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Heritability of Human Traits - About Psychology Degrees

Heritability of Human Traits - About Psychology Degrees | Psychology Matters | Scoop.it

A group of researchers (including University of Queensland researcher Dr Beben Benyamin and researchers at VU University of Amsterdam) has conducted the largest meta-analysis ever in the field of twin studies. The study analyzed the results from nearly 3,000 studies that were published between 1958 and 2012 worldwide, involving more than 14.5 million twin pairs.

The findings, published in Nature Genetics, reveal on average the variation for human traits and diseases is 49 per cent genetic, and 51 per cent due to environmental factors and/or measurement errors.

 


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Clinical Psychology Degree Programs - About Psychology Degrees

Clinical Psychology Degree Programs - About Psychology Degrees | Psychology Matters | Scoop.it

Clinical psychology is the analysis, research and treatment of severe mental health disorders, such as bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. This can be contrasted with counseling psychology, which deals with everyday stresses, including career planning, learning difficulties, marriage guidance and family difficulties.

 

This page provides information on clinical psychology online and on campus programs, where the programs can be studied, what the career prospects are for graduates, and more.



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Developmental Psychology Masters - About Psychology Degrees

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Developmental psychology is the scientific study of changes that occur in human beings over the course of their life. As it is a broad field of study, it is usually possible to specialize in one or more of several areas in a developmental psychology masters degree. 

This page has details about studying this field online and on-campus, locating suitable programs, and what the career prospects are.



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Early births 'rewire brain'

Early births 'rewire brain' | Psychology Matters | Scoop.it

Being born premature alters the way the brain is hardwired - offering a possible explanation for autism, according to a new study.

Scientists at King's College London say their findings should help researchers to better understand why premature birth is linked to a greater risk of neuro-developmental problems, such as autism and attention deficit disorders.

The study, published in the journal PNAS, used MRI scanning to look at specific connections in the brains of 66 babies, 47 of whom were born before 33 weeks and were therefore at high risk of neurological impairment, and 19 born at term.



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Can young people who suffer bipolar disorder ever recover? - About Psychology Degrees

Can young people who suffer bipolar disorder ever recover? - About Psychology Degrees | Psychology Matters | Scoop.it

Professor Parker, founder of the Black Dog Institute, diagnosed Mr Newling with bipolar disorder four years into his illness. That diagnosis and its treatment plan set him on the road to recovery.

By contrast, Australians with bipolar disorders on average wait a staggering 10 years or more before getting a diagnosis, if they get one at all. This is particularly so for bipolar II, which Professor Parker said was less understood than bipolar I.

 


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Counseling Psychology Degree Programs - About Psychology Degrees

Counseling Psychology Degree Programs - About Psychology Degrees | Psychology Matters | Scoop.it

Counseling psychology is essentially the application of psychology to the solving of the problems of everyday stresses, e.g, career planning, marriage guidance and family difficulties. Counseling psychology degree programs can be studied at masters and doctoral levels.

This page provides more information about the field, and about the contents of the degrees. It also has information and links to where to study it, an outline of the career prospects, the salaries, and more.

 


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The Psychology of Online Dating

The Psychology of Online Dating | Psychology Matters | Scoop.it
Have you ever wondered about the psychology of online dating? Learn what goes through people's heads as they construct their online dating profiles.
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Microbes help produce serotonin in gut - About Psychology Degrees

Microbes help produce serotonin in gut - About Psychology Degrees | Psychology Matters | Scoop.it

Although serotonin is well known as a brain neurotransmitter, it is estimated that 90 percent of the body’s serotonin is made in the digestive tract. In fact, altered levels of this peripheral serotonin have been linked to diseases such as irritable bowel syndrome, cardiovascular disease, and osteoporosis. New research at Caltech, published in the April 9 issue of the journal Cell, shows that certain bacteria in the gut are important for the production of peripheral serotonin.

 


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NTU scientists discover new treatment for dementia - About Psychology Degrees

NTU scientists discover new treatment for dementia - About Psychology Degrees | Psychology Matters | Scoop.it

According to an article published in eLife, a peer-reviewed open-access scientific journal published by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the Max Planck Society and the Wellcome Trust, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) scientists have found a new way to treat dementia by sending electrical impulses to specific areas of the brain to enhance the growth of new brain cells.

 


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Fighting cancer and Ebola with nanoparticles - About Health Degrees

Fighting cancer and Ebola with nanoparticles - About Health Degrees | Psychology Matters | Scoop.it

Nanotechnologies – the manipulation of matter at a molecular and even atomic scale to penetrate living cells – are holding out the promise of opening a new front against deadly conditions from cancer to Ebola.

 


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Why Comfort Food Comforts

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The phrase “comfort food” has been around at least as early as 1966, when the Palm Beach Post used it in a story on obesity: “Adults, when under severe emotional stress, turn to what could be called ‘comfort food’—food associated with the security of childhood, like mother’s poached egg or famous chicken soup,” it reads, beneath the headline “Sad Child May Overeat.”

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Children with mental health problems can wait for over three years to be assessed

Children with mental health problems can wait for over three years to be assessed | Psychology Matters | Scoop.it

Children with mental health problems can wait for more than three years to be assessed and up to nearly two years to receive treatment, according to a report.

Freedom of Information requests submitted by The Times newspaper found that the longest wait from first referral to being formally assessed since 2012 was at the Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, where this took three years and 20 weeks in one case.

The longest wait from being assessed to getting treatment was found at the South London and Maudsley Trust in which a child waited a year and nearly 42 weeks.

Sarah Brennan, chief executive of the charity Young Minds, said: “Children’s and adolescent mental health services are creaking at the seams as they are being hit with increased referrals at the same time as cutbacks to their services.”

 
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How to Be Creative: Michael Gelb on Creativity and Innovation

How to Be Creative: Michael Gelb on Creativity and Innovation | Psychology Matters | Scoop.it

“Psychologists have known for many years that mindsets have a huge impact on your mood, your perceptual abilities and your general level of happiness. And mindset is probably the most important influence on your creative ability.”

 

From description in my article for the Mastering Creativity course by Michael Gelb. Also read about his other classes and books.

 


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The elephant in the room—men's mental health

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More than 1.3 million men in Australia experience mental health problems but too few of them seek help because of the stigma that exists.

An Australian RadioNational program presented by Lynne Malcolm.

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Why Kids Need to Move, Touch and Experience to Learn - Mind/Shift

Why Kids Need to Move, Touch and Experience to Learn - Mind/Shift | Psychology Matters | Scoop.it
When students use their bodies in the learning process, it can have a big effect, even if it seems silly or unconnected to the learning goal at hand. Researchers have found that when students use their bodies while doing mathematical storytelling (like with word problems, for example), it changes the way they think about math. “We understand language in a richer, fuller way if we can connect it to the actions we perform,” said Sian Beilock, professor of psychology at the University of Chicago.

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Understanding Asperger’s Syndrome

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Most of us desire to make the best first impression possible when entering into any important social situation; being able to do so is vital to thriving in our society, as it facilitates us effectively applying for jobs and resolving difficult conflicts around us. In order to do this, we have to be able to calculate our responses to people using observations about their facial expressions, tone of voice, and body language. Through doing so, we can determine if our actions are making them happy, sad, angry, etc.

Now, imagine having an illness that affected your ability to read all of those vital social cues; how hard would it be to effectively communicate with others? Such is the struggle faced by those with Asperger’s syndrome, one of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD).

 
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Will mindfulness lessons help to calm my children?

Will mindfulness lessons help to calm my children? | Psychology Matters | Scoop.it

The celebrated meditation technique helps many adults reduce stress levels. But can it be taught effectively to youngsters?


Mindfulness, which is said to have originated among Buddhists more than 2,500 years ago, is a form of meditation. It is currently so globally popular it’s being embraced by celebrities, medics and even the military.

Now, and with the backing of experts, it’s becoming increasingly available for children. 

 

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How Social Media is Affecting Our Mental Health [Infographic]

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This infographic looks at the effect of social media on our mental well being. Take a look at the evidence!
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Device could prevent autistic meltdowns: UBC student

Device could prevent autistic meltdowns: UBC student | Psychology Matters | Scoop.it

A UBC student has won a prestigious global competition after creating a wearable device to track anxiety in real-time for children with autism.

The device, called Reveal, will measure a person's heart rate, skin temperature and sweat levels. If the person's anxiety level is heightened, it will send a notification to the caregiver's smart phone so that they can intervene and prevent a meltdown.

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Fatal silence: Why do so many fortysomething men kill themselves?

Fatal silence: Why do so many fortysomething men kill themselves? | Psychology Matters | Scoop.it

Suicide claims a worrying number of lives, with men much more at risk than women in the UK. Simon Jack, whose father killed himself, has tried to find out why.

What I didn't realise until recently was that suicide is the biggest killer of men under the age of 50. A hundred men die a week. It is more prevalent than at any time in the last 14 years and men are four times more likely to end their own lives than women.

 


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"We think that most people who die by suicide have a mental illness but less than 5% of people with a mental illness take their own lives."

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Texting to Promote Empathy

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Social media often has a bad reputation when it comes to promoting friendship, compassion, and concern. But can texting build a sense of empathy with others?

 

It’s an important question, argues Sara Konrath, assistant professor at the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy and principal investigator for the Interdisciplinary Program on Empathy and Altruism Research (iPEAR), and John Templeton Foundation grantee.

 

Every second, thousands of tweets are posted and hundreds of thousands of text messages are sent. But what is the emotional and personal impact of this virtual communication and, if negative, can it be changed?

 


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Is texting good? Does it promote empathy? Read the Templeton report

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J&J, Philips partner to develop hand-held blood test for neuropsychiatric disorders - Masters and PhDs

J&J, Philips partner to develop hand-held blood test for neuropsychiatric disorders - Masters and PhDs | Psychology Matters | Scoop.it

Philips and Janssen Pharmaceutical have partnered in a multiyear deal to create a hand-held, blood-based diagnostic for brain disorders. The test will be based on a product that Philips is already developing, the Minicare system – which is designed to test for acute coronary syndrome in an emergency setting.

 


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New Autism-Causing Genetic Variant Identified - Masters and PhDs

New Autism-Causing Genetic Variant Identified - Masters and PhDs | Psychology Matters | Scoop.it

Using a novel approach that homes in on rare families severely affected by autism, a Johns Hopkins-led team of researchers has identified a new genetic cause of the disease. The rare genetic variant offers important insights into the root causes of autism, the researchers say. And, they suggest, their unconventional method can be used to identify other genetic causes of autism and other complex genetic conditions.

 


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The Teenage Brain: The Effect of Peers on Decision-making - About Psychology Degrees

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Psychology professor Laurence Steinberg and his team at Temple University asked a group of adolescents to play a driving game whilst in a brain scanner.

“Your perspective is that of a person behind the wheel,” Steinberg says, describing the set-up. “And you come to a series of intersections, and the lights turn yellow. And you have to decide whether to put the brakes on or not.”

 


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Breastfeeding 'linked to higher IQ'

Breastfeeding 'linked to higher IQ' | Psychology Matters | Scoop.it

A long-term study published in The Lancet Global Health has pointed to a link between breastfeeding and intelligence. The research in Brazil traced nearly 3,500 babies, and results appear to back current advice that babies should be exclusively breastfed for six months.

 


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