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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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'Immortal' Region Discovered in Human Brain - Masters and PhDs

'Immortal' Region Discovered in Human Brain - Masters and PhDs | Psychology Matters | Scoop.it

Scientists have discovered a part of the human brain that enjoys eternal youth.

Researchers said the latest findings show that at least one part of the human brain stays cognitively intact, regardless of age.

“Our studies have found that older and younger adults perform in a similar way on a range of visual and non-visual tasks that measure spatial attention,” researcher Dr. Joanna Brooks, who conducted the study as a Visiting Research Fellow with the University of Adelaide’s School of Psychology and the School of Medicine, said in a news release.

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Human Nutrition - Understanding Macronutrient Metabolism - Masters and PhDs

Human Nutrition - Understanding Macronutrient Metabolism - Masters and PhDs | Psychology Matters | Scoop.it

In this free ALISON online course, the learner will be introduced to metabolism and the carbohydrate, lipid and protein metabolism pathways. The course will cover the various pathways of carbohydrates, proteins and lipids from glycogenesis to protein degradation.

 
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Did OkCupid send a bunch of incompatible people on dates on purpose? - Masters and PhDs

Did OkCupid send a bunch of incompatible people on dates on purpose? - Masters and PhDs | Psychology Matters | Scoop.it

Facebook is hardly the only web company to use its power over what users see for the sake of research. In a blog post Monday (thanks to UNC sociologist Zeynep Tufekci for the link), OkCupid’s Christian Rudder laid out three separate experiments the company has run on users.

What are we to make of manipulations like these? The findings are at least interesting. 

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Blood Test Could Detect A Genetic Tendency Toward Suicide - Masters and PhDs

Blood Test Could Detect A Genetic Tendency Toward Suicide - Masters and PhDs | Psychology Matters | Scoop.it

When it comes to fighting suicide, knowing who is at risk can be tricky and, moreover, a very subjective process. Scientists at Johns Hopkins Medicine are trying to bring a level of objectivity into the search for those at high risk of attempting suicide – in the form of a simple blood test.

In a new study published in the American Journal of Psychiatry, researchers say they have found something of a common denominator in people who have committed suicide or those with suicidal thoughts or attempts. The key? A unique genetic mutation in the gene SKA2, which is thought to play an important role in the way our brains handle stress. Not everyone at risk of suicide has the genetic signature, but when people do have this mutation, their likelihood of attempting suicide was found to be extremely high compared to the rest of the population.

 
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Why You Clicked on That Tweet: The Psychology of Twitter Engagement

Why You Clicked on That Tweet: The Psychology of Twitter Engagement | Psychology Matters | Scoop.it

What does the academic field that has brought us Freudian theories have to do with the social network that popularized hashtags and play-by-play updates of Sunday brunches? 

More than you would think. We want to know what will motivate our followers to act -- and psychology can help you find out just that.

I’ve been monitoring and publishing to HubSpot’s Twitter account for the past couple of months. During this time, I've noticed that certain types of tweet copy elicit higher numbers of clicks and engagement -- and these types of copy align with several prominent psychological theories. 

To help you get your followers to better engage with your brand on Twitter, let's dive into four essential psychological theories.

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Telepsychiatry startup CEO shares insights on telemedicine proposals - About Health Degrees

Telepsychiatry startup CEO shares insights on telemedicine proposals - About Health Degrees | Psychology Matters | Scoop.it

Two interesting developments in telemedicine punctuated the runup to Independence Day celebrations last week. CMS proposed adding more telemedicine codes that can be reimbursement, primarily in the realm of psychotherapy and psychoanlysis. Humayun Chaudry, CEO of the Federation of State Medical Boards, said the group is readying a compact that would make it easier to practice medicine across state lines with participating states. He expects the proposal to be ready to be reviewed by state medical boards at the end of the summer.

Telemedicine startup and DreamIT Ventures accelerator grad 1DocWay works with physician networks and psychiatric hospitals to provide telepsychiatry services for Medicare and Medicaid patients. For co-founder and CEO Samir Malik, every development is reason for encouragement. Of the two proposals, the compact from the Federation would have the biggest impact, if it succeeds. Although the CMS proposal would have a negligible impact on 1DocWay’s sales, it’s certainly a positive step.

 
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5 Ways to Make Yourself Happier in the Next 5 Minutes - Masters and PhDs

5 Ways to Make Yourself Happier in the Next 5 Minutes - Masters and PhDs | Psychology Matters | Scoop.it

Happiness is a lifelong pursuit of meaning, purpose, and fulfillment. But while it could take years of persistence to deeply transform your life, there are scientifically-tested strategies that have been shown to provide an immediate happiness boost. Such activities provide a modest but lingering increase in happiness, but when practiced consistently over time, they become happiness habits, energizing you to live your dreams and passions.

Here are 5 such strategies that you can practice right now, to get a shot of healthy psychological nutrients ...

 

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Comprehensive review shows no link between vaccinations and autism - About Health Degrees

Comprehensive review shows no link between vaccinations and autism - About Health Degrees | Psychology Matters | Scoop.it

The first systematic international review of childhood vaccinations led by researchers from the University of Sydney has found no evidence of a link to the development of autism or autism spectrum disorders (ASDs).

 

The comprehensive review, published in medical journal Vaccine, examined five cohort studies involving more than 1.25 million children, an additional five case-control studies involving more than 9,920 children obtained via systematic searches of international medical databases MEDLINE, PubMed, EBASE and Google Scholar up to April 2014.

 

Both the cohort and case-control studies revealed no statistical data to support a relationship between childhood vaccination for the commonly-used vaccines for measles, mumps, rubella, diphtheria, tetanus and whooping cough and the development of autism or ASDs.

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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

The Sad Truth about Your Smile | Psychology Matters | Scoop.it

 

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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New Parkinson's Disease Findings - About Health Degrees

New Parkinson's Disease Findings - About Health Degrees | Psychology Matters | Scoop.it

A large new study spearheaded by researchers with the National Institute on Aging that involved scientists from more than 50 different institutions worldwide — including 23andMe — has found new genetic risks for Parkinson’s disease.

Published in this week’s Nature Genetics, the study is significant for both its size and its findings. It is the largest Parkinson’s genome wide association study (GWAS) ever done, looking at more than seven million variants in about 13,000 patients with the disease. The researchers used the data from more than 100,000 people without Parkinson’s who were used as controls. 23andMe contributed data from more than 4,000 of our customers with Parkinson’s and about 62,000 without the disease who all consented to participate in research.

 
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It's Hard to Imagine a World Without Psychology - Masters and PhDs

It's Hard to Imagine a World Without Psychology - Masters and PhDs | Psychology Matters | Scoop.it

The popular media portrays psychology in a variety of ways, from the reasonably accurate way that neuroscience is discussed in the TNT crime drama, Perception, to the silly but enjoyable use of “telepathy” in the USA network comedy Psych (now only shown in reruns). However, as readers of Psychology Today know, there are many practical applications of psychology in areas such as advice, mental health, and relationships. People seek interventions in the form of psychological counseling, guidance, psychotherapy, and help with substance abuse, couple, or family problems.

Without psychological research, these applications to treatment would not be possible. In addition, psychologists study a range of problems in basic science, such as the role of the brain in behavior, changes in the mind and body in development, processes of learning, memory, sensation and perception, and the ways that people think about others and the world in areas such as social cognition, attitudes, and stereotyping.

Read more at: http://masters-phds.com/hard-imagine-world-without-psychology/ ;

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Stress, Anxiety, Loneliness: How This Entrepreneur Lost Himself and Bounced Back Stronger - Masters and PhDs

Stress, Anxiety, Loneliness: How This Entrepreneur Lost Himself and Bounced Back Stronger - Masters and PhDs | Psychology Matters | Scoop.it

He was in the process of building what is now a $16 million trendy data-driven dining startup called Dinner Lab. Many would have loved to trade spots with him. Things were happening fast.

But he wasn’t able to focus in conversations. He was often overcome with an odd, out-of-reality sensation where he would watch people’s mouths move, but couldn’t concentrate on their words.

Bordainick had fallen into that perfect maelstrom of stress, anxiety and too much to do. He had hit that infamous and clichéd “wall.”

 
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In Fatal Flash, Gaza Psychologist Switches Roles, Turning Into a Trauma Victim - Masters and PhDs

In Fatal Flash, Gaza Psychologist Switches Roles, Turning Into a Trauma Victim - Masters and PhDs | Psychology Matters | Scoop.it

Hassan al-Zeyada has spent decades counseling fellow residents of the Gaza Strip who experience psychological trauma. Now, as he prepares to aid his neighbors after a new round of combat and carnage, he has a challenging new patient: himself.

An Israeli airstrike demolished Dr. Zeyada’s family home on July 20, killing six close relatives, including his mother and three of his brothers.

“You try to help the people with their suffering,” the doctor said recently in his Gaza City living room, lined with psychology textbooks. “It’s totally different when you have the same experience. 

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A $650 Million Donation for Psychiatric Research - Masters and PhDs

A $650 Million Donation for Psychiatric Research - Masters and PhDs | Psychology Matters | Scoop.it

Late on Monday, the Broad Institute, a biomedical research center, announced a $650 million donation for psychiatric research from the Stanley Family Foundation — one of the largest private gifts ever for scientific research. It comes at a time when basic research into mental illness is sputtering, and many drug makers have all but abandoned the search for new treatments.

Despite decades of costly research, experts have learned virtually nothing about the causes of psychiatric disorders and have developed no truly novel drug treatments in more than a quarter century. Broad Institute officials hope that Mr. Stanley’s donation will change that, and they timed their announcement to coincide with the publication of the largest analysis to date on the genetics of schizophrenia.

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Rethink Your Thoughts about Thinking - Masters and PhDs

Rethink Your Thoughts about Thinking - Masters and PhDs | Psychology Matters | Scoop.it

Your beliefs about the way you think can shape your life in surprising ways. A spate of recent findings suggest that targeting such metacognition can help relieve mood and anxiety disorders, and it may even reduce symptoms of psychosis.

Metacognition often takes the form of a value judgment about one’s thoughts, such as “It’s bad that I overanalyze everything.” Research has shown that these metacognitive beliefs can play an important role in obsessive-compulsive disorder, depression and generalized anxiety disorder, among others. In particular, they may matter more than the way we frame situations in our mind, such as by focusing on the negative aspects of a life event. That framing, called cognitive appraisal, is typically addressed in psychotherapy, but metacognition is not, perhaps to the patient’s detriment, explains psychologist Jennifer L. Hudson of Macquarie University in Australia.

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Organizational Psychology Masters - Masters and PhDs

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

An organizational psychologist seeks to understand human behavior in organizational settings and applies behavioral principles and research findings to bring about change in these settings. Thus, they need to know: how groups function; negotiation strategies, problem solving techniques, and group cohesion methods; and, how to increase motivation and improve workplace performance.

A psychology MBA or other organizational psychology masters program prepares you to meet these expectations.

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Psychological Factors Predict Soccer Injuries - Brain Blogger (blog)

Psychological Factors Predict Soccer Injuries - Brain Blogger (blog) | Psychology Matters | Scoop.it

“Psychological Factors Predict Soccer Injuries Brain Blogger (blog) “Interest in the pathogenesis of sport injuries has led to the general conclusion that two major factors influence injury vulnerability: external factors (e.g.”


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