Space Psychology

Posted by & filed under Assessment: Intellectual Cognitive Measures, Consciousness, Motivation-Emotion, Psychological Health, Stress Biopsychosocial Factors Illness, Stress Coping - Health, Uncategorized.

Description: So just what are the psychological consequences of spending a long time (1 year) in space? Well from 2001 a Space Odyssey to Interstellar there has been a lot of science fiction film speculation but what do we know from a scientific point of view. Quite a bit actually. Source: PA Pacific Standard: What… Read more »

Poverty, Parental Education and Brain Development

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Description: Does growing up in poverty have implications for developmental outcomes, yes it does. Why might that be? Well one possibility is that growing up in poverty has a negative impact upon the developmental growth of children’s brains. Sources: Huffington Post: Study Reveals Sad Link Between Poverty And Children’s Brain Development Date: March 30, 2015… Read more »

Pilots and Depression: Ethical Issues and Considerations

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Description: It appears that the co-pilot of the Germanwings plane (on March 24, 2015) locked the pilot and remaining crew out of the cockpit and deliberately flew the plane into a mountainside killing everyone on board. Discussion and speculation about his mental health status and his previous struggles with depression raise a number of ethical… Read more »

Voodoo Science: Indigenous Knowledge and Medical and Psychiatric Treatments

Posted by & filed under Abnormal Psychology, Clinical Psychology, Intergroup Relations, Intervention: Adults-Couples, Intervention: Identifying Key Elements of Change, Legal Ethical Issues, Research Methods, Research Methods in AP, Research Methods in CP, Stereotype Prejudice Discrimination, Treatment of Psychological Disorders, Uncategorized.

Description: We generally assume that all new treatments for medical and psychiatric conditions come from western scientific labs or University based researchers, but is this actually the case? … not entirely. Sources: Ozy Daily Brief: Dr Prozac meet Dr Vodou Date: April 5, 2015 Photo Source: Carlos Cazalis/Corbis http://www.ozy.com/fast-forward/dr-prozac-meet-dr-vodou/36628 Links:    Dr Prozac meet Dr Vodou:… Read more »

Why Might Some Disorders be Uniquely Human?

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Description: Are there forms of psychopathology among non-human animals (perhaps)? What about schizophrenia (perhaps not)? What is it about schizophrenia that may make it a uniquely human disorder? Sources: Scientific American: Why Don’t Animals Get Schizophrenia (and How Come We Do)? Date: March 25, 2015 Photo Credit: Jessie Wilcox Smith (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jessie_Willcox_Smith) Links:     http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/why-don-t-animals-get-schizophrenia-and-how-come-we-do/ Laurel… Read more »

Magic of Science or the Science of Magic

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Description: Is Magic actually magic? Well, Hogwarts aside, while what is presented as magic typically involves fancy hand-work and misdirection another big part of “magic” involves “reading” people. Some performers suggest that can actually see into peoples’ minds and read what is there. Jay Alexander seems to have this level of skill but he is… Read more »

Psychological Film Reviews

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Description: So perhaps you do not take Psychology with you to the movies, but then again maybe you do. Themes in films are sometimes obviously grounded in Psychology (see blog on The Imitation Game on this Blog site) and other times you may not notice the connections until some later point (hey that’s like…..). There… Read more »

Depression and Unemployment: Correlation, Causation, and Research

Posted by & filed under Depression, Research Methods, Research Methods in ADA, Research Methods in AP, Research Methods in ChD, Research Methods in CP, Research Methods in SP, Uncategorized, Work Retirement Leisure Patterns.

Description: Think about someone who is two years post-graduation and unemployed and clinically depressed. Are they depressed because they cannot find work? Or are they unable to find or keep work because of the symptoms of their depression? Welcome to the world of correlational research. Sources: US News and World Reports Date: Released March 19,… Read more »

Ultrasound and Alzheimer’s Disease: Steps Toward the Development of a Treatment

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Description: Current treatments for Alzheimer’s disease are limited in their effectiveness. A major issue is sorting out the potential causes of the disease from symptoms – the classical problem of correlation. This research on the potentially positive effects of ultrasound on the amyloid plaques that arise in the brains of Alzheimer’s patients is a good… Read more »