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Robot Helps Teach Kids With Autism

Robot Helps Teach Kids With Autism | Therapy | Scoop.it
Researchers created an adaptive system with humanoid robot NAO to help children with autism develop basic social skills.

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For Anybody Hurting: A YouTube Video Confronts Darkness

For Anybody Hurting: A YouTube Video Confronts Darkness | Therapy | Scoop.it
When Eric Lim's sister committed suicide, she left him money to make a film. He made 'The Forge' to prevent others from making the same choice.
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The New York Times Insights: The Psychology of Sharing

There has been an abundance of research on social media, but to date, no one has asked in a comprehensive way: why do people share? The Psychology of Sharing reveals research that fills thi
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Mindfulness therapy works as well as anti-depressant drugs, major new study finds

Mindfulness therapy works as well as anti-depressant drugs, major new study finds | Therapy | Scoop.it
Therapy based on the controversial concept of ‘mindfulness’ works as well as some anti-depressant drugs, according to a major new study. Inspired in part by Buddhist philosophy, mindfulness involves training the brain to deal with negative emotions using techniques such as meditation, breathing exercises and yoga. Some critics have claimed mindfulness techniques can bring on panic attacks and lead to paranoia, delusions or depression.
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Wil Wheaton on voice acting and the virtues of therapy through Mario Kart

Wil Wheaton on voice acting and the virtues of therapy through Mario Kart | Therapy | Scoop.it
Greetings, Offworlders! We're proud to team up with our friends at Critical Distance to bring you a special digest edition of their popular This Week in Videogame Blogging feature, showcasing games discussion from all around the web. This week, a therapist shares her successes getting through to young patients through Mario Kart, actor Wil Wheaton discusses a possible union strike by industry voice actors, and we explore Line Hollis's mixtape of games that break the fourth wall. - Leigh
First up, at Ontological Geek, therapist Kim Shashoua shares a couple of experiences where videogames became an essential tool for reaching young people in group therapy:
I finally thought, "screw it, I'm just going to talk about Mario Kart." I asked everyone who had played Mario Kart to raise their hands. The response was universal. Okay, already we had a better recognition rate. I asked about a time when they were doing great in the game, and if a friend had ever done something that left them feeling betrayed and angry. Their immediate answer: the blue shell. And there it was. A simple term we could use to parse the mire of childhood friendships.
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Instead of tearing up the floorboards and replacing all of our current analogies with gaming references, I suggest that we recognise video games as a font for cases where kids have already encountered (and often triumphed over) real-world issues. Mario Kart wasn't just a thing that those kids knew -- it was a place where they felt anger and betrayal. It confronted them with the fact that their friends don't always support them. For those kids, a reference to Mario Kart was an acknowledgement of these complex experiences.At Playboy, Jake Muncy looks back on the critically-panned The Order: 1886 and attempts to salvage one of its few redeeming features:
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Grab A Shovel: Experts Confirm How Gardening Can Help Depression

Grab A Shovel: Experts Confirm How Gardening Can Help Depression | Therapy | Scoop.it
We've loosely known that owning pets and gardening can lift a black mood, but a new study confirms that people who garden are less likely to display signs associated with unhappiness or depression.
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War veterans hail meditation as beneficial, cost-effective Post Traumatic Stress Disorder treatment - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

War veterans hail meditation as beneficial, cost-effective Post Traumatic Stress Disorder treatment - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) | Therapy | Scoop.it
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» You May Likely Gain Weight on these 6 Psychiatric Medications - World of Psychology

» You May Likely Gain Weight on these 6 Psychiatric Medications - World of Psychology | Therapy | Scoop.it
I had been on the drug Zyprexa (olanzapine) for four weeks and had already gained 15 pounds which, you know, didn’t help my depression. After going to a
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Why Marriage Equality Is A Mental Health Issue

Heterosexism and the Supreme Court’s Rulings on Marriage Equality
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Estrogen Replacement Therapy Helps Reduce Anxiety in Anorexia Nervosa - Science Daily (press release)

Estrogen Replacement Therapy Helps Reduce Anxiety in Anorexia Nervosa - Science Daily (press release) | Therapy | Scoop.it
Estrogen Replacement Therapy Helps Reduce Anxiety in Anorexia Nervosa Science Daily (press release) June 17, 2013 — Estrogen replacement therapy is associated with a significant decrease in anxiety symptoms among girls with anorexia nervosa, a new...
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Hormonal therapy for transsexualism safe and effective

Hormonal therapy for transsexualism safe and effective | Therapy | Scoop.it
Hormonal therapy for transsexual patients is safe and effective, a multicenter European study indicates. The results will be presented Saturday at The Endocrine Society’s 95th Annual Meeting in San Francisco.
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Wounded veterans turn to yoga for strength and solace

Wounded veterans turn to yoga for strength and solace | Therapy | Scoop.it
To help military personnel overcome the physical and emotional wounds from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, hospitals run by the military and the Department of Veterans Affairs are increasingly turning to the ancient Hindu practice of yoga and...
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Using What Works – An East/West Approach to Mental Health | Big Think Mentor | Big Think

Using What Works – An East/West Approach to Mental Health | Big Think Mentor | Big Think | Therapy | Scoop.it
Until the late 20th century, Western approaches to mental well-being focused mainly on treatments directly affecting brain function (via surgery, electric shock or pharmaceuticals, for example) or insight-oriented psychotherapy intended to unearth...
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Is Your Kid's Tattling Making You Crazy?

Is Your Kid's Tattling Making You Crazy? | Therapy | Scoop.it
Somewhere in between the extremes of gratuitous tattling and shame-based cover ups, we must help kids find a tenable middle ground for reaching out to trustworthy adults.
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dog psychology - aggression and control

dog psychology - aggression and control | Therapy | Scoop.it
Dog Training in the St Cloud, Orlando, Kissimmee, Melbourne, Celebration, Winter Park, Palm Bay, Winter Park, Clermont and Central Florida area.
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Sound Science: Music Psychologist On What Makes a Happy Song

Sound Science: Music Psychologist On What Makes a Happy Song | Therapy | Scoop.it
To help understand the DNA of a happy song, we spoke with Dr. Adrian North -- an Australian music psychologist who consulted with Rock Mafia during the creative process. Dr. North is the author of How to Produce Happy Music.
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Therapists Spill: Is Therapy an Art or a Science?

Therapists Spill: Is Therapy an Art or a Science? | Therapy | Scoop.it
It’s a question that’s asked in many grad school classrooms. It’s the same question that therapists love to explore and debate: Is therapy really an art or a
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U. S. Behavioral Insights Team - Decision Science News

U. S. Behavioral Insights Team - Decision Science News | Therapy | Scoop.it
The US government is starting a behavioral insights team, much like the UK's
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Medical Xpress: Low doses of psychedelic drug erases conditioned fear in mice

Medical Xpress: Low doses of psychedelic drug erases conditioned fear in mice | Therapy | Scoop.it
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New Software System Could Help With Social Interactions, Social Phobias

New Software System Could Help With Social Interactions, Social Phobias | Therapy | Scoop.it
Social phobias affect about 15 million adults in the United States, according to the National Institute of Mental Health, and surveys show that public speaking is high on the list of such phobias.
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Program Aids Mental Health Care for Transitioning Troops - DoD Live

Program Aids Mental Health Care for Transitioning Troops - DoD Live | Therapy | Scoop.it
Program Aids Mental Health Care for Transitioning Troops DoD Live The Defense Department's mental health task force determined in 2007 that service members were vulnerable to dropping out of mental health treatment during their transition to...
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Sexual minority youth need specialized treatment from therapists

Sexual minority youth need specialized treatment from therapists | Therapy | Scoop.it
President Obama officially declared June as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Pride Month.
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The Strange World of Dolphin-Assisted Therapy - The Atlantic

The Strange World of Dolphin-Assisted Therapy - The Atlantic | Therapy | Scoop.it
The Atlantic The Strange World of Dolphin-Assisted Therapy The Atlantic In a strange twist, though, captive dolphins are now being pressed into service as psychological healers through a practice known as "dolphin-assisted therapy." In an essay...
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New project addresses mental health care gap - Kathryn Smith

New project addresses mental health care gap - Kathryn Smith | Therapy | Scoop.it
A new project seeks to bridge the U.S.’s mental health care gap by linking up primary-care doctors and mental health experts.
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