Violence and trauma in childhood accelerate puberty

Childhood violence and trauma has a direct effect on a person’s mental and physical health as they grow, with certain kinds of trauma also affecting the pace of aging.

Manisha Aggarwal-Schifellite • harvard
Aug. 3, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: psychology fas health-medicine manisha-aggarwal-schifellite katie-mclaughlin natalie-colich

Coronavirus shows how to get people to act on climate change – here’s the psychology

To fight climate change, we need to take people's cognitive biases into account.

Laura McGuire, Research Fellow in Education, Edge Hill University • conversation
July 29, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: public-health climate-change covid-19 psychology coronavirus-2020 confirmation-bias cognitive-bias optimism-bias

Personality can predict who's a rule-follower and who flouts COVID-19 social distancing guidelines

Psychologists call these traits the 'Big Five': openness, conscientiousness, extroversion, agreeableness and neuroticism. A researcher suggests your profile implies your response to social distancing.

James M. Honeycutt, Professor Emeritus of Communication Studies at Louisiana State University; Lecturer in Executive Education, University of Texas at Dallas • conversation
July 15, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: covid-19 coronavirus psychology social-distancing face-masks personality masks narcissism psychopathy mask-wearing openness big-five psychopath dark-triad neuroticism agreeableness personality-traits conscientiousness extraverts social-distancing-guidelines

Your coping and resilience strategies might need to shift as the COVID-19 crisis continues

As the pandemic drags on, uncertainty and fears about health and safety mix with confusion and challenges tied to re-opening society. You need flexibility when picking your coping strategies.

Steven Jay Lynn, Distinguished Professor of Psychology, Binghamton University, State University of New York • conversation
July 13, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: mental-health covid-19 coronavirus psychology pandemic trauma resilience sars-cov-2 evidence-based problem-solving coping-strategies coping 911 post-911

3 takes on dealing with uncertainty

In these volatile times, three Harvard professors share insights from their fields on how to handle uncertainty.

Manisha Aggarwal-Schifellite and Juan Siliezar • harvard
July 10, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: astronomy neuroscience psychology fas radcliffe-institute-for-advanced-study juan-siliezar health-medicine alyssa-goodman comparative-literature elizabeth-phelps german john-hamilton manisha-aggarwal-schifellite

COVID-19 and telehealth may be changing how much you know about your therapist

With most therapy sessions now online, a psychologist explores whether more self-disclosure by therapists – sharing more about their own lives – might help their patients.

Adrienne Lapidos, Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, University of Michigan • conversation
July 1, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: health psychiatry covid-19 coronavirus psychology pandemic telehealth mental-illness therapy telemedicine covid-19-front-lines technology psychotherapy

COVID-19 and teletherapy may be changing how much you know about your therapist

With most therapy sessions now online, a psychologist explores whether more self-disclosure by therapists – sharing more about their own lives – might help their patients.

Adrienne Lapidos, Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, University of Michigan • conversation
July 1, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: health psychiatry covid-19 coronavirus psychology pandemic telehealth mental-illness therapy telemedicine covid-19-front-lines technology psychotherapy

Psych journals have a structural racism problem

From the 1970s to the 2010s, only 5% of publications highlighted race in the top-tier psychological journals researchers looked at for a new study.

Melissa De Witte-Stanford • futurity
June 30, 2020 ~11 min

Tags: psychology research racism society-and-culture race-and-ethnicity

Coronavirus responses highlight how humans are hardwired to dismiss facts that don't fit their worldview

Whether in situations relating to scientific consensus, economic history or current political events, denialism has its roots in what psychologists call 'motivated reasoning.'

Adrian Bardon, Professor of Philosophy, Wake Forest University • conversation
June 25, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: coronavirus psychology cognition anthony-fauci evidence-based anti-vaxxers truth denial confirmation-bias anti-science science-denial identity-politics ideology facts partisan-bias denialism motivated-reasoning

Black Lives Matter: you may be a vocal supporter and still hold racist views

We need a revolution in behaviour, not just in rhetoric.

Geoff Beattie, Professor of Psychology, Edge Hill University • conversation
June 17, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: psychology implicit-bias racism black-lives-matter black-lives-matter-everywhere

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