Patients’ Fear Should Be Strongly Considered When Counseling Women At High Risk For Breast Cancer

Women at increased risk for breast cancer because of the genetic BRCA mutations are more likely to think a prophylactic mastectomy is the best way to reduce their risk for the disease, compared to other women who are at high risk, according to researchers at The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center. The […]

Women With Breast Cancer Benefit Emotionally From Yoga

Women undertaking a ten week program of 75 minute Restorative Yoga (RY) classes gained positive differences in aspects of mental health such as depression, positive emotions, and spirituality (feeling calm/peaceful) compared to the control group. The study, published in a special issue of Psycho-Oncology focusing on physical activity, shows the women had a 50% reduction […]

Using Challenging Concepts To Learn Promotes Understanding Of New Materia

It’s a question that confronts parents and teachers everywhere- what is the best method of teaching kids new skills? Is it better for children to learn gradually, starting with easy examples and slowly progressing to more challenging problems? Or is it more effective to just dive-in head first with difficult problems, and then move on […]

Declining Memory And Lack Of Imagination Linked In Older Adults

Most children are able to imagine their future selves as astronauts, politicians or even superheroes; however, many older adults find it difficult to recollect past events, let alone generate new ones. A new Harvard University study reveals that the ability of older adults to form imaginary scenarios is linked to their ability to recall detailed […]

Experts Debate The Role Of Psychology In Interrogations

The involvement of psychologists in interrogations is a subject of great interest among practicing psychologists, researchers, policy advocates and interrogators. There are greatly varying opinions about what role psychologists should play in interrogation settings. For example, at last summer’s meeting of the American Psychological Association in San Francisco, representatives of the APA Council of Representatives […]

Subliminal Messages Can Influence Us In Surprising Ways

Flag waving is a metaphor for stirring up the public towards adopting a more nationalistic, generally hard-line stance. Indeed, “rally ’round the flag” is a venerable expression of this phenomenon. It comes as some surprise, then, that studies conducted by researchers at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem have shown that exposing people to a subliminal […]

Don’t Let Corporate Power, Financial Influence Compromise Science/ Profession Of Psychology, APA Task Force Warns

Corporate funding – particularly from pharmaceutical companies – has the potential to create both individual and institutional conflicts of interest and could pose a threat to the integrity of psychological research and practice, according to a special task force of the American Psychological Association. APA’s Presidential Task Force on External Funding reviewed research, media reports […]

Subliminal Smells Bias Perception About A Person’s Likeability

Anyone who has bonded with a puppy madly sniffing with affection gets an idea of how scents, most not apparent to humans, are critical to a dog’s appreciation of her two-legged friends. Now new research from Northwestern University suggests that humans also pick up infinitesimal scents that affect whether or not we like somebody. “We […]

Serial Killer Nurse Has Early Release Thrown Out

Beverly Allit, 39, who had killed four child patients and injured nine and received 13 life sentences in 1993, has had her application for early release on grounds of mental illness turned down by a High Court in England. Allitt was known as “The Angel of Death”. According to Mr. Justice Stanley Burnton, she should […]

Pedophilia May Be The Result Of Faulty Brain Wiring

Pedophilia might be the result of faulty connections in the brain, according to new research released by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH). The study used MRIs and a sophisticated computer analysis technique to compare a group of pedophiles with a group of non-sexual criminals. The pedophiles had significantly less of a substance […]