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Psychology - Health - 27.12.2023
Artificial intelligence as therapeutic support
Artificial intelligence as therapeutic support
Artificial intelligence (AI) can reliably detect emotions based on facial expressions in psychotherapeutic situations. These are the findings of a feasibility study by researchers from the Faculty of Psychology and the University Psychiatric Clinics (UPK) at the University of Basel. The AI system is also able to reliably predict therapeutic success in patients with borderline personality pathology.

Social Sciences - Psychology - 21.12.2023
Non-abusive 'red flags' that predict intimate partner violence
Non-abusive ’red flags’ that predict intimate partner violence
Researchers from Western say it's rare for someone to go on a first date and experience intimate partner violence immediately. It takes time and during that time, people become more committed to their partner. As the relationship progresses, tangible and intangible elements of a relationship like moving in together, getting married or falling in love can make it more difficult to leave.

Health - Psychology - 20.12.2023
Emotional problems in young people were rising rapidly even before the pandemic
There was a substantial increase in emotional problems among young people in Wales in the years immediately before the pandemic, research from Cardiff University shows. Published in the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, academics studied data collected from more than 200,000 young people aged 11-16 in Wales.

Health - Psychology - 18.12.2023
Child and adolescent psychiatry: fewer coercive measures thanks to architectural changes
Child and adolescent psychiatry: fewer coercive measures thanks to architectural changes
Coercive measures are used in psychiatric treatment to avert acute danger to a person's life and health. However, such measures can be associated with considerable risks for patients and treatment teams. It is known from studies in adult psychiatric inpatient wards that environmental factors such as staffing, availability of retreat options, privacy and access to natural light can influence the use of coercive measures.

Health - Psychology - 14.12.2023
How can the control of binge eating be improved?
How can the control of binge eating be improved?
Binge eating disorder is the most common eating disorder in Germany. People who suffer from it often lose control when eating and consume large amounts of food. Anja Hilbert, Professor of Behavioral Medicine at Leipzig University, is investigating how the disorder can be cured. In a recent pilot study, she and her research team found a positive effect of food-related neurofeedback.

Health - Psychology - 14.12.2023
Body dissatisfaction linked with depression risk in children
Body dissatisfaction at age 11 is linked to increased risk of depression by age 14, finds a new longitudinal study led by UCL researchers. The findings, published in The Lancet Psychiatry , show that body image concerns explain a large proportion of an association between body mass index (BMI) and depression in children, particularly in girls.

Health - Psychology - 14.12.2023
Menstrual cycles affect day-to-day suicide risk, UIC researchers find
Female patients with a history of suicidality experience an increased risk of suicidal ideation or suicidal planning in the days surrounding menstruation, according to a new study by researchers at the University of Illinois Chicago. In the first longitudinal study of how suicidal thoughts and related symptoms fluctuate across the menstrual cycle, UIC researchers identified when some female patients are at the highest risk, offering new guidance for clinicians about when to focus interventions with suicidal patients.

Health - Psychology - 13.12.2023
A new study sheds light on the link between childhood ADHD symptoms and physical health conditions
Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) affects many children and is often accompanied by other conditions, such as metabolic disorders, asthma and dental caries. However, uncertainties remain as to the chronology of onset of such conditions, particularly when it comes to knowing which are linked with ADHD over time or, on the other hand, which increase the risk of developing ADHD symptoms.

Psychology - 11.12.2023
Is age linked to the picture of the perfect partner?
Is age linked to the picture of the perfect partner?
Research team led by Göttingen University studies a large, international sample of single women How do women picture the partner of their dreams? And how does this vary between women based on their age? A team of researchers led by the University of Göttingen investigated the complex relationships between age and preferences for a partner in a large, international sample of single women.

Psychology - Computer Science - 11.12.2023
VR users need an emotional connection to virtual worlds, not better graphics - study finds
VR users need an emotional connection to virtual worlds, not better graphics - study finds
Being amazed by powerful graphics is not enough for a person to feel fully engaged in a VR world - even more important is a strong emotional response. Published on Monday 11 December 2023 Last updated on Monday 11 December 2023 Being wowed by powerful graphics is not enough for a person to feel fully immersed in a virtual-reality (VR) world - a strong emotional response to the simulated environment is essential too, according to a new study from the University of Bath.

Health - Psychology - 08.12.2023
New SFU report reveals concerning teen mental health struggles in B.C
There is an urgent need for mental health supports and interventions for youth in British Columbia, according to the results of a new report led by Simon Fraser University. The recently released report , which surveyed nearly 15,000 youth in the province, found half of 15- to 17-year-olds indicated that their mental health was fair or poor and nearly 40 per cent screened positive for depression (38 per cent) and generalized anxiety (39 per cent).

Environment - Psychology - 30.11.2023
What Makes Sustainable Consumption So Difficult
What Makes Sustainable Consumption So Difficult
When it comes to self-discipline, psychological research traditionally focuses on individual responsibility. Wilhelm Hofmann believes this is too short-sighted. Self-discipline doesn't work without effective regulation. While many people want to achieve major long-term goals - such as improving their diet, quitting smoking or adopting a more sustainable lifestyle - they often find it difficult to do so.

Environment - Psychology - 30.11.2023
Climate: why disinformation is so persistent
Climate: why disinformation is so persistent
A team from the University of Geneva has tested six psychological interventions to combat climate misinformation. It shows how difficult it is to combat these messages, which are resistant to scientific information. Melting of glaciers, rising sea levels, extreme heat waves: the consequences of climate change are more visible than ever, and the scientific community has confirmed that humans are responsible.

Psychology - Health - 28.11.2023
No ’smoking gun’ mental health harm from internet: landmark Oxford survey
Study of two million individuals' psychological well-being from 2005 to 2022 in 168 countries, in relation to country-level internet-use and mobile broadband statistics Negative and positive experiences had increased on average, but little to no evidence suggesting (mobile) internet use was associated with these changes Links between internet adoption and psychological well-being are small at most, despite popular assumptions about the negative

Psychology - 28.11.2023
The world needs more empathy-here is how science can harness it
McGill researchers explore the power of imagination, showing how a shift in thinking can make humans more caring In a world grappling with deep-seated division and social upheaval, empathy has become more critical than ever. But science suggests when it comes to evoking empathy, our imagination is more powerful than we previously thought.

Health - Psychology - 28.11.2023
Generational decline in Australia’s mental health
The mental health of Australians has been declining since around 2010 and this is seen in earlier generations, not just the youths of Gen Z, according to a new study led by the University of Sydney. It's widely agreed that young people's mental health has declined in developed countries in recent years.

Health - Psychology - 27.11.2023
Altered thinking and feeling: Recognising the risk of psychosis at an early stage
Altered thinking and feeling: Recognising the risk of psychosis at an early stage
Distorted reality, altered sensory perceptions and thought processes as well as concentration disorders over a longer period of time can be signs of an increased risk of psychosis.

Psychology - Economics - 24.11.2023
The Psychology of Success in Data Science Contest Design
Researcher from the School of Accounting and Finance explores how nonmonetary factors impact contestant behavior and effort levels By Kelsey Stoddart School of Accounting and Finance In today's data-driven world, holding data science competitions is a popular way to address real-world problems. Companies leverage these competitions to crowdsource solutions and strategically attract potential employees.

Psychology - 22.11.2023
Cognitive ability mattered in the UK's vote for Brexit
Cognitive ability mattered in the UK’s vote for Brexit
Susceptibility to misinformation and disinformation likely to have played a part in the Leave vote. Published on Wednesday 22 November 2023 Last updated on Thursday 23 November 2023 New research from the University of Bath's School of Management finds that higher cognitive ability was strongly linked to voting to Remain in the 2016 UK referendum on European Union Membership.

Psychology - 21.11.2023
How video games can make it easier to discuss mental health
Depression is common among young people, but this target group often does not get the help they need. Books, exercise, and other depression prevention programmes do not achieve the envisioned results for everyone. Video games might help reach another part of this target group. Anouk Tuijnman co-developed two applied video games to target depression in adolescents and will defend her PhD at Radboud University on 28 November.