Scaring Babies for Science: But Ethically This Time

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Description: If you have had an introductory psychology course you have likely learned something about phobias. Phobia’s are usually described as irrational fears. Learning theorists (John Watson foremost among them) argued that phobias are learned when a situation or object or animal is associated with a fear inducing stimulus such as an unexpected loud sound…. Read more »

A key to health, recovery, and combatting depression? Let the Sun Shine In!

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Description: In Egypt, rates of clinical depression are highest in December and rates of mania are highest in June. Why might that be? ….“Sunlight on my shoulders makes me happy” to quote John Denver. A signature line in a kitschy song but is there some truth to it from a clinical perspective? What do you… Read more »

What if We Could Turn Executive Function On and Off?

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Description: Executive function or the process by which parts of your brain essentially tell other parts of your brain what to do, is a topic of intense interest as executive functioning, or [problems in executive functioning, may be related to a very broad range of issues from ADHD, to anxiety to OCD to name a… Read more »

Refugee Distress and Mental Health: Trauma AND Other Factors

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Description: Think about what sports of factors might be involved in how refugees cope with distress once they have arrived in a relatively safe place and are trying to get on with their lives. Certainly the potentially horrific stressful events they endured in their original homes and in their flight towards safety could be important… Read more »

Dogs and Psychology: How do they help?

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Description: Have you heard or did you already know from personal experience that spending time with one or more dog can be of psychological benefit? This is a good example of something that many people believe to be true (and it actually is true) but most people, if you ask them cannot provide a solid… Read more »

Young Male Development and Extreme Behavior: Understanding → Prevention

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Description: Mass shootings are terrifying both in their consequences and in the challenges they pose when trying to figure out why they happened, if they could have been prevented  and what steps may be taken to reduce the likelihood of anything like them happening again. I am not talking here about acts of terrorism planned… Read more »

Is “Everything Will Be OK” Good Advice for Anxious Children?

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Description: Imagine that a small child that you know is telling you that they feel anxious about some situation or upcoming event. Think about what you might say to them. If one of the things that you might say to them involve some version of telling them not to worry because everything will be okay… Read more »

Drugs, Behavioral Treatment and ADHD in Young Children: Either, Or, And

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Description: Okay, quick, a good friend of yours says that their young child has been diagnosed with symptoms of ADHD. They ask you what you think they should do. Should they go to physician to see about medication for their child or should they try and find someone who can talk some about behavioural approaches… Read more »

Drugs versus Talking: The Devil is in the Dichotomies

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Description: You have undoubtedly had some thoughts about and perhaps even some classroom discussion around the question of whether drugs are therapy (talking) are the best choice for treating mental illness. In a way that’s reminiscent of the classical debate about whether it makes more sense to focus on people’s brains or on their minds… Read more »

OCD: A look into the Brain

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Description: If you haven’t had to deal with any symptoms of obsessive-compulsive disorder it’s hard to imagine what it would feel like from the perspective of someone dealing with that experience. In the article linked below you can see how at the same time psychology and neuroscience or digging deeper into the brain using brain… Read more »