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[Look At Me] Introducing the Interactive Camera App for Children with Autism

[Look At Me] Introducing the Interactive Camera App for Children with Autism | Psychology Matters | Scoop.it

Millions of children struggles to make eye contact due to autism. There has been no scientifically-endorsed treatment. Till now. Introducing the world’s first interactive camera app Look At Me, a program to improve eye contact and social skills.

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Scientists are trying to model our mental health based on our tweets

Scientists are trying to model our mental health based on our tweets | Psychology Matters | Scoop.it

Researchers from multiple disciplines, in both the public and private sectors, are working on various algorithms and approaches to measure a range of mental health trends via large volumes of online activity. Issues such as depression and seasonal anxiety disorder aren’t the first health trends to be investigated in this way – think Google Flu Trends, for instance – but they represent an entry point for researchers, one that most recently has been hailed by a team at Johns Hopkins reporting on techniques that could play a key role in measuring mental health metrics.

“This is like a microscope or a telescope, but it’s something new: a macroscope,” Nova Spivack, CEO of LA-based Bottlenose, told me. Spivack said his company currently measures 72 billion messages in real time every day on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, search engines, as well as on TV and the radio in the US, Canada, UK, and the Middle East. “Inhale as much as you can and allow the trends to bubble up,” he said; from there his team uses tools like topic detection and sentiment analysis to make sense of data for global 1000 companies both historically and in real time.

 

 

 
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Biotech Entrepreneur Tony Coles Takes Aim At Parkinson's And Alzheimer's - About Health Degrees

Biotech Entrepreneur Tony Coles Takes Aim At Parkinson's And Alzheimer's - About Health Degrees | Psychology Matters | Scoop.it

Tony Coles, the chief executive who sold Onyx Pharmaceuticals to Amgen for $10.4 billion in 2013, is starting a new company that will use yeast to try and discover new treatments for Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.)

The new startup, Yumanity, will be based in Cambridge, Mass., and is built around technologies developed by Susan Lindquist, the former director of the MIT-affiliated Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research. Three researchers who worked in Lindquist’s lab will serve as founding scientists for the company, which currently has five employees. Coles says he hopes to scale up to 25.

 



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Wireless brain sensor could unchain neuroscience from cables - Masters and PhDs

Wireless brain sensor could unchain neuroscience from cables - Masters and PhDs | Psychology Matters | Scoop.it

Neuroscience research has been constrained by the cables required to connect brain sensors to computers for analysis. Now there’s a wireless alternative.

In a study in the journal Neuron, scientists describe a new high data-rate, low-power wireless brain sensor. The technology is designed to enable neuroscience research that cannot be accomplished with current sensors that tether subjects with cabled connections.



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Boy with autism wants mail for Christmas, hundreds respond

Boy with autism wants mail for Christmas, hundreds respond | Psychology Matters | Scoop.it

William doesn’t speak, so he signs or writes most of his thoughts. It’s how he communicates, and it might explain why this year he wants something different under the tree – mail.

But his mom couldn’t possibly make it happen on her own.

“I have never done or asked for anything like this before but I felt the need to, the need that comes from being a mom and wanting to do everything in your power to make your child happy,” she wrote in a Facebook post a few days before Thanksgiving, requesting that family and friends send William a card or letter.

 


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15 Ways to Become a Better Person

15 Ways to Become a Better Person | Psychology Matters | Scoop.it

"Make the most of yourself....for that is all there is of you." --Ralph Waldo Emerson

We've all made mistakes throughout our lives that haven't exactly put us in the best light--like bullying someone in school or telling what seemed like a little white lie. Chances are, however, you probably felt a little guilt and grew because of the situation.

I'm an average guy trying to become better in both my work and home life. I'll never be perfect, but it doesn't mean I won't try.

If you want to continue to grow as a person, here are 15 ways to make the most of yourself ...

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Marijuana May Hold Promise As Treatment For PTSD - Masters and PhDs

Marijuana May Hold Promise As Treatment For PTSD - Masters and PhDs | Psychology Matters | Scoop.it

According to research published in the journal Neuropsychopharmacology, the administering of synthetic cannabinoids to rats after a traumatic event can prevent behavioral and physiological symptoms of PTSD by triggering changes in brain centers associated with the formation and holding of traumatic memories.


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Facebook Games May Actually Improve Family Life - Masters and PhDs

Facebook Games May Actually Improve Family Life - Masters and PhDs | Psychology Matters | Scoop.it

According to research published in Information, Communication and Society, social network games (SNGs) like CityVille break down both communication and age barriers, and improve relationships when played by family members.



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How to Boost Your Practical Memory (and Stop Losing Your Keys)

How to Boost Your Practical Memory (and Stop Losing Your Keys) | Psychology Matters | Scoop.it

Using tactics from some of the world’s most powerful mnemonists, and a little Psychology 101, here’s how you can stop forgetting your keys without any help and remember some other practical things too.

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Rosie King: How autism freed me to be myself - YouTube

“People are so afraid of variety that they try to fit everything into a tiny little box with a specific label,” says 16-year-old Rosie King, who is bold, brash and autistic. She wants to know: Why is everyone so worried about being normal? She sounds a clarion call for every kid, parent, teacher and person to celebrate uniqueness. It’s a soaring testament to the potential of human diversity.

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Clinical studies harness mobile health interventions for mental health, chronic conditions

Clinical studies harness mobile health interventions for mental health, chronic conditions | Psychology Matters | Scoop.it

A smartphone platform to inform clinicians how frequently patients use their phones with a mix of passive and active tracking is the kind of mobile health tool that could help inform clinicians of the emotional state of their patients. But Ginger.io‘s behavioral health platform has generated a lot of interest beyond therapists. Medical researchers want to evaluate its potential to identify when patients are depressed, since depression can play a big part in undermining medication adherence, particularly for chronic conditions.

 

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This Man Uses Twitter To Augment His Damaged Memory

This Man Uses Twitter To Augment His Damaged Memory | Psychology Matters | Scoop.it

Thomas Dixon has no idea what he did yesterday. Sitting across from me at an outdoor cafe, he tries to jog his memory by doing what a lot of us do habitually: checking his iPhone.

Specifically, he pulls up Twitter and starts scrolling through his own feed. “Ah right,” he says. “I was talking to my friend Stephanie about our New Year’s Eve plans.” On this drizzly Friday afternoon in downtown Philadelphia, nothing seems even remotely unusual about a guy checking his phone to look something up.

But unlike you or I, Dixon isn’t exercising a compulsive, unnecessary habit. Without his phone, he literally wouldn’t be able to remember what he did yesterday. Twitter is his memory.

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Living Deliberately: Purpose and Health - Masters and PhDs

Living Deliberately: Purpose and Health - Masters and PhDs | Psychology Matters | Scoop.it

There is a growing body of evidence that people with a strong sense of purpose in their lives tend to be physically healthier.

 One of the drivers of those health benefits, according to Eric Kim, a doctoral candidate examining the intersection of social connection and physical health at the University of Michigan, is that the tutors developed a renewed sense of purpose in their lives. In research published today in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Kim and colleagues found that people with greater senses of purpose in life were more likely to embrace preventive healthcare: things like mammograms, prostate exams, colonoscopies, and flu shots.
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Make Your Marketing Smarter With These Amazing Social Media Psychology Studies

Make Your Marketing Smarter With These Amazing Social Media Psychology Studies | Psychology Matters | Scoop.it

The power and use of social media platforms for spreading communication is not only restricted to our personal life but to our professional life as well. With the burst of internet usage in past few decades, the need for different platforms offering business branding online is growing in trend.

Social Media is one such medium, which is used by social media marketers for promoting your business brand on a wider scale of audience. Apart from the basic social media strategies, there are some new studies which reveal interesting techniques to promote your business through social media. I am going to list some key psychology studies that help us in becoming better social media marketers.

 
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The MOXO Sensor — mPath - Masters and PhDs

The MOXO Sensor — mPath - Masters and PhDs | Psychology Matters | Scoop.it

It is challenging to collect accurate data about customer experience – often customers tell interviewers what they think the researcher wants to hear. MIT has worked on a new way to help companies understand those ever-so-important emotions in more objective and accurate ways.

With the MOXO sensor we measured customers’ emotional reactions from their psychophysiology. Two electrodes on the fingers measure participant’s skin conductance: micro-changes in sweat glands. Skin conductance is tied to the sympathetic nervous system, also known as the “fight or flight” system. When your sympathetic nervous system activates your heart starts pounding, your eyes dilate, and adrenaline starts pumping: your body is getting ready to make a big decision or action. Emotional reactions will trigger this sympathetic nervous system. When customers experience stress, frustration, excitement, engagement, etc. (the technical word here is arousal), we often will see jumps from the MOXO sensor.

 



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The Positive Traits of Autism – Part 2 – Hardworking

The Positive Traits of Autism – Part 2 – Hardworking | Psychology Matters | Scoop.it

People with autism can often be incredibly hardworking when they put their minds to a task – whether this is a full-time job, or just a hobby.  A lot of the time they don’t like to rest until the job is completely done, and often have a great eye for detail (more on this in a later article) Even though there are a lot of issues regarding people with autism and employment, -in terms of not enough autistic people being in work – there are actually a lot of positive traits autistic workers can bring to any job.  The simple fact of being hardworking is probably the most basic of these.

Often the way the brain functions when somebody is autistic can be ideally suited for work.  Being able to spend a large amount of time doing one task, having the ability to think logically, and also being able to stick to a routine are all things that many employers don’t think of when deciding whether to hire somebody with autism or not.

 
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Summer Teen Jobs Cut Violence - Masters and PhDs

Summer Teen Jobs Cut Violence - Masters and PhDs | Psychology Matters | Scoop.it

A study following teens who had summer jobs found violent crime in that population almost cut in half, during and following the employment. Cynthia Graber reports for Scientific American:

Violence is more than a criminal problem. It’s also a public health issue. More than 6,000 people are injured annually due to violence, mostly young people in low-income neighborhoods. Jobs programs for teens done with school have proven costly and seem to do little to reduce violence. But summer employment for kids still in school may be effective, according to a study by criminologist Sara Heller at the University of Pennsylvania.



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11 Powerful Reasons To Smile - Masters and PhDs

11 Powerful Reasons To Smile - Masters and PhDs | Psychology Matters | Scoop.it

Dr. Joel Kahn, Clinical Professor of Medicine at Wayne State University School of Medicine and Director of Cardiac Wellness, Michigan Healthcare Professionals PC, lists 11 benefits of smiling that can improve your health and life success:



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Counseling Psychology Masters Degree - Masters and PhDs

Counseling Psychology Masters Degree - Masters and PhDs | Psychology Matters | Scoop.it

Counseling psychology is the application of psychology to the solving of the problems of everyday stresses, such as career planning, learning difficulties and family difficulties.  A masters counseling degree is required in order to practice as a professional counselor.  

A typical masters degree in counseling psychology might include: human growth and development, assessment, counseling theory, interpersonal communications and relationships. individual and group work, professional identity, research methods, social and cultural diversity, and counseling diagnosis.  There may be residency requirements.

This page will help you to find out more about this degree and to locate suitable schools and programs.

 

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What Is the Role of Consciousness? - Masters and PhDs

What Is the Role of Consciousness? - Masters and PhDs | Psychology Matters | Scoop.it

Research, published in the journal PNAS suggests that you don’t need attention to comprehend what you read or to do math. In fact, you may not even need consciousness. The researchers, located at Hebrew University, used a technique known as Continuous Flash Suppression (CFS) to suppress consciousness in some 300 research participants for a short period of time. In CFS a series of rapidly changing images is presented to one eye, whereas a constant image is presented to the other. When using this technique, the constant image supposedly is not consciously perceived until after about 2 seconds.


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‘Toys R Us’ designates store hours to accomodate children with autism in UK

‘Toys R Us’ designates store hours to accomodate children with autism in UK | Psychology Matters | Scoop.it

UK - Toys R Us has announced that this coming Sunday, on November 30 every one of their locations will host a shopping event for families of children with autism and other special needs. 

The event will include features such as dimmed lighting, reduced noise levels and specially trained personnel in order to effectively meet the needs of customers. The large chain is one of many businesses throughout North America that have chosen to develop measures geared towards accommodating individuals with special or exceptional needs.

Ultimately, with the rate of autism being 1-68 in the United States and the number of children being diagnosed with the disorder rising all over the world, businesses are now acknowledging the need for provisions to be made for customers who are affected by it. 


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Don't forget this Sunday in the UK

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Could Depression Actually be a form of Infectious Disease?

Could Depression Actually be a form of Infectious Disease? | Psychology Matters | Scoop.it

Major depressive disorder (MDD) should be re-conceptualized as an infectious disease, according to Turhan Canli, PhD, Associate Professor of Psychology and Radiology at Stony Brook University. In a paper published in Biology of Mood & Anxiety Disorders, Dr.Canli suggests that major depression may result from parasitic, bacterial, or viral infection. He presents examples that illustrate possible pathways by which these microorganisms could contribute to the etiology of MDD.

 


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Follow us: @stewartmar on Twitter | stewartmar on FacebookPress Release, Stony Brook, NY, November 14, 2014 – Major depressive disorder (MDD) should be re-conceptualized as an infectious disease, according to Turhan Canli, PhD, Associate Professor of Psyc...

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Forensic Psychology Masters - Masters and PhDs

Forensic Psychology Masters - Masters and PhDs | Psychology Matters | Scoop.it

A forensic psychologist applies psychology in law and law enforcement. Some forensic psychologists start their careers by working as a police officer for a number of years. During this period, they get a real-life insight into the thought processes and lives of criminals.

Apart from the police, there are other environments where forensic psychology jobs are offered to this type of psychologist. These include courtrooms, detention centers or prisons, or community outreach programs. The job description of a forensic psychologist is so varied that it is not possible to detail everything. However, it involves all fields of psychology, i.e., behavioral, cognitive, and social. It covers working as a forensic investigator on a range of crimes from arson and robbery, to rape and murder.

 
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Study shows direct brain interface between humans - Masters and PhDs

Study shows direct brain interface between humans - Masters and PhDs | Psychology Matters | Scoop.it

In the newly published study, which involved six people, researchers were able to transmit the signals from one person’s brain over the Internet and use these signals to control the hand motions of another person within a split second of sending that signal.

 
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Sports Psychology Programs - Online And Distance Learning

Sports Psychology Programs - Online And Distance Learning | Psychology Matters | Scoop.it

You can study an MS in Sport Psychology program, or an MA in Psychology with a specialization in Sports and Performance Psychology, or an MA in Sport – Exercise Psychology.  You can also study in related fields such as Health and Wellness Psychology, which can be studies at Masters and PhD levels. This page will help you to find out more about sport psychology study and to locate suitable university degree programs, especially if you want to take your sports psychology online.

 

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