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Psychology Around the Net: October 26, 2019

Ah, autumn is in full swing in my neck of the woods and it is gorgeous. After what felt like seven months of summer, trust that I’ve welcomed the cooler temperatures, brilliant red, orange, and yellow leaves, and — call me basic if you must — pumpkins everywhere.

However, not everyone reacts the same way to the changing seasons, and this week we’re going to look at ways to stay balanced during seasonal changes. Why don’t we throw in some news on recent studies on youth contact sports and mental health, behaviors that identify emotional cheating, what happens when you start going through the motions of paying attention, and more.

3 Ways To Stay Balanced During Seasonal Changes: These aren’t your mother’s tips for staying mentally well as the seasons change.

No Link Found Between Youth Contact Sports and Cognitive, Mental Health Problems: Due perhaps in part to studies linking sports-related concussions among former professional football players to cognitive decline, mental health issues, and chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) later in life, participation in youth tackle football is declining nationally. However, few studies have actually looked specifically at adolescents and contact sports. Now, new research out of the University of Colorado Boulder shows youth who play contact sports like football aren’t any more likely than their peers to experience cognitive impairment, depression, or suicidal thoughts during early adulthood, including their late 20s to early 30s. Says lead author Adam Bohr, Ph.D.: “There is a common perception that there’s a direct causal link between youth contact sports, head injuries and downstream adverse effects like impaired cognitive ability and mental health. We did not find that.”

Going Through the Motions of Paying Attention: Chances are you’ve “gone through the motions” of something more than once in your life. You might even do it daily, such as going through the motions of drinking your morning coffee, loading the dishwasher, catching up on filing at work. Things that don’t necessarily need you to pay close attention. But, what happens when you’re going through the motions of just that — of paying attention?

What Is — and Isn’t — Emotional Cheating? We Asked Real Couples: Emotional cheating can be tricky to pin down, unless you’re the one being emotionally cheated on — then it’s usually pretty easy to point out those behaviors. Hello Giggles polled people both online and off to find out which behaviors constitute emotional cheating.

As NYPD Suicide Deaths Rise, New York City to Provide Officers Free Mental Health Care: To date, 10 NYPD officers have died by suicide this year; double the rate of recent years, which is still grim. On Wednesday, Police Commissioner James O’Neill joined Mayor Bill de Blasio to announce the NYPD is now working with New York-Presbyterian Hospital on Finest Care, a program offering counseling and other mental health services including prescription medicines, all free and confidential. New York-Presbyterian Hospital will maintain the records — not the police department — ensuring anonymity as the NYPD will know only the number of officers using the program.

Not All People Are Meant to Work With Kids Who Have Behaviors: Looking to get into behavioral work with children and teens? It’s not a field for everyone, and that’s OK. It’s just better to know that sooner rather than later.

Photo by Alex Geerts on Unsplash.

Psychology Around the Net: October 26, 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: October 26, 2019. Psych Central. Retrieved on November 30, 2020, from
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