Kelly Gervais

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'160,000 Kids Stay Home From School Each Day to Avoid Being Bullied'

An astounding, alarming, and basically false statistic<p>October is National Bullying Prevention Month. Anti-bullying advocates can sign the End of Bullying Begins With Me petition. They can buy a copy of the book <i>Bullies: Playground Push-around</i> and know that the proceeds are going to support …

Neuropsychologist sees increase in ADHD diagnoses

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Australia's detention regime sets out to make asylum seekers suffer, says chief immigration psychiatrist

The chief psychiatrist responsible for the care of asylum seekers in detention for the past three years has accused the immigration department of deliberately inflicting harm on vulnerable people, harm that cannot be remedied by medical care.<p>“We have here an environment that is inherently toxic,” …

Why “evolutionary psychology” is almost never science.

We do a lot of arguing about evolutionary psychology in the comments here on DDP.<p>To get straight to the point: the really big problem with <i>most</i> …

Ten Psychological Tricks The Brain Plays On Us

Although - if pressed - we can generally come up with what feel to us like plausible explanations for our behaviour, we are usually oblivious to the real psychological causes that are buried deep below the surface. And I'm talking not about the Freudian subconscious, but basic mental processes that …

Psychology: 'An Owner’s Manual for Your Own Mind'

An interview with Daniel Gilbert, author of Stumbling on Happiness<p>Over the last decade, Harvard psychology professor Daniel Gilbert has become a prominent voice in the public sphere. His 2006 book <i>Stumbling on Happiness</i>, translated in over 30 languages, became an international bestseller, triggering …

The dark side of psychology in abuse and interrogation

This week the Institute on Medicine as a Profession (IMAP) and the Open Society Foundations (OSF) have published the most comprehensive study on the role of psychologists in the War on Terror. At 269 pages, the full report is as detailed as it is grim, concluding that American psychologists …

I wanted a route into psychology but found a school I just couldn't leave

For Sean O'Sullivan doing his PGCE was a means to an end but serendipity and a role in an amazing special school has led to a deeply fulfilling career<p>Becoming a teacher wasn't a life long ambition. I did a degree in psychology and had the option to do a PGCE with a focus on educational psychology. …

A dog does wonders for your mental health

A recent study found that pet owners tended to be less lonely, less fearful, more extrovert and less preoccupied than non owners<p>We live in troubled times, no doubt about it. I cannot remember a time in my life when the news has been so relentlessly grim, so tripping over with eagerness to offer …

The inheritance of the impact of traumatic stress across generations: A novel biological mechanism in sperm • SJS

By: Isabelle Mansuy, Ph.D.<p>Exposure to traumatic events in childhood or early adolescence can change a person and perturb her life for many years. It …

The Psychological Reason You Overbook Your Schedule

Is the answer to this riddle that you're just incredibly busy? That's no doubt part of it. But according to a fascinating new research out of the University of California, Berkeley and published in <i>Journal of Experimental Social Psychology</i>, your brain may not be helping you out when it comes to …

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Child Psychology, Explained: What Makes Kids Tick?

Child psychology is one of the many branches of psychology and one of the most frequently studied specialty areas. This particular branch focuses on …

The Psychology of Writing and the Cognitive Science of the Perfect Daily Routine

Reflecting on the ritualization of creativity, Bukowski famously scoffed that “air and light and time and space have nothing to do with.” Samuel Johnson similarly contended that “a man may write at any time, if he will set himself doggedly to it.” And yet some of history’s most successful and …