook's Terms of Use constitute…
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    The Socially Responsible Practitioner

  • An Open Letter to President Obama and U.S. Ambassador James Brewster

    The Adler School
    9 Sep 2014 | 11:09 am
    Kevin Osten, Psy.D. Adler School faculty and clinical psychologists Nataka Moore and Kevin Osten-Garner along with students in our Human Rights & International Immersion course with Heartland Alliance recently returned from the Dominican Republic, working with community agencies on a number of fronts. Based on their work and research, Dr. Osten-Garner has shared the following update and request to President Barack Obama and James Brewster, Jr., Ambassador to Dominican Republic.  Dr. Osten-Garner is Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs, Division of Community Engagement…
  • Hope Rising: From Ebola in Liberia to Violence in Chicago

    The Adler School
    13 Aug 2014 | 7:54 am
    Augustine Kpehe Ngafuan, Liberian Minister of Foreign Affairs, and Nataka Moore, Psy.D. Adler School Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology Clinical psychologist Nataka Moore, Psy.D., is Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology at the Adler School in Chicago. Her areas of specialty include international and community psychology. I had the opportunity to have breakfast with the Honorable Augustine Kpehe Ngafuan, the Liberian Minister of Foreign Affairs during his recent visit to Chicago.  He came here after attending the first U.S.-African Summit, in Washington D.C. last week with…
  • In Romania, A Transformative Experience Visiting Struggling Families

    The Adler School
    11 Aug 2014 | 7:08 am
    First-year Adler School students John Devine and Meg Molony, pursuing their master’s degrees in Couple and Family Therapy, recently traveled to Romania with Assistant Professor Ileana Ungureanu, Ph.D., to study for two weeks with colleagues at the Aeropagus Institute for Family Therapy in Timișoara. In addition to studies, they collaborated with Institute social workers in projects supporting children from low-SES [socioeconomic status] families and families with HIV-positive patients. From Timișoara, John and Meg blog: Following our week working with children through…
  • Remembering Our Friend Margot Adler

    The Adler School
    28 Jul 2014 | 1:59 pm
    Margot Adler, speaking to Adler School graduates in Chicago in 2011 We are saddened this afternoon to learn thatMargot Adler has passed away. She was a longtime National Public Radio (NPR) correspondent, author, and the granddaughter of community psychologistAlfred Adler whose work inspired the founding of our School. She also was a friend. In October 2011, we were pleased to present her with an honorary degree for her work promoting social justice and change: through reports through the years that documented confrontation between radicals and the Ku Klux Klan in Greensboro, N.C., the…
  • In the Dominican Republic: Ethnicism, Identity & A Tale of Three Sisters

    The Adler School
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:25 am
    A university mural reflecting the people of Dominican Republic emphasizing white European identity Adler School faculty and clinical psychologists Nataka Moore and Kevin Osten-Garner along with students in our Human Rights & International Immersion course with Heartland Alliance have been in the Dominican Republic this month working with community agencies on a number of fronts: creating community-level education & prevention interventions for internalized stigmas related to homophobia & heterosexism, domestic violence, and harm-reduction strategies for substance use and…
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  • Migraine in middle age linked to increased risk of Parkinson’s, movement disorders later

    American Academy of Neurology
    17 Sep 2014 | 5:00 pm
    A new study suggests that people who experience migraine in middle age may be more likely to develop Parkinson’s disease, or other movement disorders later in life. Those who have migraine with aura may be at double the risk of developing Parkinson’s, according to the study published in the September 17, 2014, online issue of Neurology®, [...]The post Migraine in middle age linked to increased risk of Parkinson’s, movement disorders later appeared first on PsyPost.
  • Study links physical activity in older adults to brain white-matter integrity

    University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign
    17 Sep 2014 | 4:59 pm
    Like everything else in the body, the white-matter fibers that allow communication between brain regions also decline with age. In a new study, researchers found a strong association between the structural integrity of these white-matter tracts and an older person’s level of daily activity – not just the degree to which the person engaged in moderate or [...]The post Study links physical activity in older adults to brain white-matter integrity appeared first on PsyPost.
  • Chimpanzee lethal aggression a result of adaptation rather than human impacts

    Arizona State University
    17 Sep 2014 | 4:54 pm
    In the 1970s, Jane Goodall’s reports of chimpanzee violence caught the attention of a global audience. Since then, many people have compared chimpanzee intergroup aggression to primitive warfare and have argued that chimpanzee violence is an adaptive strategy that gives the perpetrators an edge. Others have argued that lethal aggression is the consequence of human [...]The post Chimpanzee lethal aggression a result of adaptation rather than human impacts appeared first on PsyPost.
  • Survey finds benefits, risks of yoga for bipolar disorder

    Brown University
    17 Sep 2014 | 4:44 pm
    Right now no one can say whether yoga provides clinical benefits to people with bipolar disorder, but in a new article in the Journal of Psychiatric Practice, researchers report survey responses they gathered from scores of people with the condition who practice yoga. What the collective testimony suggests is that yoga can be a substantial help, [...]The post Survey finds benefits, risks of yoga for bipolar disorder appeared first on PsyPost.
  • Lack of facial expression leads to perceptions of unhappiness, new research shows

    Oregon State University
    17 Sep 2014 | 4:43 pm
    People with facial paralysis are perceived as being less happy simply because they can’t communicate in the universal language of facial expression, a new study from an Oregon State University psychology professor shows. The findings highlight the important role the face plays in everyday communication and indicates people may hold a prejudice against those with [...]The post Lack of facial expression leads to perceptions of unhappiness, new research shows appeared first on PsyPost.
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  • Chivalry’s Not Dead

    Jessica Morris
    11 Sep 2014 | 4:00 pm
    It has often been said that chivalry is dead, but new research by The University of Virginia suggests that couples who stick to old-fashioned values often have healthier and longer lasting relationships. It is common for couples to live in de facto relationships, and this can be perceived as a natural and healthy progression in a relationship. Interestingly, this study says that people with fewer sexual partners prior to marriage are far happier once they are married. It also highlights that couples who move in together only once they are married, or with the intention of marriage, have a…
  • 5 Ways to Say No

    Jessica Morris
    4 Sep 2014 | 4:00 pm
    It is far easier to agree with someone than say no. Maybe it’s because we fear conflict, are scared of disappointing the other person or don’t feel we have the right to disagree. Often, a person will ask us what they believe to be a perfectly reasonable request. It may demand our time, or finances, our emotions and our energy- but we feel a certain obligation to say yes to them. What do you feel uncomfortable agreeing to? Perhaps a friend has asked you to babysit and you are already drained of time and energy with your own children? You might belong to a community group that has labelled…
  • The 20 Most Common Mistakes of the Hurt Spouse

    Colleen Morris
    28 Aug 2014 | 3:00 pm
    In “The 20 Most Common Mistakes of the Hurt Spouse,” Leslie Hardie of Affair talks about common mistakes people make when they find out their partner is taking part in sexually inappropriate behaviour. Whether your partner is having an affair or is addicted to pornography, these simple mistakes reveal the fragile and complicated journey that a couple takes once sexual infidelity is “found out.” While it is challenging to repair a relationship broken by such behaviour, it is not impossible. By keeping in mind these common mistakes, you can better protect yourself and your…
  • How You Can Recover From Depression

    Colleen Morris
    21 Aug 2014 | 5:39 pm by Theeradech Sanin We can never talk too much about depression. One in every five people will experience depression- that could be you, it could be your partner, child or parent, and it could be a colleague at work. 1 in 5 people include doctors, psychologists, lawyers, and celebrities, ministers of religion, teachers and counsellors. Knowledge, social status, a particular culture, success nor even a particular faith or religion safeguards a person from depression. Depression is no respecter of persons. I have experienced depression. I was diagnosed with severe…
  • 5 Tips to Help Your Couple Relationship Not Only Survive but Learn to Thrive

    Colleen Morris
    14 Aug 2014 | 3:00 pm
    The top ten reasons couples decide to call it quits is the subject of a survey conducted by the law firm Slater and Gordon, and published in March 2014. A total of 1,000 divorcees were interviewed on questions pertaining to their reason/s for divorce and the process by which the decision to leave the marriage was made. Some of the information from this surveyed is captured in the infographic below. The results inform us that ‘the average person spends 24 months and 12 days thinking about a divorce before going ahead with it’. This suggests that a majority of couples are able to tolerate…
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  • Myers-Briggs® MBTI Test ISTJ Personality Types and Communication

    Jonathan Bollag, Owner and Founder
    13 Sep 2014 | 10:16 am
    The Myers-Briggs® MBTI Test ISTJ Personality Type and Communication Differences. We have all heard the saying that “Communication is Key”. Communication can often be misunderstood between two individuals and we have to wonder why this is? Why is that at times one individual might state something clearly and with no ill intent, while another individual receives this expression in a different manner or tone then the original intent of the expression? Well, as humans we differ, more specifically we differ by The MBTI Test 16 Myers-Briggs® Personality Types, and often enough our differences…
  • Myers-Briggs® MBTI Test ESFP Personality Types and Leadership

    Sparkos Merriman
    7 Sep 2014 | 7:13 pm
    MBTI Test ESFP Personality Types and Leadership Your particular Myers-Briggs test personality type benefits from your natural propensity for using your mind in different ways than others. Employing some of the most elementary patterns in human operation, the MBTI t­est helps in numerous areas of life, and most certainly with occupational growth and examination. Knowing the diverse qualities that you demonstrate is crucial when contemplating successful leadership. They provide comprehension of your core attributes. This week we will be learning about how to involve and motivate others to…
  • Myers-Briggs® MBTI Test ESTP Personality Types and Leadership

    Sparkos Merriman
    20 Aug 2014 | 10:44 am
    Myers-Briggs® MBTI Test ESTP Personality Types and Leadership  Being aware of the Myers-Briggs type indicator test personality type can drastically affect who you are as a leader. Knowing the ins and outs of who you are as an individual can help you to regulate and motivate yourself allowing you to become a more skilled and respected leader. This week we will be learning about how to engage and inspire others to accomplish your organization’s objectives by focusing on your unique abilities as an Extroverted Sensing with Introverted Thinking  (ESTP) MBTItype. (Richmond, 2008, CPP Inc.)…
  • Myers-Briggs® MBTI Test ISTJ Personality Types and Leadership

    Sparkos Merriman
    5 Aug 2014 | 12:23 pm
    Knowing the potential assets and challenges that face us as leaders can be closely examined by analyzing your Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® personality type. Obtaining a better grasp on your personality type preferences, strengths, and weaknesses, as a leader, will not only help you understand your core values but aid in developing a leadership style that improves both performance and satisfaction.  This week we will be learning about leadership potential and development for The Introverted Sensing with Extroverted Thinking (ISTJ) MBTITest personality types. (Richmond, 2008, CPP Inc.) Image…
  • Myers-Briggs ENTJ’s and Innovation Styles

    Taylor Micaela
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:51 am
                   Your Myers Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI®) personality type can tell you more than just your base characteristics; it can also identify the areas of innovation and the creative processes that you work best with. Learning about your MBTI assessment type can help you position yourself in the best place for innovative success. This week, for our final blog post in our three part series including The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator 16 Personality Types and innovation, emotional intelligence and project management, we will discuss how Extraverted Thinking with Introverted…
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    The Friendship Blog

  • The social challenges of changing schools in high school

    Amy Feld
    17 Sep 2014 | 3:45 am
    Changing schools can be difficult socially but there are things you can do to foster new friendships. The post The social challenges of changing schools in high school appeared first on The Friendship Blog.
  • My 7-year-old was left out and not invited to the party

    Irene S. Levine
    14 Sep 2014 | 3:54 am
    When a child is left out, it can be painful to both her and her mom. The post My 7-year-old was left out and not invited to the party appeared first on The Friendship Blog.
  • Friendship by the Book: Getting Even by Sarah Rayner

    Irene S. Levine
    11 Sep 2014 | 3:24 am
    Getting Even, a new novel by Sarah Rayner explores how jealousy can undermine a close friendship. The post Friendship by the Book: Getting Even by Sarah Rayner appeared first on The Friendship Blog.
  • Making high school friends after a move

    Amy Feld
    8 Sep 2014 | 3:23 am
    A 15-year-old can seem to fit it at her new school after a move. The post Making high school friends after a move appeared first on The Friendship Blog.
  • Why would someone always offer advice?

    Irene S. Levine
    5 Sep 2014 | 3:51 am
    A reader always feels compelled to offer advice and tell her friends what to do---and is losing friends in the process The post Why would someone always offer advice? appeared first on The Friendship Blog.
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  • The Ultimate Compatibility Test Based on 4 Classical Personality Types

    15 Sep 2014 | 11:36 am
    Once you answer all questions (you: left column, your partner: right column) a table with results will appear. It will tell you how much you scored for every personality type. Your main personality type is where you scored the highest. Similarly, your partner’s personality type is where he or she scored the highest. Once you […]
  • TEST: How Good Is Your Relationship?

    12 Sep 2014 | 1:05 pm
    Did your hopes and dreams come true? Do you even know what you really want from the relationship? Take this interactive test to find out how well you are doing and stimulate your thinking about what you really want.
  • Handwriting Analysis and Personality Quiz

    6 Sep 2014 | 6:33 am
    Ever wondered what your handwriting can reveal about you? Take this quiz to find out.
  • QUIZ: Are You a Workaholic?

    5 Sep 2014 | 5:54 am
    Take this quick seven question test to find out whether you are addicted to work.
  • TEST: How Independent Are You?

    4 Sep 2014 | 11:45 am
    Ever wanted to find out how independent and self-sufficient are you? This five question quiz will help you get a good idea how you compare to others in this area.
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  • Does Your Pursuit of Self-Esteem Damage You?

    Simon Moesgaard-Kjeldsen
    15 Sep 2014 | 10:55 am
    How do we increase our self-esteem, and how do raise children with high self-esteem? Many self-help books try to answer questions like these. So, the pursuit of self-esteem is a central preoccupation... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • How Your Social Network Influences Your Romantic Relationship

    Simon Moesgaard-Kjeldsen
    9 Sep 2014 | 7:04 am
    We care about what others think of us, and our romantic relationships, too. The support we receive from our social networks, such as family and friends, influences the quality of our relationships.... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Study: Anxious Parents May Attribute Negative Emotions to Their Children

    Simon Moesgaard-Kjeldsen
    29 Aug 2014 | 10:46 am
    Anxiety runs in families. Children of anxious parents are over five times more likely than those of non-anxious parents to have an anxiety disorder (Budinger et al., 2013). A twin study has shown... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Can People Hold 7±2 Objects in their Short-Term Memory or What?

    Simon Moesgaard-Kjeldsen
    24 Aug 2014 | 8:40 am
    Myth: People can hold 7±2 objects in their short-term memory. Fact: English-speaking people can on average hold 7±2 unidimensional objects in their short-term memory. One of the most cited papers in... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • 4 Questions You Need to Ask Yourself to Grow as a Person

    Simon Moesgaard-Kjeldsen
    17 Aug 2014 | 1:40 am
    1. Do You Have a Fixed or a Growth Mindset? If people have a fixed mindset, they view their abilities as a fixed entity. They tend to view their failures as a consequence of their insufficient... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Accessible Psychology

  • What has contributed to your happiness the most? I will be writing a post based on the best comments!

    17 Sep 2014 | 11:26 am
    The series on happiness is going to be published shortly and I wanted to get your thoughts on what makes for a happy life! Is it doing something we love? Having deep friendships? Making sure we have a sense of progress? What has contributed most to your happiness? Please leave your thoughts on what has worked best for you – I will write a post based on the answers of the top comments!!
  • Jenny Leigh’s Tiny Buddha Article: Stop Feeling Powerless and Start Powerfully Creating Your Life

    17 Sep 2014 | 11:13 am
      Here’s the link to my Tiny Buddha article Stop Feeling Powerless and Start Powerfully Creating Your Life. Learn how to unleash your inner power by following these three simple steps… 1)         Speak Up 2)         Get Crystal Clear 3)         Plan Ahead Enjoy!    
  • Personal productivity – How to achieve in record-breaking time; Part Three

    15 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Once we realize the importance of focussing on non-urgent but important tasks we are ready to set our diaries to work. When entering into your diary it is best to tackle the whole week and this can easily be done over a half an hour period. I review my coming week every Sunday as I find it puts me in a focussed state of mind for the week ahead. When planning your week consider when you are most awake. Are you a morning person or do you feel more productive in the afternoon? Leaving the most demanding activities for when you are most alert will result in better quality work. Now you have your…
  • Personal productivity – How to achieve in record-breaking time; Part Two

    8 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    It is worth being aware that we will frequently face distractions, demands and requests from others when pursuing our goals. However, if we are to keep on track with our goals and effectively manage our time, it is critical to learn the skill of saying no. It is worth remembering that behind every no is a greater yes – you are simply saying yes to what is most meaningful to you when you say no to others. If we continually say yes to others requests and demands we can end up spending most of our time fulfilling others priorities and fail to prioritize what is truly important to us. When…
  • The Happiness Project

    5 Sep 2014 | 4:13 pm
    The Happiness Project: Or, Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun by Gretchen Rubin (Click on link to see Amazon listing and reviews) Here at Accessible Psychology I just wanted to share with you next months hot topic – Happiness! If you’d like to do a little fun reading before my next months series posts in October just take a read of the bestseller The Happiness Project. This is one of my favourite little gems, written by none other than the New York Times bestseller, Gretchen Ruben (and for…
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    Hi Tim - HOME

  • That Was Then

    15 Sep 2014 | 8:02 pm
    Hi Tim,I am 50 and recently dated and broke up with a man 10 years younger. After several months of monogamous dating, we began spending more and more time at his place, instead of mine. I discovered that he had a daily dependence on porn, some of which included old erotic e-mails and nude pictures of one ex-girlfriend; the ex he is now friends with and hoped I would be too. I was not comfortable at all with this situation, or with the lack of attention to my sexual requests in bed, and after several attempts to talk with him and getting nowhere I ended it.  I was very…
  • For Whom the Ding Tolls

    8 Sep 2014 | 8:12 pm
    Hi Tim,I am 23, male college student and share an apartment with another guy. We get along and he is considerate and responsible. I'm the problem. He went out of town with his family a few weeks ago. He told me I could use his car, a brand new one that he worked long hours to afford. I take the shuttle or my bike everywhere, but I did borrow it a couple of times when I was pressed for time. One of those times, I noticed when I came back home that there's a fairly noticeable ding near the fender. This must have happened while it was parked somewhere, but I don't know how or…
  • Color Me Trouble

    1 Sep 2014 | 10:25 pm
    Hi Tim,I am a woman, 38 years young and big kid at heart; friendly, cheerful and social. I am one of those morning people full of coffee who are so cheerful they sometimes get on others' nerves. I wear youngish clothes in bright colors like overalls, loud prints and bright sneakers, or striped socks and hats with big plastic purses and costume jewelry. I like to wear my red hair in pigtails or very curly and wild. I have always been childlike in the way I dress and act and it has never been a problem until recently. I have been working as a receptionist at a small office for an…
  • Whose History Is It, Anyway?

    25 Aug 2014 | 9:12 pm
    Hi Tim,I am a grandmother who adopted all my children and I have been blessed with many grandchildren. All our adoptions happened back in the 50's and they were completely closed with sealed records. One of my daughters initially asked for the names and personal information of her birth family and I gave her everything I had, which was very little. She decided she was not interested in finding any biological relatives and dropped the subject over 30 years ago.However, her son is in his thirties and has had some health issues, and he has pleaded with her to give him…
  • Bully's Burden

    18 Aug 2014 | 7:07 am
    Hi Tim,I am a man in my 50's who taunted and teased a quiet, smaller boy when we were in elementary through junior high. Me and my friends cornered him in school and in the neighborhood. Sometimes we hit and kicked and humiliated him, too. I can't even remember the exact reason except that he was small. He was taught to fight by someone older and fought back, which is when I backed off but the other boys reacted by ganging up on him and causing him serious injuries. He was in the hospital and recovered, but immediately his family moved. I recently…
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    San Francisco Psychotherapy and Couples Counseling

  • Self-compassion just might save your life

    Lea Seigen Shinraku
    11 Sep 2014 | 10:35 am
    I had an experience recently which re-affirmed for me that self-compassion is probably the most powerful tool I have. Some might wonder how that could be true. While more people are becoming aware of the importance of self-compassion in mental health and well-being, it still runs counter to the values of the prevailing mainstream culture that tends to emphasize immediate gratification, competition, and self-esteem based on hierarchical achievement. In contrast, self-compassion’s main components, according to pioneering researcher and author Kristen Neff, are awareness, a sense of…
  • New Survey: Female Friendships After Motherhood

    Traci Ruble
    10 Sep 2014 | 5:33 pm
    We are crafting an article about Female Friendships after motherhood and would like your input if you are a mother. Please take this 13 question anonymous survey. You have until October 30th to complete your responses. (Please note: one question truncated answer selections erroneously. Please do your best to answer.) Many Thanks! The post New Survey: Female Friendships After Motherhood appeared first on San Francisco Psychotherapy and Couples Counseling.
  • The Space Between: The Church of “And…”

    Jamie McEntee
    8 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    “Interesting…” In college I had a therapist who used that word way too much, in my opinion. I’d say something, pretty much anything it seemed, and in response I’d hear: Interesting. “What does that mean?! It’s so neutral…Take a position, damn it!” my inscrutable therapist just found my protests…(you guessed it) “Interesting…” Fast forward fifteen years. I’m standing before one of my psychology heroes, James Hillman, founder of the Jungian school of Archetypal Psychology. It’s the end of day one of the conference, and I’ve just answered his invitation for an…
  • A Message to the Last Single Lady in San Francisco

    Tiffany McLain
    4 Sep 2014 | 1:42 pm
    Many of us have been witness to the confusing phenomenon, which I will call the Accidental-Man-of-My-Dreams Syndrome, or AMMDS for short. It goes like this: Your best friend (or colleague or younger sister, or other single lady), declares she isn’t all that interested in settling down. She is happy focusing on the job that she loves, cultivating friendships and staying healthy. She randomly dates when the spirit moves her and has fun reporting the quirky details of her latest fling. She is carefree and having a blast! Then, suddenly, she falls deeply in love with Mr. Right! He is kind,…
  • Statements of Self: searching for “true self”

    Christine Canty
    3 Sep 2014 | 2:06 pm
    It’s a funny thing that you know you’re doing good work in therapy when your language gets really simple, almost childish. Which is ironic, because studying to be a therapist means you have to learn a lot of pretentious jargon. Therapists go to conferences and, depending on what style of therapy we practice, we talk about the Superego and Neuroses, cognitive distortions, transference and countertransference, internalized objects, relational matrices, etc, etc, etc. Big words and complex concepts that make us feel knowing and smart. But when it comes to therapy, simple is better…
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  • Social Influence: Heuristic Processing

    25 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    If you find yourself having to make an argument that you know isn’t very strong, or presenting an idea that is under developed, you’ll certainly want your target to process your message heuristically (quickly based on irrelevant aspects of your message). Now luckily if you’re in this type of situation, the chances of this happening are already in your favor since heuristic processing is usually what’s on autopilot for most people. However, if you think they’ll analyze it systematically, or maybe you just want to increase their likelihood of staying in autopilot, these strategies…
  • Social Influence: Systematic Processing

    24 Aug 2014 | 9:43 am
    When people evaluate information in order to make a decision, they do so using one of two methods. Knowing how to influence the process your target will use can increase your chances of gaining the response you’re looking for exponentially. The two types of evaluation processes people use are systematic processing, which is the process people use when critically evaluating all of the available information prior to making their decision, and heuristic processing, in which a decision is made quickly based on factors that are usually irrelevant such as attractiveness of the other person,…
  • Persuasion Techniques: Desensitizing Your Message

    23 Aug 2014 | 8:26 am
    Sometimes it can be difficult to get people to do things that you know would actually be good for them. We’ve all run into this situation before, and probably tried to come up with ways of gaining their cooperation to no avail. This can be quite frustrating, but fortunately there is a way you can solve at least some of these problems. It has to with desensitizing the message you’re trying to get across to them. This persuasion technique involves minuscule, gradual changes that produce a much larger change overtime. Lets pretend that you have a rather stubborn child that sits far too close…
  • Behavior Modification Techniques: Using Repetition to Gain Cooperation

    22 Aug 2014 | 9:39 am
    Almost everyday, we encounter situations that require us to ask another person for help or a favor. Sometimes your actual request is more or less a means of respect rather than actually wondering if they’ll accept it or not because you know the other person will more than likely be okay with whatever you’re requesting. On the other hand, we also run into situations in which we’re unsure what their answer will be, or sometimes we know they’ll probably be opposed to such a inquiry. When faced with the ladder situation, wouldn’t it be nice to know how to sway their response in your…
  • Cooperation Agreement: Revealing Similarities

    21 Aug 2014 | 10:28 am
    Most of us know that the ability to create rapport with different types of people can be a very valuable skill. I think there’s more than enough information on that topic, but there are certain skills that are kind of “subcategories” of building rapport. The one I want to share with you today is the art of revealing similarities. You’ve probably heard the phrase “opposites attract” many times before. However in reality, this couldn’t be further from the truth. People like other people that they feel are in some way similar to them. When we discover similarities that other people…
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  • 5 of the Best: Psychology Podcasts

    17 Sep 2014 | 1:23 am
    If you are like me, even in your downtime you are learning about psychology and science through books, TV shows and podcasts. I like to go for a walk on a sunny day and listen to a good podcast, so this is why I have compiled this list of psychology-related podcasts for your enjoyment. 1. ABC Radio National: All in the Mind. I don’t think its hyperbolic to say that the topics of this podcast are nothing short of fascinating. My most recent favourite podcast topics include the abandoned children of Romania, The Narcissism Epidemic and What Makes a Psychopath?.  Presented by Lynne…
  • 5+1 internship programs – whats the deal ? Postgraduate psychology in Australia

    14 Sep 2014 | 7:12 pm
    In this article I will provide some information on the 5+1 psychology internship program which has recently gotten underway in Australia. It is an alternative pathway towards becoming a registered psychologist. Stay tuned for Part 2: the pros and cons of the 5+1 internship program as told by current 5th year psychology interns. You may have heard that a lot of postgraduate psychology programs have been discontinued in recent years – it seems the industry is trying to push the focus towards clinical psychology and away from other endorsements like health psychology and counselling…
  • 15 Rewarding Careers in Mental Health: Life After Fourth Year Psychology

    12 Sep 2014 | 6:32 pm
    I remember towards the end of my honours year (fourth year in psychology before post graduate training) attending a seminar entitled “Options after fourth year” ran by my university. The reality was that the way graduate psychology courses were being axed, many of us wouldn’t get in to postgraduate study right away. We were all painfully aware of this fact. I attended this seminar with my peers – only to have them talk relentlessly about masters! No other options presented, it was soul crushing. After freaking out, I applied for a case management role after seeing the…
  • Borderline Personality: Disorder?

    10 Sep 2014 | 2:33 am
    So I arrived at work to find someone had placed a flyer for the 4th Annual National Borderline Personality Disorder conference on my desk. I am at a phase now where work and study often collide, and I thought I will definitely take advantage of the opportunity to attend. The conference is entitled “BPD – What Works!”. I took a lot of interest in the conference – partially due to my experience working in a social work role with people with BPD, and partly because my research project for university is going to be focusing on young women with BPD. The conference is in…
  • 5 tips for seeing your first client as a psychologist

    9 Sep 2014 | 3:03 am
    I wanted to take a moment to reflect on the experience of seeing my first client in therapy and share with you 5 things I have learned. One of the good things about the Australian system is that we as provisional psychologists are under an enormous amount of supervision when we first begin seeing clients on placement. If you – like me – have a fantastic field supervisor (my research supervisor is another story), you will feel supported to start seeing your first clients, albeit terrified. Thanks to my supervisor, my attitude going in to my first session was nervous but confident…
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