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Psychology Around the Net: April 20, 2019

Get the latest on the effectiveness (or lack thereof) of trigger warnings, the cognitive perks of coffee you might get without even drinking it, why businesses lose when they ignore mental health, and more in this week’s Psychology Around the Net.

Espresso Yourself: Coffee Thoughts Leave a Latte On the Mind: Researchers from the Monash Business School and the University of Toronto studied the association between coffee and arousal to find out if the brain’s exposure to stimuli can deliver the same cognitive perks as caffeine.

Trigger Warnings Found to Be Virtually Worthless and Possibly Harmful: New research published in Clinical Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science, reports “Trigger warnings that alert people to potentially sensitive content are increasingly popular, especially on college campuses, but research suggests that they have minimal impact on how people actually respond to content.” According to lead author Mevagh Sanson, while trigger warnings are “well intended,” they’re typically “not helpful” and can even be harmful.

Why Are So Many Teen Athletes Struggling With Depression? While playing sports can help some students with physical and mental health, for others, it’s a key contributor to anxiety and depression.

Sophie Turner Speaks Out About How Social Media Impacted Her Mental Health: The 23-year-old Game of Thrones star recently discussed her depression with Dr. Phil on the Phil in the Blanks podcast. While Turner, who plays Sansa Stark on the HBO series, doesn’t believe social media and its abundance of trolls didn’t cause her depression, she doesn’t think it — along with other trials that come with becoming so famous so young — contributed to her depression.

Do CBD Products Really Relax You? When it comes to CBD products and all the potential benefits (especially decreased anxiety), is the marketing beefier than the research?

The Cost of Ignoring Mental Health In the Workplace: Take a look at recent facts regarding mental health and the workplace, why executives should find this information important, and the kinds of changes businesses can make to improve its employees wellbeing and support their mental health.

Psychology Around the Net: April 20, 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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