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Health - Psychology - 19.04.2023
Study highlights need for better access to help for people who have self-harmed
People who have self-harmed struggle to access appropriate aftercare and psychological therapies, according to a new study carried out by researchers at The University of Manchester. And the barriers to access that they found, may impact significantly on the risk of them self-harming again or developing other mental health problems.

Health - Psychology - 19.04.2023
Talking therapies could reduce future risk of cardiovascular disease
Talking therapies could reduce future risk of cardiovascular disease
Using talking therapies to effectively treat depression in adults over the age of 45 may be linked with reduced rates of future cardiovascular disease, finds a new analysis of health data led by UCL researchers. In the first-of-its-kind study, published in the European Health Journal , researchers assessed whether evidence-based psychological therapies, such as cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), used to treat depression could play a role in reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease later in life.

Life Sciences - Psychology - 17.04.2023
How music can prevent cognitive decline
How music can prevent cognitive decline
A team from UNIGE, HES-SO Geneva and EPFL shows the positive impacts of musical activities to counteract brain ageing. Normal ageing is associated with progressive cognitive decline. But can we train our brain to delay this process? A team from the University of Geneva , HES-SO Geneva and EPFL has discovered that practicing and listening to music can alter cognitive decline in healthy seniors by stimulating the production of grey matter.

Health - Psychology - 13.04.2023
High blood pressure affects mental health
New approaches to therapy and prevention could focus on the interplay between mental and physical health Our mental health and that of our cardiovascular system have a complex interaction. A recent study from the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences in Leipzig, Germany, now shows the links between higher blood pressure and depressive symptoms, well-being and emotion-related brain activity that may be relevant to the development of hypertension.

Psychology - 05.04.2023
How distrust harms society
Populists and adherents of conspiracy theories have something in common: According to a new publication by Isabel Thielmann and Benjamin Hilbig, both have a high tendency for distrust. To arrive at this finding, Isabel Thielmann (a researcher at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Crime, Security and Law and a doctor of psychology) and Benjamin Hilbig (Professor of Psychology at Rheinland-Pfälzische Technische Universität Kaiserslautern-Landau) conducted three studies in Germany and the United Kingdom.

Health - Psychology - 05.04.2023
Children with asthma at risk of anxiety
Children diagnosed with asthma were at significantly increased risk of developing anxiety, a University of Queensland study has found. Researchers from the UQ School of Public Health analysed 9369 reports using data from the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children (LSAC), which has followed the development and wellbeing of 10,000 children since 2004.

Psychology - Social Sciences - 31.03.2023
Harsh discipline increases risk of children developing lasting mental health problems
Parents who frequently exercise harsh discipline with young children are putting them at significantly greater risk of developing lasting mental health problems, new evidence shows.

Life Sciences - Psychology - 30.03.2023
’Spatial computing’ enables flexible working memory
The brain applies rhythms to physical patches of the cortex to selectively control just the right neurons at the right times to do the right things. Close Previous image Routine tasks that require working memory, like baking, involve remembering both some general rules (e.g., read the oven temperature and time from the recipe and then set them on the oven) and some specific content for each instance (e.g., 350 degrees for 45 minutes for a loaf of rye, but 325 degrees for eight minutes for cookies).

Psychology - 29.03.2023
Rats! Rodents seem to make the same logical errors humans do
Rats! Rodents seem to make the same logical errors humans do
Health + Behavior Both tend to judge the co-occurrence of two events as more probable than one event alone. Could mental shortcuts be to blame? Health + Behavior Both tend to judge the co-occurrence of two events as more probable than one event alone. Could mental shortcuts be to blame? March 29, 2023 Animals, like humans, appear to be troubled by a Linda problem.

Health - Psychology - 29.03.2023
Transportation Noise Increases Risk for Suicides
Transportation Noise Increases Risk for Suicides
Mental health disorders affect nearly one billion people worldwide and are a leading cause of suicide. A study by the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (Swiss TPH) has now found that the risk to commit suicide increases for people exposed to high levels of transportation noise. The results were published today in the peer-reviewed journal Environmental Health Perspectives.

Psychology - Art and Design - 29.03.2023
How people move in front of an art work can impact their experience
How people move in front of an art work can impact their experience
The objective measurement of the ways in which people move in front of art shows that there are four different groups that also report different art experiences. A recent study led by University of Vienna psychologists has shed light on the impact of viewers' movements and positioning when looking at art.

Psychology - 28.03.2023
Creativity results from the inner attitude - drugs have no positive influence
Creativity results from the inner attitude - drugs have no positive influence
A study shows: Diversity of methods leads to improvement of creative cognitive abilities There are many ways to positively influence and promote creative thinking. Scientists at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (HU), Essex University in the UK, and the University of Potsdam have conducted a study to find out how creativity can be improved.

Health - Psychology - 28.03.2023
Compassion could be key to combating body shame
University of Queensland researchers have found compassion could reduce self-criticism, body shaming and depression in overweight or obese adults. Dr James Kirby from UQ's School of Psychology trialled a 12-week compassion focused therapy program, to change how participants felt about and related to their bodies.

Health - Psychology - 27.03.2023
Analysis: People with a history of poor mental health likelier to face hardships during the pandemic
Analysis: People with a history of poor mental health likelier to face hardships during the pandemic
Dr Vanessa Moulton (UCL Centre for Longitudinal Studies) and Professor George Ploubidis (UCL Centre for Longitudinal Studies) highlight in The Conversation their findings that adults with long-term psychological difficulties were disproportionally affected by the pandemic. More than a million people in England are waiting for mental health support due to soaring demand exacerbated by the pandemic.

Psychology - Health - 27.03.2023
Child abuse affects mental health of men and women differently
Men and women are affected very differently by childhood trauma, according to a new international study led by Maastricht University (UM). Women with psychological problems in later life are more likely to have experienced emotional trauma and sexual abuse as children, while men's mental-health problems are more likely to result from emotional and physical neglect during childhood.

Psychology - Social Sciences - 23.03.2023
What’s your sound barrier? New study finds nearly one in five people in the UK find everyday sounds intolerable
Researchers from King's College London and University of Oxford have shown that 18.4 per cent of the general UK population report that certain sounds, such as loud chewing, and repetitive sniffing, cause a significant problem in their lives. The condition is known as misophonia. Misophonia is a strong negative reaction to common sounds, which are usually made by other people, and include breathing, yawning, or chewing.

Health - Psychology - 21.03.2023
The PRESME report shows that job insecurity causes the deterioration of mental health
The Commission of experts coordinated by UPF Prof. Joan Benach, together with the Second Vice-President of the Spanish Government and Minister of Labor and Social Economy, Yolanda Díaz, presented on Friday, March 17 the first government-driven report on the effects of work precariousness on mental health: "Precarious work and mental health: knowledge and policies".

Psychology - 16.03.2023
I say dog, you say chicken? New study explores why we disagree so often
New research from UC Berkeley says mismatched in conceptual definitions of basic things - even animals - helps explain why people end up talking past each other so often. Is a dog more similar to a chicken or an eagle? Is a penguin noisy? Is a whale friendly? Psychologists at the University of California, Berkeley, say these absurd-sounding questions might help us better understand what's at the heart of some of society's most vexing arguments.  published online Thursday  in the journal shows that our concepts about and associations with even the most basic words vary widely.

Pedagogy - Psychology - 15.03.2023
Children's drawings can help with early detection of giftedness
Children’s drawings can help with early detection of giftedness
Potential talents of children with characteristics of giftedness are not always seen in mainstream education. Children's drawings, however, can play a role in early detection of their needs and talents, argues psychologist Sven Mathijssen in his dissertation titled "Back to the drawing board: Potential indicators of giftedness in human figure drawings," which he defends on March 22, 2023 2:00 pm.

Life Sciences - Psychology - 14.03.2023
Detecting hidden brain states
Detecting hidden brain states
Mental health disorders can only be diagnosed on the basis of symptoms - and individual outcomes cannot be accurately predicted. An ETH scientist hopes to change that with the help of mathematical models. Why do we have emotions? Klaas Enno Stephan, a professor at ETH Zurich and the University of Zurich, considers the question carefully before answering: "It seems very plausible that the purpose of the emotions is to make us aware of unconscious processes in the body." As a doctor and researcher, Stephan is particularly interested in the interaction between brain and body.
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