Why job interviews don’t work

My colleague, Tim Wilson, has long advocated that the psychology department at the University of Virginia stop interviewing potential graduate students or job applicants. We conduct unstructured interviews, as most departments do, meaning the ...

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Protecting Children From Toxic Stress

Imagine if scientists discovered a toxic substance that increased the risks of cancer, diabetes and heart, lung and liver disease for millions of people. Something that also increased one’s risks for smoking, drug abuse, suicide, teen pregnancy, ...

Nov 6

Categories: Child and/or Adolescent Issues, Child Development, Parenting, Stress ...

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Treating Schizophrenia and Borderline Personality Disorder Differently

Psychopathology may be represented as residing on a continuum, ranging from, at one end “psychotic” to at the other end, “normal”. “Personality disordered” and “neurotic” lie between the two. However, there are general differences in ...

Nov 6

Categories: Borderline Personality Disorder, Schizophrenia

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Can putting your child before yourself make you a happier person?

While popular media often depicts highly-involved parents negatively as “helicopter parents” or “tiger moms”, how does placing one’s children at the center of family life really affect parental well-being? This paper finds that parents who ...

Nov 5

Categories: Parenting

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The Psychology of Online Comments

Several weeks ago, on September 24th, Popular Science announced that it would banish comments from its Web site. The editors argued that Internet comments, particularly anonymous ones, undermine the integrity of science and lead to a culture of ...

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Mindfulness Training can lower anti-social behavior and recidivism

Researchers at the New York University College of Nursing (NYUCN), the University of Miami, and the Lionheart Foundation in Boston, found that mindfulness training, a meditation-based therapy, can improve attention skills in incarcerated youth, ...

Nov 5

Categories: Social Anxiety / Phobia

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APA to correct manual: Pedophilia is not a ‘sexual orientation’

Pedophilia is not a “sexual orientation,” and erroneous use of that phrase will be corrected soon in its new manual on mental illnesses, the American Psychiatric Association said Thursday. The APA’s statement came in response to media ...

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Mindful individuals less affected by immediate rewards

A new study from the University of Toronto Scarborough shows that people who are aware of and their own thoughts and emotions are less affected by positive feedback from others. The study, authored by UTSC PhD candidate Rimma Teper, finds that ...

Nov 4

Categories: Mindfulness

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Psychological Effects of Washing Your Hands

Washing your hands doesn’t just keep you healthier; it has all sorts of subtle psychological effects as well. Hand washing sends an unconscious metaphorical message to the mind: we don’t just cleanse ourselves of physical residues, we also ...

Nov 4

Categories: Obsessions & Compulsions (OCD)

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How internet affects young people at risk of self-harm or suicide

Oxford researchers have found internet forums provide a support network for socially isolated young people. However, they also conclude that the internet is linked to an increased risk of suicide and self-harm among vulnerable adolescents.

Nov 4

Categories: Self-Harm, Suicide Prevention

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Animal personalities are more like humans than first thought, ...

A Deakin University study has found for the first time that, just like humans, un-predictability is also a consistent behavioural ...

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Too much texting can disconnect couples

Couples shouldn’t let their thumbs do the talking when it comes to serious conversations, disagreements or apologies. Brigham Young University researchers Lori Schade and Jonathan Sandberg studied 276 young adults around the country and found ...

Nov 2

Categories: Communication Disorders Problems, Relationships & Marriage

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Hope for Schizophrenic patients in Indonesia

Indonesia - A 50-year-old man sat quietly on top of a large stone, resting against the brick wall of a modest home in Paringan village, Ponorogo, East Java. He smiled at Ponorogo Deputy Regent Yuni Widyaningsih, who was walking in his ...

Nov 2

Categories: Mental Health in Asia

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Understanding the Difference Between 'Human Smart' and 'Computer ...

A common assumption in the cognitive sciences is that thinking consists of following sets of rules (as it does in a computer). A recent research paper published in Elsevier journal Cognition argues that unlike digital computers, which are designed ...

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Brain regions can be specifically trained using video games

Video gaming causes increases in the brain regions responsible for spatial orientation, memory formation and strategic planning as well as fine motor skills. This has been shown in a new study conducted at the Max Planck Institute for Human ...

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