Is Depression Catch-able?

Posted by & filed under Clinical Health Psychology, Depression, Disorders of Childhood, Group Processes, Intergroup Relations, Interpersonal Attraction Close Relationships, Intervention: Children and Adolescents, Social Psychology, The Self.

Description: Ignoring the title of the article this post focuses upon for a second what would be your prediction? Is hanging around with depressed people likely to make you depressed? What about the opposite (hanging around with happy – or at least well-adjusted stable people)? Source: Science Daily: Happiness spreads but depressions doesn’t Date: August… Read more »

Direct and Empathic Reactions to Natural Disaster: The Nepalese Earthquake

Posted by & filed under Attitude Formation Change, Clinical Health Psychology, Group Processes, Motivation-Emotion, Persuasion, Social Influence, Social Perception, Social Psychology, Stress: Coping Reducing, Uncategorized.

Description: Natural disasters such as the 7.8 earthquake in Nepal recently are devastating; producing pain, hardship and a great deal of stress. This is, of course, most true for Nepalese people at home or abroad, worrying about friends and relatives but also for others hearing about, seeing the effects of, thinking about and empathically resonating… Read more »

Robots and Gender Stereotypes: Creators and Social Construction

Posted by & filed under Attitude Formation Change, Gender-Role Development Sex Differences, Social Psychology, Stereotype Prejudice Discrimination, Uncategorized.

Description: Do you think of your car as male or female? How about your smartphone? What about your fridge? Oh and what about your robot? Don’t have one of those yet? This CBC story looks at the question of why it is that in our science fiction books and films and, it turns out, in… Read more »

Oliver Sacks on Feelings of Disorder (or Dis-ease)

Posted by & filed under Aging Psychological Disorders, Assessment: Self-report Projective Measures, Chronic Illness, Clinical Assessment, Clinical Health Psychology, Consciousness, Health and Prevention In Aging, Health Psychology, Managing Pain, Serious Physical Illness, Stress: Coping Reducing, The Self, Uncategorized.

Description: What subjective/psychologically experiences do we associate with disease? Oliver Sacks, the deeply respected physician and professor of neurology discusses about how patients with migraines talk about the psychological experiences associated with their migraine headaches. The 81 year old Sacks goes on to talk about his own experiences with a particular palliative treatment for the… Read more »

Body Language: Paying Attention from the Top

Posted by & filed under Assessment: Interviewing Observation, Early Social and Emotional development, Intergroup Relations, Interpersonal Attraction Close Relationships, Language Development, Language-Thought, Social Cognition, Social Perception, Social Psychology, Uncategorized.

Description: What can we learn about how we are being perceived or received by paying attention to the head movements and related gestures of the people we are interacting with? Perhaps more than we are aware of. Source: Psych-Mechanics: Hanan Parvez  (Link below) Date: April 13, 2015 Photo Credit: http://www.psychmechanics.com/2015/04/body-language-gestures-of-head-and-neck.html Links http://www.psychmechanics.com/2015/04/body-language-gestures-of-head-and-neck.html Study Body Language Website:… Read more »

Working Through Depression?

Posted by & filed under Abnormal Psychology, Clinical Health Psychology, Motivation-Emotion, Social Cognition, Social Perception, Social Psychology, Stereotype Prejudice Discrimination, Stress Coping - Health, The Self, Uncategorized.

Description: Despite the media putting heavy emphasis on the depression of the Germanwings pilot who is believed to have crashed his plane on purpose just what are the work implications of depressi0on? Can people work through or with depression? This article and audio file link (on the article webpage) discusses these issues. Source: National Public… Read more »

Early Roots of Empathy

Posted by & filed under Altruism Prosocial Behaviour, Child Development, Cognitive Development: Piagetian and Vygotskian Approaches, Development of the Self, Disorders of Childhood, Early Social and Emotional development, Families and Peers, Human Development, Intervention: Children and Adolescents, Social Cognition, The Self, Uncategorized.

Description: Figuring out how other people are feeling, especially when they are experiencing different emotions than we are is quite a challenge. When can preschoolers do this? Do they have to figure it out using some sort of cognitive emotional analysis or might they start by more simply empathically resonating with another’s emotional state? Source:… Read more »

Poverty, Parental Education and Brain Development

Posted by & filed under Adult Development and Aging, Child Development, Disorders of Childhood, Early Social and Emotional development, Families and Peers, Human Development, Intervention: Adults-Couples, Intervention: Children Adolescents, Intervention: Children and Adolescents, Intervention: Identifying Key Elements of Change, Neuroscience, Physical Development: Birth, Motor Skills, and Growth, Prevention, Social Influence, Stress Coping - Health, Uncategorized.

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

Posted by & filed under Abnormal Psychology, Adult Development and Aging, Assessment: Clinical Decision Making, Assessment: Interviewing Observation, Assessment: Self-report Projective Measures, Clinical Health Psychology, Depression, Intervention: Adults-Couples, Intervention: Identifying Key Elements of Change, Legal Ethical Issues, Psychological Health, Psychological Intervention, Psychophysical Disorders Health Psychology, Social Perception, Stress Coping - Health, Treatment of Psychological Disorders, Uncategorized.

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 »