How we think about our past experiences affects how we can help others

Beware rumination: it interferes with our ability to feel empathy for others


Eating disorders occur in people of all weights

To the Bone: creating eating disorder awareness or doing harm?

Unhelpful stereotypes that disguise the true extent of eating disorders are present in the Netflix series

Published in: Health

To the Bone: creating eating disorder awareness or doing harm?

By Joanna Doley, PhD Candidate, School of Psychology and Public Health, La Trobe University, Susan J Paxton FAPS, Professor, School of Psychology and Public Health, La Trobe University
Originally published by The Conversation on July 19 2017.

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Parents are worried about a smooth start to school

How the decision to delay school is causing anguish for parents

The incidence of parents delaying the start to school has doubled. Why are they making this choice?


Do we inherit masculine and feminine behaviours?

Is evolution making the inheritance of gendered traits obsolete? A new paper suggests so

Published in: Society

Do we inherit masculine and feminine behaviours?

By Cordelia Fine, Professor, History & Philosophy of Science program, School of Historical & Philosophical Studies, University of Melbourne, Daphna Joel, Professor, School of Psychological Sciences and Sagol School of Neuroscience, Tel Aviv University, John Dupre, Director of Egenis, Professor (Philosophy of Science), University of Exeter
Originally published by The Conversation on August 18 2017.

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Psychologists are  developing a clearer understanding of schizophrenia

The concept of schizophrenia is coming to an end – here’s why

Some mental health professionals believe that 'psychosis spectrum disorder' is a better description of a problem that has for too long been written off as untreatable


Can stress during pregnancy harm my baby?

There are a number of ways to reduce levels of tension and make way for a smoother postnatal experience


Psychological evidence back marriage equality

Evidence is clear on the benefits of legalising same-sex marriage

Same-sex marriage leads to a host of social and even public health benefits - and the benefits accrue to all of society


The importance of speaking to help with reading

How building your child’s spoken word bank can boost their capacity to read

Hearing a word makes reading it later easier, eye-tracking research has shown


How building your child’s spoken word bank can boost their capacity to read

By Signy Wegener MAPS, PhD Candidate in the Department of Cognitive Science and ARC Centre of Excellence in Cognition and its Disorders, Macquarie University, Anne Castles, Deputy Director, ARC Centre of Excellence in Cognition and its Disorders, Macquarie University
Originally published by The Conversation on July 16 2017.

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Psychologists are increasingly interested in the role of the gut in mental health

The brain and the gut talk to each other: fixing one could help the other

Talk therapy can help those with chronic gastrointestinal conditions


Smartphone apps can help with memory

Smartphone apps help those with brain injuries, and everyone else’s memory too

Research suggests apps simply free our minds to focus on other things - rather than making our memories lazier