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Mental wellness warriors: Fighting for those who need it most - Masters and PhDs

Mental wellness warriors: Fighting for those who need it most - Masters and PhDs | Psychology Matters | Scoop.it

In a recent post on CNN.com, Wayne Drash highlights nine warriors for mental wellness who are fighting for better treatment and working to defy stigma.

The first one highlighted is Demi Lovato, who stepped into the mental health advocacy role in 2014 by openly discussing her struggles with bipolar disorder.



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Teaching girls to say ‘no’ in virtual reality cuts sexual victimization by half: study

Teaching girls to say ‘no’ in virtual reality cuts sexual victimization by half: study | Psychology Matters | Scoop.it

A study by researchers at Southern Methodist University has demonstrated that teenage girls who learn to assertively decline sexual advances in a virtual reality simulator are less likely suffer long term effects from sexual victimization.

The training program, called “My Voice, My Choice,” allowed “girls to practice being assertive in a realistic environment. The intent of the program is for the learning opportunity to increase the likelihood that they will use the skills in real life,” associate professor of psychology at SMU Simpson Rowe said.

“Research has shown that skills are more likely to generalize if they are practiced in a realistic environment, so we used virtual reality to increase the realism,” she continued. “It is very promising that learning resistance skills and practicing them in virtual simulations of coercive interactions could reduce the risk for later sexual victimization.”

 
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Julie Ellsmoor – Blogger and mum to young man with autism gives thoughts on eye contact - Autism Daily Newscast

Julie Ellsmoor – Blogger and mum to young man with autism gives thoughts on eye contact - Autism Daily Newscast | Psychology Matters | Scoop.it

All this week we are discussing Samsung’s Look At Me App, with various viewpoints on eye contact being offered. 

Julie Ellsmoor is a prolific autism blogger and mother to an adult son, John 26, who is on the autistic spectrum. During the week he lives in residential care with the Wirral Autistic Society. He has been a resident with them for over five years and requires round the clock, one to one support with all aspects of his care.



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Autism Daily Newscast's curator insight, January 23, 9:21 AM

A wonderful article in our series this week. Well worth reading. 

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Health, not money, inspires people to save power - Masters and PhDs

Health, not money, inspires people to save power - Masters and PhDs | Psychology Matters | Scoop.it

According to US researchers, telling people how pollution can harm kids’ health inspires them to use less electricity than telling them how much money they could save by cutting back on power use.

 



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Coffee and Tea May Protect the Brain

Coffee and Tea May Protect the Brain | Psychology Matters | Scoop.it

Serious coffee and tea drinkers need their morning “fix” to get going. But in addition to jolting them into action, it could also be keeping their brains healthy, according to several recent research studies thats have linked these beverages with protection from depression, Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease.

 



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Risks in Using Social Media to Spot Signs of Mental Distress - Masters and PhDs

Risks in Using Social Media to Spot Signs of Mental Distress - Masters and PhDs | Psychology Matters | Scoop.it

The Samaritans, a well-known suicide-prevention group in Britain, recently introduced a free web app that would alert users whenever someone they followed on Twitter posted worrisome phrases like “tired of being alone” or “hate myself.”

A week after the app was introduced on its website, more than 4,000 people had activated it, the Samaritans said, and those users were following nearly 1.9 million Twitter accounts, with no notification to those being monitored. But just about as quickly, the group faced an outcry from people who said the app, called Samaritans Radar, could identify and prey on the emotionally vulnerable — the very people the app was created to protect.

 



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More Evidence that Pets Foster Social Skills in Children with Autism

More Evidence that Pets Foster Social Skills in Children with Autism | Psychology Matters | Scoop.it

Children with autism are more likely to have strong social skills when there’s a pet in the home, according to a survey of families at an Autism Speaks Autism Treatment Network(ATN) center in Missouri.

"When I compared the social skills of children with autism who lived with dogs to those who did not, the children with dogs appeared to have greater social skills," says study author Gretchen Carlisle. "More significantly, however, the data revealed that children with any kind of pet in the home reported being more likely to engage in behaviors such as introducing themselves, asking for information or responding to other people's questions."

 
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How apraxia got my son suspended from school – Michael Graziano – Aeon

How apraxia got my son suspended from school – Michael Graziano – Aeon | Psychology Matters | Scoop.it
My six-year-old son was suspended as a danger to others. His crime? Apraxia, a disability you could find in any classroom

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A very worrying story - thankfully with a good ending.

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Educational Technology and Mobile Learning: Teacher 's Guide on Creating Personal Learning Networks

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning: Teacher 's Guide on Creating Personal Learning Networks | Psychology Matters | Scoop.it

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MIT Researcher: Glyphosate Herbicide will Cause Half of All Children to Have Autism by 2025

MIT Researcher: Glyphosate Herbicide will Cause Half of All Children to Have Autism by 2025 | Psychology Matters | Scoop.it

For over three decades, Stephanie Seneff, PhD, has researched biology and technology, over the years publishing over 170 scholarly peer-reviewed articles. In recent years she has concentrated on the relationship between nutrition and health, tackling such topics as Alzheimer’s, autism, and cardiovascular diseases, as well as the impact of nutritional deficiencies and environmental toxins on human health.

At a [recent] conference, in a special panel discussion about GMOs, she took the audience by surprise when she declared, “At today’s rate, by 2025, one in two children will be autistic.” She noted that the side effects of autism closely mimic those of glyphosate toxicity, and presented data showing a remarkably consistent correlation between the use of Roundup on crops (and the creation of Roundup-ready GMO crop seeds) with rising rates of autism. Children with autism have biomarkers indicative of excessive glyphosate, including zinc and iron deficiency, low serum sulfate, seizures, and mitochondrial disorder.

 

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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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Substance Abuse Masters - Masters and PhDs

Substance Abuse Masters - Masters and PhDs | Psychology Matters | Scoop.it

With the national and international rate of substance abuse continuously rising. The need for people who understand the special needs of individuals who are caught in an abusive cycle is constantly growing. While the number of counselors in this specialized field continues to grow, the specific needs of people who are drug, alcohol or other substance dependent has created a requirement for more alcohol and substance abuse counselors who have studied the problem at an advanced level and gained a substance abuse masters.

 


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6 Everyday Ways To Add More Adventure Into Your Life

6 Everyday Ways To Add More Adventure Into Your Life | Psychology Matters | Scoop.it

Most of us have fallen victim to envying a friend's adventurous life online. The fun photos, cool locations and energetic statuses make many of us feel like we lead relatively uneventful lives. But we need to remind ourselves that what's posted online isn't always reality. In order to truly live more adventurously, we need to give 100% of our minds to whatever we're doing. That's not a possibility if our thoughts are somewhere else or we're only half present, with our other half of engrossed in the digital world and unnecessary comparisons. 

Adventure waits just outside your door — you just need to be more open to the idea of experiencing something new, to live with intention. These tips will help get you started on that path.

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Identity in a Digital World

Presented at TEDxLangleyEd on January 17, 2015.


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New System for Instructing Students with Cognitive Disabilities - 'Radically Change Education' | LJ World

New System for Instructing Students with Cognitive Disabilities - 'Radically Change Education' | LJ World | Psychology Matters | Scoop.it
A project funded by one of the largest research grants in Kansas University history that aims to change education for students with severe cognitive disabilities is nearing completion. By Elliot Hughes

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Rob Hatfield, M.Ed.'s curator insight, January 14, 10:35 PM

I look forward to reviewing the new "Dynamic Learning Maps" with the computer based enhancements for cognitively disabled learners.

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Pediatric Politics: How Dire Warnings Against Infant Bed Sharing ‘Backfired’

Pediatric Politics: How Dire Warnings Against Infant Bed Sharing ‘Backfired’ | Psychology Matters | Scoop.it

Every new parent has heard the dire warning: Never sleep with your baby. It all comes from the official recommendations of the influential American Academy of Pediatrics published in 2011.

Melissa Bartick, M.D., M.Sc, assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and internist at Cambridge Health Alliance, writes:

Unfortunately, we also know that parents who try to avoid bed sharing with their infants are far more likely to feed their babies at night on chairs and couches in futile attempts to stay awake, which actually markedly increases their infants’ risk of suffocation.

 



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Characteristics of The Spirited Child - About Health Degrees

Characteristics of The Spirited Child - About Health Degrees | Psychology Matters | Scoop.it

About 20% of all babies born have temperament traits of a fussy or high need, or what we call a spirited child. They require extra TLC (Tender Loving Care) from parents because their behaviour can be very challenging.

 



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Everyday Trauma, Everyday Resilience

Everyday Trauma, Everyday Resilience | Psychology Matters | Scoop.it

When Frank was a young boy, and he committed some typical toddler transgression such as having a meltdown when it was time to leave the playground, his father would slap him across the face, hurting and humiliating him in a very public way.

 

When I spoke with Frank over 20 years later, in the context of helping him with his own son Leo's frequent tantrums in my behavioral pediatrics practice, he did not describe this experience as "trauma." Rather, he described it in a very matter-of-fact tone.

 

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How To Build One Brain-Boosting Habit In 2015

How To Build One Brain-Boosting Habit In 2015 | Psychology Matters | Scoop.it

We never stop learning. But unlike our school days, when our brain is constantly challenged and exercised to become better, our adult lives don't make time for this. In 2015, give your brain a boost. It's easier than you think and takes only a few minutes of your life each day


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Some great habits to pick in the new year. 

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Nuggets from Psychology Today’s “Essential Reads”

Nuggets from Psychology Today’s “Essential Reads” | Psychology Matters | Scoop.it

From the thousands of articles on PsychologyToday.com published this year, the editors selected approximately 300 as “Essential Reads.” I have reviewed them all and here are my favorite nuggets, quoted essentially verbatim. I’ve divided them into categories: self-help, mental health, relationships, parenting,materialism, and aging. 

 

 

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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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