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Do You Think You Are Out of Options for Treating Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder? - Masters and PhDs

Do You Think You Are Out of Options for Treating Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder? - Masters and PhDs | Psychology Matters | Scoop.it

Deep brain stimulation (DBS) was first developed as a treatment for Parkinson’s disease to reduce tremor, stiffness, walking problems and uncontrollable movements. Earlier this month, Drs. Alim Louis Benabid of the Academy of Science in France and Mahlon DeLong of Emory University were awarded the 2014 Lasker-DeBakey Award (often called the “American Nobels”) for pioneering deep brain stimulation in Parkinson’s disease.

 

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Better Ways to Learn - NYTimes.com

Better Ways to Learn - NYTimes.com | Psychology Matters | Scoop.it

For starters, long and focused study sessions may seem productive, but chances are you are spending most of your brainpower on trying to maintain your concentration for a long period of time. That doesn’t leave a lot of brain energy for learning.


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PCGS_EduOMT's curator insight, October 16, 5:35 AM

Good reflexion and tips for students and teachers

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“It’s hard to sit there and push yourself for hours,” Mr. Carey says. “You’re spending a lot of effort just staying there, when there are other ways to make the learning more efficient, fun and interesting.”

The first step toward better learning is to simply change your study environment from time to time. Rather than sitting at your desk or the kitchen table studying for hours, finding some new scenery will create new associations in your brain and make it easier to recall information later.

“The brain wants variation,” Mr. Carey says. “It wants to move, it wants to take periodic breaks.”

This is one of the important highlights in the article. Worth reading and doing some changes on yourself and when teaching others :)

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Thync Adds Brain Electrodes to the Mix in Mobile Health Wearables - Masters and PhDs

Thync Adds Brain Electrodes to the Mix in Mobile Health Wearables - Masters and PhDs | Psychology Matters | Scoop.it

Rather than merely producing mobile data that nudges users toward better health habits, Los Gatos, CA-based Thync says it is working on a wearable device designed to directly perk up or calm down the brain through “electrical stimulation wave forms” delivered by electrodes placed on the scalp.

 
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Do gut bacteria rule our minds? | University of California - About Health Degrees

Do gut bacteria rule our minds? | University of California - About Health Degrees | Psychology Matters | Scoop.it
It sounds like science fiction, but it seems that bacteria within us — which outnumber our own cells about 100-fold — may very well be affecting both our c
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Your Psychology Affects Your Response to Medical Treatments - Masters and PhDs

Your Psychology Affects Your Response to Medical Treatments - Masters and PhDs | Psychology Matters | Scoop.it

Brain imaging (fMRI) studies show that catastrophizing is associated with attention to pain, anticipation of pain, and negative emotions related to pain—all of which serve to amplify pain at the neural level. Catastrophizing lights up the same areas of the brain associated with pain processing and thereby amplifying the pain experience and suffering. It is important to learn information and skills that dampen pain processing in the brain—otherwise you may unwittingly make your pain worse!

 

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Tinder And Evolutionary Psychology

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Tinder’s success stems from its simplicity and minimalism, which relates to how our cognitive system works. The only way that human beings could’ve survived as a species for as long as we have is by developing a decision-making apparatus that’s capable of making quick judgments based on very little information. Although we always ascribe our decisions to a rational, conscious-brain motivation, this supposed motivation is never the entire reason for our decisions; in fact, it often has nothing to do with it! We like to think of ourselves as rational human beings that base our decisions on logical processes, but most of our decisions occur unconsciously and based on minimal information.

 
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Liraz Margalit:  "[Tinder's] runaway success cannot be attributed solely to singles looking for quick hook-ups. The counter-intuitive truth is that Tinder actually provides users with all the information they need to make an informed first impression about a potential long-term mate.  And it does so by matching our human evolutionary mechanism."

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Organizational Psychology PhD Programs - Masters and PhDs

Organizational Psychology PhD Programs - Masters and PhDs | Psychology Matters | Scoop.it

Taking an organizational psychology PhD is a good step towards a rewarding career. The role of a psychologist in an organization is to create a positive working environment, and to assist in maintaining harmony and good working relationships. It is a career that is challenging, but also very interesting and rewarding, especially for someone with a relevant PhD.

 

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Which Area of Psychology Is the US’s Fastest Growing Career? - Masters and PhDs

Which Area of Psychology Is the US’s Fastest Growing Career? - Masters and PhDs | Psychology Matters | Scoop.it

The federal Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) predicted the fastest growing jobs through the year 2022. The big surprise was that the fastest growing profession in the United States is predicted to be Industrial-Organizational psychologist! The profession is expected to increase dramatically, by 53%, which put it ahead of a variety of health care jobs (with health the fastest-growing sector) and Interpreters & Translators (as a result of our international mobility).

 

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Disposition of students to Online counselling - Masters and PhDs

Disposition of students to Online counselling - Masters and PhDs | Psychology Matters | Scoop.it

This study was designed to examine the undergraduates’ disposition to the online counselling services after 24 months. It also investigated the prevalent disposition, dispositional types and distribution of students across the types.

The results showed that students were mostly (94.9%) favourably disposed to online counselling services in OAU, particularly in form of trust (44.4%), curiosity (31.9%) and enthusiasm (13.9%). Although, the students’ disposition was not affected by their age and level in the university, sex and their awareness of the weblink significantly influenced their disposition to online counselling.

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Buyer Psychology and Customer Value: Why Do People Buy Starbucks Coffee?

Buyer Psychology and Customer Value: Why Do People Buy Starbucks Coffee? | Psychology Matters | Scoop.it
Hint: it is probably not because of the quality of the coffee. This post was inspired by a question on Quora that asked if Starbucks coffee was really superior and how the company made it addictive. …

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DARPA Project Starts Building Human Memory Prosthetics - Masters and PhDs

DARPA Project Starts Building Human Memory Prosthetics - Masters and PhDs | Psychology Matters | Scoop.it

“They’re trying to do 20 years of research in 4 years,” says Michael Kahana in a tone that’s a mixture of excitement and disbelief. Kahana, director of the Computational Memory Lab at the University of Pennsylvania, is mulling over the tall order from the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). In the next four years, he and other researchers are charged with understanding the neuroscience of memory and then building a prosthetic memory device that’s ready for implantation in a human brain.

 
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When You Feel Worthless

When You Feel Worthless | Psychology Matters | Scoop.it

A sinking self-worth usually starts early. Maybe your caregivers criticized your every move, or maybe they criticized themselves and you learned to do the same with yourself.

“When we do not see worth in something, we often treat it poorly. Self-worth is the same way,” according to Brooke Lewis, a registered clinical counselor who specializes in self-harm, eating disorders and addictions in British Columbia. You truly believe you aren’t “worth caring for.”

This might translate into engaging in self-destructive behaviors, she said. Or it might manifest in staying in toxic relationships, which only confirm your belief that you’re unworthy. It might mean isolating yourself. It might mean ignoring even the basics of self-care, such as getting enough sleep and seeing the doctor.

But you can foster a positive self-worth. “Our brains and mindsets are flexible, not fixed,” Lewis said. It just takes time. Because feeling worthless is a complex issue, seeing a therapist can help.

“Often people with low self-worth have never experienced a relationship of unconditional acceptance or have ever felt ‘heard.” The therapeutic relationship is unconditional and judgment-free, she said.

In addition to therapy, there are small steps you can take to begin building a healthier relationship with yourself. Here are several to try.

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A little video gaming 'linked to well-adjusted children' - Masters and PhDs

A little video gaming 'linked to well-adjusted children' - Masters and PhDs | Psychology Matters | Scoop.it

Playing video games for a short period each day could have a small but positive impact on child development, a study by Oxford University suggests.

Scientists found young people who spent less than an hour a day engaged in video games were better adjusted than those who did not play at all. But children who used consoles for more than three hours reported lower satisfaction with their lives overall. The research is published in the journal Pediatrics.

 

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How to Deal With Someone Who's Always Looking for a Crisis - Masters and PhDs

How to Deal With Someone Who's Always Looking for a Crisis - Masters and PhDs | Psychology Matters | Scoop.it

Crisis-prone individuals don’t just like to live in a state of high alert, they seem to relish being called upon to fix all those problems that are causing the crisis. Call them “fixers.” They may not be called upon to perform virtual CPRs on their company or friends, but they do seem to rise with unnatural enthusiasm to save the day.

 
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Clinical Psychology PhD - Masters and PhDs

Clinical Psychology PhD - Masters and PhDs | Psychology Matters | Scoop.it

Accredited online psychology degrees provide many career opportunities in private sector, e.g., marketing, personnel management.  There are also many positions in the public sector, e.g., in teaching, social and community work, mental health care in hospitals, clinics and schools.

The number of positions in this area is growing.  The American Psychological Association says that psychology is the third fastest-growing field in America requiring a college degree.  For the best jobs you really need a doctorate in clinical psychology.

 

Find out more about clinical psychology PhD programs. This page has details of the programs, where they can be found, career prospects, and more ...

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Brittany Maynard: My right to death with dignity at 29 - About Health Degrees

Brittany Maynard: My right to death with dignity at 29 - About Health Degrees | Psychology Matters | Scoop.it

Brittany Maynard had been married a little more than a year when she was diagnosed with brain cancer. After months of research, she decided that death with dignity was the best option for her and her family.

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Nancy Kanwisher: A neural portrait of the human mind - Masters and PhDs

Nancy Kanwisher: A neural portrait of the human mind - Masters and PhDs | Psychology Matters | Scoop.it

In this video, brain imaging pioneer Nancy Kanwisher, who uses fMRI scans to see activity in brain regions (often her own), shares what she and her colleagues have learned ...

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Boy with autism benefits from KU student’s undergraduate research - Masters and PhDs

Boy with autism benefits from KU student’s undergraduate research - Masters and PhDs | Psychology Matters | Scoop.it

Two-year-old Mark’s first haircut in a salon was pretty traumatic. He screamed. He cried. His dad had to restrain him – Mark has autism and a haircut wasn’t part of his routine. But there’s a happy ending.

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Internet Trolls Are Narcissists, Psychopaths, and Sadists - Masters and PhDs

Internet Trolls Are Narcissists, Psychopaths, and Sadists - Masters and PhDs | Psychology Matters | Scoop.it

An internet troll is someone who comes into a discussion and posts comments designed to upset or disrupt the conversation. Often, it seems like there is no real purpose behind their comments except to upset everyone else involved. Trolls will lie, exaggerate, and offend to get a response.

What kind of person would do this?  Canadian researchers decided to find out ...

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Woman of 24 found to have no cerebellum in her brain - Masters and PhDs

Woman of 24 found to have no cerebellum in her brain - Masters and PhDs | Psychology Matters | Scoop.it

A woman has reached the age of 24 without anyone realising she was missing a large part of her brain. The case highlights just how adaptable the organ is.

The discovery was made when the woman was admitted to the Chinese PLA General Hospital of Jinan Military Area Command in Shandong Province complaining of dizziness and nausea. She told doctors she’d had problems walking steadily for most of her life, and her mother reported that she hadn’t walked until she was 7 and that her speech only became intelligible at the age of 6.

 
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Students’ life stories and counselling technologies in perspective - Masters and PhDs

Students’ life stories and counselling technologies in perspective - Masters and PhDs | Psychology Matters | Scoop.it

Given the current global trend of mimicking real life situations into digital counselling games and its related digital counselling platforms, we decided to contextually understand from the Ghanaian senior high school students, their life challenges arising from their life stories. The purpose is to use the findings as a basis to develop a digital counselling platform in our next study. Again, the study is intended to serve as a reference guide for researchers when designing a digital counselling platforms for senior high schools. The study also explores the extent to which ICT is currently being used to provide counselling services to students.

 

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India Art n Design Global Hop: Dancing Bubbles

India Art n Design Global Hop: Dancing Bubbles | Psychology Matters | Scoop.it

Conceptualized and designed by architect and designer, Emmanuelle Moureaux, the Shinjuen Nursing Home in Kawagoe-City, near Tokyo, has been turned into a warm and friendly centre that not only welcomes the ailing into a positive ambience, but also nurtures feelings of joy and well being.

Sometimes, a simple thought can go a long way in defining an ambience and a function. At the designated facility providing nursing care services for the elderly, together with day service and home care service, in view of supporting an enriching lifestyle for the community, recently had its lounge and cafeteria renovated.

Taking a cue from its location amidst lush green surroundings, the architect has worked on a metaphoric concept, where she uses a simple ‘happy’ concept of dancing bubbles to infuse the otherwise functionally austere space with vibrancy and warmth. 

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The Sad Truth about Your Smile

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If you’re subscribing to the old adage of “grin and bear it” “keeping smiling” or “chin up” to mask unwanted negative emotions, you’re not doing yourself any favors, or fooling anyone else for that matter — science shows us homo sapiens are not that easily fooled.

Researchers say that over time, putting on a fake smile can actually cause people to associate smiling with feeling unhappy, an internal cognitive dissonance, causing not only temporary confusion, but a sense of  uneasiness. The better option that is recommended is that people should instead forgo a smile until whatever negative emotion they’re feeling is resolved or subsided.

We are always taught to never wear our hearts on our sleeves, be it in a professional setting like the workplace, or in one’s personal life, although it is more forgiving in the latter area. Maybe society has it all wrong. Maybe we shouldn’t be overly concerned with social decorum. But is that the healthiest route to take?

  
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Time Perception Triggers Procrastination

Time Perception Triggers Procrastination | Psychology Matters | Scoop.it
Procrastination happens because of our perception of time. Researchers from the University of Chicago's Booth School of Business found that we're more likely to start a task when we view it as part of the present. However, we're also less likely to start tasks when we associate them with being part of the future.
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Virtual-Reality Tech Helps Treat PTSD in Soldiers - Masters and PhDs

Virtual-Reality Tech Helps Treat PTSD in Soldiers - Masters and PhDs | Psychology Matters | Scoop.it

Veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) could gain some relief from a new virtual-reality program, new research suggests.

The simulated environment, which lets members of the military “relive” their traumatic experiences in a computer-game environment, has shown success in several early studies, researchers said in a talk Thursday (Aug. 7) at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association.

The new work builds on traditional exposure therapy, a behavioral technique used to treat PTSD and other anxiety disorders that involves exposing the patient to a fear-inducing object or context in a safe environment.

 
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