The psychology of natural disasters

31 October 2012
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The recent storms to hit the US are a reminder to think about the psychological consequences of natural disasters and how they effect children and families.  Survivors tend to look for leadership and stability in the wake of this sort of shocking change to their environment. Children need to understand the event and be returned to a reassuring routine. Read more about disasters in the school context here Read more from the American Psychology Association

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

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

An end to zero tolerance in American schools?

05 October 2012
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School districts across the US have moved towards smarter disciple programmes and away from mandatory expulsions, in an attempt to tackle student discipline. The American Psychological Association reports that the zero tolerance policy has led to an increase in bad behaviour and has not reduced violence nor promoted learning. The new approach employs restorative practices, which enable students to better understand the consequences of their actions and develops inter student and teacher student relationships. Subscribe to our free online seminar on mental health welfare in schools here. Read the...

Can social media make you fat?

15 September 2012
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Time spent on social networking sites comes at the expense of other activities — including physical activity, new research by the University of Ulster has revealed. Around 350 students at the University of Ulster completed an online survey -measuring social networking activity and levels of physical activity. When the results were analysed, researchers found that the amount of time spent on social network websites was negatively correlated with the respondents’ level of physical activity. Read more

Do psychologists still listen to Freud?

27 July 2012
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Psychoanalysis as a therapy became somewhat marginalized decades ago as biological and behavioral approaches gained recognition, but plenty of mental health professionals still practice some variation of it, and Freud’s ideas are crucial in a wide spectrum of therapies today. Read more here…

Social media has positive effet on teens

27 July 2012
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In a national US study of more than 1000 teenagers, most report that the use of social media makes them feel more confident, popular and sympathetic to others. Read more here….

Fighting Depression worldwide

23 July 2012
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Read this very interesting article published in the New York Times on fighting depression in poor countries. Read here…

Study shows a link between brain structure and altruism

21 July 2012
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A new study from the University of Zurich in Switzerland suggests that the answer to that question may be a matter of neuroanatomy, with the brains of altruistic types having more “gray matter” in a region of the brain known as the temporoparietal junction. Read more here…