PsyPost http://www.psypost.org Behavior, cognition and society Sat, 20 Dec 2014 20:22:31 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1 We know mental illnesses run in families but we still don’t protect childrenhttp://www.psypost.org/2014/12/know-mental-illnesses-run-families-still-dont-protect-children-30334 http://www.psypost.org/2014/12/know-mental-illnesses-run-families-still-dont-protect-children-30334#comments Sat, 20 Dec 2014 20:22:31 +0000 http://www.psypost.org/?p=30334 Mental illness runs in families. This is well known and uncontroversial. There is much that we could do to reduce this risk, but we currently do almost nothing. A parent with mental illness is several times more likely to have a child with psychological problems than a healthy parent. For example, a child whose parent [...]

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The lives of street children ‘cry out for attention’http://www.psypost.org/2014/12/lives-street-children-cry-attention-30331 http://www.psypost.org/2014/12/lives-street-children-cry-attention-30331#comments Sat, 20 Dec 2014 20:18:28 +0000 http://www.psypost.org/?p=30331 Psychologists and other professionals working with or studying street children must avoid the twin temptations of seeing everything as victimisation demanding sympathy and of romanticising their lives. That is the conclusion of an article on the state of research on the street children of Latin America by Graham Pluck from Universidad San Francisco de Quito, [...]

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Faces that distract from actionshttp://www.psypost.org/2014/12/faces-distract-actions-30328 http://www.psypost.org/2014/12/faces-distract-actions-30328#comments Sat, 20 Dec 2014 20:14:12 +0000 http://www.psypost.org/?p=30328 The sudden appearance of a face within our visual field can affect the motor action accompanying a gesture even if the face is totally unrelated to what we are doing and even if we try to ignore it. At one condition, though: the face must display an emotionally significant expression. A study conducted by scientists [...]

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Small molecules researched for the regeneration of dopaminergic neurons in Parkinson’s diseasehttp://www.psypost.org/2014/12/small-molecules-researched-regeneration-dopaminergic-neurons-parkinsons-disease-30326 http://www.psypost.org/2014/12/small-molecules-researched-regeneration-dopaminergic-neurons-parkinsons-disease-30326#comments Sat, 20 Dec 2014 20:11:28 +0000 http://www.psypost.org/?p=30326 Researchers in the University of Helsinki plan to develop orally administrable small molecules that act similarly to neurotrophic factor GDNF. Parkinson’s UK has granted Professor Mart Saarma and postdoctoral researchers Yulia Sidorova and Merja Voutilainen from the Institute of Biotechnology, Finland, a grant of £35,000 over 8 months to develop orally administrable small molecules that [...]

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Many children and adolescents get too much caffeine from energy drinkshttp://www.psypost.org/2014/12/many-children-adolescents-get-much-caffeine-energy-drinks-30323 http://www.psypost.org/2014/12/many-children-adolescents-get-much-caffeine-energy-drinks-30323#comments Sat, 20 Dec 2014 20:09:29 +0000 http://www.psypost.org/?p=30323 When children aged 10-14 consume energy drinks, one in five consumes too much caffeine. When their caffeine intake from other sources such as cola and chocolate is included, every second child and more than one in three adolescents aged 15-17 consume too much caffeine. This is the finding of a new study conducted by the [...]

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Watch out Internet meanies. Game could soon be over for you.http://www.psypost.org/2014/12/watch-internet-meanies-game-soon-30321 http://www.psypost.org/2014/12/watch-internet-meanies-game-soon-30321#comments Sat, 20 Dec 2014 20:01:43 +0000 http://www.psypost.org/?p=30321 Bullies and mean girls have been around forever but, with the arrival of smartphones and social media, meanness has taken on new forms and dramatically extended its reach. Digital abuse is now so widespread, and such are its dramatic effects on victims, that the American Academy of Pediatrics has issued a stern warning about the [...]

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Is there a better way to treat substance use in adolescents with co-occurring mental health disorders?http://www.psypost.org/2014/12/better-way-treat-substance-use-adolescents-co-occurring-mental-health-disorders-30319 http://www.psypost.org/2014/12/better-way-treat-substance-use-adolescents-co-occurring-mental-health-disorders-30319#comments Sat, 20 Dec 2014 20:00:43 +0000 http://www.psypost.org/?p=30319 The majority (55-74%) of adolescents entering substance use treatment also have psychiatric disorders, such as depression, ADHD and trauma-related problems. Unfortunately, these youth face poorer treatment outcomes (e.g., relapse), and their mental health issues are often not directly addressed. Furthermore, few studies exist to guide those clinicians who would like to use integrated care to [...]

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A Facebook application knows if you are having a bad day and tells your teacherhttp://www.psypost.org/2014/12/facebook-application-knows-bad-day-tells-teacher-30317 http://www.psypost.org/2014/12/facebook-application-knows-bad-day-tells-teacher-30317#comments Sat, 20 Dec 2014 19:59:02 +0000 http://www.psypost.org/?p=30317 Computer languages and systems researchers at the Autonomous University of Madrid have developed an application called SentBuk, which is capable of deducing the emotional states of Facebook users by analysing their messages using algorithms. The authors believe that this tool could be useful to online educators, as it would furnish them with similar information to [...]

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Can youth sports foster creativity? It dependshttp://www.psypost.org/2014/12/can-youth-sports-foster-creativity-depends-30315 http://www.psypost.org/2014/12/can-youth-sports-foster-creativity-depends-30315#comments Sat, 20 Dec 2014 01:11:07 +0000 http://www.psypost.org/?p=30315 Youth sports are viewed as a rite of passage in a child’s development. If the clichés that permeate sports broadcasts and locker room speeches are to be believed, sports participation teaches children the value of hard work, builds character, and develops future leaders. While the validity of these claims are questionable, the fact remains that [...]

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Even in our digital age, early parental writing support is key to children’s literacyhttp://www.psypost.org/2014/12/even-digital-age-early-parental-writing-support-key-childrens-literacy-30313 http://www.psypost.org/2014/12/even-digital-age-early-parental-writing-support-key-childrens-literacy-30313#comments Sat, 20 Dec 2014 01:09:38 +0000 http://www.psypost.org/?p=30313 Children of the Information Age are inundated with written words streaming across smartphone, tablet, and laptop screens. A new Tel Aviv University study says that preschoolers should be encouraged to write at a young age — even before they make their first step into a classroom. A new study published in the Early Childhood Research [...]

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