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

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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

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Ever set a SMART goal? Some psychologists now say this is not the most effective approach

How tough fitness goals can put us off being active

Strict targets are hailed as key to top performance. But researchers have found they hold many people back

Narcissism is a psychological disorder that can be disgnosed

The psychology of narcissismvideo

What makes a narcissist? Can they reform? An animated explainer from an expert psychologist

Published in: Health

The psychology of narcissism

Presented by W. Keith Campbell
Originally published by TED.


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Using words without shame is the start of promoting self acceptance of girls bodies

Say vulva loud and proud to protect girls from the frightening rise in plastic surgeryvideo

Abandoning our prejudice against the use of the word vulva is a key step towards addressing negative attitudes toward genital appearance.