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Psychology Around the Net: August 3, 2019

This week’s Psychology Around the Net covers even newer research on screen time and mental health (specifically for adolescents), a few little tests you can perform to reveal a narcissist, a clue to the maternal instinct, and more.


Screen Time Might not Be as Bad for Mental Health as We Thought: Isn’t it starting to feel like there’s going to be as many conflicting reports on screen time and mental health as there is for marijuana and mental health? Surely it’s not just me. Now on the reports of the negative mental health effects of screen time, According to University of Oxford experimental psychologist Andrew Przybylski says: “None of these [negative] claims is supported by facts or a drop of scientific evidence.” (Ouch.) After he and colleagues conducted surveyed approximately 10,000 15-year-old boys over the course of a decade regarding their households, life satisfaction, and social media use, Przybylski states the adolescents’ answers showed social media had little impact on their well-being. Specifically, “What we found was a whole lot of nothing.” (Double ouch.) However, some other researchers argue the study is flawed.

5 Tests Which Reveal a Narcissist’s True Colors: It’s not always easy spotting a narcissist — especially the ones who know how to disguise the kinds of behavior that gives them away. Shahida Arabi has gathered and explained five “tests” you can give to reveal whether someone is a narcissist — from watching how they react to your success to seeing if they use a personal disclosure as ammunition.

Scientists Find Clue to ‘Maternal Instinct’: New research has discovered a group of cells that are activated by oxytocin, the love hormone which is important in the regulation of maternal behavior, in an area of female mouse brains that isn’t present in the same area of male mouse brains.

ROZES Addresses Mental Health in Heartfelt ‘Call Me’ Video: Watch: Musician and mental health advocate ROZES has released a powerful new video for her latest single “Call Me,” which she co-wrote with Alex Hope and Sophie Frances. Both the song lyrics and the video address the importance of seeing help, as one woman struggles with mental health issues and another offers support: “I get how you lay in bed all day / I used to be the same way, ay ay ay ay / Remember how I used to be / All alone, by myself, only me.”

Hector, The Projector: What to Do When You Feel Like You’re Being Judged: Let’s face it: feeling judged sucks. It’s even worse when the person judging you is your partner, a family member, or a friend. What are the best ways to handle it?

How Journalists’ Jobs Affect Their Mental Health: A Research Roundup: Journalists report on a multitude of tough subjects every day — from political violence to natural disasters to human suffering — and it’s no wonder it can take a toll on a reporter’s mental health. Says Natalee Seely, an assistant professor of journalism at Ball State University: “Like therapists — who through the process of ‘transference’ can vicariously experience their patients’ emotional pain — reporters may also experience a type of indirect, secondary trauma through the victims they interview and the graphic scenes to which they must bear witness.” Check out these studies that take a look at the stress and psychological toll journalists experience(d) covering everything from Hurricane Harvey to everyday violence.

Psychology Around the Net: August 3, 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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