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Psychology Today

Today the first intergovernmental standard on artificial intelligence (AI) was adopted by the OECD—an AI historic, and geopolitical milestone.
– by Cami Rosso

Have you ever wondered whether you might be left-handed? Here is how to find out for sure.
– by Sebastian Ocklenburg, Ph.D.

The rates of adoption in the U.S. are relatively low and steadily decreasing because of cultural changes, not Roe vs. Wade.
– by Joanne Bagshaw Ph.D.

“The Fearless Heart” speaks to the prevalence of uncertainty and fear in today’s world and offers a four step process for how to deal with this pervasive challenge.
– by Olivia Ames Hoblitzelle

In life, our freedom and safety are limited. No wonder we’re tempted by the dream of eternal freedom and safety.
– by Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D., MPP

What’s the best you can do? Having some clear guidelines can help you avoid guilt and resentment and run your life more successfully. Some suggestions.
– by Robert Taibbi L.C.S.W.

Having trouble getting started? Change something.
– by Michelle Frank, Psy.D., and Sari Solden, M.S.

ScienceDaily

A new social robot that can be customized with handcrafted material, such as wood and wool, brings simplicity and fun to home robotics — and will soon be used to help teach math to fourth graders.

Women’s performance on math and verbal tests is best at higher temperatures, while men perform best on the same tests at lower temperatures, according to a new study.

Wearable brain devices are now being marketed directly to consumers and often claim to confer benefits like boosting memory and modulating symptoms of depression. A team of neuroethicists looked at the range of products being sold online and questioned the claims made by companies about these products.

A new study has demonstrated that employees at a large urban hospital who purchased the least healthy food in its cafeteria were more likely to have an unhealthy diet outside of work, be overweight and/or obese, and have risk factors for diabetes and cardiovascular disease, compared to employees who made healthier purchases.

A new study has estimated the association between suboptimal consumption of seven types of foods and specific cancers. They found that poor diet is on par with alcohol, excessive body weight, and physical activity.

Researchers found that people’s interactions with a virtual person in augmented reality, or AR, influenced how they behaved and acted in the physical world.

New research finds there is a better way to help increase support for vaccinations: Expose people to the pain and suffering caused by vaccine-preventable diseases instead of trying to combat people with vaccine facts.

In a new mouse study, neonatal exposure to nicotine changed the biochemistry of reward circuitry in the brain. Researchers suggest the same mechanism may be at work in humans.

Psych Central

It’s funny how people only start thinking about death when either a loved one has passed away, or they’re facing their own imminent mortality. But the time to talk and…
– by John M. Grohol, Psy.D.

A new poll released by the American Psychiatric Association (APA) suggests Americans generally believe social media has a more negative than positive influence on mental and emotional well-being. The APA…
– by Rick Nauert PhD

Older adults who experience significant weight gain or loss within a couple of years may be at greater risk of dementia, according to a new Korean study published in the…
– by Traci Pedersen

Nature is an important aspect of our daily lives that is too often taken for granted. Now, in our technologically-driven society, we are often shut away from nature, and the…
– by Taylor Bourassa

Do you ever feel like you always have to be on? You have to say the “right,” thing, act the “right way,” be witty, funny, but not too yourself. If…
– by Brandi-Ann Uyemura, M.A.

A new large-scale study finds that teen drivers with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are significantly more likely to get into car accidents, be issued traffic and moving violations, and engage…
– by Traci Pedersen

Older adults who regularly play word and number puzzles tend to have sharper brain function, according to new U.K. research published in the International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry. “We’ve found…
– by Traci Pedersen

If your partner seems needy, there’s a major reason for it. Loving someone with an ambivalent attachment style can be difficult, which is why you’ll need some solid relationship advice…
– by Psych Central Guest Author

APA News

Forcing families to separate or lose housing assistance should be reconsidered, says letter sent to HUD secretary.

The end of a school year actually brings mixed emotions to educators.

These American Psychological Foundation awards recognize enduring contributions to psychology in four categories, with a nomination deadline of June 1, 2019.

Iva GreyWolf, PhD, examines the executive order, EO 13828, designed to strengthen work requirements for welfare recipients.

She always thought of herself as an inclusive and open-minded person. During her undergraduate studies, however, she began to realize how heteronormative her viewpoint was.

“A barrier or proverbial gate looms over me, a gate that I am often powerless to open.”

APA PsycPORT

Hospices offer specialist care and support to people with terminal and life-limiting illnesses.

By raising levels of the stress-related hormone cortisol, our phone time may also be threatening our long-term health.

Older Americans are quietly killing themselves in nursing homes, assisted living centers and adult care homes.

Singing in a choir for six months reduces feelings of loneliness and also increases interest in life.

Empathy might be a little bit more selfish than many people assume.

NIMH

In this Director’s Message, Dr. Gordon discusses research-based advances in the understanding and treatment of depression.
– by Joshua Gordon

One of the most horrific—and least acknowledged—effects of mass incarceration is the epidemic of mental illness in our jails and prisons. On June 13, 2019, Alisa Roth, journalist and author of Insane: America’s Criminal Treatment of Mental Illness, will explain how this happened—and how we can fix it. Phil Andrews is the Director of Crime Prevention Initiatives for the State’s Attorney’s Office of Montgomery County, Maryland. In January 2016, a Task Force chaired by Andrews released a report unanimously recommending the establishment of mental health courts at the Circuit and District levels to divert people who commit low-level crimes as a product of mental illness into treatment and services and away from prosecution and incarceration.
– by National Institute of Mental Health

April is Autism Awareness Month and in this Director’s message, Dr. Gordon discusses the past, present, and future of autism research.
– by Joshua Gordon

In this message, Dr. Gordon discusses the role of NIMH and others in the bench-to-bedside story of bexanolone, which has just been approved by the FDA as the first treatment specifically for postpartum depression.
– by Joshua Gordon

Mental illnesses are a global problem. In this director’s Message, Dr. Gordon discusses his recent trip to Nepal and Kenya to see how NIMH is helping bring cutting-edge research to bear on the problems facing individuals with mental illnesses in low-resource settings.
– by Joshua Gordon

Dr. Gordon discusses NIMH’s role in the HEAL (Helping End Addiction Long-term SM) Initiative — the National Institutes of Health(NIH)’s all-in, coordinated response to the opioid epidemic.
– by Joshua Gordon

The American College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ACNP) focuses on research which translates basic neuroscience findings into novel treatments. In this Director’s Message, Dr. Gordon discusses some of the exciting work presented at this year’s ACNP meeting.
– by Joshua Gordon

In recognition of National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day, Dr. Peter Schmidt, Principal Investigator and Chief of the Behavioral Endocrinology Branch, and Postdoctoral Fellow, Dr. Kathy Reding, will join NIMH’s Facebook Live event to discuss how puberty affects brain development.
– by National Institute of Mental Health

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