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A seven-year-old girl was treated by NHS for genital mutilation

A seven-year-old girl was treated by NHS for genital mutilation | Psychology | Scoop.it
AND SHOCKING new figures show more than 1,700 women and girls were treated for the ritual in the last two years
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The NHS is setting up a helpline.

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Facebook Psychology Do you Love Yourself too much?(Poll)

Facebook Psychology Do you Love Yourself too much?(Poll) | Psychology | Scoop.it
Do you love yourself? Recent psychological studies are blaming Facebook for lower test scores due to users 'loving themselves' too much. Really? According to the research, someone who has recently ...
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From the article: Considering 8 million Americans suffer from eating disorders and half of the population claiming to be shy, I think we have the reverse problem in this nation. Perhaps Facebook is allowing people to find their individualism and to stop trying to live up to the standards that others set for them – such as those in ‘authority’ positions.

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» Best of Our Blogs: June 4, 2013 - World of Psychology

» Best of Our Blogs: June 4, 2013 - World of Psychology | Psychology | Scoop.it
The unknown can make the most stable of us insecure. Grasping tightly to what we know feels like safety. It's the fear we feel as kids going from a tricycle to
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“When nothing is sure, everything is possible.” – Margaret Drabble

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The Psychology of Denial - Salem-News.Com

The Psychology of Denial - Salem-News.Com | Psychology | Scoop.it
If you terrorise a child out of taking action to change its circumstances for the better (for example, to get out of a situation in which it is suffering the violence of a parent), then that same terror that stopped it changing its behaviour wil.....
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From the article: The individual pretends that everything is okay so that they can avoid feeling their fear of taking action to fix things. This is why they do not act: they are too scared. It is easier to pretend that things are okay, that is, 'under control', and then the fear of taking action can be ignored.

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Online disinhibition and the psychology of trolling (Wired UK)

Online disinhibition and the psychology of trolling (Wired UK) | Psychology | Scoop.it
Are people genuinely more aggressive, rude and unpleasant online, and if so, why? And what can we do to counter that, and make the internet a more tolerant place?
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Sorry but have to admit I could be accused of in weak moments behaving in a troll like way! nothing as bad as mentioned in this article but just bad behaviour in chat rooms, still what makes it OK for people to do this online when they would never act like this in the real world, is the virtual world in some way different or does it provide the safety of anonymity that everyone feels they can do whatever they like - even that is a poor excuse is it true that really we just do not care about other people.

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The psychology experiment that involved real beheadings

The psychology experiment that involved real beheadings | Psychology | Scoop.it
There have been several psychology experiments in history that were unethical enough to precipitate new rules governing experimentation. This, without doubt, should have been one of them.
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It's always important to look at the history of any science and psychology has it's share of skeletons in the cupboard! We are different now!

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Race perception isn't automatic

Race perception isn't automatic | Psychology | Scoop.it
Last week's column for BBC Future describes a neat social psychology experiment from an unlikely source. Three evolutionary psychologists reasoned that that claims that we automatically categorise ...

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Old research clearly identified strong racist tendencies in educated Western societies due to a lack of contact with different ethnic groups, I really hope that in today's multicultural world that has been sorted, in UK the differences on all important factors should be seen as minimal and steotyping should be recognised as ignorance.

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Resilient Youth: Using Psychology to Prevent a Lost Generation - Huffington Post UK

Resilient Youth: Using Psychology to Prevent a Lost Generation - Huffington Post UK | Psychology | Scoop.it
Resilient Youth: Using Psychology to Prevent a Lost Generation Huffington Post UK His ideas gained support and helped establish a new field of research known as positive psychology, which argued that wellbeing is a legitimate focus for researchers...

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To be honest I am surprised at myself, I never thought I could buy into this but it really does work and makes sense. The evidence is overwhelming - so call me a convert!

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The mental illness taboo is a problem for all of us - opinion - 20 June 2013 - New Scientist

The mental illness taboo is a problem for all of us - opinion - 20 June 2013 - New Scientist | Psychology | Scoop.it
As celebrities become more open about their mental health problems, stigma still ensures most people conceal such illnesses, say two researchers in the
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Ruby has also made an excellent funny informative short TED TALK to further awareness.

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Eye Blood Vessels Linked to Cognitive Function, IQ | Psychology | Sci-News.com

Eye Blood Vessels Linked to Cognitive Function, IQ | Psychology | Sci-News.com | Psychology | Scoop.it
According to a new study, the width of blood vessels in the retina - a light-sensitive layer at the back of the eye - may indicate brain health.
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From the article: The findings were intriguing: having wider retinal venules was linked with lower IQ scores at age 38, even after the researchers accounted for various health, lifestyle, and environmental risk factors that might have played a role. Participants who had wider retinal venules showed evidence of general cognitive deficits, with lower scores on numerous measures of neurospsychological functioning, including verbal comprehension, perceptual reasoning, working memory, and executive function.

 

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The Surprising Psychology of How Names Shape Our Thoughts

The Surprising Psychology of How Names Shape Our Thoughts | Psychology | Scoop.it
Studies suggest the existence of a sort of linguistic Heisenberg principle: as soon as you label something, you change how it’s perceived.
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From the article: These studies suggest a sort of linguistic Heisenberg principle: as soon as you label a concept, you change how people perceive it. It’s difficult to imagine a truly neutral label, because words evoke images, are associated with other concepts (as are “north” with up and “south” with down), and vary in complexity. Still, you don’t need to worry too much about what you name your children. The effects are subtle, people with non-fluent names succeed all the time, and norms change. After three decades of fluently named Presidents—a Ronald, two Georges, and a Bill—Barack Obama ascended to the Presidency. Five years later, “Barack” has become one of the easiest-to-pronounce names in the country.

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Restaurant menu psychology: tricks to make us order more

Restaurant menu psychology: tricks to make us order more | Psychology | Scoop.it
From wine-appropriate music to authentic-sounding foreign names, restaurateurs have many ways to persuade diners into ordering high-profit meals
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The burden of choice! only 27% of people who order dark rich roast coffe like it! the rest prefer weaker but are affected by the environment and all those extra factors - it is so easy to manipulate people!

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» Depression & Seniors: 5 Ways You Can Help - World of Psychology

» Depression & Seniors: 5 Ways You Can Help - World of Psychology | Psychology | Scoop.it
Depression affects people of all ages; it really doesn't care if you're a 17-year-old high school student or a 50-something CEO. Depression is
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Only 10% of seniors receive help for depression, and we all know what depression can lead to if untreated! Surely we can do better than this!

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Video: Making psychology work for you in game design

Video: Making psychology work for you in game design | Psychology | Scoop.it
Ubisoft creative director Jason VandenBerghe presents his research in translating human motivation models into game design decisions in this free GDC 2012 video lecture.
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Two ways to look at this, one from a design point of view you aim to design a game that is addictive for some people because you understand what droves that addiction and two the player needs to understand why he is so attracted to the game.

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Positive Psychology: Success Lessons from Michael Jordan

Positive Psychology: Success Lessons from Michael Jordan | Psychology | Scoop.it

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He is often quoted in the new mindset paradigm and is a really good example of how practice and hard work pay off in contrast to thinking that you are naturally brilliant!

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