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Psychology Today

A car honk. An angry driver. People yelling obscenities through their rolled up windows. And all through it all, feeling the soul-ripping, devastating effects of loneliness.
– by Janina Scarlet Ph.D.

42 ideas on communication, personal growth, work, men, and education.
– by Marty Nemko Ph.D.

Though not widely known, the concept of liminality is inventive in deepening our understanding of transitional states, rituals, thresholds, and change.
– by Bruce Poulsen Ph.D.

Partners strive to emphasize the positive and minimize the negative in an attempt to maintain harmony. But despite their efforts, many couples begin to keep a file of grievances…
– by Linda and Charlie Bloom

There are several easy practices you can learn to draw maximal creative power from the natural rhythms of your mind and body during sleep.
– by Kelly Bulkeley Ph.D,

A recent court case in Canada considered the emotional suffering of a dog. Scientific research and models of animal welfare mean cruelty is no longer defined only as physical harm.
– by Zazie Todd Ph.D.

Helping our teenage sons develop listening skills when they want to tune us out
– by Lee Bare Ph.D.

It’s one thing to love your partner. It’s another thing to be obsessively focused on your relationship to a degree that is destructive to your mental health.
– by Lisa Firestone Ph.D.


Researchers report most patients are willing to share medical records for research purposes, with a few caveats.

A team has discovered a new pathway that may help suppress the development of glioblastoma tumors, one of the deadliest forms of cancer.

Many forms of vision loss stem from a common source: impaired communication between the eye and the brain. And at the root of that communication are hundreds of proteins generated by the retina’s nerve cells. A new study examines these proteins in unprecedented detail, providing surprising new insights into how visual signals are distributed to different regions of the brain.

Researchers have unlocked mysteries surrounding how a pregnant mother’s cells and her fetus’ cells communicate throughout pregnancy. With this new information, scientists can develop new non-invasive methods of monitoring and improving the health of the fetus using this mode of communication.

A recent study found that people with chronic lower back pain who performed self-administered acupressure experienced improvement in pain and fatigue symptoms.

Research finds treatment for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) that leads to an improvement in symptoms was associated with a 49 percent lower risk of incident type 2 diabetes.

Almost one-third of people migrating to the US via Mexico experience physical, psychological, and/or sexual violence along the way, according to a new study.

Researchers demonstrate critical improvements to functional Near Infrared Spectroscopy (fNIRS)-based optical imaging in the brain.

Psych Central

While snorkeling in the ocean, I had the opportunity to remember an invaluable lesson regarding willingness — to take what is offered in the moment. Willingness is an Acceptance and…
– by Annabella Hagen, LCSW, RPT-S

Researchers have created decision models to predict which patients might need more treatment for their depression than what their primary care provider can offer. Scientists say the algorithms are specifically…
– by Rick Nauert PhD

A new study by U.K. researchers suggests living close (within 300 meters) of urban green space is associated with greater happiness, sense of worth and life satisfaction. In American terms,…
– by Rick Nauert PhD

Vitamin D deficiency in childhood may be associated with a greater risk for aggressive behavior and anxious and depressive moods in adolescence, according to a new University of Michigan (U-M)…
– by Traci Pedersen

 Schizophrenia does not just affect the person with schizophrenia, but their families, also. This episode of Inside Schizophrenia explores the family relationships impacted by schizophrenia, both immediate and extended. …
– by Rachel Star Withers

A new study finds that a good story can increase the persuasiveness of weak facts, but it may actually decrease the persuasiveness of strong facts. Previous psychological research on this…
– by Traci Pedersen

Adults who were traumatized as children may be more likely to keep a greater physical distance between themselves and strangers, and may also find touch stimuli less comforting than people…
– by Traci Pedersen

Endless summer. Whoever came up with that phrase must not have had kids in grade school. One minute you’re signing your little one up for day camp, the next you’re…
– by Erina White, PhD, MPH, MSW

APA News

Situations in which a therapist is presented with conflicting allegations of abuse, trauma or the undermining of a parent-child relationship can present ethical and clinical risks.

Students and early career professionals gain exposure to education and formal training in the areas of equity, diversity and inclusion, allowing them to serve as change-makers in a multi-generational workforce.

Adding psychologists to the DC Medicaid provider network will expand access to care.

Digital technology offers real hope for reaching more people with mental health care help.


Developers say there have been 900 clinical trials researching anxiety and pain reduction using virtual reality.

The Eagles are the first NFL franchise with a sensory room for fans with sensory challenges who might need to decompress.

Liberalized sex education policies are being considered in more states as more female lawmakers take office.

Pediatricians warn that racism can have devastating long-term effects on children.

Aerobic exercise can enhance and improve cognitive function and stave off age-related brain changes.

Heartfelt talks between parent and child are essential to help kids overcome tough times.

There are tell-tale signs that a new mother may need to seek help.


This NIMH-sponsored symposium will bring together experts in basic and translational neuroscience to discuss the state of the field and identify opportunities to advance our understanding of how the cerebellum contributes to cognition, emotion, and social behavior in both healthy and psychiatric populations.
– by National Institute of Mental Health

In his latest message, Dr. Gordon discusses the role of NIMH and other researchers in the development of esketamine, an FDA-approved, rapid-acting medication that targets treatment-resistant depression.
– by Joshua Gordon

In observance of Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, Dr. Jane Pearson, chair of the Suicide Research Consortium in the Division of Services and Intervention Research at the National Institute of Mental Health, will answer questions from the public about the latest suicide prevention research in a Reddit “Ask Me Anything” (AMA) event on Thursday, September 5, 2019.
– by National Institute of Mental Health

Dr. Deanna Barch will describe how sports involvement interacted with sex to predict depressive symptoms, and also how sports involvement was positively correlated with hippocampal volume in both boys and girls. Moreover, these relationships held even when correcting for family income, maternal education, race, ethnicity, age, and total brain volume. Dr. Barch’s findings will help illuminate a potential neural mechanism for the impact of exercise on the developing brain and the differential effects in girls versus boys.
– by National Institute of Mental Health

This meeting is intended for ALACRITY Center/Core Directors and investigators conducting or interested in conducting intervention or mental health services research.
– by National Institute of Mental Health

In this webinar, Dr. Lisa Horowitz reviews how to conducts suicide risk screening with the ASQ tool. This training is for nurses.
– by National Institute of Mental Health

Dr. Niko Kriegeskorte, a computational neuroscientist from the Zuckerman Institute at Columbia University, discusses the challenges of deriving insight into the principles of brain function using fMRI and other neuroimaging methods.
– by National Institute of Mental Health

In this Director’s message, Dr. Gordon digs into the historical roots of the hippocampus and the role it plays in human memory – an example of how scientists build upon past research discoveries and, in turn, advance the science that could benefit future generations.
– by Joshua Gordon