• Five Tips When Asking for a Pay Raise

    Source: BBC News - Top HeadlinesIf you feel like you're not getting paid enough, you're probably not alone. Increases in average wages have finally overtaken the pace of price rises in some countries, but many workers still feel the impact of inflation. Last year, tens of thousands of workers held strikes and walk-outs over pay, jobs, and conditions. Here are five tips on how to negotiate for more money, based on advice from recruiters, a manager, and a workplace psychologist.
  • First U.S. Federal Gender-Based Hate Crime Trial Begins

    Source: CBS News - U.S. NewsThe first U.S. federal trial over a hate crime based on gender identity is set to begin Tuesday in South Carolina, where a man faces charges that he killed a Black transgender woman and then fled to New York. The U.S. Department of Justice alleges that Daqua Lameek Ritter coaxed the woman into driving to a sparsely populated area in South Carolina and shot her three times in the head, according to the U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of...
  • The big idea: this simple behavioural trick can help you get more out of life

    The big idea: this simple behavioural trick can help you get more out of life
    Habituation is a key component of human nature, and knowing how to manipulate it can make the things you enjoy even better
    Imagine you’re out for dinner at your favourite restaurant and the waiter seats you at the best table. It is nice and quiet, so you can have a pleasant conversation with your partner. The table is also right next to a window with great views. You drink your wine and enjoy some delicious food. The dinner lasts a couple of hours. Do you think you’d enjoy the evenin
  • Israel Outraged After Brazil's President Likens Gaza War to the Holocaust

    Source: ABC News - InternationalIsrael on Sunday condemned Brazil's president for comparing the war in Gaza to the Holocaust, accusing him of being antisemitic and trivializing the Nazi genocide of European Jews. Speaking to reporters at the African Union summit in Ethiopia, President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva said that "what is happening in the Gaza Strip and to the Palestinian people hasn't been seen in any other moment in history. Actually, it did when Hitler decided to...
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  • Peter McGuffin obituary

    Peter McGuffin obituary
    Researcher who established the value of genetics for understanding psychiatric conditionsPeter McGuffin, who has died aged 74, showed the importance of trying to establish how genetic and non-genetic factors act together to predispose people to psychiatric disorders: so-called gene-environment interplay. He was also one of the first to see the potential of the DNA revolution for understanding psychiatric disorders, and his work laid the foundations for the application of genomics to psychiatry.I
  • I’ve always loved new hobbies and horses – then, two years ago, my equine dream came true

    I’ve always loved new hobbies and horses – then, two years ago, my equine dream came true
    My obsession with trying new activities finally led me to my greatest passion – horse riding – when the last lockdown liftedGrowing up, I thought of myself as a “horse girl”. I knew the importance of keeping your heels down and your back straight, how to braid your horse’s mane for dressage, and that real horse girlies mucked out the stalls themselves. I could navigate the febrile politics of a stable, handle the intensity of competition and understood why everyone
  • Experts Warn About the Risk of Cannabis-Induced Psychosis

    Source: Canadian Broadcasting Company - Health NewsResearchers are sounding the alarm that cannabis products with high-potency THC—the main psychoactive ingredient in marijuana—can have harmful health effects, particularly among young men. "For men aged 14 to 24, the risk of developing schizophrenia rises to over 40 percent within three years" of showing up in an ER for cannabis-induced psychosis, said Dr. Daniel Myran, senior author of a study published in JAMA Psychiatry.
  • GOP Candidates Use Anti-Transgender Messages in Appeal to Conservatives

    Source: U.S. News and World ReportIn the U.S., anti-transgender campaign messages have become a rallying call to win the support of Christian conservatives. Thousands of people in South Carolina roared when Donald Trump promised to cut federal funding on "Day 1" for schools pushing what he called "transgender insanity" onto children. "And I can't even believe I have to say it, but I do," Trump told the crowd this month. "I will keep men out of women's sports."
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  • Go with your gut: the science and psychology behind our sense of intuition

    Go with your gut: the science and psychology behind our sense of intuition
    From deciding where to have lunch to choosing to walk away from a danger you haven’t even identified yet, intuition plays a part in all our livesOn a rainy night in London, a young woman walks towards the entrance of a sidestreet, smiling to herself as she recalls the evening spent with the friend she just farewelled at the train station. She’s about to walk down the poorly-lit shortcut that will take her back to her accommodation, when she stops.Something in her body tells her not t
  • The week in audio: The Gatekeepers; Million Dollar Lover; Radical Empathy and the Devil; Barry Humphries: Gloriously Uncut – review

    The week in audio: The Gatekeepers; Million Dollar Lover; Radical Empathy and the Devil; Barry Humphries: Gloriously Uncut – review
    How social media companies have become the new information gatekeepers; a gripping real-life love affair – or is it?; a psychiatrist reflects on her work with violent offenders; and remembering the late, great Steve WrightThe Gatekeepers (Radio 4) | BBC Sounds
    Intrigue: Million Dollar Lover | BBC SoundsHeart and Soul: Radical Empathy and the Devil (BBC World Service) | BBC Sounds
    Archive on 4: Barry Humphries: Gloriously Uncut (Radio 4) | BBC SoundsThe Gatekeepers is yet another prestige R
  • Yale University Issues Apology for Role in Slavery

    Source: U.S. News and World ReportYale University issued an apology Friday for its connection to slavery after several years researching the school's formative ties to the slave trade. "We recognize our university's historical role in and associations with slavery," the school said in a statement, "and we apologize for the ways that Yale's leaders, over the course of our early history, participated in slavery."
  • Greece Legalizes Same-Sex Civil Marriage and Adoption

    Source: CBS News - World NewsGreece on Thursday became the first Orthodox Christian country to legalize same-sex civil marriage, despite opposition from the influential, socially conservative Greek Church. A majority of 176 lawmakers in the 300-seat parliament voted in favor of the landmark bill advocated by Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, who said on social media after the vote that Greece "is proud to become the 16th (European Union) country to legislate marriage...
  • U.S. Census to Test Questions on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity

    Source: ABC News - PoliticsThe U.S. Census Bureau this year plans to test questions about sexual orientation and gender identity in a survey sent to 480,000 households. If the questions are approved, it will be the first time sexual orientation and gender identity questions are asked on the American Community Survey, which already asks questions about commuting times, internet access, family life, income, education levels, disabilities, and military service, among other...
  • Despite the Evidence, Nearly 15% of Americans Deny Climate Change

    Source: U.S. News and World ReportNearly 15% of Americans still deny that climate change is real, according to a new national assessment from the University of Michigan. Evidence of climate change has been mounting, including natural disasters that are growing in frequency and intensity sooner than originally predicted, researchers said. Nevertheless, climate change is still not accepted as fact by one in every six or seven Americans, the study estimates.
  • Zimbabwe Government Will Block Scholarship for LGBTQ+ People

    Source: U.S. News and World ReportZimbabwe's powerful vice president said Thursday the government will block a university scholarship for young LGBTQ+ people. The state university scholarship is sponsored by GALZ, an LGBTQ+ membership organization in Zimbabwe. The group started offering the scholarship in 2018 without incident. But a recent online advertisement inviting applications attracted a harsh response from Vice President Constantino Chiwenga, a self-proclaimed devout...
  • Second Trump Presidency Would Axe Biden Climate Agenda, Say Advisers

    Source: U.S. News and World ReportU.S. President Joe Biden has spent years implementing programs to fight climate change by advancing renewable energy and imposing tougher regulations on fossil fuels. Much of that work could go up in smoke if his likely rival Donald Trump beats him at the polls in November, according to Republican policy advisers. Former President Trump would re-enter the White House with a raft of executive orders to expand oil, gas, and coal development, they...
  • See Sora, OpenAI's New Text-To-Video Generator, in Action

    Source: Google News - HealthOn Thursday, the makers of ChatGPT and DALL-E announced Sora, a text-to-video tool. The tool is now available to "red teamers," or experts who adversarially test the model for harms and risks. Sora can generate richly detailed videos up to one minute long. The announcement included highly realistic scenes as well as imaginary worlds, such as a closeup video of two pirate ships battling each other as they sail inside a cup of coffee.
  • Amid Artificial Intelligence Boom, AI Girlfriends and Boyfriends Arrive

    Source: U.S. News and World ReportA few months ago, Derek Carrier started seeing someone and became infatuated. He experienced intense romantic feelings but also knew it was an illusion. That's because his girlfriend was generated by artificial intelligence. Similar to general-purpose AI chatbots, companion bots use vast amounts of training data to mimic human language, but they also include voice calls, picture exchanges, and emotional interactions that lead to deeper...
  • Meat Consumption Tied to Erectile Dysfunction and Prostate Cancer

    Source: United Press International - Health NewsThe red meat diet associated with masculinity could be the worst thing for men dealing with prostate cancer, a new study suggests. Prostate cancer patients who eat lots of plant-based foods instead of meat and dairy products tend to suffer less erectile dysfunction, urinary incontinence, and other embarrassing side effects associated with their treatment, researchers say. The new study was published online Tuesday in the journal Cancer.
  • Duolingo Under Investigation in Russia for LGBTQ+ Content

    Source: United Press International - Health NewsGlobal language-learning app Duolingo is under investigation in Russia for including LGBTQ+ characters, according to Russian state media. Roskomnadzor, Russia's media watchdog, has accused the U.S.-based company of spreading "LGBT propaganda" after several parents in Russia complained that the app refers to LGBTQ+ people. Last year, Russia's high court ruled that "the international LGBT public movement" is an extremist organization and is,...
  • Bullied Teens' Brains Show Chemical Change Associated with Psychosis

    Source: Science Daily - Top SocietyResearchers have found that adolescents being bullied by their peers are at greater risk of the early stages of psychotic episodes and in turn experience lower levels of a key neurotransmitter in a part of the brain involved in regulating emotions. The finding, published in the journal Molecular Psychiatry, suggests that this neurotransmitter may be a potential target for pharmaceutical interventions aimed at reducing the risk of psychotic...
  • New York Sues Social Media Firms Over Youth Mental Health Crisis

    Source: U.S. News and World ReportNew York City, its schools, and public hospital system announced a lawsuit Wednesday against the tech giants that run Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, Snapchat, and YouTube, blaming their "addictive and dangerous" social media platforms for fueling a childhood mental health crisis that is disrupting learning and draining resources. Children and adolescents are especially susceptible to harm because their brains are not fully developed, the lawsuit...
  • UK Antisemitic Hate Incidents Hit New High in 2023, Says Charity

    Source: U.S. News and World ReportReports of antisemitic incidents in the UK reached a record high last year, according to figures from a Jewish security charity. The Community Security Trust (CST) recorded reports of 4,103 anti-Jewish hate incidents in 2023, up from 1,662 in 2022 and almost double the previous record of 2,255 hit in 2021. Two-thirds of incidents happened on or after the Hamas attacks on 7 October.
  • Warning: Online Dating Scams Rise Around Valentine's Day

    Source: CBS News - U.S. NewsActivity on dating apps and websites rises around Valentine's Day, and so does the risk of being scammed, according to new research. Increasingly, scammers are using high-tech tools like bots and artificial intelligence to trick victims into sending them money. One study of dating apps reported a 2087% increase in bot attacks between 2023 and 2024. Even back in 2022, nearly 70,000 people said they fell for romance scams and reported $1.3 billion...
  • True romance: how to keep the love alive when your partner has been unfaithful

    True romance: how to keep the love alive when your partner has been unfaithful
    Being cheated on feels like the end of the world. It takes hard work, but relationships can surviveThe trouble with romantic betrayal – apart from the obvious pain – is that it is the salacious lifeblood of everything from tabloid headlines and box sets to true crime podcasts. Because of this, there is a tendency to view it in highly dramatic terms. That is fine when we are snuggled up on the sofa watching other people’s heartbreak at a distance, but less helpful when it arrive
  • South Africa Lodges "Urgent Request" with U.N. Over Israel's Rafah Plan

    Source: U.S. News and World ReportSouth Africa has lodged an "urgent request" with the U.N.'s International Court of Justice to consider whether Israel's military operations targeting the Gaza city of Rafah are a breach of provisional orders the court handed down last month in a case alleging genocide. South Africa says that Israel's planned ground offensive on the city where 1.4 million Palestinians have sought shelter breaches the U.N. Genocide Convention and preliminary court...
  • Mental Health Emerges As Dividing Line in Abortion Rights Initiatives

    Source: ABC News - PoliticsIn 2022 Michigan voters passed an abortion rights amendment with a mental health exception for viability limits. Now, a Missouri proposal currently under consideration would allow lawmakers to restrict abortions after a fetus is considered viable, except if an abortion "is needed to protect the life or physical or mental health of the pregnant person." Similarly, a measure in Arizona has explicitly included a mental exception.
  • Male Body Dysmorphic Disorder and Eating Disorders in Sports

    Source: U.S. News and World ReportBody dysmorphic disorder, or BDD, is a brain-based disorder that causes people to fixate on their appearance. Someone with BDD will be preoccupied with nonexistent or slight defects in their physical appearance, which causes significant emotional distress or significantly interferes with their daily functioning. While the cause of the disorder is not entirely clear, BDD is about 50% heritable, and it can strike men as well as women.
  • Popcorn brain: could the snack be the key to understanding why it’s so hard to concentrate?

    Popcorn brain: could the snack be the key to understanding why it’s so hard to concentrate?
    Struggling to focus? Overwhelmed by your phone alerts? Experts say the popping kernels are a useful metaphor to explain overstimulation in the digital ageName: Popcorn brain.Age: 13. Continue reading...
  • Artificial Intelligence Can Predict Psychosis Before It Occurs

    Source: Science Daily - Top HealthThe onset of psychosis can be predicted before it occurs, using a machine-learning tool that examines MRI brain scans and flags people at risk of a psychotic episode. An international consortium of researchers used the tool to compare scans from over 2,000 people, half of whom were at high risk of psychosis. Using training data, the classifier was 85% accurate at predicting who would develope psychotic symptoms. Using new data, it was 73%...
  • 1 in 5 of World's Migratory Species at Risk of Extinction, U.N. Reports

    Source: U.S. News and World ReportMore than a fifth of the world's migrating species are at risk of going extinct due to climate change and human encroachment, according to the United Nation's first-ever report on migrating animals published on Monday. Of the 1,189 species covered by a 1979 U.N. convention to protect migratory animals—who cross deserts, plains, or oceans each year to breed and feed—44% have seen numbers decline, and as many as 22% could vanish altogether,...
  • Trump Says He'd Encourage Russian Action Against Delinquent NATO Allies

    Source: CBS News - World NewsSpeaking at a rally in South Carolina, presidential candidate Donald Trump recounted a story he has told before about an unidentified NATO member who confronted him over his threat not to defend members who fail to meet the trans-Atlantic alliance's defense spending targets. But this time, Trump went further, saying he had told the member that he would, in fact, encourage Russia "to do whatever the hell they want" to the NATO ally.
  • Protesters Opposed to Bill Allowing Same-Sex Marriage Rally in Greece

    Source: ABC News - InternationalMore than 1,500 protesters gathered in Athens on Sunday to oppose legislation that would legalize same-sex marriage in Greece. The bill is set for a vote in parliament in days and has split the country. Dimitris Natsios, leader of the far-right Niki party opposed to the bill, told the Associated Press, "Greece is a Christian Orthodox country and our tradition does not allow this. ... We know and respect one type of marriage: The Orthodox...
  • I felt lost in early adulthood, so coined the term ‘quarterlife’ as a focus for study

    I felt lost in early adulthood, so coined the term ‘quarterlife’ as a focus for study
    Adrift after leaving university, Satya Doyle Byock turned to psychology to bridge the journey to adulthoodWhen Satya Doyle Byock finished her studies after nearly 20 years, she felt like she was stepping off a cliff. Adulthood seemed perilously unclear. “I was in my 20s and in crisis, looking around myself at friends in crisis,” says Byock, now 40. Only a few of her fellow graduates seemed clear-eyed about the future, with jobs or further study lined up. The rest had “absolutel
  • A ‘raft of unanswered questions’ remain as Australia’s first psychedelic therapy clinic opens

    A ‘raft of unanswered questions’ remain as Australia’s first psychedelic therapy clinic opens
    Costing $24,000 for nine months, some experts say more evidence is needed on effectiveness of MDMA and psilocybin treatments Get our morning and afternoon news emails, free app or daily news podcastAustralia’s first psychedelic therapy clinic opened its doors this week, charging patients $24,000 for nine months of treatment.But even the Melbourne clinic admits there are still many unknowns about the approach.Sign up for Guardian Australia’s free morning and afternoon email newsletter
  • ‘The self is suppressed’: psychologists explore the minds of the mafiosi

    ‘The self is suppressed’: psychologists explore the minds of the mafiosi
    Italian researchers say that joining the mafia is like entering a cult in which members must leave behind their own identityLeonardo Vitale made his way into the Sicilian mafia at age 19 by killing a boss from a rival clan. He continued his violent career as a mafioso for the next 12 years until his arrest in 1972 and transfer to a maximum-security prison when, after a week of isolation, he began to self-harm and show signs of depression.Overwhelmed by remorse for the criminal acts he had commit
  • Will You Go With Me? Shared Anticipatory Savoring

    Will You Go With Me? Shared Anticipatory Savoring
    By Elaine O'Brien -
    As long as I can remember, I have loved having something good to look forward to.  Don’t most of us? Savoring the thought of happy future times extends the time that we enjoy them and enhances our experiences of gratitude and pleasure.
    This is anticipatory savoring, a valuable, mindfulness-based tool, laden with appreciation. It’s the feeling of delight we get when we are looking forward to something special.Anticipatory savoring makes life seem really worth
  • Psychology-Based Tool Designed to Boost Global Climate Action

    Source: Science Daily - Top SocietyAn international team of scientists has created a tool to increase climate awareness and climate action globally by highlighting messaging themes shown to be effective through experimental research. A description of the web-based tool appears in the journal Science Advances. The tool stems from a study involving nearly 250 researchers that drew more than 59,000 participants from 63 countries, including China, Germany, Israel, Japan, and the...
  • Viagra and Similar Drugs Might Help Keep Alzheimer's at Bay

    Source: Google NewsOne of the world's most famous drug classes may have another trick up its sleeve. In a study published in the journal Neurology, scientists have found that erectile dysfunction drugs like sildenafil (more widely known as Viagra) are linked to a lowered risk of Alzheimer's disease, the most common form of dementia. The findings don't prove a cause-and-effect connection, the team says, but do merit clinical trials that could confirm a benefit.
  • Pregnant Women Should Avoid Fast Foods, Experts Warn

    Source: Science Daily - Top HealthIf you're pregnant, you may want to think twice before making a hamburger run, according to research published in the journal Environmental International. Oddly enough, it's not the food that the report targets—not the fries, burgers, or shakes—but what touched them before consumption. Research shows that phthalates, a class of chemicals associated with plastics, can shed into food from the wrapping, packaging, and even plastic gloves worn...
  • Fewer Than Half of Americans Feel "Very Satisfied" with Their Life

    Source: United Press International - Science NewsFewer than half of Americans said they feel "very satisfied" with the current state of their personal life, according to the latest "Mood of the Nation" Gallup poll. The survey, taken between January 2-22 and released on Thursday, shows only 47% of U.S. adults are highly content with their daily life, down from 50% this time last year and just above the all-time record low of 46% in 2011, Gallup said.
  • AI-Generated Voices in Robocalls Now Illegal in United States

    Source: United Press International - Health NewsThe U.S. Federal Communications Commission said Thursday that robocalls using artificial intelligence are now illegal, giving state law enforcement more legal avenues to prosecute scammers. The ruling, effective immediately, declares voices made with AI technology are illegal under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, which restricts the use of "artificial or prerecorded voice" in phone calls.
  • U.N. Calls for Mental Health Support for Children Impacted by Gaza War

    Source: U.S. News and World ReportA U.N. committee appealed Thursday for "massive psychosocial support" for children traumatized by violence in Gaza, the occupied West Bank, and Israel, and said it would review Israel's treatment of children later this year. "The rights of children living under the state of Israel's effective control are being gravely violated at a level that has rarely been seen in recent history," said Ann Skelton, chair of the U.N. Committee on the Rights of...
  • Teens Use Drugs—Often Alone—to Ease Stress and Anxiety, CDC Reports

    Source: Google News - HealthTeenagers with suspected substance use problems say they use drugs because of a crushing need to relax and escape worries, according to research published Thursday by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The new findings follow reports of rising youth anxiety and unprecedented levels of hopelessness. Nearly three-quarters—73%—said they used "to feel mellow, calm or relaxed." Forty-four percent used drugs, such as marijuana,...
  • Subsidised psychologist sessions plummet amid calls on Labor to reinstate extra Medicare visits

    Subsidised psychologist sessions plummet amid calls on Labor to reinstate extra Medicare visits
    Health minister resists push to boost number of sessions to 20 as new data shows visits have dropped by almost quarter of a millionFollow our Australia news live blog for latest updatesGet our morning and afternoon news emails, free app or daily news podcastAustralians accessed almost a quarter of a million fewer subsidised psychology sessions last financial year, prompting psychologists to urge the federal government once again to double the number available to patients and work to reduce high
  • The big idea: is compassion fatigue real?

    The big idea: is compassion fatigue real?
    Can we really maintain our levels of empathy in the face of an increasingly brutal news cycle?If you believe some commentators, we’re in the midst of a compassion crisis, with a particularly brutal daily news cycle taking its toll on our reserves of sympathy. The more suffering we see, the less we care, as we mentally switch off from others’ pain. The result may even be that we struggle to feel as much concern for people close at hand when they come to u
  • Beware the side of the brain that plumps for Trump | Letters

    Beware the side of the brain that plumps for Trump | Letters
    Janet Dubé, Hazel Davies and Peter Emerson respond to a piece by George Monbiot on the psychology of voters’ supportGeorge Monbiot suggests we can see human values as clustering around two poles, extrinsic and intrinsic (To beat Trump, we need to know why Americans keep voting for him. Psychologists may have the answer, 29 January). There might be something more at play.In 1980, physicist David Bohm wrote about explicate and implicate orders in reality. Before the advent of quantum
  • Loss of confidence at work can be debilitating but it doesn’t have to be a life sentence | Gaynor Parkin and Amanda Wallis

    Loss of confidence at work can be debilitating but it doesn’t have to be a life sentence | Gaynor Parkin and Amanda Wallis
    Switching off at home, mastering hobbies and greater control over workload can all help improve self-doubt at workThe modern mind is a column where experts discuss mental health issues they are seeing in their work“I’m not sure I can ever get my confidence back. Do you think I can?”Simon* was visibly distressed asking me this question. An experienced mental health professional, he was more familiar with encouraging others than talking about himself. He was looking for solutions
  • ‘Gloom is good’: after my wife died I found solace in poetry and music

    ‘Gloom is good’: after my wife died I found solace in poetry and music
    You can’t fight death, sickness, ageing and life’s various indignities, but you can play very loud rock’n’rollEvery morning my older daughter calls from London. “What you doing today?” Erm… she’s most solicitous. She’s really checking in to check that I’m not checking out – that I haven’t woken up dead or had a stroke or a dizzy spell or plunged down some stairs or otherwise conked out. That I’m still above ground and
  • Of Two Minds review – a curiously satisfying psychological mystery

    Of Two Minds review – a curiously satisfying psychological mystery
    Burgeon & Flourish; iOS
    Fusing real movie footage and interactive free-association components, this is a compelling and at times enlightening experienceOnce considered a creative cul-de-sac, the interactive movie – a video game made from filmed footage – is undergoing a renaissance. Like 2022’s Bafta-winning Immortality, Of Two Minds asks players to piece together a mystery from found footage, where the story is encountered out of sequence via scavenged clues. It’s un

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