Speed Reading: Resource for Beleaguered Students or Marketing Hype?

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Description: It is heading towards another exam time (of course it is!) and you are swamped with reading – maybe if you took a speed reading course your life would become manageable! Well, as we say in Psychology, how about looking to see if there is any data on the efficacy of that sort of… Read more »

Football, Will Smith and CTE

Posted by & filed under Clinical Neuropsychology, Legal Ethical Issues, Neuroscience, Psychophysical Disorders Health Psychology, Research Methods, Social Psychology.

Description: The recently released Will Smith film, Concussion, dramatizes a rising concern over the long-term effects of head injuries suffered by professional football players (among other athletes). This video story reports on a study in which the brains of former NFL players would passed away were autopsied and studied in detail for the effects of… Read more »

Rethinking Autism?

Posted by & filed under Abnormal Psychology, Child Development, Disorders of Childhood, Disorders of Childhood, Legal Ethical Issues, mental illness.

Description: When you think of disorders such as Autism or Asperger’s syndrome which of the following words comes was quickly to mind? Would be inferior? Or perhaps disordered? Or how about simply different? This radio interview with Steve Silverman author of the book noted below might cause you to rethink your initial reaction to the… Read more »

Move to Ban the Practice of Conversion Therapy with LGBTQ Youth

Posted by & filed under Abnormal Psychology, Gender-Role Development Sex Differences, Human Development, Intervention: Children Adolescents, Intervention: Children and Adolescents, Legal Ethical Issues, Psychological Disorders, Sexual Disorders Gender Dysphoria, Stereotype Prejudice Discrimination.

Description: What was considered a disorder in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of the American Psychiatric Association until 1973? Would you be surprised to hear that it was homosexuality? Despite this, there is still some strong sentiment out there that what LGBTQ youth require is not understanding support or affirmation but therapy to convert them… Read more »

New Films About Classically Unethical Psychology Studies

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Description: The stories behind two of the most well-known and perhaps notorious social psychology experiments remain fascinating as well as topically applicable to the current human situation. Zimbardo’s Stanford prison experiment and Milgram’s study on the suppose it affects of punishment upon human learning are the basis of two recent documentary style films and both… Read more »

Sport Psychology: Influences on Unsportsmanlike Play in Youth Ice Hockey

Posted by & filed under Aggression, Child Development, Intervention: Children Adolescents, Intervention: Identifying Key Elements of Change, Legal Ethical Issues, Social Psychology.

Description: With the 2015 2016 NHL season about to start seemed like a good idea to see what sports psychologists have had to say recently about the development of young hockey players. So, here’s the question; What sorts of people or environmental events influence the development of positive or negative behaviours among young hockey players…. Read more »

OPA comments on Globe and Mail Open Minds series on Canada’s Current Mental Health Treatment Picture

Posted by & filed under Abnormal Psychology, Clinical Health Psychology, Health and Prevention In Aging, Intervention: Adults-Couples, Intervention: Children Adolescents, Intervention: Identifying Key Elements of Change, Legal Ethical Issues, Prevention, Psychological Disorders, Psychological Intervention, Treatment of Psychological Disorders, Uncategorized.

Description: So how do psychologists feel about the issues raised in the Globe and Mail’s Open Minds series on the state of mental health treatment in Canada? Read this Ontario Psychological Association (OPA) Facebook page post to see their specific response to an Op Ed (opinion/editorial) column by Andre Picard a Globe and Mail health… Read more »

The State of Canada’s Mental Health Treatment System: Broken? Fixable?

Posted by & filed under Abnormal Psychology, Aging Psychological Disorders, Assessment: Clinical Decision Making, Clinical Health Psychology, Health Psychology, Intervention: Adults-Couples, Intervention: Children Adolescents, Intervention: Identifying Key Elements of Change, Legal Ethical Issues, Prevention, Psychological Disorders, Psychological Intervention, Treatment of Psychological Disorders, Uncategorized.

Description: The Globe and Mail has produced a series of articles on the current state of mental health treatment in Canada. It does not so much focus on the quality of the treatment options available (they are pretty good) but rather on the general availability (or lack thereof) of such services. You can think of… Read more »

Ethics of Editing Human DNA: GMO Humans?

Posted by & filed under Genetics: The Biological Context of Development, Legal Ethical Issues, Neuroscience, Uncategorized.

Description: This podcast looks at the ethical issues arising from a Chinese research study that involved manipulating the DNA of human embryos. As our research techniques in this area improve ethical issues such as this will become more and more prominent. Source: CBC Radio: The Current – Study “Editing” Human DNA Divides Scientists Date: May… Read more »