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What is bipolar disorder, the condition Kanye West lives with?

Ian Hickie, University of Sydney American rapper Kanye West has been making headlines recently as he mounts a campaign to be elected president of the United States. We’ve seen a series of chaotic and emotional public outbursts, including during his first presidential campaign appearance, as well as a string of incoherent tweets which he subsequently [...]

By |2020-08-10T12:33:39+10:00August 10th, 2020|Categories: Society & Culture|0 Comments

Young men are more likely to believe COVID-19 myths. So how do we actually reach them?

Carissa Bonner, University of Sydney; Brooke Nickel, University of Sydney, and Kristen Pickles, University of Sydney If the media is anything to go by, you’d think people who believe coronavirus myths are white, middle-aged women called Karen. But our new study shows a different picture. We found men and people aged 18-25 are more likely [...]

By |2020-08-10T12:01:35+10:00August 10th, 2020|Categories: Society & Culture|0 Comments

What racial discrimination does to young people’s wellbeing

Jochem Thijs, Utrecht University Discrimination against minority groups can be difficult to prove. Perpetrators are typically motivated to deny their prejudices, and are not always aware of their biases. This makes it possible to suggest – as happened recently in the Dutch national parliament – that racism is virtually nonexistent, and that claims about discrimination [...]

By |2020-07-28T13:21:18+10:00July 27th, 2020|Categories: Society & Culture|0 Comments

Our changing identities under COVID-19

Associate Professor Terry BowlesCan you remember when you left your primary school for the excitement of secondary school; or when you sold your cherished first car and bought a better, more reliable one; or when you first left home? These are all examples of how profound events prompt identity change. In these cases each previous [...]

By |2020-07-27T10:53:21+10:00July 27th, 2020|Categories: Society & Culture|0 Comments

Number of Australia’s vulnerable children is set to double as COVID-19 takes its toll

Kate Noble, Victoria University; Peter Hurley, Victoria University, and Sergio Macklin, Victoria University Three quarters of a million Australian children are likely to be experiencing employment stress in the family as a result of COVID-19. This is on top of around 615,000 children whose families were already dealing with employment stress, whose situation may have [...]

By |2020-06-18T15:44:12+10:00June 18th, 2020|Categories: Society & Culture|0 Comments

Embracing a new normal in ourselves and communities

Associate Professor Terry BowlesAs COVID-19 restrictions are gradually lifted across Australia and we emerge from months of isolation, it’s important to note that we have passed the threshold of time required to establish new habits. Research shows that it takes between 30 and 60 days to establish a new habit or to stop a bad [...]

By |2020-06-18T15:44:46+10:00June 5th, 2020|Categories: Society & Culture|0 Comments

A powerful opportunity for change

Can the challenges we face during the coronavirus pandemic help us reconsider what matters most and how we live our lives? - Professor David Forbes The challenges we are all facing as a result of the coronavirus pandemic have the potential to cause serious and sometimes long-lasting problems for individuals and societies. But can they [...]

By |2020-05-11T14:02:48+10:00May 11th, 2020|Categories: Society & Culture|0 Comments

Fake news in the age of COVID-19

Dr Greg Nyilasy  In 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic has come to dominate the media, both domestically and abroad. Alongside increased attention on the pandemic, has come the viral spread of COVID-19 fake news online. Many of these stories, as tantalising as they are, are patently false. In the case of COVID-19, the spread of fake [...]

By |2020-04-21T09:44:52+10:00April 20th, 2020|Categories: Society & Culture|0 Comments

What my students taught me about reading: old books hold new insights for the digital generation

Every year about 150 students enrol in the introductory English literature course at the Australian National University, which I teach. The course includes works by Shakespeare, Austen, Woolf and Dickens. I know what these books did for me as a student 20 years ago, but times have changed. I am curious to discover what reading [...]

By |2020-03-24T17:36:19+11:00March 23rd, 2020|Categories: Society & Culture|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

What we don’t understand about young people’s motivations

Young people are demanding change. In the last few days, young Indigenous activists and their supporters blocked parliamentarians in Victoria, B.C., from accessing the provincial legislature and led waves of protest across the country. For some young people, climate change is urgent. For others, gun violence is a crisis. From truth and reconciliation to inclusion [...]

By |2020-03-09T11:29:21+11:00March 9th, 2020|Categories: Positive Psychology, Society & Culture|Tags: , , , |0 Comments