Physical Isolation Does Not Mean Social Isolation

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The research is very clear on this: if you want to say psychologically fit, strong and healthy, you need to socialise and bond with others. This...

A Review – Positive Psychology News

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Lisa Sansom, MAPP '10, is the owner of LVS Consulting, an independent consulting firm that helps to build positive organizations. Lisa provide services such as individual...

Be kind to your mind

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By Pattie Gonsalves “Be kind to your mind and your body, especially during these times.” This is one of the encouraging things my yoga teacher says every...

How to Give Direct and Clear Feedback

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From front-line leaders all the way up to C-suite leaders, I have seen, time and time again, how managers have made a mess in delivering feedback...

Three Leadership Derailing Behaviors | Workplace Psychology

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Leaders exhibit common bad habits and researchers have pinpointed specific behaviors that can derail a person’s career (Lombardo & Eichinger, 2009). For two great coaching and...

Who helps the helpers? 8 tips for voluntary groups

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Local voluntary mutual aid groups have been critically important for many people during Covid. But keeping the momentum going is difficult even when the need for...

An Evolution From Past to Present

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Last updated on September 7, 2022 By MPGteam Anyone who has been following Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) in the news as of late will...

Coaching vs. Therapy – Referring Coaching Clients with Mental Illness

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A recent article in the Wall Street Journal, titled “Executive Coach or Therapist? It’s Getting Harder to Tell the Difference” (Bindley, 2019) again renews the debate...

Primary school attendance problems in the context of Covid-19

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By Brontë McDonald The Covid-19 pandemic has significantly disrupted the educational lives of children across the world. In the UK, the government attempted to curb the spread...

August 31 is Launch Day for The Business of Race – Positive Psychology News

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Kathryn Britton, MAPP '06, former software engineer, is a coach working with professionals to increase well-being, energy, and meaning in their work lives (Theano Coaching LLC). She...

New AI Tool Promises Faster, More Accurate Alzheimer’s Diagnosis

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Researchers have developed a new artificial intelligence algorithm that can accurately diagnose Alzheimer’s by detecting subtle differences in language. According to researchers at Stevens Institute of Technology...

The active essay writing initiative

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Earlier this summer, Dr Wendy Garnham was one of the “torch-bearer” in the virtual torch relay event organised by AdvanceHE. In the spirit of the Olympic Games,...

Stem cells from schizophrenics produce fewer neurons | Science

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Stem cells obtained from patients with schizophrenia carry a genetic mutation that alters the ratio of the different type of nerve cells they produce, according to...

Taking Positive Action in the Midst of Negativity – Positive Psychology News

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Sydney Kastner, MAPP '19 is the Director of Well-Being and growth at 4.0 Schools and a consultant, facilitator, and coach. You can follow her on instagram...

Small Acts of Kindness Can Matter So Much

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Kindness From a Stranger This is the first time I’ve shared this story. It’s not earth-shattering, traumatic, or dramatic, just a small act of kindness that meant...

Are You Taking Care of this Important Relationship? – Positive Psychology News

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Yashi Srivastava, MAPP '16 is a coach, teacher, and writer passionate about helping people cultivate inner peace. While Yashi began her career teaching computer programming, her...

Why does civil unrest spread between cities?

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By Prof John Drury Protests and riots that began in Minneapolis after police killed an unarmed African American have now spread to over 23 states. I recently...

Bumblebee’s electric field sensor identified | Science

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Bumblebees use the fine hairs covering their bodies to detect electrical fields produced by the flowers they feed on and pollinate, according to a new study...

Celebrating the 25 Black women making history in UK’s Professoriate

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By Dr Varuni Wimalasiri Overall there were 85 Black Professors in the UK’s Professoriate of 21,000 in 2019 (Rollock, 2019). Whilst 11.2% of White faculty occupy the...

3 Ways to Reduce Holiday Stress

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While the winter holidays and their traditions can certainly bring joy, comfort, and nostalgia,...

Tips to help parents of special needs children maintain structure and routine at home...

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Last updated on April 13, 2020 By MPGteam Children with special needs thrive on structure, routine and predictability, something that unfortunately through this time...

School Closings Due To COVID-19 Present Potential For Increased Risk Of Child Exploitation

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Last updated on June 9, 2020 By MPGteam SUMMARYDue to school closings as a result of COVID-19, children will potentially have an increased online...

Tips to Improve Your Sleep Hygiene

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Did you know there’s a term for your bedtime rituals and nightly habits? Collectively, these behaviors are known as sleep hygiene. You already know sleep is important;...

The Parenting Tool that Helps Kids Learn Emotion Regulation Skills

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Validation is one of the most powerful parenting tools, and yet it is often left out of traditional behavioral parent training programs. In general, behavioral parent...

Do bad blood vessels trigger dementia?

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By Dr Catherine Hall Dementia affects increasing numbers of people as they age (one in 14 people over the age of 65 suffer from dementia). It changes how...

Breathing modulates brain activity and mental function | Science

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The rhythm of breathing co-ordinates electrical activity across a network of brain regions associated with smell, memory, and emotions, and can enhance their functioning, according to...

Do you know what I’m thinking? – a Journey from Mozambique to Sussex

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Paloma Manguele is a PhD student in the Attention Lab. She studies mind wandering, a concept she is cautious to translate into her first language, Portuguese....

“You’re on mute!” On Having High-Quality (Zoom) Connections – Positive Psychology News

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Dr. Nico Rose (MAPP '14) is a professor for organizational psychology at International School of Management (ISM) in Dortmund, Germany. He worked for Bertelsmann, Europe's largest...

How to Give Your Dungeon Master Feedback Like a Pro

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Running games like Dungeons & Dragons is sometimes a thankless job. Dungeon Masters (DMs) have to spend hours prepping for gaming sessions, then be ready to...

Fluency in Dragon | The Psychology of Video Games

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Don’t listen to Wizards of the Coast. Name your next dragon Steve. I say this after reading thumbing through one of Wizards of the Coast’s new Dungeons...

Does Health Insurance Cover Online Therapy?

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Online Therapy Works The popularity of online therapy has surged since the onset of the...

Using Games to Develop Empathy

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Empathy –the ability to recognize and share the thoughts and emotions of another person– is not just a nice-to-have ability. It’s a critical skill for those...

Tools to Help Address Minimal to Major Changes in Routines in the Lives of...

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Last updated on March 24, 2020 By MPGteam Under the diagnostic criteria of Restricted and repetitive Patterns of Behavior of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD),...

Deep Rock Habits vs. Rewards

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I’ve been doing two things in my free time lately. One is playing Deep Rock Galactic, a co-op mining game about dwarves in space. The other...

Does my child have ADHD? I’m not sure, but either way, ABA can help

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A thoughtful Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) program can be an effective non-pharmaceutical intervention for children diagnosed with ADD/ADHD. More and more, ABA serves as an important...

A Day in the Life of a Student in Leicestershire – University of Leicester

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Posted by Enna in Psychology on December 10, 2018 Okay so this may be a slightly too packed day in the life…but the point still stands...

3 Steps for Re-Establishing Social Connections After Covid

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How would you say your social connectedness has shifted since before the pandemic? Maybe...

Virtual group music-making during lockdowns

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By Maruša Levstek When the pandemic hit in late 2019 and the whole world had to practically retract to their homes, everyone was talking about furlough, lockdown,...

The Effects of Parent-Child Interaction Therapy for Toddlers (PCIT-T) on Child Functioning and Parental...

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Many are often surprised when they hear that I work with children as young as 12-months-old. “Why would a 12-month-old ever need therapy?” they often ask....

Baking, Mindfulness, and Permaculture – Positive Psychology News

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Elaine O'Brien, PhD, MAPP '08, is a positive psychology, fitness leadership, positive health promotion, movement science, aging, and well-being speaker, author, trainer, thought leader, people/project manager,...

Frigatebirds sleep in mid-flight | Science

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When Charles Darwin arrived at the Galápagos Islands in 1839, he had the opportunity to observe the habits of frigatebirds, and marvelled at their graceful flight...

Morally Disengaged Murder Hobos | The Psychology of Video Games

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I’m not a fan of the term “murder hobo,” since it strikes me as insensitive, but it’s pretty widely understood in the tabletop role-playing game world...

Green Impact Gold Award | School of Psychology blog

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Green Impact is a University-wide scheme, run by the NUS, to encourage Schools to undertake sustainability activities. This was Psychology’s first year taking part, and over the...

Genetically engineered ‘Magneto’ protein remotely controls brain and behaviour | Science

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Researchers in the United States have developed a new method for controlling the brain circuits associated with complex animal behaviours, using genetic engineering to create a...

Researchers develop non-invasive deep brain stimulation method | Science

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Since 1997, more than 100,000 Parkinson’s Disease patients have been treated with deep brain stimulation (DBS), a surgical technique that involves the implantation of ultra-thin wire...

World Sleep Day 2021: 4 top tips for a good night’s sleep

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Today is World Sleep Day, and this year’s focus is ‘Regular Sleep, Healthy Future’. Most of us have experienced the consequences of a bad night’s sleep at...

Adjusting to University life – University of Leicester

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Posted by Enna in Psychology on October 14, 2018 So I have just finished up my third week of Second year and let me tell you...

3 Life-Changing Benefits of Mindfulness

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What is mindfulness exactly? It’s a state of open awareness and acceptance of whatever...

How Does Prior Knowledge Affect Learning of New Information?

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By Petar Raykov, Psychology Research Fellow at Sussex. I am not one to enjoy promoting myself, yet I have been in Sussex for a while now and...

How Do I Stop Worrying?

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How many times have you heard the words ‘stop worrying’ by those well intentioned loved ones? And how many times have you wanted to answer, “tell...

How to Disguise Lousy Luck as an Absolute Win

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Nothing feels as good as winning. Except maybe just barely losing. With fanfare. In his 2017 book Irresistible: The Rise of Addictive Technology and the Business of...

Live imaging of synapse density in the human brain | Science

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The human brain is often said to be the most complex object in the known universe, and there’s good reason to believe that it is. That...

What You Should Know About Leadership Development Training

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I’ve spent more than a decade working in three related and intersecting fields: Training, Learning & Development, and Leadership Development. One can certainly make a case...

How the Zika virus causes birth defects | Science

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“I lifted up my T-shirt to check on what I thought had just been a small heat rash,” writes BuzzFeed correspondent Ali Watkins. “It had shown...

The psychology of youth empowerment through music

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by Maruša Levstek For the past two years, I have been researching young people’s experiences of inclusive music-making and the psychology behind it. I have worked...

Book Review – Industrial/Organizational Psychology: An Applied Approach (9th ed.) by Michael G. Aamodt

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NOTE: I am reviewing this I-O psychology textbook from a reader’s perspective (i.e., the student’s/learner’s point of view) and not from an instructor’s perspective. In the preface...

Why the Ability to Rethink & Unlearn Is So Important

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A terrific book I finished last year (in 2021) is Think Again by Adam Grant. Grant says the ability to rethink (or think again) and unlearn...

Meet Professor Nicola Yuill | School of Psychology blog

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Prof Nicola Yuill personifies the interdisciplinary spirit that has always been at the core of Sussex. Whether as a student or as a lecturer, she has...

The Opportunity Of Our Time

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We find ourselves in strange times, in which we are experiencing something that very few of us have ever experienced.  It struck me recently the unusualness...

Can video conferencing apps mimic or replace human-to-human connection?

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I was contacted by a journalist writing a story about workplace communication, why human beings need human-to-human connection in the office, and whether technology can mimic...

How to Help Someone with Postpartum Depression

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Depression after childbirth can be overwhelming and isolating. In the midst of becoming a mother, new moms are exposed to many new challenges. In addition to...

Gardening for Wildlife | School of Psychology blog

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As part of our Green Commitment and to celebrate Gardening for Wildlife Week, we asked our School Administrator, Fran Barnard, to tell us about her wildlife...

New MAPP Magazine on Positive Humanities – Positive Psychology News

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The latest issue of MAPP Magazine, published by graduates of the MAPP Program at the University...

Podcast 76 – Virtual Reality in Therapy

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Using board games, video games, and other play activities in therapeutic settings is nothing new. They’re widely used to start conversations, to get around...

What to Look For and How You Can Help Your Child Grow

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Last updated on December 18, 2020 By MPGteam Learning about early developmental milestones for babies and toddlers is one of the most important things...

The Worst Boss Ever! – Positive Psychology News

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Yashi Srivastava, MAPP '16 is a coach, teacher, and writer passionate about helping people cultivate inner peace. While Yashi began her career teaching computer programming, her...

Time for Self-Compassion – Positive Psychology News

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Dr. Nico Rose (MAPP '14) is a professor for organizational psychology at International School of Management (ISM) in Dortmund, Germany. He worked for Bertelsmann, Europe's largest...

Making Monsters of the Multiverse More Collectible

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Wizards of the Coast recently released a new core rulebook for Dungeons & Dragons called Monsters of the Multiverse. In it, readers can find new information...

UCAS Personal Statements Tips – University of Leicester

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Posted by Enna in Psychology on September 18, 2018 I know, I know…personal statements can be daunting.   It took me around 5 different drafts, 3 different teachers...

Ho, ho, ho… it’s beginning to look a lot like (a Green) Christmas

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By Maruša Levstek With Christmas songs on repeat, a tree in the corner waiting to be decorated and an apple pie in the oven, I still...

3 Reasons Physical Offices & Face-to-Face Meetings Are Not Going Away

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The traditional, physical office is not going away any time soon despite advances in technology allowing people to work remotely, either at a home office, coworking...

Second Wave of Positive Psychology – Positive Psychology News

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Marta Velázquez Gil is a psychologist and researcher. She has published research in scientific journals and both national and international congresses. Her biggest interest is research...

How Important is Skin Colour to First Generation South Asian Women

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By Jamie Chan If we asked ourselves which part(s) of our body we are less happy about, the chances are that our answer would revolve around weight,...

Running cognitive tasks online, for free

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By Max Lovell Note: This is an abridged version of an article that can be found on my personal webspace – see that version for more details,...

What’s in a word? Using speech marker to diagnose Alzheimer’s early

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September was World Alzheimer’s Month, an international event run by Alzheimer’s Disease International to spread awareness and challenge the stigmas that surround Alzheimer’s and other forms...

Nerve terminal nanofilaments control brain signalling | Science

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This spectacular image – which took the best part of a year to create – shows the fine structure of a nerve terminal at high resolution,...

Watching Eyes and Listening Ears in Valorant

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In late April 2021, Riot Games announced in a blog post that it would be listening to what players of its competitive online shooter Valorant were...

Sleep may help us to forget by rebalancing brain synapses | Science

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We spend one third of our lives sleeping, but we still do not know exactly why we sleep. Recent research shows that that the brain does...

How to Stop “Doomscrolling” – Great Lakes Psychology Group

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We’re living in the era of the 24/7 news cycle, constant updates on happenings...

Book Review — Influence and Impact: Discover and Excel at What Your Organization Needs...

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“What we have found, again and again, is that people tend to underperform because they do what is comfortable, what is familiar, or what they desire,...

Ways to Actually Achieve Your New Year’s Resolutions

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Last updated on January 3, 2022 By MPGteam New Year, new you? People have been making – and breaking – New Year’s resolutions since...

The AccessAbility Centre – University of Leicester

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Posted by Enna in Psychology on November 10, 2018 I love the University of Leicester for many reasons. One of the big reasons I do, is...

Learn About Childhood ADHD, Anxiety and Disruptive Behavior Treatments (Free)

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Last updated on January 7, 2022 By MPGteam For those who support children and adolescents with ADHD, Anxiety, and Disruptive Behavior, the value of evidence-based...

Getting Bad Marks – University of Leicester

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Posted by Enna in Psychology on November 18, 2018 So, it’s been a couple of months since University has started, which means that a whole host...

Remembering Ed Diener – Positive Psychology News

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Kathryn Britton, MAPP '06, former software engineer, is a coach working with professionals to increase well-being, energy, and meaning in their work lives (Theano Coaching LLC). She...

Exploring Mindfulness, Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), and The MBSR Online Course

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To ensure that I don’t overwhelm the reader, I have divided the article into SECTIONS: In SECTION 1, I’ll talk about the concept, origin, and practice called...

A PhD, public engagement event, and me

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By Psychology PhD student, Louise Davidson The Science of Teamwork Teamwork is something that most of us engage in every day – for example, within a work team...

How Steve Jobs Reframed The Competition To Rally The Troops

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Photo: Screenshots of Apple 1984 Super Bowl TV Commercial I have been in companies that operated with an extremely competitive culture and mindset and worked alongside people...

Effectiveness of Virtual Communities Hinge on Trust

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In a new study, researchers based in Italy propose that development of trust among all participants is a key objective metric when assessing the effectiveness of...

Helping parents improve their children’s behaviors

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This pandemic has been hard on families in a lot of ways. Being an employee, a chef, a maid, a home repair expert, a teacher and...

New Articles in Online Magazine on Positive Psychology Applications – Positive Psychology News

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The latest edition of the MAPP Magazine was published this week. The mission of the...

Level Drain and Loss Aversion in D&D

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A while back I had author and game developer Geoffrey Englestein on my podcast. We talked about how the psychological concept of loss aversion affects game...

The Finalist Party, a time to celebrate our BSc Graduates!

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By Chloe Ilsley After several years of not being able to celebrate our graduates and their achievements, this year we were finally able to do so! On...

Alzheimer type dementia | School of Psychology blog

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by Prof Jennifer Rusted Age is not synonymous with poor health, but Alzheimer type dementia (AD) is a disease of the brain for which age is the...

Self-Insight Is Sparked by “Crystallization of Discontent” Moments

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“The twists and turns of your life can be so unexpected, and that’s a good thing to learn.” -Christina Baker Kline (American novelist) In The Power of...

Virtual Body Swapping With Friend Can Alter Your Sense of Self

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A new study shows that, when pairs of friends swapped bodies in a perceptual illusion, their beliefs about their own personalities became more similar to their...

Employee Mental Health and the Return to In-Person Workplaces

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I was contacted by a communications specialist for my thoughts regarding people who might be experiencing anxiety about having to go back to in-person workplaces. I...

How Some Games Keep You Playing

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In his book, Why We Buy: The Science of Shopping psychologist and security camera footage enthusiast Paco Underhill reported on his research into a variety of...

Understanding collective fear responses to perceived terrorist threats

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By Dr Dermot Barr The UK national threat level was raised to ‘Severe’, the second highest level, on the 3rd November 2020 after a series of terrorist...

Michael Heap Interview | School of Psychology blog

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Psychology MRes student, Kev Sheldrake talks hypnosis theory, therapy and dissociation with retired clinical and forensic psychologist, Michael Heap. I’ve been aware of Michael Heap since...

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