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Psychology Around the Net: April 13, 2019

Ready for the latest in the benefits of animal-assisted therapy, a sneaky but super effective way to compliment your kids, why certain habits can be signs of mental illness, and more?

Let’s get this week’s Psychology Around the Net going, then!

The 5-Minute Workout That Could Boost Brain Function: According to preliminary results from a study out of the University of Colorado at Boulder, five minutes of Inspiratory Muscle Strength Training (IMST) a day can help sharpen our memory, as well as improve vascular health, lower blood pressure, and improve fitness. Even better? You can practice IMST just about anywhere.

Prince Harry and Oprah Working Together on Mental Health: The Duke of Sussex and Oprah have teamed up to create an Apple TV television series about mental health. Says Prince Harry: “I truly believe that good mental health – mental fitness – is the key to powerful leadership, productive communities and a purpose-driven self.”

TV’s Most Accurate Depictions of Mental Illness: Speaking of TV, Pop Dust has compiled a quick list of some of the most accurate depictions of mental illness in television shows. It’s true that many forms of entertainment (television, movies, music — even books) sometimes glamorize mental illness — specifically, certain symptoms and behaviors — but these TV shows managed to hit the much-closer-to-reality nail on the head.

Animal-Assisted Therapy Improves Social Behavior in Patients With Brain Injuries: Often, patients show problems with social behavior after suffering a severed traumatic brain injury. For example, a patient might have reduced emotional empathy or impaired emotional expression. These side effects can contribute to communicative problems in social interactions. Now, a clinical trial from the University of Basel published in the journal Scientific Reports shows patients with brain injuries can foster social competences and increase emotional involvement with animal-assisted therapy.

11 Habits That Can Actually Be Signs of Mental Illness: A habit (or more than one habit) that has taken over your physical and mental well-being and is interfering with your life might be more than just a habit; it might be a sign of mental illness.

Pretend Your Kids Can’t Hear You Compliment Them: Not only are your children more likely to believe your compliments if they think you don’t know they can hear them, but also they’re more likely to experience a boost in confidence, a feeling of pride, and increased motivation.

Psychology Around the Net: April 13, 2019

Alicia Sparks

Alicia Sparks is a freelance writer and editor and the creator of, where she blogs to help new freelance writers get their quills in the pot, so to speak. Among animal rights, music, and physical wellness, her passions include mental health and advocacy. Here at Psych Central she works as Syndication Editor as well as authors Your Body, Your Mind and World of Psychology's weekly "Psychology Around the Net."

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Sparks, A. (2019). Psychology Around the Net: April 13, 2019. Psych Central. Retrieved on December 1, 2020, from
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