Remote Work and Mental Health

Posted by & filed under Cultural Variation, Group Processes, Health Psychology, Industrial Organizational Psychlology, Industrial Organizational Psychology, Motivation-Emotion, Psychological Health, Psychophysical Disorders Health Psychology, Research Methods, Social Psychology, Stress Coping - Health.

Description: Sometimes you may run across references to large scale studies that take broad, general looks at parts or sectors of the population and sometimes those large survey studies take a look at aspects of mental health. Before taking the results of such studies at face value it is well worth taking a moment or… Read more »

Dog Ownership and Psychological Wellbeing

Posted by & filed under Adult Development and Aging, Anxiety OC PTSD, Clinical Health Psychology, Depression, Health Psychology, Psychological Health, Stress Coping - Health, Stress: Coping Reducing.

Description: Quick question. Is having a dog good for you psychologically? Don’t do any searching on the question, just go with what you have heard or recall. Answer? Good for you, right? Maybe you have heard that regular time with dogs extends the lives of elderly people or that dog companions help their human friend… Read more »

Happiness and Aging: A New Look at the Data

Posted by & filed under Adult Development and Aging, Health Psychology, Higher-Order Cognitive Functions in Aging, Human Development, Motivation-Emotion, Physical Changes In Aging, Stress Coping - Health, Stress: Coping Reducing.

Description: You have heard, I hope, of the supposed power of providing random acts of kindness to others, even strangers, haven’t you? However, have thought much about why that might be a good thin g to do? We may have heard from parents, teachers and others that it is a good thing to be kind… Read more »

The ‘Are We Nearly There Yet’ in Children AND Adults

Posted by & filed under Child Development, Cognitive Development: The Information-Processing Approach, Consciousness, Early Social and Emotional development, Sensation-Perception, Sensory-Perceptual Development.

Description: “Are we nearly there yet?” Even if you have not (yet) heard that question being asked (over and over and over) in a small voice from the backseat of your family car you have heard it used as a sort of social meme tossed out in social situations that are or seem to be… Read more »

Can We Treat Depression with De-Magicked Mushrooms?

Posted by & filed under Abnormal Psychology, Clinical Neuropsychology, Clinical Psychology, Depression, Health Psychology, Intervention: Adults-Couples, Intervention: Identifying Key Elements of Change, Legal Ethical Issues, mental illness, Motivation-Emotion, Neuroscience, Research Methods, Treatment of Psychological Disorders.

Description: It is not a big secret so you have likely heard or read references to findings that antidepressant medications do not work for somewhere around 30% of those to whom they are prescribed and that most of those for whom they DO work will find at some point that they no longer work, and… Read more »

When Fat Cells Talk Does the Brain Listen?

Posted by & filed under Clinical Neuropsychology, Health Psychology, Motivation-Emotion, Neuroscience, Physiology, Sensation-Perception, Sensory-Perceptual Development.

Description: The standard introductory psychology account of how our systems maintains consistent levels of food intake used to involve a couple of components. The first involves close areas within the hypothalamus which seem to be implicated in appetite regulation. The most dramatic data involved rats who had one or the other of these areas surgically… Read more »

Which Treatment is Best for Self-Harming and Suicidal Teens?

Posted by & filed under Abnormal Psychology, Anxiety OC PTSD, Child Development, Clinical Psychology, Depression, Disorders of Childhood, Intervention: Children Adolescents, Intervention: Identifying Key Elements of Change, mental illness, Psychological Intervention, Stress, Stress: Coping Reducing, Treatment of Psychological Disorders.

Description: Perhaps you have heard about the alarming increases that are being observed in rates of self-harming behavior and suicidal thoughts and actions among teenagers. These stats are often discussed in relation to the question of whether they might be linked to recent generational jumps in use of social media and the attendant shifts in… Read more »

History, Development, Autonomy, and Old Enough?

Posted by & filed under Child Development, Cultural Variation, Development of the Self, Early Social and Emotional development, Families and Peers, Human Development, Learning, Legal Ethical Issues, The Self.

Description: Ok, here is a challenging question. Imagine you are a parent, and your child is 4 years old, and you need some butter for a recipe you are working on for a large family dinner, but you have several things in the oven and on the stove and you cannot leave (Covid inspired delivery… Read more »

MRI’s and Replication in Psychological Research

Posted by & filed under Abnormal Psychology, Neuroscience, Personality, Psychological Disorders, Research Methods, Social Psychology.

Description: What does the brain of someone diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder look like? How about the brain of someone recently diagnosed with Alzheimer’s? How about the brain of a depressed person … a happy person … an introvert … a risk-taker ….? The list could go on and on. For a number of years… Read more »

Forest Bathing: Follow the Data or the Money?

Posted by & filed under Abnormal Psychology, Clinical Health Psychology, Clinical Psychology, Health and Prevention In Aging, Health Psychology, Motivation-Emotion, Psychological Health, Research Methods.

Description: I am willing to bet that you have already heard something about the practice of if not the term being used for forest bathing. No, it does not involve getting wet in the woods (unless perhaps it is raining). The term comes out of Japan (shinrin yoku = forest bathing) where the practice of… Read more »