Psychologists say changing  perceptions of the world around you is critical to combating  loneliness

Loneliness is contagious – and here’s how to beat it

Shifting your perceptions and practicing social skills can help people overcome their feelings of social isolation


Loneliness can be transmitted but we don't know how or why

Loneliness is a health issue, and needs targeted solutions

Unmet social needs are no small matter - as a growing body of mental health research is showing


Loneliness is often mistaken for a symptom of depression but it is a mental health issue in its own rigth

The deadly truth about loneliness

The quality of relationships is more important than the quantity when it comes to loneliness, and health researchers are paying increasingly close attention to the mental health implications


Why are people drawn to the terror and exhilaration of rollercoasters?

The psychology of roller coasters

Can differences in brain chemistry explain the sensation seeking behaviour seen in theme parks?

Published in: Health, Society

The psychology of roller coasters

By Richard Stephens, Senior Lecturer in Psychology, Keele University
Originally published by The Conversation on July 11 2018.

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When disaster strikes, mental health is as important as physical condition for survival

Thai cave boys: the psychology of surviving underground

What happens when people face extraordinary danger and uncertainty? How can they survive mentally? A psychologist explains


Popcorn consumed with chopsticks proved more satisfying, according to one study

Why you should eat popcorn with chopsticks – and other psychological tricks to make life more enjoyable

It's not just what you consume, but how you consume that determines the joy you experience and whether it lasts


Poor uptake of non-drug interventions in aged care needs to be addressed

Reducing depression in nursing homes requires more than just antidepressants

Complex needs and a lack of training contribute to the failure to detect and treat mental health issues among the aged in care


The University of Sydney has studied the treatment of aggression, non-compliance, rule-breaking and excessive tantrums

Evidence-based parenting: how to deal with aggression, tantrums and defiance

Super challenging children can bring out the worst in parents. How to break the cycle of angry outbursts