Psychology

Thai cave boys: the psychology of surviving underground

When 12 young footballers and their coach entered the Tham Luang Nang Non cave in Thailand, it was supposed to be a fun outing after football practice. Sarita Robinson The Conversation But when a torrent of flood water rushed in after heavy rain, the group became trapped on a small rock shelf deep inside the cave’s vast network of tunnels. It was nine days before two British divers, John Volanthen and Richard Stanton, located the group – mercifully alive and ... Read More »

Behind Britain’s Loneliness Problem: People Share Why They Feel Isolated

‘Loneliness is one of the major causes of misery in our society.’ In Britain, more than nine million people are thought to often or always feel lonely, with the elderly and the young seemingly most affected. Natasha Hinde HuffPost Earlier this month, Childline reported a 14% rise in the number of childrencontacting the charity about loneliness, the vast majority of whom were girls. Meanwhile, at the opposite end of the age spectrum, one in nine older peoplehave contact with friends or family ... Read More »

What the Stanford prison experiment really tells us about tyrants

Nearly half-a-century ago, 24 male students hoping to make some holiday money turned up at Stanford University, California, for what would become one of the most notorious experiments in the field of human… Alison Brown Brisbane Times The volunteers were recruited by Professor Philip Zimbardo and were randomly assigned to be either “prisoners” or “guards” in a mock prison that had been constructed in the basement of the Stanford psychology… Zimbardo’s experiment was supposed to last two weeks but was ... Read More »

EXCLUSIVE: ‘Men don’t get the grief!’ Hunter who posted photos of herself with rare black giraffe she killed has no regrets for her ‘passion’ – and says much of the anger at her is because she’s a woman

The woman at the center of an international storm for hunting down a rare black giraffe remained defiant on Tuesday, saying she has no regrets about the killing or for posing for pictures with the dead giant. By MARTIN GOULD IN ODESSA, TEXAS FOR DAILYMAIL.COM ‘It is something I believe in,’ Tess Thompson Talley told DailyMail.com in an exclusive interview outside the ball-bearing factory in Odessa, Texas, where she works. ‘This is more than a hobby for me, it’s a passion.’ And ... Read More »

Thriving after depression: Why are scientists ignoring good outcomes?

In the wake of suicides by Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain, we as a nation are newly sobered by depression’s threat to the public health. Authors: The Conversation Depression is a common mood condition considered by the World Health Organization to be the leading cause of disability worldwide, ahead of widely publicized contenders such as cancer, heart disease and diabetes. Reading the news today, you will learn that depression leads to self-harm and suicidal thoughts, drug overdoses, school shootings and ... Read More »

Why your brain never runs out of problems to find junio 28, 2018 8.00pm CEST

Why do many problems in life seem to stubbornly stick around, no matter how hard people work to fix them? David Levari The Conversation It turns out that a quirk in the way human brains process information means that when something becomes rare, we sometimes see it in more places than ever. Think of a “neighborhood watch” made up of volunteers who call the police when they see anything suspicious. Imagine a new volunteer who joins the watch to help ... Read More »

Why do people suddenly ‘get into’ football during the World Cup?

Football fever is once again sweeping the globe. People’s behaviour during the World Cup is very interesting for us psychologists, as we can see many examples of the theories we use in action. Chris Stiff The Conversation Here are five questions you might ask during the tournament – and how psychology would answer them: 1. Why do people suddenly “get into” football during the World Cup, when usually they’re not interested? This change in attitudes has to do with a ... Read More »

What’s leisure and what’s game addiction in the 21st century?

The World Health Organization’s description of “gaming disorder” as an “addictive behavior disorder” includes a vague description of how much digital gaming is too much. Lindsay Grace The Conversation The WHO warns that “people who partake in gaming should be alert to the amount of time they spend on gaming activities.” At what point does a leisure activity turn into an addiction? Games researchers are no strangers to complaints about the dangers of too much game playing. Video games have ... Read More »

A Landmark Study on the Origins of Alcoholism

By studying rats in a smarter way, scientists are finally learning something useful about why some drinkers become addicted and others don’t. Ed Yong The Atlantic For Markus Heilig, the years of dead ends were starting to grate. A seasoned psychiatrist, Heilig joined the National Institutes of Health in 2004 with grand ambitions of finding new ways to treat addiction and alcoholism. “It was the age of the neuroscience revolution, and all this new tech gave us many ways of ... Read More »

Is Our Wealth and Privilege Making Us Miserable?

Psychologist Adam Blanch considers why so many Australians are anxious despite being safer, wealthier, more privileged and more educated than ever before. Adam Blanch ProBono “Dear Adam, I am interested in your perspective. I look around and think as a society that we have more than we have ever had, but everyone seems more anxious and more depressed than ever before. What do you think is going on?” – Anon Dear Anon, I have had the privilege of living in ... Read More »

Trump migrant separation policy: Children ‘in cages’ in Texas

Reporters and Democratic lawmakers have been allowed inside a detention centre that lies at the heart of a growing storm over a… BBC Authorities did not allow photos or videos to be taken inside the centre, but US Customs and Border Protection later released several images. Former First Lady Laura Bush has compared it to the internment camps used for Japanese-Americans during World War Two. A Democratic congressman who visited the site said it was “nothing short of a prison”. ... Read More »

Sleep problems are influenced by our genes – but this doesn’t mean they can’t be fixed

Some people struggle greatly with sleeplessness, whereas others appear to be able to nod off effortlessly, regardless of the circumstances. Alice M Gregory The Conversation Perhaps the most obvious explanation for differences between us in terms of our sleep is the environmental challenges that we face. An unrelenting stint at work, relationship difficulties or receiving bad news are just some of the many life challenges that can lead to sleepless nights. It’s no surprise that stressful life events are associated ... Read More »

Australia sexual abuse: PM accepts landmark inquiry proposals

The Australian government has accepted almost all recommendations from a landmark inquiry into child sexual abuse as it prepares to deliver a national apology to victims. BBC The five-year inquiry found tens of thousands of children had suffered abuse in Australian institutions. PM Malcolm Turnbull said that his government would act on 104 of 122 official recommendations. The remaining 18 had not been ruled out, he… He will make the apology on 22 October. “The survivors have told their stories ... Read More »

What Is Sadness, and What Is Depression?

I stood onstage as an audience of over a thousand people applauded and cheered. My hosts placed an award in my hands. I nodded to the crowd, and they all rose to their feet. Hooray for you, the strangers shouted. Hooray! Jennifer Finney Boylan The New York Times Less than a week later, I sat up in bed in my house in Maine. A voice said: “You’re nothing. You’re a joke. They’d never have given you that award if they ... Read More »

When possessions are poor substitutes for people: hoarding disorder and loneliness

A decomposed, mummified body of a man was recently found by forensic cleaners in a Sydney apartment. Authors: The Conversation The apartment’s owner is thought to have suffered from hoarding disorder, and police believe the decomposed body had been there for more than ten… We occasionally read stories involving people with hoarding disorder – people whose possessions pose a serious burden. Clutter might prevent them from sitting on their sofa, taking a shower, cooking a meal, or sleeping in their… ... Read More »

The Insatiable and Unknowable Anthony Bourdain

Anthony Bourdain devoured the world. That’s not hyperbole. It’s not even metaphor. Frank Bruni The New York Times There was no place that he wasn’t curious to explore, no food that he wasn’t determined to try, no cap on his hunger and no ceiling, or so it always seemed, on his joy. In his writing and especially on his TV shows, most recently CNN’s “Parts Unknown,” he exhorted the rest of us to follow his lead and open our eyes ... Read More »