Resilience: What makes us stronger?

Posted by & filed under Adult Development and Aging, Anxiety OC PTSD, Consciousness, Development of the Self, Early Social and Emotional development, Families and Peers, Human Development, Intervention: Children and Adolescents, Motivation-Emotion, Psychological Health, Stress Coping - Health, Stress: Coping Reducing, The Self.

Description: How is it that some people who experience traumatic events seem to do better in the long run than others? Decades ago Emmy Werner conducted a huge study on the island of Kauai in Hawaii (beginning in 1955) which ran for 32 years and which looked at the life experiences of every child born… Read more »

Neuroethics and Moral Bioenhancement: Remember what the door-mouse said… Feed your head.

Posted by & filed under Aggression, Altruism Prosocial Behaviour, Consciousness, Group Processes, Intervention: Adults-Couples, Legal Ethical Issues, Moral Development, Motivation-Emotion, Psychological Disorders, Social Influence, Social Psychology.

Description: One pill makes you larger and one pill makes you small and the one that mother gave you doesn’t do anything at all. …… feed your head….. These (like the latter bit of the title of this post) are lyrics from a 1967 song called ‘White Rabbit’ by Jefferson Airplane. They reflect the huge… Read more »

Supplements? Drugs? Neutraceuticals? Research and/or Regulation Needed?

Posted by & filed under Clinical Neuropsychology, Consciousness, Health Psychology, Legal Ethical Issues, Neuroscience, Physical Development: Birth, Motor Skills, and Growth, Research Methods, Sensation-Perception, Student Success.

Description: Whey powder, creatine, phytoberry; what do they have in common? They are all supplements, more specifically nutritional supplements that are sold far and wide as nutrition additives that are touted to improve health and vitality or build muscle, bones or cells. They are largely unregulated and there are hugely varying claims as their scientific… Read more »

Family Gatherings as Opportunities to Reflect on Developmental Baggage

Posted by & filed under Child Development, Consciousness, Health Psychology, Human Development, Intergroup Relations, Personality Disorders, Social Psychology, Stress Coping - Health, Stress: Coping Reducing, The Self.

Description: So are you (were you) looking forward to spending time with your family over the holiday break? If not or if you were reminded about the things you find difficult about being back together with your family what did you do? Sometimes being taken back to your childhood or adolescence by the social context… Read more »

Collective Trauma: Expanding Beyond Individual Psychology

Posted by & filed under Abnormal Psychology, Anxiety OC PTSD, Clinical Health Psychology, Consciousness, Depression, Group Processes, Health Psychology, Intergroup Relations, Social Influence, Stress Coping - Health, The Self.

Description: If you glance at the title of the article that is linked below you may think that the article is yet another look at the impact of Donald Trump’s victory on the mental health of Americans. That is partly true, but the article linked below goes further and draws to our attention the importance… Read more »

Mental Health, Spirituality and Life’s BIG questions

Posted by & filed under Anxiety OC PTSD, Consciousness, Death and Dying, Depression, Development of the Self, Human Development, Stress Coping - Health, Stress: Coping Reducing, The Self.

Description: Off the top of your head what you think the relationship might be between spirituality and mental health? Certainly one possibility, for which there is research support, is that the involvement in a spiritual group provides a degree of social support which may be of assistance in coping with mental health issues. On the… Read more »

Stress and Alcohol: Brain Linkages

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Description: Given that this time of year (heading into end of term exams) is particularly stressful and anxiety provoking for college and university students I thought I would talk about three articles (this one and the two below it) that are about stress but which look at stress from a novel, hopefully distracting, perspective which… Read more »

Are Incidental Memories Lost or Just Unattended?

Posted by & filed under Clinical Neuropsychology, Consciousness, Depression, General Psychology, Memory, Neuroscience, Schizophrenia.

Description: Before you read any further look around the room that you are in and then focus your attention on a particular feature (look out the window, look at the television set). Your visual impression while focusing on one feature in the room is probably that you’re still able to “see” most of the other… Read more »

Mindfulness: Are There Limits to its Usefulness?

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Description: If not in your introductory psychology class you must’ve seen somewhere in the media any number of suggestions about the fundamental importance of mindfulness or of being in the moment as a means of coping more effectively with the complexity of life in the world today. Have you paused to wonder whether mindfulness is… Read more »