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How Long-Term Stress Causes Serious Mental Disorders — PsyBlog

How Long-Term Stress Causes Serious Mental Disorders — PsyBlog | Psychology | Scoop.it
The delicate balance between white and grey matter is disrupted by chronic stress.
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Study: Americans Less Fearful Of Storms Named After Women

Study: Americans Less Fearful Of Storms Named After Women | Psychology | Scoop.it
People are less likely to seek shelter or otherwise prepare for storms given female names, researchers say. As a result, such storms result in nearly twice as many deaths as those with male names.
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More Parental Attention May Give First-Born Kids Advantages

More Parental Attention May Give First-Born Kids Advantages | Psychology | Scoop.it
Firstborn kids often do better in school and, on average, go on to earn more money than their younger siblings. A new theory tries to explain why.
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What do you think about the relationship between birth order and how much attention children get from their parents? How does this relate to your own experience?

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For The Children's Sake, Put Down That Smartphone

For The Children's Sake, Put Down That Smartphone | Psychology | Scoop.it
When adults are absorbed in their mobile devices, the consequences for children are not good. Research shows kids act out more if they are competing with a mobile device for their parent's attention.
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For students: Evaluate the issue explained in the article. Also take note of the discussion about the research methods used.

 

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Measures to prevent violence in schools fall short, experts say

Measures to prevent violence in schools fall short, experts say | Psychology | Scoop.it
Teaching students alternatives to violence and improving their access to mental health services are among the best ideas officials say they have for preventing the kind of bloodshed that has struck a long list of schools, including Franklin Regional High School. But they say progress on arresting school violence nationwide has been hamstrung by a lack of funding, deployment of school-safety programs that haven't worked and a failure to properly train school staff and students. "We're 15 years after Columbine, and you'd have thought we would have solved that problem," said John Matthews, executive director of the Texas-based Community Safety Institute, referring to the 1999 rampage at a Colorado high school in which seniors Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold fatally shot 12 students and a
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For students: Read the article, and EVALUATE the researchers' opinions. Do you think that enough is being done to prevent violence in schools? How familiar are you about the amount of violence in schools, and the strategies that can be used to prevent it?

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Would You Shock Somebody to Death? | RCScience

Would You Shock Somebody to Death? | RCScience | Psychology | Scoop.it

Milgram’s headline-grabbing conclusion that 62.5% of people obeyed instructions appeared to show most of us can be led to kill at an authority’s bidding. But this statistic came from his second, and most widely reported experiment, which involved just 40 people.

 

In fact, Milgram conducted 23 different kinds of experiments, each with a different scenario, script and actors. This patchwork of experimental conditions, each conducted with a sample of only 20 or 40 participants, yielded rates of obedience that varied from 0% to 92.5%, with an average of 43%. Contrary to received opinion, a majority of Milgram’s participants disobeyed.


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Marijuana legalization makes tough conversations harder for teens

Marijuana legalization makes tough conversations harder for teens | Psychology | Scoop.it
A massive effort has focused on setting up a system for Coloradans to legally obtain marijuana, but parents are struggling with how to keep their children away from it in the absence of a public health campaign.
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To Keep Teenagers Alert, Schools Let Them Sleep In

To Keep Teenagers Alert, Schools Let Them Sleep In | Psychology | Scoop.it
A movement to start high schools later has gained momentum, bolstered by a growing body of research on the adolescent body clock.
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For students: SUMMARIZE the article in one paragraph. Then, DISCUSS whether or not YOU think that schools should start later. Would you be willing to have a later start time if it meant staying at school later? EXPLAIN your reasoning.

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How Your Season of Birth Is Etched in Your Brain - Wired Science

How Your Season of Birth Is Etched in Your Brain - Wired Science | Psychology | Scoop.it
The season we're born in can have far-reaching consequences. Now, scientists are studying the links between season of birth and brain structure in healthy adults, and think genetic factors controlling brain growth play a role in these differences.
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Of Cigs And Selfies: Teens Imitate Risky Behavior Shared Online

Of Cigs And Selfies: Teens Imitate Risky Behavior Shared Online | Psychology | Scoop.it
It used to be parents worried that their kids were hanging out with the wrong crowd. Now they need to worry about hanging out with the wrong crowd on Instagram. But do online influences matter?
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Facebook spreads rainy-day blues to sunny places, study says

Ever feel the rainy-day blues on a bright and sunny afternoon? If so, your Facebook account may be to blame, according to new research.
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With Death Penalty, How Should States Define Mental Disability?

With Death Penalty, How Should States Define Mental Disability? | Psychology | Scoop.it
In 2002, the Supreme Court banned the execution of the "mentally retarded." Monday the court is looking at the case of a convicted man who says Florida's definition of mental disability is too strict.
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The difference between classical and operant conditioning - Peggy Andover - YouTube

View full lesson: http://ed.ted.com/lessons/the-difference-between-classical-and-operant-conditioning-peggy-andover Why is it that humans react to stimuli wi...
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Quest for a Cure: Care and Treatment in Missouri's First State Mental Hospital

Quest for a Cure: Care and Treatment in Missouri's First State Mental Hospital | Psychology | Scoop.it

"Probable Causes of Insanity" among the inmates of the State Lunatic Asylum from the Report of the Superintendent of the State Lunatic Asylum, Dr. Turner R. H. Smith, 1854.

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Take a close look at the image and discuss how society's views of mental illness have changed since 1854. What do you think has caused the change?

 

*Click on the image on the host website to see an enlarged version.

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Bursts Of Light Create Memories, Then Take Them Away

Bursts Of Light Create Memories, Then Take Them Away | Psychology | Scoop.it
Scientists seem to have answered a fundamental question about the nature of memory. They have found compelling evidence that memories are made by strengthening connections between certain brain cells.
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Mental Health 101: Program Helps Police Intervene In Crises

Mental Health 101: Program Helps Police Intervene In Crises | Psychology | Scoop.it
The intersection of law enforcement and mental health has been an issue in Connecticut since the Newtown shootings. One city is training its officers to better decipher delicate situations.
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America's Less Religious: Study Puts Some Blame On The Internet

America's Less Religious: Study Puts Some Blame On The Internet | Psychology | Scoop.it
A computer scientist used statistical modeling to prove how America is losing its religion. Other factors: a drop in religious upbringing and an increase in college-level education.
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Mind Over Milkshake: How Your Thoughts Fool Your Stomach

Mind Over Milkshake: How Your Thoughts Fool Your Stomach | Psychology | Scoop.it
What we think about food may change how our bodies respond to it. Sip what you think is a rich milkshake, and your body acts as if you've had a fatty treat, even if it's really a lower-calorie drink.
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For students: SUMMARIZE the information in the article. Then DISCUSS the parts of the brain that you think could also be at work in the researcher's study. Be sure to explain your reasoning.

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Even popular kids are bullied in high school, researchers find

Even popular kids are bullied in high school, researchers find | Psychology | Scoop.it
Only the prom king and queen are safe.
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10 Reasons Why Handheld Devices Should Be Banned for Children Under the Age of 12

10 Reasons Why Handheld Devices Should Be Banned for Children Under the Age of 12 | Psychology | Scoop.it
s a pediatric occupational therapist, I'm calling on parents, teachers and governments to ban the use of all handheld devices for children under the age of 12 years....
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For students: SUMMARIZE the author's argument. Then, EVALUATE her argument; do you agree or disagree?

1. If you AGREE, give two specific reasons/pieces of evidence from the text to back up your opinion.

2. If you DISAGREE, give two specific reasons/pieces of evidence from the text to back up your opinion

(CHALLENGE: Use a direct quote from the text for one of your reasons and one paraphrase of the text for the other.)

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The generation dependent on the phone charger

The generation dependent on the phone charger | Psychology | Scoop.it
Millions are attached to their smartphones. With shorter battery lives some people take their charger everywhere, notes Harry Low.
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Are you a slave to your phone's battery life?

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Ink on Paper: Some Notes on Note-taking

Ink on Paper: Some Notes on Note-taking | Psychology | Scoop.it
Two Princeton University psychological scientists wondered if laptops, despite their plusses, might lead to a shallower kind of cognitive processing, and to lower quality learning. They decided to test the old and the new in a head-to-head contest....
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In my college career, I tried both writing notes by hand and typing notes on a laptop. I found that I did not have the willpower to keep from checking Facebook (or whatever) when the professor took a pause during the lecture. I also felt that going back and reviewing my hand-written notes was more helpful than trying to read them off of my laptop.

 

For students: Based on what you know about learning and memory, which note-taking method do you think would be most effective?

 

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Why Some Women Try to Have It All: New Research on 'Like Mother, Like Daughter' | Making Sen$e | PBS NewsHour | PBS

Why Some Women Try to Have It All: New Research on 'Like Mother, Like Daughter' | Making Sen$e | PBS NewsHour | PBS | Psychology | Scoop.it
By Simone Pathe Daughters’ working decisions are influenced by their own mothers and the mothers of their friends. Photo courtesy of Flickr user Fabio Trifoni. When Anne-Marie Slaughter first broached writing an op-ed about how women “still can’t have it … Continue reading →
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Adolescence is a time when people search for their identity and work out who they are/who they want to be.

 

For students: Think of the people in your life (men or women) that serve as models of who you could be in adulthood. Do you see yourself being like them? Why or why not?

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Social Distrust Blooms Among Millennials, But Where Are Its Roots?

Social Distrust Blooms Among Millennials, But Where Are Its Roots? | Psychology | Scoop.it
A Pew Study finds that the milliennial generation has a low level of social trust. There are several possible causes for this distrust, including a skewed social media culture and a faltering economy.
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For students: EVALUATE the information being discussed in this NPR report. Do you feel you can trust others? Explain.

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Recent teen suicides a grim reminder of Colorado's troubling rate

Recent teen suicides a grim reminder of Colorado's troubling rate | Psychology | Scoop.it
In the past few weeks, four teenagers in Douglas County have committed suicide. The incidents coincide with a new national study that finds teens reporting extreme stress, anxiety and depression.
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