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March 2017

Antidepressants Could Soon Be Rivalled By Device Emitting Electric Shocks

By | 2017-03-20T11:13:03+00:00 March 20th, 2017|Categories: Depression, Mental Illness|Tags: , , , , , , , |

A device which sends tiny electric shocks to the brain to stimulate neurons could one day be at least as useful to people with anxiety and depression as antidepressants, Curtin University researchers hope. The university's Patrick Clarke said small electrical currents were being used to directly stimulate underperforming parts of the depressive brain and numb [...]

Teachers Must Ditch ‘Neuromyth’ Of Learning Styles

By | 2017-03-20T10:56:53+00:00 March 20th, 2017|Categories: Science & Research|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Teaching children according to their individual “learning style” does not achieve better results and should be ditched by schools in favour of evidence-based practice, according to leading scientists. Thirty eminent academics from the worlds of neuroscience, education and psychology have signed a letter to the Guardian voicing their concern about the popularity of the learning [...]

Are You Hearing Me?

By | 2017-03-20T10:50:51+00:00 March 20th, 2017|Categories: Mental Health & Wellbeing, Society & Culture|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Giving someone your full attention in conversation isn’t easy, but it is a skill we can practice and hone. Have you ever tried to have a conversation with somebody who wasn’t listening to you? Could you tell? Have you ever seen yourself nodding and smiling during a conversation while in your mind you were landing [...]

How Friends And Families Can Help Those Who Are At Risk of Psychosis

By | 2017-03-20T10:42:49+00:00 March 20th, 2017|Categories: Mental Illness|Tags: , , , , , , , |

When you think of paranormal experiences it often conjures images of ghosts, aliens or witchcraft. But it can also include hearing voices, out-of-body experiences, or even strong spiritual or superstitious beliefs. Such experiences are quite common – 75% of people in Britain have said that they have had one or more paranormal experiences in their [...]

Most Adults Spend More Time On Their Digital Devices Than They Think

By | 2017-03-20T11:47:46+00:00 March 20th, 2017|Categories: Cybersafety|Tags: , , , , , , |

To limit kids' screen time, try unplugging yourself. In a world where we are constantly tweeting, texting, Googling and checking e-mail, technology addiction is a real concern for today's kids. Yet parents are often unable to unplug from their own digital devices, research suggests. A recent national survey conducted by Common Sense Media, which included [...]

How Weird Sleep Schedules Disrupt Our Body Clocks

By | 2017-03-20T10:17:26+00:00 March 20th, 2017|Categories: Mental Health & Wellbeing|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Much like a clock on the wall, our cells have their own 24-hour timeline. When they're in sync, our body clock may act as a protective barrier against mental and physical illnesses. But throw in some jet lag, a night shift or a bout of insomnia, and suddenly the clock's hands are spinning out of [...]

Teenagers Do Dumb Things, But There Are Ways To Limit Recklessness

By | 2017-03-20T09:59:42+00:00 March 20th, 2017|Categories: Mental Health & Wellbeing|Tags: , , , , , , |

By now parents are familiar with the worrisome finding that the thrill-seeking centers of the adolescent brain can readily outmatch the teenage brain’s emerging rational control systems. I count myself among the adults who find this neurological account of adolescent recklessness to be both clarifying and confounding. It helpfully explains why really thoughtful teenagers sometimes [...]

Neuroscience Reveals 4 Rituals That Will Make You Happy

By | 2017-03-20T11:35:17+00:00 March 20th, 2017|Categories: Mental Health & Wellbeing|Tags: , , , , , , , |

You get all kinds of happiness advice on the internet from people who don't know what they're talking about. Don't trust them. Actually, don't trust me either. Trust neuroscientists. They study that gray blob in your head all day and have learned a lot about what truly will make you happy. UCLA neuroscience researcher Alex [...]

Here’s How Citizen Power Can Drive Mental Health Reform

By | 2017-03-13T11:19:25+00:00 March 13th, 2017|Categories: Mental Health & Wellbeing, Mental Illness|Tags: , , , , , |

Citizen panels and juries around the world are having their say about how health funding is prioritised and allocated. It’s time this happened in Australia, particularly when it comes to deciding how best to carve up Australia’s limited resources for tackling mental health. This is because constructively engaging with the community this way is fundamentally [...]

Can We Trust The Rorschach Test?

By | 2017-03-13T11:10:39+00:00 March 13th, 2017|Categories: Mental Illness, Science & Research|Tags: , , , , , , |

To its critics, it is dangerous pseudoscience. To its supporters, it offers unique insights. What is the future of this controversial psychological test? Victor Norris had reached the final round in his application for a job working with young children, but he still had to undergo a psychological evaluation. Over two long November afternoons, he [...]