Creeping from the shadows, emerging from the glen, is a cry for an existence much better than the one we’re living in. It is clear that drugs are becoming our crutch, an excuse to avoid experiencing the trials and tribulations as such. So below is an entreaty to return to simplicity, one in which much of what we need is available so readily.
The Wall Street Journal reports on two recent studies that found that people who "narrate" their own lives to put a positive spin on them feel better overall. But a paper in Intersectionalities explores how re-narrating one's own sense of personal identity may either help free one from oppression or become a mere expression of one's oppression. More →
Researchers at Children's Hospital Los Angeles and Columbia University found a "powerful" dose-response relationship between young children's exposures to a common air pollutant, measurable brain disturbances, and cognitive and behavioral problems. The study appeared in JAMA Psychiatry. More →
Cognitive behavioral therapy, routine care and supportive counseling are all equally helpful -- or harmful -- to patients experiencing schizophrenia or psychosis, depending on the quality of the relationship that the patient feels he or she has with the treatment provider, according to a study in Psychological Medicine. More →
Normal efforts to get children with ADHD to "sit still and focus" may be counterproductive, according to a study in the Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology. A team of Florida researchers found that children with ADHD actually have better working memory when they are "squirming" in their seats. More →
The BBC's "All in the Mind" podcast has resumed, releasing another eight episodes every week. Psychologist Claudia Hammond discusses various themes such as what psychology can tell us about the influences on how we decide to vote, portrayals of mental health in comedy, and whether we can improve our ability to have insights. More →
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