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


Several psychological approaches may help address trolling

How empathy can make or break a troll

Singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran recently announced he had quit Twitter because he was sick of internet trolls. While this high-profile example shows the effects of antisocial online behaviour, it hides an alarming statistic. In one online poll over a quarter of Americans admitted to having engaged in trolling at some point. Now new research into the…


Parents may struggle to help teens stay engaged

How to maintain the balance between boundaries and freedom in secondary school parenting

How can parents best help their children with their schooling without actually doing it for them? 


Many prefer a previously attached partner - at least in theory

Why we desire partners who have had relationship experience

The strange science of mate copying


Fantasy sports are a new domain in gambling

What the rise of daily fantasy sports will mean for problem gambling

A seemingly harmless sports hobby may have the potential to spill over in destructive gambling problems


Confidence can be a bad thing – here’s why

Over confidence can undermine effort and lead to poor results

Published in: Work & performance

Confidence can be a bad thing – here’s why

By Stuart Beattie, Lecturer of Psychology, Bangor University, Tim Woodman, Professor and Head of the School of Sport, Health and Exercise Sciences, Bangor University
Originally published by The Conversation on June 23 2017.

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Greater cultural diversity will enrich psychology

How parenting advice assumes you’re white and middle class

Diversity matters when it comes to making sure psychology research is widely applicable


Overtly sexy advertising can backfire

Don’t believe the hype: sexually-charged advertising is not the best way to push a product

The predominance of sexual imagery means it no longer has the same power to sell goods