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  • Debate Erupts on Halloween Costumes That Mock Mental Illness
    Source: The GuardianDowning Street responds to health minister Norman Lambs criticism of psycho and schizo joke outfits available online Downing Street has declined to back calls by health minister Norman Lamb for retailers to stop selling outfits that demonise mentally ill people at Halloween, saying it is a matter for consumers and companies. Lamb, the Liberal Democrat care minister, urged shops not to sell trick-or-treat and party outfits that mock psychiatric... link to source

  • Is Social Psychology Biased Against Conservatives?
    Source: Social Psychology Network NewsSocial psychologist Jonathan Haidt argues that the field is suffering from an anti-conservative bias and a lack of political diversity. link to source

  • Apple's CEO Tim Cook: "I'm Proud to Be Gay"
    Source: Yahoo News - Top HeadlinesApple Inc CEO Tim Cook on Thursday became the most prominent American corporate leader to come out as gay, saying he was trading his closely guarded privacy for the chance to help move civil rights forward. The 53-year-old Alabama native and self-described "son of the South", who has spoken out against discrimination of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people, declared his sexual orientation in a magazine editorial, confirming a... link to source

  • Ebola Fears Spark Claims of Racism in Europe
    Source: USA Today - World NewsDistinguishing between racial discrimination and public health measures can be difficult. link to source

  • Comedian Posts Topless Photo of Herself to Highlight Sexism
    Source: ABC News - Good Morning AmericaChelsea Handler posted a topless photo of herself on Instagram yesterday to highlight the different reactions social media has to men and women. link to source

  • New Website Educates Voters About Attack Ads and "Dark Money"
    Source: Social Psychology Network NewsWhy are political advertisements increasingly negative, and is negativity always a bad thing? A new interactive website,, aims to educate voters about attack ads and "dark money"—that is, campaign-related spending by groups that do not disclose their donors. The nonpartisan website includes an online quiz, parody attack ad, graphics, and other information intended for teachers, students, and members of the general public. link to source

  • Walking Workstations Improve Physical and Mental Health
    Source: ScienceDailyWalking workstations can improve not only physical, but also mental health during the workday, a new study has found. With growing concerns regarding obesity in the United States, the author hopes the study encourages employers to examine methods to assist workers in in healthy living. link to source

  • Brain Scans Support Claim That Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Is Real
    Source: Google News - HealthIt took two years and six doctors before Lindsay Sihilling was diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome. Though it helped to have an explanation for the crushing fatigue, mental fogginess and constant flu-like symptoms, Sihilling still faced the skeptics who... link to source

  • Feminism Is "Not Dogmatic," It’s About Having Choices, Says Emma Watson
    Source: Time MagazineShe'll be on the cover of Elle's feminism issue in December. link to source

  • Extremely Violent Crimes Tied to Gene in Study of 700 Criminals
    Source: Google News - HealthA gene previously linked to risk-taking and aggression appears to contribute to extreme violent behavior as well, according to a study that may open the way for treatments to prevent such behavior. The gene, identified in an analysis of more than... link to source

  • Teaching Teens Effective Bystander Intervention Techniques
    Source: U.S. News and World ReportFamilies should discuss bystander intervention techniques and risks before a student goes to college. link to source

  • In Cold War, U.S. Spy Agencies Used 1,000 Nazis
    Source: Social Psychology Network NewsIn the decades after World War II, the C.I.A. and other United States agencies employed at least a thousand Nazis as Cold War spies and informants and, as recently as the 1990s, concealed the government’s ties to some still living in America, newly disclosed records and interviews show. link to source

  • Autistic Kids May Benefit from Parent-Led Therapy
    Source: Time MagazineParents can learn how to give effective therapy to their children with autism, a new study in the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry finds. Researchers at Stanford University looked at a type of therapy called Pivotal Response Training (PRT), which is one the of the handful of treatments shown to be effective for kids… link to source

  • Whites of Their Eyes: Infants Respond to Social Cues from Sclera
    Source: ScienceDailyInfants at 7 months old are able to unconsciously pick up on eye cues, based on the size of the whites of a person’s eyes – a vital foundation for the development of social interactive skills, a new psychology study shows. link to source

  • Cocoa May Hold Clue to Reversing Memory Loss
    Source: Yahoo News - HealthThe compounds, called flavanols, were taken in a specially-prepared cocoa drink, according to an experiment published by the journal Nature Neuroscience. Over three months, 37 healthy volunteers aged 50-69 had a daily drink containing either a high dose of flavanols -- 900 milligrammes -- or a low dose, 10mg. The scientists carried out brain imaging, measuring blood volume in a key part of the hippocampus called the dentate gyrus, a region of... link to source

  • Dispositional Mindfulness Tied to Better Cardiovascular Health
    Source: ScienceDailyA new study that measured 'dispositional mindfulness' along with seven indicators of cardiovascular health found that persons reporting higher degrees of awareness of their present feelings and experiences had better health. The research suggests that interventions to improve mindfulness could benefit cardiovascular health, an idea researchers can test. link to source

  • Music Therapy Reduces Depression in Youth, Study Finds
    Source: ScienceDailyResearchers at Queen's University Belfast have discovered that music therapy reduces depression in children and adolescents with behavioral and emotional problems. link to source

  • Mate Preference for Manly Men Varies by Culture
    Source: Time MagazineIt’s a Hollywood stereotype: Men prefer to partner up with feminine-looking women, and women favor masculine men. But even when you allow for same-gender couples and variations in personal preference, plenty of research suggests that the proposition is generally true. “It’s been replicated many times across different cultures,” says Isabel Scott, a psychologist at Brunel… link to source

  • Omega 3 May Help Children with ADD, Experts Say
    Source: ScienceDailySupplements of the fatty acids omega 3 and 6 can help children and adolescents who have a certain kind of ADHD. New research also indicates that a special cognitive training program can improve problem behavior in children with ADHD. link to source

  • Research on Teens Explores Link Between Family and School Conflicts
    Source: ScienceDailyFamily conflict and problems at school tend to occur together on the same day. A new study has found that these problems spill over in both directions for up to two days after. The study found that teens with more pronounced mental health symptoms, anxiety and depression, for example, are at risk for intensified spillover. The study followed over a hundred 13 to 17 year olds and their parents over a 14-day period. link to source

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