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Creating space to grow morale, regenerate intra-team trust and make your workplace psychologically safe

Many Australian employees have now returned to work duties and are navigating a ‘new normal’ in their working lives. This new version of normal, for many, is vastly different to even six short months ago. Some have experienced job loss while others may be experiencing decreased work hours, redeployment to a new role, return to…

Facing unemployment and career transitions

As many businesses and employees look towards the coming months to recover from the impact of COVID-19, it’s impossible to ignore the loss that this pandemic has brought about. Following restrictions, businesses have closed and those that have remained open have been put under tremendous stress, leading to unemployment levels not seen since the early…

What you can do to avoid Alzheimer’s Diseasevideo

Neuroscientist and author Lisa Genova on what research suggests we can do to keep dementia at bay

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What you can do to avoid Alzheimer’s Disease

Presented by Lisa Genova
Originally published by TED.


TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less). TED began in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design converged, and today covers almost all topics — from science to business to global issues — in more than 100 languages.

The psychology behind why clowns creep us out

There are psychological reasons why we are scared of clowns and find them creepy.

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The psychology behind why clowns creep us out

By Frank T. McAndrew, Cornelia H. Dudley Professor of Psychology, Knox College
Originally published by The Conversation on September 29 2016.

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Brain stimulation may not be all it’s cracked up to be

Interest in electrical brain stimulation as a treatment has skyrocketed, but the evidence in support of it is mixed

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‘Don’t feed the trolls’ really is good advice – here’s the evidence

Anti-social behaviour online - trolling, cyberbullying - is a growing concerning phenomenon but research shows ignoring these mostly faceless angry attention-seekers could be the best response.

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Why terrorists use violence in their quest for significance

Violent lone wolf extremists are looking for acknowledgment and attention as they feel overlooked, aggrieved and insignificant.

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Feeling anxious about that first date? Here’s how science can help

Just met someone, but are worried that your anxiety will ruin it all? Psychology can help

Positive behaviour support

A behaviour management approach which focuses on understanding what individuals are trying to achieve by their behaviour. Problem behaviour persists because it serves a purpose and is an attempt to meet a person’s needs, however imperfectly. Psychologists work to understand the individual’s motivations and reinforce more constructive methods. This approach has proven useful in addressing…

Motivational interviewing

A psychological approach that assists in behaviour change by focusing on a person’s motivations for problem behaviour, examining the consequences of it and addressing their ambivalence about making positive change. The approach arose from work in the area of substance abuse and is now thought to be effective in addressing bullying and the management of…


Bullying occurs when an individual or group repeatedly behaves towards a specific individual with the intention of causing harm or distress. This can include physical, verbal, social or online attacks. Psychological research has shown that being bullied, being a bully or witnessing bullying are all associated with negative effects on mental health.


The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders is published by the American Psychiatric Society as a classification and diagnostic tool for mental health professionals. The fifth edition, known as the DSM-5, was published in 2013 after a long period of research, consultation and some controversy. It is one of the potential reference tools used…

Brain stimulation is getting popular with gamers – is it time to regulate it?

Think hard before taking it to the next level. ymgerman/ Gamers are increasingly turning to brain stimulation devices to enhance their performance. Using small, gentle electrical currents sent between two or more electrodes placed on a person’s head, these transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) devices manipulate brain cells’ activity. But there is little regulation governing…

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Tips to manage stress

Learning to handle stress in healthy ways is very important. Fortunately, it is easy to learn simple techniques that help. These include recognising and changing the behaviour that contributes to stress, as well as techniques for reducing stress. The following tips can help you look after your mind and body, and reduce stress and its…

Children learn eating habits early, which can include associating eating with emotions or activities.

Mind the doughnut: emotional eating is a habit that can start in childhood

Creating associations between food and emotions is easily done but can set up children for a lifetime of unhealthy eating.

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Mind the doughnut: emotional eating is a habit that can start in childhood

By Claire Farrow, Senior Lecturer in Psychology, Aston University, Emma Haycraft, Senior Lecturer in Psychology, Loughborough University, Jackie Blissett, Reader in Childhood Eating Behaviour, University of Birmingham
Originally published by The Conversation on May 12 2016.

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