As the reality of the coronavirus pandemic set in a few months ago, psychologists set to work to understand how COVID-19 is going to affect us and try to inform a response to it. A few months later, hundreds of studies are in progress, examining everything from the spread of conspiracy theories to the characteristics … Continue reading Psychology research in the era of Covid- Is it Groundhog day?
This article contains discussion of suicide and self-harm In 2014, the Samaritans launched what seemed like an innovative new project: Radar. Designed to provide what the charity described as an “online safety net”, users could sign up to Radar to receive updates on the content of other people’s tweets, with emails sent out based on … Continue reading Why psychologists are using social media for mental health research
Self-worth is at the core of our very selves—our thoughts, feelings, and behaviours are intimately tied into how we view our worthiness and value as human beings.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀We constantly measure our worth, this is sometimes developed through comparisons. Most of us use our own internal measures to judge our value as humans on our appearance, how … Continue reading Notes on self-worth:
ADHD is the most common neurodevelopment disorder of childhood and has a strong persistence throughout the individual's lifespan. ADHD is characterised by age-inappropriate behaviour is thought to affect between 3% and 5% of all school-aged children (Buitelaar, 2002) age-inappropriate behaviour typically characterises it. ADHD is a lifelong disorder which can increase morbidity, including impaired academic … Continue reading A closer look at the brain differences of people with ADHD. A cognitive neuroscience review of The aetiology of ADHD
Your message can have a greater impact through an effectively told story. They can ignite ideas. They can stir up feelings of awe, wonder, inspiration. They can make us jump out of our seats in surprise or terror. Stories hold powers greater than we may have imagined. Once upon a relatively recent time, the field … Continue reading The Neuroscience of story
Breakups suck. They usually suck more for one of the break up-ees. They can suck so bad you don’t want to get out of bed, talk to anyone, eat. Sometimes it feels like you physically cannot do any of these things. All you can do is sit slumped in your bed, staring into nothing, stuck … Continue reading The very real pain of break ups
The global pandemic of COVID-19 means that we are living in unprecedented times. It looks like something we will have to keep dealing with over the next weeks. As we are aware, chronic stress has adverse effects on the brain. Receptors for stress hormones are found in the hippocampus, amygdala and frontal cortex. These structures are involved … Continue reading Our stress brain and COVID-19
https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/bjep.12322?af=R As you know my book ‘I am what I believe’, talks about the impact people can have on us when judging us on our body image. And now I have found some empirical research to support my message. Body image can be a tricky enough thing to navigate in adulthood: for young people, it … Continue reading Weight bias in education
It use to really make me cringe when people spoke about mindfulness, and I was like noooo this is not psychology. Psychology is a science based on empirical research, so when I went to a seminar by Bessel van der Kolk I was prejudging his message. However, The Body Keeps the Score is so good, it talks … Continue reading Book review- The Body Keeps the Score
My children's book- Amelia is a beautiful happy little girl but her teacher isn't very kind to her and keeps telling her what she can and can't do. Despite this Amelia believes in herself and keeps persevering despite her horrible teachers unkind words.