Deterioration in male mental health in the UK linked to recession.

18 October 2012
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A Medical Research Council study, published on BMJ Open on the 17th October,  indicates that levels of anxiety and depression in men rise significantly during times of recession, hitting 16.4% in 2009 and with a similar peek during the 1991-3 recession. The effect can be seen even in those men not directly effected by unemployment or reduced family income. “These recent analyses confirm that the threat of unemployment is in itself harmful” Prof Justine Schneider Read more here:

Test your Morality

15 October 2012
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Whether we know it or not, we are constantly faced with moral choices. Take part in an exciting global research experiment on morality and how we make moral decisions. Find the link to the 25 minute BBC web test here Take part in the 10 minute Connecting Minds Network global research into mental health and e-learning here

The Intoxication of Power

14 October 2012
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Our leaders of industry, our politicians and managers, our public servants and executives, all wield power over us and all come under criticism when decisions they make have negative impacts. To better understand the psychology of power, ‘from neuroscience to hubris’ the Royal Society of Medicine, in association with the Daedalus Trust ran a conference in October 2012: “to integrate emerging knowledge from neuroscience, social sciences and organisational governance to nourish benevolent leadership and create effective constraints to hubris and related conditions” Read...

The UK set to become global leader on dementia research

13 October 2012
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As part of the British Government’s “Challenge on Dementia” a showcase, event (UK Dementia Research: Addressing the Global Challenge) was held on the 10th October 2012 to bring together more than 150 potential international partners in order to promote the UK’s unique research university facilities, combined with NHS patient data. “The UK wants to be a world-leader in dementia research, but only by international collaboration can we tackle the global challenge of this condition.” Norman Lamb, Care and Support Minister Read more here

Three genes determine your child’s academic achievement

11 October 2012
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Kevin Beaver of Florida State University has identified that three genes DAT1, DRD2 and DRD4 predict levels of academic achievement. So does this mean that we are soon to be condemned to a world in which our lives are determined at birth, populated by genetic elites and a DNA underclass? The vision of our future depicted in the 1997 film Gattaca (pictured) highlights the age old struggle between nature and nurture, predetermined potential and the benefits and disadvantages afforded to us by our environment. The 1994 book “The Bell Curve” argues for accepting the determinist view and...

A whole new way of thinking about memory consolidation theory

10 October 2012
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A recent study at the UCLA has demonstrated that there is persistent activity within the entorhinal cortex during sleep, and charted the sequence of neurone influence through differing areas of the brain.  “The big surprise here is that this kind of persistent activity is happening during sleep, pretty much all the time.” “This is a whole new way of thinking about memory consolidation theory. We found there is a new player involved in this process and it’s having an enormous impact” Mayank R. Mehta, UCLA (The whole article is available on Nature Neuroscience) Read...

One quarter of the British workforce have been diagnosed as depressed

09 October 2012
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Despite the highest diagnosed rate of depression in Europe, British workers may be no more likely to suffer from the condition then those in other European countries. Do the results of this study really indicate that the NHS is just better at diagnosing patients with depression? If 26% of the population have been diagnosed, what is the real number of sufferers? “People themselves have got better at recognising it, and doctors have got better at diagnosing it and supporting patients.” Emer O’Neill, chief executive of Depression Alliance Read more in the Telegraph

Can you compete under pressure?

08 October 2012
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‘Can you compete under pressure?’ aims to be the biggest ever study of the psychology of pressure. By analysing the data from those who take part, the scientists who designed it aim to shine unprecedented light on what affects performance under pressure. In doing so, they’ll discover something new about pressure in sport and in everyday life. Click here to take part in the 20 minute online test with the BBC Click here to take part in the 10 minute Connecting Minds Network international mental heath research

Illuminating the mythology of the mind

08 October 2012
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Tonight is your chance to discover the truth behind the popular myths about our minds. Does listening to Mozart during infancy improve intelligence, do people behave differently during the full moon? Claudia Hammond presents Mind Myths on BBC Radio 4 at 21.00 GMT and explains all! Read more here.

Mental health workers depressed by discrimination from managers

07 October 2012
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Findings from the study, funded by the UK Department of Health, shows that mental health workers suffer higher levels of anxiety, depression and emotional exhaustion from prejudiced interaction with managers, and to a lesser extent from patient visitors, than from discrimination from patients. “Aggression from relatives and other visitors is, like aggression from managers, viewed as reflecting badly on the procedures and fairness of the organisation. However, aggression from patients is not readily attributed to failings in the organisation,”  Professor Stephen Wood, University of...

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