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Non-Profit Uses Social Media to Crush Bullying

Non-Profit Uses Social Media to Crush Bullying | Psychology Professionals | Scoop.it

One in four children in the United States are victims of bullying. Taunting, teasing and physical abuse make their bus rides, hallways, lunch and classrooms daily battlegrounds. Every day, 160,000 students skip school out of fear. Some even bring weapons to school, desperate to protect themselves. Now, bullying has extended to another place young people congregate: online, where cyberbullying is just as bad.

To stamp out this problem at the source, a Los Angeles non-profit is using social media to educate and empower students.

 

Read more: http://mashable.com/2013/07/03/bullying/

 


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Study Organizational Psychology Online

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Find out more about organizational psychology online or industrial organizational psychology and locate suitable universities to take online programs.

 

Read moer at: http://onlineanddistancelearning.com/organizational-psychology-online


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Virtual lab aims to explain treatments for Alzheimer's and dementia

Virtual lab aims to explain treatments for Alzheimer's and dementia | Psychology Professionals | Scoop.it
New website from Alzheimer's Research outlines funding, clinical research methods and new treatments. By Stuart Dredge

British charity Alzheimer's Research UK has launched a website giving families of people living with dementia information on new research and treatments for Alzheimer's and related diseases.

The site – The Lab – takes the form of a virtual laboratory and hospital, a 3D environment offering text, slideshows and videos about how research is funded, clinical research and new treatments.

Visitors to the site are able to sign in using their Facebook details, although it's not a requirement. Those that sign in will also see friends' profile photos in the site's intro film, and can post a pledge of their support for dementia research on their Facebook walls from within the site.

 

Read more at: http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2013/jun/21/alzheimers-research-dementia-lab


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Study a Substance Abuse degree online

Study a Substance Abuse degree online | Psychology Professionals | Scoop.it

Substance abuse counselors (also called behavioral disorder counselors) help people who have problems with gambling, alcohol, drugs, substance abuse and eating disorders. 

Find out what it means to be a substance abuse counselor and locate suitable online degree programs.

 

Read more at: http://onlineanddistancelearning.com/substance-abuse-online

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Women Flock to Pornography | Psychology Today

Women Flock to Pornography | Psychology Today | Psychology Professionals | Scoop.it
Survey data indicates that 30 percent of Internet pornography users are women (1). This is a problem for evolutionary psychologists who claim that women choose relationship-based romance literature over visual erotica (2).

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Studying a Health Psychology Masters degree online

Studying a Health Psychology Masters degree online | Psychology Professionals | Scoop.it

The linking of health and psychology in degree level study is a relatively recent phenonemon.  Even so, masters in health psychology programs are very popular amongst students, many of them wishing to specialize in such areas as health and wellness psychology, and sports psychology.

This page has details of health psychology masters programs, what's in them, where to find them, career prospects, and more ...

 

Read more at: http://onlineanddistancelearning.com/health-psychology-masters


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Ethical Framework for the Use of Social Media by Mental Health Professionals

Ethical Framework for the Use of Social Media by Mental Health Professionals | Psychology Professionals | Scoop.it

A competent practitioner working online will always adhere to at least the following minimum standards and practices in order to be considered to be working in an ethical manner.

Practitioners have a sufficient understanding of their Ethics Codes and Social Media and can integrate how they relate to professional conduct online. Practitioners are mindful that Social Media activity can blur the boundaries between personal and professional lives, and they take great care to consider the potential impact of these activities on their professional relationships.


Read more at: http://onlinetherapyinstitute.com/ethical-framework-for-the-use-of-social-media-by-mental-health-professionals/


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Psychology and Business

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We can use psychology to understand and change human behavior in a business setting. 

Find out more about psychology and business programs, what they contain, where you can take them, what the prospects are after completion, and more ...

 

Read more at: http://onlineanddistancelearning.com/psychology-and-business


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When Is Stress Good for You? [Video]

When Is Stress Good for You? [Video] | Psychology Professionals | Scoop.it

We hear a lot about the downsides of stress. Too much of it can impair thinking, harm our health and, more prosaically, put us in a bad mood. But anyone who pontificates about the risks of chronic stress would be remiss in not pointing out that some measure of psychological tension is an important (not to mention unavoidable) part of life. The problem with stress for many of us is not  its existence, but our inability to handle it. Luckily, we can train ourselves to make stress work for–rather than against–us.

 

Watch the video at: http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/streams-of-consciousness/2013/06/06/when-is-stress-good-for-you-video/

 


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The Role of Sports Psychology Degrees in Improving Sports Performance

The Role of Sports Psychology Degrees in Improving Sports Performance | Psychology Professionals | Scoop.it

So much of performing well in sport is about motivation, stress, endurance, will power - all psychological factors.  So it is not surprising that our psychological knowledge about such factors is now beings applied to sport in a scientific way. 

Find out more about sport psychology study, what's involved, what the prospects are, and locate suitable sports psychology programs.

 

Read more at: http://onlineanddistancelearning.com/sports-psychology-programs


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Common Post-Pregnancy Relationship Problems

Common Post-Pregnancy Relationship Problems | Psychology Professionals | Scoop.it

Sixty-seven percent of couples see their marital satisfaction plummet within one year post-baby, according a study published in the Journal of Family Psychology.

Between lack of sleep, wacky hormones, and the stress of figuring out how to change a diaper or calm a crying kid—on top of the effort required to maintain a happy, healthy relationship, whether or not you have an infant to worry about—it’s no wonder people go through a rough spell.

 

Read more at: http://blog.womenshealthmag.com/scoop/baby-relationship-strain/

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Start your education career with an Masters In Educational Psychology

Start your education career with an Masters In Educational Psychology | Psychology Professionals | Scoop.it

A masters in educational psychology provides the skills and knowledge required to proceed on a variety of career paths.  This page tells you more about this field of psychology, the program, the career possibilities, helps you to locate suitable university programs, and more ...

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Dreaming of animals and other warning signs of neurodegeneration

Dreaming of animals and other warning signs of neurodegeneration | Psychology Professionals | Scoop.it

The research shows that people with Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and several other neurodegenerative conditions often experience sleep disturbances many decades before any symptoms appear, and that these disturbances are somehow linked to disruptions of the circadian rhythm. They include common sleeping difficulties such as insomnia, sleep apnoea, and daytime drowsiness, and some slightly more unusual ones. According to one small study published in 2011, for example, the early stages of Parkinson's disease are characterised by alterations inthe content of dreams, particularly the presence of animals and increased aggressiveness.

 

Read more at: http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/neurophilosophy/2013/may/22/dreaming-of-animals-and-other-warning-signs-of-neurodegeneration

 
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The Body Data Craze

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Technology has revolutionized what we can measure about ourselves. But is all that tracking good for our health?

 

WHEN LISA Betts-LaCroix was having her first child, a home birth, her husband was not always by her side. He would watch her intensely when she’d have a contraction, then dart off to log the information about that contraction on an Excel spreadsheet. He wasn’t doing this for medical reasons. He was doing it for eternity.

 

This year, Betts-LaCroix returned the favor by creating a program to quantify her and her husband’s relationship. After reading the bookHis Needs, Her Needs, she decided that certain things contributed to a positive relationship and other things eroded a marriage. The guiding concept for her study was a bank account: year after year, each partner makes “deposits” into a marriage—kindnesses, generous acts—and if they acted selfishly or cruelly they were making equivalent “withdrawals” from their joint account. These withdrawals included negative things she or her husband did or said. If he acted out, he’d get a “negative three,” as she put it. If she picked a fight, he would take away points from her side of the ledger. If she cooked him dinner, she’d get a plus number. She charted the two of them for months, measuring their progress.

 

Betts-LaCroix is no computer scientist. She’s a 48-year-old actress, originally from Toronto, who educates her two children at home in the Bay Area. She wryly described herself as “a totally disorganized person enamored with the idea of being organized.” She and her husband call themselves self-quantifiers, part of the Quantified Self movement. It’s a movement that took off afterWired magazine editors Kevin Kelly and Gary Wolf originally coined the term, in 2008, to describe the myriad attempts to “hack the self” for optimum living and founded the movement.


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6 Outdoor Stress-Busters

6 Outdoor Stress-Busters | Psychology Professionals | Scoop.it

The start of summer has officially arrived. Between vacations, barbeques, outdoor sports and more time spent outside the office, this can be the most relaxing season of the year. To get the most stress-relieving benefits out of these next few months, bring tension-busting activities like cardio exercise, meditation and yoga outside: Access to green space has been linked with less stress, while exposure to sunlight might also reduce blood pressure and improve overall health, according to a small study published earlier this year.

 

Read more at: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/22/stress-relief-summer_n_3306649.html


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Was I Actually 'Addicted' to Internet Pornography?

Was I Actually 'Addicted' to Internet Pornography? | Psychology Professionals | Scoop.it

"I wondered, if people are so afraid of calling my condition an addiction, then what do they call it? And how are they defining it?........I am not advocating for victimhood or pathologizing sexuality, I just want to have my struggle recognized. I've been battling this for a long time alone. To get past it, I need to find affinity and support. To find that, I need this to have a name."

 

 

Read more at: http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2013/06/was-i-actually-addicted-to-internet-pornography/276619/

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Your Smartphone Just Diagnosed You with Postpartum Depression

Your Smartphone Just Diagnosed You with Postpartum Depression | Psychology Professionals | Scoop.it
Depending on your perspective, Twitter can either be a valuable source of breaking news, or a fire hose of miscellaneous, often dubious information. Microsoft researchers are ...

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Robert Shaw's curator insight, June 18, 2013 10:45 AM

Does not need to be a career changing moment.

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Mindfulness and Addictive Behaviors

Mindfulness and Addictive Behaviors | Psychology Professionals | Scoop.it

"This study examined the relationship between mindfulness and various addictive behaviors (i.e. alcohol abuse, pathological gambling, sex addiction, and compulsive buying) in a community sample. A short but comprehensive composite measure of mindfulness was constructed...... Inverse correlations emerged between the nonjudgmental attitude and alcohol abuse, pathological gambling, and sexual addiction, ......The findings of this study support the use of mindfulness as a treatment for substance abuse and suggest the possible usefulness for the treatment of other addictive behaviors."

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Bill Herring LCSW, CSAT's curator insight, June 15, 2013 8:30 PM

Curator comment: "Mindfulness", a state of nonjudgmental self-awareness, has become a popular topic in the field of behavioral health, and this article continues that trend.  The authors used the Compulsive Sexual Behavior Inventory (CSBI) to measure the sexual dimensions of their study.  It would have been nice if they had shown more consistency by avoiding using the phrases "sex addiction" and "sexual addiction" interchangeably and if they had defined the term other than via the CSBI (which does not use either term).  The "Composite Mindfulness Questionnaire" (which is included) is interesting.


Note: This article is currently available in its entirety through Open Access, which is always nice for those without university or other institutional access.


AMA cite: Spinella M, Martino S, Ferri C. Mindfulness and Addictive Behaviors. J Behav Health. 2013; 2(1): 1-7. doi:10.5455/jbh.20120908033138

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Computer Scientists Induce Schizophrenia in a Neural Network, Causing it to Make Ridiculous Claims

Computer Scientists Induce Schizophrenia in a Neural Network, Causing it to Make Ridiculous Claims | Psychology Professionals | Scoop.it

Researchers testing mental illness figured out how to induce schizophrenic symptoms in a computer, causing it to place itself at the center of crazy delusions, such as claiming responsibility for a terrorist bombing. The results bolster a hypothesis that claims faulty information processing can lead to schizophrenic symptoms.

 Read more at: http://www.popsci.com/technology/article/2011-05/computer-scientists-induce-schizophrenia-neural-network-causing-it-make-ridiculous-claims


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Sandeep Gautam's curator insight, June 10, 2013 1:26 AM

Hyperlearning seems to be the right model for Schizophrenia!

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June 11, 2013 - Minding Psychology: A Weekly Update is out

June 11, 2013 - Minding Psychology: A  Weekly Update is out | Psychology Professionals | Scoop.it

"Minding Psychology: A Weekly Update", by Natalie Stewart: A free online newspaper with a curated selection of articles, blog posts, videos and photos about psychology - for students and professionals in the field.

 

Read and subscribe free online at: http://paper.li/NattyStewart24/1327249950


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Mind Over Mechanics

"In a jaw-dropping feat of engineering, electronics turn a person's thoughts into commands for a robot. Using a brain-computer interface technology pioneered by University of Minnesota biomedical engineering professor Bin He, several young people have learned to use their thoughts to steer a flying robot around a gym, making it turn, rise, dip, and even sail through a ring.

The technology may someday allow people robbed of speech and mobility by neurodegenerative diseases to regain function by controlling artificial limbs, wheelchairs, or other devices. And it's completely noninvasive: Brain waves (EEG) are picked up by the electrodes of an EEG cap on the scalp, not a chip implanted in the brain.

A report on the technology has been published in the Journal of Neural Engineering:http://iopscience.iop.org/1741-2552/10/4/046003/article


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Spotting signs of autism

Spotting signs of autism | Psychology Professionals | Scoop.it

Did you know, that the majority of children that have Autism are not diagnosed until after age 4. For Asperger’s Syndrome this is most likely to be after age 6 when teachers start to notice behavioral problems at school.One of the things parents often struggle with is recognizing the early signs of Autism.  We wanted to share with you a short presentation that Leslie Burby did on spotting the early signs of Autism in children. You can find the presentation at:

http://www.slideshare.net/autismparenting/spotting-signs-of-autism-22380007

http://www.scribd.com/doc/145407133/Spotting-Signs-of-Autism


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Girls Who Are Sexually Abused More Likely to Start Using Substances before Age 10

Girls Who Are Sexually Abused More Likely to Start Using Substances before Age 10 | Psychology Professionals | Scoop.it
Young girls who have been sexually abused are at far greater risk of picking up their first drink or using drugs as preteens, a new study finds

Many studies have confirmed the link between childhood sexual abuse and substance-related problems in adulthood. But a new investigation finds that being raped or molested at a young age also makes young girls far more likely to start drinking or doing drugs during their preteen years.

The study, published in the May issue of the journal Addiction, is the first to demonstrate that childhood sexual abuse has an early impact on girls’ use of alcohol, marijuana and tobacco, with many picking up their first drink before age 10.

 

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Scientists identify molecular trigger for Alzheimer’s disease

Scientists identify molecular trigger for Alzheimer’s disease | Psychology Professionals | Scoop.it

Researchers have pinpointed a catalytic trigger for the onset of Alzheimer’s disease – when the fundamental structure of a protein molecule changes to cause a chain reaction that leads to the death of neurons in the brain.

 

Read more at: http://www.cam.ac.uk/research/news/scientists-identify-molecular-trigger-for-alzheimers-disease

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Diploma in Educational Psychology Online Course

Diploma in Educational Psychology Online Course | Psychology Professionals | Scoop.it

This free ALISON online education course will be of great interest to professionals in the education sector who would like a greater knowledge and understanding of educational psychology, and to all students who are interested in the psychology of how we learn and develop.

 

Read more at: http://alison.com/courses/Diploma-in-Educational-Psychology


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