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


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