Psychology and Covid-19: Stress and Change

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Description: This is another installment in my efforts to talk about, and to get you to THINK about what the Covid-19 pandemic and our experiences of it can show us about the nature of human Psychology. What I am suggesting is that we can learn more about ourselves and our communities and about how we… Read more »

Social Media and Smart Phone Use: We Need a LOT More Research

Posted by & filed under Adult Development and Aging, Anxiety OC PTSD, Emerging Adulthood, Health Psychology, Motivation-Emotion, Research Methods, Stress Coping - Health.

Description: I have posted previously on research related to the question of the impacts of social media and smartphone use on adolescent and emerging adult wellbeing. While some of the findings seem quite dire and while there is no debate about the increasing levels of anxiety and stress among emerging adults in recent years the… Read more »

Studying Mindfulness: The Operationalization Challenge

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Description: You cannot have missed the multitude of posts, offers and claims out there regarding the value of Mindfulness. Learning how to be more present in our current moments has been suggested as a way of focusing attention, reducing anxiety, and avoiding stress. But what about the data? Does it support the claims? And more… Read more »

Self-Help for Anxiety: Tips from CBT

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Description: There is a LOT of talk, research and theorizing these days about stress and anxiety including discussion of the possibility that there is an epidemic of anxiety among high school, college and university students and emerging adults in general. Early, over-simplistic blame has been laid on smartphone and social media use among adolescents and… Read more »

Is (or When is) City Living Good For You?

Posted by & filed under Abnormal Psychology, Human Development, mental illness, Neuroscience, Psychological Disorders, Social Influence, Social Psychology, Stress Biopsychosocial Factors Illness, Stress Coping - Health, Stress: Coping Reducing.

Description: Is city living good for you? When lecturing on mental health and illness I usually refer to research suggesting that rates of a number of mental disorders are higher in urban centers but that causal nature of that observation is problematic as cities are where most mental health treatment centers are located and most… Read more »

Do You Know Enough About the Vagus Nerve?

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Description: Do you know what the Vagus nerve is and what it does? Well, to begin with, it is not a single nerve cell but rather a complex nerve network with connections throughout the body. In terms of what it does, we are still working on that one, but it could be loosely described as… Read more »

Yoga, Pilates and Stress: Selling to Neuroscientists

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Description: Have you heard the exercise is good for reducing stress? How about Yoga? How about Pilates? How about deep breathing? Of course, you have, but do they REALLY lower stress levels and if they do HOW do they do that? How would a neuroscientist approach these questions? Well, he or she would likely NOT… Read more »

Optimize Your Daily Stress Escape: Review Your Bedtime Habits

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Description: I had the pleasure a few weeks back of taking in a show by a young blues musician named Jontavious Willis. He is quite something, mentored by Keb’ Mo’ and Taj Mahal, he will be a big part of the future of blues music. Anyway, I was thinking of one of his songs called… Read more »

Stress, Anxiety, and Depression: The Links and 10 Simple Words

Posted by & filed under Abnormal Psychology, Anxiety OC PTSD, Clinical Psychology, Depression, General Psychology, Health Psychology, mental illness, Neuroscience, Psychological Disorders, Stress, Stress Biopsychosocial Factors Illness, Stress Coping - Health, Stress: Coping Reducing, Student Success.

Description: Stress is related to depression somehow, right? But just how ARE they related? And How does anxiety play into this? Think about what you might know about how these things are related and not just correlationally (as in, more stressed people get depressed than do non-stressed people) but at the neurological level. Once you… Read more »

Drought, Australian Farmers, and Indigenous Psychology

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Description: How might efforts to develop appropriate suicide prevention strategies for Australian aboriginal populations be of use in addressing burgeoning issues of stress and depression among mainstream Australian farmers trying to cope with ongoing drought conditions? The answer is also of relevance to issues I raised in my previous post regarding taking on the challenge… Read more »