Psychology

When someone shoots up innocent people, is that extremism or insanity? It often depends on if they are one of your own citizens.

After studying the 2011 case of Norwegian mass murderer Anders Breivik, University of Missouri School of Medicine scholars are suggesting a new forensic term to classify non-psychotic behavior that leads to criminal acts of violence. Breivikkilled 77 people on July 22, 2011 in a car bombing in Oslo and a mass shooting at a youth camp on the island of Utøya. Claiming to be a "Knights Templar" and a "savior of Christianity," Breivik stated that the purpose of the attacks was to save Europe from multiculturalism.


Numerous confounding factors reduce the likelihood of replicating psychological studies, which are rarely replicated anyway. For example, the race of participants in an experiment or the geography of where the experiment was run can reduce the likelihood of getting the same result, and if it's a survey of college students, forget about it.


Tobacco kills nearly half of all long-term smokers and in the UK alone accounts for the deaths of 100,000 people annually, according to the public health charity ASH. This is the harsh reality behind plain packaging for tobacco, which comes into force in the UK on May 20 2016.

Controversial evolutionary psychologist  Dr. Satoshi Kanazawahas written a new evolutionary psychology paper arguing that women may have been evolutionarily designed to be sexually fluid, changing their sexual desires and identities from lesbian, to bisexual, to heterosexual and back again, in order to allow them to have sex with their co-wives in polygynous marriages.

This is because it helps in reducing conflict and tension inherent in such marriages while at the same time successfully reproducing with their husbands in heterosexual unions.


A new atudy finds that an online computerized cognitive behavioral therapy (CCBT) program both alone and in combination with Internet Support Groups (ISG) is more effective than doctors for anxiety and depression.


Why is the WebMD website so successful? Last week, John Oliver ridiculed them for promoting every suspect association between anything and cancer, without any analysis or critical thinking. 

A new paper paper in the journal Communication Research may provide some answers. They are publishing churnalism and advertorials about science and health, and that is far more effective than the numerous advertisements they carry.


Psychologically, women may not like much competition, according to a female psychologist, and that may account for inequality in academia and the work force.

If that is true, though, why is psychology 70 percent women? There is just as much competition, it just isn't men. It may be that because psychology has a smaller monetary reward, women feel more communal than competitive, according to Dr. Kathrin Hanek, the study's lead author. 


A study finds greater prevalence of mental health symptoms in the lesbian, gay, bisexual and questioning (LGBQ) community in your bisexual women. 

During routine visits with physicians, participants in the study, numbering 2,513 between the ages of 14 and 24, took a survey through Behavioral Health Screen, a tool designed to uncover mental health concerns in patients. The tool was developed by Guy Diamond, PhD, director of the Family Intervention Science program and co-author of the study.


London, UK (May 04, 2016). Leaving work at the office and home at the door may not always be the best strategy for employee well-being and performance, according to a new paper in Human Relations .

Traditionally it has been thought that in order to maintain concentration and high performance, employees needed to have a strict separation between home and work - the well-traveled work-life balance claim which, like ecological balance of nature, caught on with public and journalists who know little about science, but has never been shown to be true.

The new paper follows common sense; integration across both domains reduces the impact of moving between home and work roles while also preserving employees' ability to be effective in their jobs.


Young gay and bisexual men under the age of 26 are six times more likely to attempt suicide or self-harm compared to men in that group aged over 45, and twice as likely to be depressed or anxious, according to a paper in the Journal of Public Health.