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Unmasking the agony: Combat troops turn to art therapy

Unmasking the agony: Combat troops turn to art therapy | Psychology Professionals | Scoop.it
The skull’s left corner is gone, leaving a jagged, diagonal edge drenched in red. The eyes are black and frantic. All of it resembles the Iraqi man who, in his final minute alive, stared up at Maj. Jeff Hall.

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Phil Hansen: Embrace the shake

In art school, Phil Hansen developed an unruly tremor in his hand that kept him from creating the pointillist drawings he loved. Hansen was devastated, floating without a sense of purpose. Until a neurologist made a simple suggestion: embrace this limitation ... and transcend it.

 

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David Hain's curator insight, May 26, 2013 2:58 AM

In Phil Hansen's case it was a physical affliction, but we are all confronted at times by inner gremlins that can debilitate us. Embracing them might just be a pretty good strategy.

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Dove Experiment Aims to Change the Way You See Yourself

Dove Experiment Aims to Change the Way You See Yourself | Psychology Professionals | Scoop.it
Leave it to Dove to crank out a powerful ad about beauty that you'll still be thinking about days from now.

Dove posted on May 14 a three-minute ad on YouTube that teaches a vital lesson about how we view ourselves compared to how others see us. Trust us, it's worth your time.

 

Read more at: http://mashable.com/2013/04/15/dove-ad-beauty-sketches/

  


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Faulty energy production in brain cells leads to disorders ranging from Parkinson’s to intellectual disability

Faulty energy production in brain cells leads to disorders ranging from Parkinson’s to intellectual disability | Psychology Professionals | Scoop.it

Faulty energy production in brain cells leads to disorders ranging from Parkinson’s to intellectual disability

Well-functioning mitochondria – the organelles that generate energy in cells – are essential for a healthy brain. They provide the energy needed for communication between brain cells, which is crucial for transmitting stimuli and signals and thus for optimal functioning of the body. Earlier research has shown that Parkinson's disease is often paired with dysfunctional mitochondria. Moreover, dysfunctional mitochondria are not efficiently discarded from the cell, which complicates the operation of other healthy mitochondria and leads to insufficient energy production in the cell. They can be compared to a faulty engine that emits toxic fumes.

 

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Start your career with a Developmental Psychology Masters

Start your career with a Developmental Psychology Masters | Psychology Professionals | Scoop.it
Find out more about taking a developmental psychology masters degree, what's in the program, where to locate suitable programs, career prospects, and more ...

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ADHD As A Difference In Cognition, Not A Disorder: Stephen Tonti at TEDxCMU

Stephen is a Senior Directing major at Carnegie Mellon. He is also the current President of Carnegie Mellon's Film Club. He recently completed his Thesis Project within the School of Drama: a production of Mac Wellman's "A Murder of Crows." He is currently working on creating a collective of Film Enthusiasts across Carnegie's Campus as well as other colleges and universities around Pittsburgh. You can find out more about Stephen and his talk on his website: www.stephentonti.com or follow his blog "Caffeine, Nicotine, and ADHD: a guide to maintaining sanity."

 

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Sylvia Morelli and Edwin Rutsch: How to Build a Culture of Empathy with Science

Sylvia Morelli and Edwin Rutsch: How to Build a Culture of Empathy with Science | Psychology Professionals | Scoop.it

 

 

Sylvia Morelli is a Postdoctoral Fellow at Stanford Social Neuroscience Lab at Stanford University. In her current research, she examines the neural and behavioral basis of empathy and perspective-taking, as well as the neural responses associated with feeling understood by others.

 

 

We held a wide ranging discussion about the nature of empathy, and herwork on researching it.  In a recent study and paper, Sylvia explored the neural and behavioral consequences of feeling understood. 

 

Sylvia says, when we are understood, or empathized with, the pleasure centers of the brain light up. In other words, feeling empathized with feels good. "Behavioral research has demonstrated that feeling understood by others enhances social closeness and intimacy, as well as subjective well-being. In contrast, feeling misunderstood can be harmful to social relationships, leading to loneliness and isolation. However, it is still unclear why and how felt understanding exerts such a powerful impact on both interpersonal and intrapersonal well-being"  


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David Hain's curator insight, May 9, 2013 2:34 AM

Fascinating discussion!

Belinda MJ.B's curator insight, May 9, 2013 1:18 PM

How cultivating empathy can change your life.

 

"Behavioral research has demonstrated that feeling understood by others enhances social closeness and intimacy, as well as subjective well-being. In contrast, feeling misunderstood can be harmful to social relationships, leading to loneliness and isolation. However, it is still unclear why and how felt understanding exerts such a powerful impact on both interpersonal and intrapersonal well-being" 

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Neural codes for memory implants

Neural codes for memory implants | Psychology Professionals | Scoop.it

The ability to short-circuit debilitating tremors in disease states with implantable stimulators is nothing short of remarkable. The same can be said for cochlear prosthetics which restore hearing, and more recently, retinal implants which give some rudimentary light-sensing capability to the blind. The logical extension of these sensorimotor restorative devices converges upon something a bit more extravagant—a purely cognitive implant—namely, the memory prosthetic.

Read more at: http://medicalxpress.com/news/2013-04-neural-codes-memory-implants.html#jCp


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Studying a Masters in School Counseling

Studying a Masters in School Counseling | Psychology Professionals | Scoop.it

Basically a licensed school counselor is a person who will provide guidance expertise and services at the elementary, secondary and post-secondary level. 

This page provides details of masters in school counseling programs, lists suitable schools, outlines the career prospects, and more...

 

Read more at: http://onlineanddistancelearning.com/masters-in-school-counseling


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9 Habits of People Who Build Extraordinary Relationships

9 Habits of People Who Build Extraordinary Relationships | Psychology Professionals | Scoop.it

Professional success is important to everyone, but still, success in business and in life means different things to different people--as well it should.

But one fact is universal: Real success, the kind that exists on multiple levels, is impossible without building great relationships. Real success is impossible unless you treat other people with kindness, regard, and respect.

 Read more at: http://www.inc.com/jeff-haden/9-habits-of-people-who-build-extraordinary-relationships.html
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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, April 18, 2013 7:24 PM

There are elements of serving, being mindful, and being present in building relationships. These people would be attentive to the needs of others.

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Get a psychology career with a difference, take a Forensic Psychology degree

Get a psychology career with a difference, take a Forensic Psychology degree | Psychology Professionals | Scoop.it

Find out more about university forensic psychology, forensic psychology online, criminology and justice studies and find suitable schools.

 

Read more at: http://onlineanddistancelearning.com/forensic-psychology-online

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The DNA of Collaboration

The DNA of Collaboration | Psychology Professionals | Scoop.it

The need for collaboration is everywhere. We often don’t see how it shapes our lives, on a global scale and in our most intimate interactions. But the challenges we face today and tomorrow demand that more people work together more effectively than ever before.


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Tony Brugman (Bright & Company)'s curator insight, April 15, 2013 10:03 AM

This very good article describes the history, foundations, mindset and obstacles of 'Collaboration'. Must read!

Ali Anani's curator insight, April 17, 2013 12:36 AM
A must read
Mark Gregory , Programme Innovator @Transformation Coach's curator insight, April 18, 2013 2:43 PM

You'll never achieve a customer centric organisation wthout engaged employees that will need to constantly collaborate.

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Studying an Organizational Psychology PhD

Studying an Organizational Psychology PhD | Psychology Professionals | Scoop.it

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.

Taking an organizational psychology PhD is a good step towards a rewarding degree. This page will help you to find out more about organizational psychology and to locate suitable university online programs.

 

Read more at: http://onlineanddistancelearning.com/organizational-psychology-phd

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A Doctorate in Clinical Psychology for the best jobs

A Doctorate in Clinical Psychology for the best jobs | Psychology Professionals | Scoop.it

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

Find out more about these programs, where you can find them, what's invovled, the career prospects, and more ...

 

Read more at: http://onlineanddistancelearning.com/clinical-doctorate-in-psychology


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SAP in autism recruitment drive

SAP in autism recruitment drive | Psychology Professionals | Scoop.it

German software company SAP says it hopes to recruit hundreds of people with autism, saying they have a unique talent for information technology.

The firm said that by 2020, 1% of its global workforce of 65,000 employees would be people with autism.

Autism is a developmental disorder that can cause problems with social interaction and physical behaviour.

However, some people with the condition are highly intelligent and have a keen attention to detail.

SAP executive Luisa Delgado said the company believed that "innovation comes from the edges".

 

Read more at: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-22621829

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Studying a PhD in Counseling Psychology

Studying a PhD in Counseling Psychology | Psychology Professionals | Scoop.it

Counseling psychology is the application of psychology to the solving of the problems of everyday stresses, including career planning, learning difficulties, marriage guidance and family difficulties.

A PhD in counseling psychology online gives you good career options. This page will help you if you want to take a counseling doctorate.

 

Read more at: http://onlineanddistancelearning.com/phd-in-counseling-psychology


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GP treatment could be lifesaving

GP treatment could be lifesaving | Psychology Professionals | Scoop.it
ONE in 10 primary care patients with depression attempt suicide within five years, but the risk is confined almost exclusively to major depressive episodes (MDE), a study shows.

 

Read more at: http://www.medicalobserver.com.au/news/gp-treatment-could-be-lifesaving

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Neurocriminology, Meet Human Development

Neurocriminology, Meet Human Development | Psychology Professionals | Scoop.it

These are two lines of research that will hopefully increasingly merge… Neurocriminologist Adrian Raine’s new book The Anatomy of Violence: The Biological Roots of Crimepresents a biological approach to criminal behavior, but a biology that increasingly recognizes developmental and environmental influences even while insisting “wait, it’s the biology…”

Infant Mental Health presents human development as relational and contextual, even as its research shows how brain development and our developmental trajectories both instantiate and shape how each of us develop as a person. It’s more the theoretical flavorings and basic orientations that keep the research apart, not some fundamental difference in what the results are showing. An encompassing paradigm – of encultured brains - can help bring these approaches into more fruitful conversations.

 

Read more at: http://blogs.plos.org/neuroanthropology/2013/05/12/neurocriminology-meet-human-development/

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Substance Abuse Online | Online and Distance Learning

Substance Abuse Online | Online and Distance Learning | 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.  They help individuals to identify behaviors and problems related to their addiction. 

Find out what it means to be a substance abuse (or behavioral disorder) counselor and locate suitable substance abuse online programs.

 

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


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May 7, 2013: Minding Psychology: A Weekly Update

May 7, 2013: Minding Psychology: A Weekly Update | 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 for psychology professionals and students.

 

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


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Study a Forensic Psychology Doctorate for a career with a difference

Study a Forensic Psychology Doctorate for a career with a difference | Psychology Professionals | Scoop.it

Want to study a forensic psychology doctorate or take criminology and justice studies? This page has more about these programs and links to suitable schools.

 

Read more at: http://onlineanddistancelearning.com/forensic-psychology-doctorate


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When Do Babies Become Conscious?

When Do Babies Become Conscious? | Psychology Professionals | Scoop.it
For everyone who's looked into an infant's sparkling eyes and wondered what goes on in its little fuzzy head, there's now an answer. New research shows that babies display glimmers of consciousness and memory as early as 5 months old.

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10 Predictions On How Digital Technology Will Transform Brain Health And Cognitive Wellness In 2013

A video of 10 predictions based on new market report, "The Digital Brain Health Market 2012--2020: Web-based, mobile and biometrics-based technology to assess, monitor and enhance cognition and brain functioning."

To learn more: http://sharpbrains.com/market-report/

Pub­lished in Jan­u­ary 2013, this new 211-page mar­ket report tracks devel­op­ments at over fifty pub­lic and pri­vate com­pa­nies offer­ing fully auto­mated appli­ca­tions designed to assess, mon­i­tor and/ or enhance cog­ni­tion and brain func­tion­ing, and pro­vides impor­tant indus­try data, insights and analy­sis to help exec­u­tives, entre­pre­neurs, technology/ health inno­va­tors and pol­icy mak­ers nav­i­gate the rapidly grow­ing Dig­i­tal Brain Health field.

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9 Illuminating Lessons on Creativity

9 Illuminating Lessons on Creativity | Psychology Professionals | Scoop.it

Creativity, while magical in many ways, is concrete practice. It’s a garden that needs nourishing, planting and plucking. It’s the muse that sits at her desk at 9 a.m.

So how do we cultivate creativity? What does it really look like? We asked several creativity coaches and artists to share what they’ve learned about creativity throughout the years.

 

Read more at: http://psychcentral.com/blog/archives/2013/04/14/9-illuminating-lessons-on-creativity/

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UCLA brain-imaging tool and stroke risk test help identify cognitive decline early

UCLA brain-imaging tool and stroke risk test help identify cognitive decline early | Psychology Professionals | Scoop.it

UCLA researchers have used a brain-imaging tool and stroke risk assessment to identify signs of cognitive decline early on in individuals who don't yet show symptoms of dementia.

The connection between stroke risk and cognitive decline has been well established by previous research. Individuals with higher stroke risk, as measured by factors like high blood pressure, have traditionally performed worse on tests of memory, attention and abstract reasoning.The current small study demonstrated that not only stroke risk, but also the burden of plaques and tangles, as measured by a UCLA brain scan, may influence cognitive decline. Read more at: http://newsroom.ucla.edu/portal/ucla/ucla-brain-imaging-tool-stroke-244253.aspx


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