Photo of a lovely couple walking on the beach

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


A cancer diagnosis for a parent can have a huge impact on a child's psychological wellbeing.

The system often forgets children of people with cancer: here’s how to help them

Young people who have a parent with cancer experience high levels of psychological distress. Open and honest communication is their primary unmet need and may reduce the distress they experience.


Mental illness can have inter-generational effects.

Family matters: mental illness doesn’t have to pass from parent to child

Children with a parent with a mental illness are significantly more likely to develop their own mental health issues, yet little is done to intervene or prevent this.


Migrant children can experience stress when interpreting for their parents.

Migrant children are often their parents’ translators – and it can lead to ill health

Migrant parents often rely on their children to interpret for them but the responsibility can take a toll.


Dementia is a leading cause of death in Australia.

How Australians Die: dementia (Alzheimer’s)

In Australia, dementia is the third leading cause of death after heart disease and cancers. Typically, people with dementia deteriorate gradually and eventually die from complications such as respiratory failure – from pneumonia for instance – or other infections. Dementia will in these cases be registered as the underlying cause of death.


Exposure to extreme weather events influences people's belief in climate change

What does ‘belief’ in climate change really mean

Where one stands on “climate change” has been such a vexed and often confusing issue, at dinner parties, over coffee, with the taxi driver, and in terms of media reporting of where the Australian public is at.


Don't let the Internet take over your life.

Psychological tips for resisting the Internet’s grip

“22 of the Cutest Baby Animals,” the headline said. “You won’t believe number 11!” Despite an impending deadline – not to mention my skepticism (how cute could they possibly be?) – I clicked on the story. I’m only human, after all. Yet this failure in self-regulation cost me at least half an hour of good…


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.

Published in: Health

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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The Conversation is an independent source of news and views, sourced from the academic and research community and delivered direct to the public.


Psychology can help us improve our lives, not just focus on problems.

The new era of positive psychologyvideo

Martin Seligman is the founder of positive psychology, a field of study that examines healthy states, such as happiness, strength of character and optimism. He asks what can modern psychology help us become as it moves beyond a disease focus.

Published in: Health

The new era of positive psychology

Presented by Martin Seligman
Originally published by TED.

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.


We can all learn to be more creative.

Accessing your creative geniusvideo

Creativity and innovation psychologist Amantha Imber is founder of the award-winning innovation consultancy Inventium. She uses practical, science-based tools to help some of Australia’s best known corporates uncover innovative ideas and is author of The Creativity Formula: 50 scientifically proven creativity boosters for work and for life.