World of Psychology

Research: Exploring Higher Rates of Schizophrenia in Urban Areas

Results from a new study published in Psychological Medecine suggest support for the hypothesis that growing up in an urban environment creates a higher risk for developing schizophrenia.

Researchers at Maastricht University in the Netherlands evaluated the rates of psychotic symtpoms expressed in 918 participants, aged 14-17, over a several-year timespan. Participants were divided into two groups, those who lived in urban areas and those who didn't. They completed a self-report test of psychotic symptoms once to establish baseline data,...

Choking Game Isn’t Child’s Play

If you haven't heard of it, chances are your child has: the choking game. This dangerous activity involves blocking blood flow to the brain until loss of consciousness – the first "high" - and then regaining it with a second "rush" as blood returns.


Introverts of the World, Unite!

Introverts of the World, Unite!

If you, like me, missed this piece published in 2003 originally about introverts, it's worth a read. I'm actually linking to the interview from this month, but it links to the original piece as well.

I straddle both worlds. I'm mostly introverted, but I also actually do enjoy certain social situations, such as some parties and social gatherings. It really depends on the event and the people who are going to be there.

"I am an introvert," Rauch declared in...

Technology helps disabled kids find their voice

Technology helps disabled kids find their voice

For all the naysayers of technology and computers, here's another example of how computers can enrich children's lives, specifically those with learning disabilities. It's amazing what they're doing nowadays with those danged things!

Laptop computers that combine features from popular toys with innovative technology have rapidly accelerated the learning and communication ability of disabled children, Penn State researchers say. The technology could in the future be adapted to victims of major accidents and the elderly as well.

According to...

Men in their 50s have more satisfying sex lives than men in their 30s

Men in their 50s have more satisfying sex lives than men in their 30s

This isn't really a surprising finding, because if you think about it, it makes sense. As we age (women too!), we grow more accustomed to our wants and needs. We learn and know ourselves far better than we did when we were in our 20's, or even 30's (one might argue). By the time most of us hit our 50's, we value sexual experiences far more genuinely and appreciatively than...

A Bit of a Row over ADHD Diagnosis and Prescribing

Shrinkette is asking for some responses to whether ADHD is over-diagnosed and medications over-prescribed for it. Spurred on, no doubt, by stories such as this one or this one, it's easy to believe that this is an overdiagnosed disorder, and in fact, there's some research to support this assertion.

But shouldn't the focus be on making the right and accurate diagnosis in the first place? I suspect much of this issue would go away if ADHD were more reliably diagnosed by professionals...

Sleep on it, decision-makers told

Sleep on it, decision-makers told

When it comes to making tough decisions - don't sweat it, sleep on it - or so a team of scientists recommends.

A Dutch study suggests complex decisions like buying a car can be better made when the unconscious mind is left to churn through the options.

This is because people can only focus on a limited amount of information, the study in the journal Science suggests.

The conscious brain should be reserved for simple choices like picking between towels and shampoos,...