Psychology Update

By Ian | News and interesting links related to the field of psychology.

Youth mental health: is the government doing enough?

Young people struggle to find help with mental health problems – there is a lack of understanding and funding, they say<p>In our “Virgin voters” series, we listen to what young people and first-time voters have to say about the election issues that matter most to them. This week’s budget included an …

Mental Health

Working at a treadmill desk boosts your memory and concentration, researchers claim

Image from Labonté-LeMoyne et al.We're told sitting is the new smoking and that we should consider working at standing desks, or perhaps better …

The Brain

Hospital staff absences for mental health reasons double

<b>Staff absences for mental health problems have doubled at hospital trusts across England in the past four years.</b><p>Figures obtained by the BBC revealed 41,112 staff were off sick with anxiety, stress and depression in 2014 - up from 20,207 in 2010.<p>NHS England said it needed to do more to support staff.<p>…

Mental Health

Psychologists welcome overhaul of children and young people's mental health services

The British Psychological Society welcomes the announcement of a five-year plan for a complete overhaul of mental health services for children and …

Team effectiveness is disproportionately influenced by your group's best performer or "extra-miler"

The quality of a team's best performer<br>(the "extra miler") is diagnostic of<br>the group's overall effectiveness.In The Hobbit, fifteen companions come …

Management

Antidepressant withdrawal syndromes: time to grasp the nettle?

Andrew Shepherd appraises and summarises a systematic review of antidepressant withdrawal symptoms after SSRI discontinuation, which leads him to …

Systematic Reviews

Independent report: Helping people with mental health problems find work

The scheme provided employment support based on the Individual Placement and Support (IPS) model, alongside the Improving Access to Psychological …

Mental Health

Are humans getting cleverer?

<b>IQ is rising in many parts of the world. What's behind the change and does it really mean people are cleverer than their grandparents?</b><p>It is not unusual for parents to comment that their children are brainier than they are. In doing so, they hide a boastful remark about their offspring behind a …

IQ

Are murderers born or made?

<b>Murders are tragic but rare. But what drives some people to kill? Michael Mosley has been looking into research exploring the minds of murderers.</b><p>In the 1870s Dr Cesare Lombroso, sometimes called the father of scientific criminology, was studying criminals imprisoned in Turin.<p>He became convinced …

People are hopeless at drawing the Apple logo, and that tells us something about human memory

Apple's iconic apple, featuring a bitten-off chunk, is one of the most recognisable logos in the world. And with the company's ubiquitous products …

Apple

"I did it for the team" – How outsiders cheat in pursuit of popularity

If you would do anything to stay popular with your team-mates, what might follow? Bending the rules? Cheating? Sabotage of rivals? An international …

Psychology

The number of old people in the UK killing themselves has fallen. Why?

<b>Once elderly people in the UK were the most likely group to take their own lives, but now they are at lower risk than the middle-aged. Why?</b><p>When a person takes their own life, the effects on families and friends are catastrophic.<p>The latest figures from the UK's Office for National Statistics (ONS) …

Mental Health

What use are flashbulb memories?

MJ Memorial at London's 02 Arena It could be the time you heard about the 9/11 terror attacks, or the moment you discovered that Michael Jackson had …

The Brain

The most important article you’ll ever read

If you ever read the comments on any article, you’ll invariably find someone bemoaning how it shouldn’t exist as there are ‘more important’ matters and issues. But how do you determine how important a piece is in comparison to others? And what’s the bare minimum importance required to justify its …

Bill Gates

How stress can lead to inequality

How does stress affect our self-confidence when we compete? A new study shows how stress could actually be both a consequence and a cause of social …

There's no evidence e-cigarettes are as harmful as smoking

A recent article claimed there’s no evidence that vaping is less harmful than smoking. Tobacco expert Linda Bauld argues otherwise<p>In his recent ‘Comment is free’ piece Nash Riggins claims that vaping is just as dangerous as smoking, and expresses robust support for NHS Boards in Scotland who intend …

Public Health

The “Backfire Effect”: Correcting false beliefs about vaccines can be surprisingly counterproductive

Nearly half of the US population wrongly believes the flu vaccine can give you flu,<br>but correcting this error has the opposite of the desired effect<i>By</i> …

Psychology

Jokey team meetings are more productive, as long as people laugh along

Science suggests a funnier workplace should be a more effective one, encouraging positive mood and a playful, open approach. But much of the evidence …

Management

Adapting and Validating a Scale to Measure Sexual Stigma among Lesbian, Bisexual and Queer Women

1. Baral S, Sifakis F, Cleghorn F, Beyrer C (2007) Elevated risk for HIV infection among men who have sex with men in low- and middle-income …

I start the day with anti-depressants and end wishing I didn’t work in NHS payroll

It’s not just clinical staff feeling the strain in the health service – the back office is under huge pressure too<p>• Are NHS office staff at risk of burnout? Open thread<p>Some people think all we do in NHS payroll is press a button and cash appears in people’s bank accounts on payday.<p>We now use a …

Human Resources

A Mindful Minute: How to Observe a Train of Anxious Thoughts (Illustrated)

Kids have anxious thoughts all the time…<p><i>“I’m going to fail math and never get into college.”</i><p><i>“I’m totally screwing up this speech right now, and</i> …

#timetotalk: Is social media helping people talk about mental health?

On Time to Talk day, when everyone is encouraged to take five minutes to talk about mental health, we ask whether the likes of YouTube and Tumblr are helping or hindering conversations about mental illness<p>More people than ever before are talking about mental health online.<p>Whether through blogs, …

Mental Health

A better future for mental health care: acceptance, choice and dignity

Crisis tends not to happen suddenly. There are warnings; there is a build up. If the warnings and the build-up are spotted, then hopefully preventive …

Art affects you more powerfully when you view it in a museum

These days there's no need to take the trouble of visiting art museums. You can usually view all the exhibits on your computer, in the comfort of …

Museums

New Technologies Track Our Eyes--And Read Our Minds

You're in your office near the end of the day, preparing to head home. You log on to your computer, navigate the desktop, open a browser, sign in to …

Electronic cigarettes and smoking cessation: an interview with Professor Peter Hajek

Does Facebook Cause Depression? Depends On How You Use It

Another day, another Facebook-makes-us-sadder study. This time, it's from the University of Missouri, and it comes with a key caveat: Facebook <i>can</i>make us sadder, the researchers find, but only if you're using it to lurk from afar — to check on how an old acquaintance is doing, for example, without …

Social Media

Addicts Should Be Treated and Supported Into Recovery, Not Criminalised

In 2013, I called for a more honest debate about drug prohibition in an article that made headlines about how "police chief wants drugs legalised". My position is more complicated than that - and relates to how I think we can hit drug dealers where it hurts by helping - not criminalising - …

Addiction

Our brains respond to corporations as if they are people

Do corporations, like people, have moral rights and responsibilities?The US Supreme Court has recently made a number of rulings that suggest it sees …

Psychology