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  • MOOCs 2.0: Massive Open Online Courses in Psychology
    Source: APA MonitorMassive open online courses, known as MOOCs, offer a way to get psychological science into the public sphere. more...

  • Hearing Voices: Not Always a Sign of Mental Illness
    Source: U.S. News and World ReportAt least 2.5 percent of the population hears sounds – including voices – that other people don't. more...

  • Google Frees Its Dream Robots to Run Wild Across the Internet
    Source: The GuardianTech firm opens up its image processing neural-network algorithm and people create awesome images Google has made its “inceptionism” algorithm available to all, allowing coders around the world to replicate the process the company used to create mesmerising dreamscapes with its image processing neural-network. The system, which works by repeatedly feeding an image through an AI which enhances features it recognises, was first demonstrated by... more...

  • How Psychology Can Reduce Global Health Inequalities
    Source: APA MonitorThe eighth annual Psychology Day at the United Nations focused on how psychology can help reduce health inequalities around the world. Psychologists have an important role to play in achieving the United Nations' post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals, which include promoting health and well-being and reducing inequality, Ambassador to the U.N. Ruben I. Zamora of El Salvador told more than 350 attendees at the eighth annual Psychology Day at... more...

  • Norway Proposes Extending Transgender Rights to Children
    Source: Globe and Mail - WorldThe suggested overhaul of the laws would let people as young as 16 decide for themselves whether they are male or female. more...

  • Treating "Whole Person" by Bringing Behavioral Health into Primary Care
    Source: Google News - HealthIn a new position paper, the American College of Physicians (ACP) lays out six strategies for bringing mental health and substance abuse care into primary care to better treat each patient as “a whole person... more...

  • Are Preschoolers Being Overmedicated?
    Source: APA MonitorBehavioral therapy is recommended as the first line of treatment for very young children. So why is medication use rising among this group? more...

  • Brain Activity Predicts Promiscuity and Problem Drinking
    Source: ScienceDailyA new pair of brain-imaging studies suggest that researchers may be able to predict how likely young adults are to develop problem drinking or risky sexual behavior in response to stress. The research is part of the ongoing Duke Neurogenetics Study or DNS, which began in 2010 to better understand how interactions between the brain, genome, and environment shape risky behaviors predicting mental illnesses including depression, anxiety, and... more...

  • U.S. Police Kill Someone in Mental or Emotional Crisis Every 36 Hours
    Source: Time MagazineIn most cases, police were called not because of a crime but by a concerned bystander or loved one. more...

  • Antipsychotics Prescribed More Often for Boys Than Girls
    Source: ScienceDailyBoys are more likely than girls to receive a prescription for antipsychotic medication regardless of age, researchers have found. Approximately 1.5 percent of boys ages 10-18 received an antipsychotic prescription in 2010, although the percentage falls by nearly half after age 19. Among antipsychotic users with mental disorder diagnoses, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder was the most common among youth ages 1-18, depression was the most... more...

  • There's a Sign Women Are Ovulating, But Men Can't Detect It
    Source: Yahoo News - ScienceWomen's cheeks get redder when they are the most fertile, but this color change is so subtle that it is undetectable by the human eye, a new study finds. After analyzing the photos, the researchers concluded that the women's faces got redder around the time they ovulated. "This is the first study to conclusively show that women's faces do change in redness over the course of the menstrual cycle," said Robert Burriss, a co-author of the study and... more...

  • Do Cholesterol Drugs Affect Aggression?
    Source: U.S. News and World ReportStudy finds it's possible, but more research is suggested. more...

  • Episcopalian Church Votes to Approve Same-Sex Marriage
    Source: CBS News - U.S. NewsFollowing the landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling, the denomination makes religious weddings open to all couples. more...

  • Drexel University Implements New Mental Health Kiosk
    Source: USA Today - Top StoriesThe two-minute anonymous screening can test for six different signs of mental health problems, from depression to alcohol-use disorders... more...

  • The N-Word in America: A Term Loaded Like No Other
    Source: Yahoo News - Top HeadlinesIt's loaded and volatile like no other word in America: a legacy of centuries of violent race relations expressed in just six letters. Here, unless perhaps you are African American, you don't write it and you definitely don't say it. Roof apparently believed in white supremacy and racial segregation. more...

  • Half of Heart Disease Deaths Due to Preventable Factors
    Source: Yahoo News - HealthAlthough the death toll has steadily declined over the past 30 years due to prevention and treatment measures, heart disease is still the leading cause of death in the U.S., causing one in every four deaths, or 610,000 deaths each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. To estimate how many heart disease deaths are due to preventable factors, Patel and her coauthors analyzed responses from more than 500,000 people,... more...

  • Mozambique Scraps Antigay Law
    Source: The GuardianOld Portuguese colonial laws removed in victory for gay rights campaigners. Mozambique decriminalised homosexuality on Monday when a new penal code came into force that swept away old Portuguese colonial laws, in a victory for campaigners for gay rights in Africa. The old code, dating back to 1886, targeted anyone “who habitually engages in vices against nature” – but no known prosecutions were brought after Mozambique became independent... more...

  • Nigeria Poll Suggests 87% Oppose Gay Rights
    Source: BBC News - AfricaA new opinion poll suggests that 87% of people in Nigeria support the legal ban on same-sex relations, compared with 96% five years ago. more...

  • U.S. Kids Suffer High Rates of Assault and Abuse, Study Finds
    Source: U.S. News and World ReportLong-term effects include poor mental and physical health, experts say. more...

  • "Growing Up Trans" Explores Transgender Identity Among Kids
    Source: Yahoo News - Top Headlines"Growing Up Trans" explores the transgender phenomenon as younger people than ever (and their parents) now experience it: a frontier of possibilities and unknowns, and a minefield of high-stakes choices for these youngsters as they also navigate the changes adolescence brings. more...

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