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
yesterday ~9 min

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

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

Are we all OCD now, with obsessive hand-washing and technology addiction?

Behaviors that would have been seen as pathological a few months ago are now applauded as adaptive and resourceful. Where do doctors draw the line?

David Rosenberg, Professor of Psychiatry and Neuroscience, Wayne State University • conversation
June 15, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: health psychiatry obsessive-compulsive-disorder covid-19 coronavirus psychology ocd pandemic mental-illness therapy cleaning face-masks

Coronavirus: the psychological impact of 'shielding' indoors – and how to move on

Many people who shielding during the coronavirus pandemic will need help to step forward and reclaim life.

Jo Daniels, Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology, University of Bath • conversation
June 12, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: psychology medical-care coronavirus-2020 self-isolation lockdown

Want to stop the COVID-19 stress meltdown? Train your brain

With the county facing a crisis in emotional health, we may need two vaccines: one for COVID-19 and another for toxic stress. Here's a technique for dealing with all that stress.

Laurel Mellin, Associate Professor Emeritus of Family & Community Medicine and Pediatrics, University of California, San Francisco • conversation
June 10, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: health brain neuroscience mental-health brain-training emotion psychology stress therapy

Crucible: the science behind why watching others playing video games has become so popular

Surely, it can't be fun to watch others play games you can play yourself? The hundreds of hour people spend on live-streaming platform Twitch would suggest otherwise.

Craig Weightman, Lecturer in Games and Visual Effects, Staffordshire University • conversation
May 26, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: amazon psychology gaming entertainment video-gaming

Online therapy having its moment, bringing insights on how to expand mental health services going forward

Because of COVID-19, more and more therapists are turning to telehealth counseling and finding help. Could this be the wave of the future?

Nicholas Joyce, Psychologist, University of South Florida • conversation
May 26, 2020 ~6 min

Tags:  covid-19  coronavirus  psychology  telehealth  counseling  psychotherapy

Coronavirus reminds you of death – and amplifies your core values, both bad and good

It's human nature to try to insulate yourself from the unpleasant realization that death comes for all of us eventually.

Sheldon Solomon, Professor of Psychology, Skidmore College • conversation
May 21, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: covid-19 coronavirus death psychology pandemic social-psychology donald-trump fear sars-cov-2 covid-19-pandemic behavior attitudes fear-of-death fears existential-anxiety

A perfect storm for medical PTSD: Isolation, intensive care and the coronavirus pandemic

COVID-19 patients are spending weeks in intensive care units, isolated and alone, knowing they have a disease that doctors don't fully understand. It's a recipe for post-traumatic stress disorder.

Scott E. Hall, Program Coordinator & Professor, Clinical Mental Health Counseling, University of Dayton • conversation
May 19, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: health medicine mental-health covid-19 coronavirus depression anxiety psychology trauma social-distancing ptsd medical-care hospitals social-isolation patients

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