• A stitch in time: the benefits of teaching prisoners to sew

    A stitch in time: the benefits of teaching prisoners to sew
    Learning a craft can change lives – and a scheme showing inmates how to use a needle and thread has had some remarkable resultsIt’s a balmy afternoon in southwest London and there’s a deafening sound overhead. My companion, Sebastian, jumps excitedly to his feet and leaps outside into the sun-dappled courtyard. Cupping one hand over his eyes, he points the other towards a luxury Pullman train clattering past us at great speed, before breaking into an enormous smile. “The
  • What Neuroscience Tells Us About the Teenage Brain

    Source: APA MonitorFor years, the teenage brain was seen by researchers, policymakers, and the public as more of a burden than an asset. Adolescents were risk machines who lacked the decision-making powers of a fully developed prefrontal cortex. There is growing evidence, however, that what was previously seen as immaturity is actually a cognitive, behavioral, and neurological flexibility that allows teens to explore and adapt to their shifting inner and outer...
  • Myths About Abortion and Women's Mental Health Are Widespread

    Source: CNN - HealthThe myth that abortion tends to harm a woman's mental health continues to circulate, but experts say nothing could be further from the truth. In reality, decades of research show that "the vast majority of women feel they made the right choice, and they don't experience regret," says social psychologist Brenda Major, a distinguished professor emeritus at the University of California, who led an American Psychological Association task force on...
  • How to Support Your LGBTQ Child's Mental Health

    Source: CNN - HealthAbout 9.5% of youth ages 13 to 17 in the United States belong to the LGBTQ community, according to a 2020 survey conducted by the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law. And LGBTQ youth who felt high social support from their families reported attempting suicide at less than half the rate of those who felt low or moderate support, according to The Trevor Project's 2022 National Survey on LGBTQ Youth Mental Health. Here are some ways to help...
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  • The Role of Psychology in Palliative Care

    Source: APA MonitorUnlike psychology, the field of palliative care is relatively new. The World Health Organization officially recognized it as a specialty in 1990, and since then, palliative care programs have emerged in hospitals and outpatient settings. While physicians play an important role in alleviating patients' symptoms, psychologists are uniquely positioned to address a range of cognitive, mental, and emotional needs that arise during life-limiting...
  • Taiwan Accepts Same-Sex Marriage, So Why Not Adoption?

    Source: CNN - Top StoriesWhile Taiwan in 2019 became the first jurisdiction in its region of the world to legalize same-sex marriage, the legal change stopped short of granting full rights of adoption to homosexual couples. That has created a strange loophole in which heterosexual couples—and single people of all sexual orientations—are allowed to adopt children to whom they are not biologically related, but same-sex couples aren't.
  • Government Returns 1,000 Acres of New York Forest to Native Americans

    Source: CNN - Top StoriesThe Onondaga Nation is set to regain over 1,000 acres of ancestral land in central New York in what the U.S. Department of Interior calls "one of the largest returns of land to an Indigenous nation by a state." The land transfer includes the headwaters of Onondaga Creek and is home to a variety of wildlife, including brook trout in the creek, great blue heron, songbirds, waterfowl, hawks, bald eagles, frogs, bats, and white-tailed deer.
  • What the Supreme Court's EPA Ruling Means for the Climate Change Fight

    Source: PBS ScienceThe U.S. Supreme Court's climate change ruling on Thursday is likely to hinder President Joe Biden's plans to cut greenhouse gas emissions in half by the end of the decade and to make the U.S. a global leader again in the fight to slow global warming. In its 6-3 decision, the court ruled that the Clean Air Act does not give the Environmental Protection Agency broad authority to regulate emissions from plants that contribute to global warming.
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  • The Truth About Common LGBTQ Misconceptions

    Source: CNN - Top StoriesMore Americans than ever are identifying as LGBTQ, but more than half of states have introduced—and in some cases, passed—legislation that aims to limit LGBTQ rights. So it's as good a time as ever for allies to learn how to better support their LGBTQ loved ones and understand more of the diversity that exists within the broader LGBTQ community. More than 20 million Americans identify as LGBTQ, ​according to a 2021 analysis of census data.
  • In Switzerland, First Same-Sex Couples Say "I Do"

    Source: U.S. News and World ReportAlois Carnier, 57, and Peter Leu, 67, said "wholeheartedly, I do" to each other on Friday as same-sex marriages became legal in Switzerland. It is the first time two men have walked out of the civil registry in their town of Schaffhausen as husband and husband. Voters approved the "Marriage for All" initiative by a nearly two-thirds majority last September, making Switzerland one of the last countries in Western Europe to legalize same-sex...
  • Advocating for Transgender and Nonbinary Youths

    Source: APA MonitorThe United States is seeing an unprecedented rise in anti-trans legislation. In 2021, more than 100 bills across 33 states aimed to prohibit gender-affirming care or restrict access to sports for transgender youth. Other efforts attempted to ban trans people from using the bathroom that corresponds to their gender, or to prevent them from changing their sex on birth certificates. What, then, can be done to support trans and nonbinary youths?
  • Texas Educators Propose Referring to Slavery As "Involuntary Relocation"

    Source: Google News - HealthPublic schools in Texas would describe slavery to second graders as "involuntary relocation" under new social studies standards proposed to the state's education board. A group of nine educators submitted the idea to the State Board of Education as part of Texas' efforts to develop new social studies curriculum, according to the Texas Tribune. The once-a-decade process updates what children learn in the state's nearly 8,900 public schools.
  • Germany Plans to Ease Rules for Formal Changes of Gender

    Source: U.S. News and World ReportThe German government on Thursday presented plans to make it easier for transgender people to legally change their name and gender, ending decades-old rules that require them to get expert assessments and a court's authorization. Under the new law, adults would be able to change their first name and legal gender at registry offices without further formalities. The existing law requires citizens to obtain assessments from two experts on...
  • Alabama Cites Abortion Ruling in Transgender Medication Case

    Source: ABC News - HealthDays after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that states can prohibit abortion, Alabama has seized on the decision to argue that the state should also be able to ban gender-affirming medical treatments for transgender youths. The case marks one of the first known instances in which a conservative state has tried to apply the abortion ruling to other realms, just as LGBTQ advocates and others were afraid would happen.
  • Romantic Partners Can Affect Each Other's Climate Beliefs and Behaviors

    Source: Science Daily - Top NewsRomantic partners can sometimes shift each other's beliefs and behaviors, but what about their views on climate change specifically? To help answer that questions, a team of researchers led by the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication conducted a survey of 758 couples, the results of which suggest that partners can indeed influence each other through conversations on climate change.
  • Amazon Restricts LGBT Goods in United Arab Emirates

    Source: BBCNews - BusinessOnline retail giant Amazon has restricted search results related to LGBT people and issues on its website in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The company made the decision to restrict the searches after being threatened with penalties by the Gulf state. Same-sex sexual relations are illegal in the UAE, and expressing support for LGBT rights could also be deemed an offense.
  • U.K. Leader Says Ukraine War Rooted in Putin's "Toxic Masculinity"

    Source: CBS News - World NewsRussian President Vladimir Putin would not have started the war in Ukraine if he were a woman, according to British Prime Minister Boris Johnson. If Putin were a woman, Johnson remarked in an interview Tuesday, "I really don't think he would've embarked on a crazy, macho war of invasion and violence in the way that he has." The invasion "a perfect example of toxic masculinity," he said, calling for "more women in positions of power."
  • U.S. Supreme Court Limits EPA's Ability to Fight Climate Change

    Source: CBS News - U.S. NewsThe U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday limited the power of the Environmental Protection Agency to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from power plants, delivering a significant blow to the Biden administration's efforts to fight climate change. The court divided 6-3 along ideological lines in finding that Congress did not grant the EPA the authority to adopt its own regulations to cap carbon dioxide emissions to combat global warming.
  • Study finds women have more brain changes after menopause

    Women who have gone through menopause may have more of a brain biomarker called white matter hyperintensities than premenopausal women or men of the same age, according to a new study.
  • What makes a song sound happy? It depends on your culture, study finds

    What makes a song sound happy? It depends on your culture, study finds
    The perception of music in major keys as happy and minor keys as sad is not universal, Australian researchers sayGet our free news app, morning email briefing and daily news podcastWhat makes a piece of music seem happy or sad? Whether it has been composed in a major or minor key is a significant factor. It’s part of what distinguishes the cheeriness of Walking on Sunshine from the pensiveness of Ain’t No Sunshine, for example.But the perception of major keys as happy and minor keys
  • No more binge eating: Signal pathway in the brain that controls food intake discovered

    Researchers have developed a novel approach to treating eating disorders. The scientists showed that a group of nerve cells in the hypothalamus (so-called AgRP, agouti-related peptide neurons) control the release of endogenous lysophospholipids, which in turn control the excitability of nerve cells in the cerebral cortex, which stimulates food intake.
  • Harris Says She Never Believed Court Nominees Who Said Roe Was Settled

    Source: Google News - HealthIn her first interview since Roe v. Wade was overturned on Friday, Vice President Kamala Harris said she never believed that former President Donald Trump's Supreme Court picks would preserve the landmark abortion law. "I didn't believe them. That's why I voted against them," the vice president said on Monday when asked about Justices Brett Kavanaugh and Neil Gorsuch's previous assurances that Roe v. Wade was a long-held precedent.
  • Polish Court Rules That "LGBT-Free Zones" Must Be Abolished

    Source: U.S. News and World ReportA top Polish appeals court ruled on Tuesday that so-called "LGBT-free zones" must be scrapped in four municipalities, a verdict welcomed by activists as a victory for human rights and democracy. Numerous local authorities in Poland passed resolutions in 2019 declaring themselves free of "LGBT ideology," part of a conflict in the predominantly Catholic country between liberals and religious conservatives, who see the struggle for gay rights as a...
  • 2,700 Antisemitic Incidents Took Place in Germany Last Year, Says Report

    Source: ABC News - InternationalA group tracking antisemitism in Germany said Tuesday it documented 2,738 incidents in the country last year, including 63 attacks and 6 cases of extreme violence. In a report, the Department for Research and Information on Anti-Semitism said the pandemic, with its anti-Jewish conspiracy narratives, and Middle East conflict, with antisemitic criticism of Israel, were the main drivers of the incidents it documented—an average of more than 7 per...
  • Brainwashed by Daniel Pick review – do great minds really think alike?

    Brainwashed by Daniel Pick review – do great minds really think alike?
    From The Simpsons to QAnon via The Stepford Wives, the psychoanalyst’s absorbing study of mind control is part media studies, part political history Continue reading...
  • Most Americans Disapprove of Roe v. Wade Reversal, Poll Shows

    Source: CNN - Top StoriesNearly 60% of Americans disapprove of the Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe vs. Wade, according to a CBS News/YouGov poll conducted soon after the ruling. Over half call the decision a step backward for America, and among women, two-thirds disapprove of the ruling. A 58% majority of Americans also say they'd favor a federal law making abortion legal nationwide, and 64% say they'd like abortion in their states to be legal in most or all...
  • Flu Vaccination Linked to 40% Reduced Risk of Alzheimer's Disease

    Source: Google News - HealthPeople who received at least one influenza vaccination were 40% less likely than their non-vaccinated peers to develop Alzheimer's disease over the course of four years, according to a new study scheduled for publication August 2 in the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease. The study analyzed 935,887 flu-vaccinated patients and 935,887 non-vaccinated patients, and found that only 5.1% of vaccinated patients developed Alzheimer's over the four-year...
  • Around the U.S., Demonstrators Show Support for Abortion Rights

    Source: Google News - HealthAs nearly two dozen states move to ban or restrict access to abortion following Friday's Supreme Court decision overturning Roe v. Wade, protests continued across the country. In Alabama, hundreds gathered on Saturday in Birmingham, reciting poems, dancing, and spreading hugs, all in support of reproductive rights, and the crowd chanted in unison: "We must love each other and support each other. We have nothing to lose but our chains."
  • Researchers uncover brain waves related to social behavior

    Researchers have discovered electrical brain-wave patterns given off during social interactions in mice. They also observed that mice showing signs of stress, depression, or autism lacked these brain waves. The results reveal more about the mechanics underlying brain activity when socializing.
  • A "Sucker Punch": Many Women Fear Setback to Hard-Won Rights

    Source: ABC News - HealthAt 88, Gloria Steinem has long been the nation's most visible feminist and advocate for women's rights. But at 22, she was a frightened American in London getting an illegal abortion of a pregnancy so unwanted, she tried to throw herself down some stairs to end it. Her response to the Supreme Court's reversal of Roe v. Wade was succinct: "Obviously... without the right of women and men to make decisions about our own bodies, there is no...
  • Will Reversing Roe v. Wade Threaten Interracial Marriage in the U.S.?

    Source: Yahoo News - Top HeadlinesThe U.S. Supreme Court's reversal of Roe v. Wade suggests that the legal foundation for protecting a constitutional right to abortion was weakly based on arguments that have supported other key various rights, including the right to birth control, same-sex marriage, and interracial marriage. But the author of the Court's decision, Justice Clarence Thomas, specifically omitted the right to interracial marriage, which would affect his own marriage.
  • Mass Same-Sex Wedding in Mexico Challenges Discrimination

    Source: ABC News - InternationalMexico City hosted a mass wedding for couples as part of celebrations of Pride.
  • Pride Parades March on with New Urgency Across U.S.

    Source: Google News - HealthPride parades kicked off in New York City and around the country Sunday with confetti, cheering crowds, fluttering rainbow flags, and new fears about losing freedoms won through decades of activism. The annual marches in New York, San Francisco, Chicago, and elsewhere took place just two days after Clarence Thomas of the Supreme Court signaled, in a ruling on abortion, that the court should reconsider the right to same-sex marriage recognized in...
  • How I cope with feelings of envy by saying the Arabic word ‘mashallah’

    How I cope with feelings of envy by saying the Arabic word ‘mashallah’
    How the phrase ‘what God has willed has happened’ helped me shift feelings of jealousy towards admiration and respectI don’t feel envy very often and that isn’t because I don’t know anyone who is worthy of it. The people in my life are nothing short of brilliant. My friends and family are talented writers whose books and magazines I display proudly on my shelves. They are erudite psychologists, driven designers, artists and poets whose work moves me deeply. It is ea
  • Arrests in Istanbul As LGBTQ Marchers Defy Pride Ban

    Source: ABC News - InternationalDozens of people were detained in central Istanbul after city authorities banned an LGBTQ Pride march, organizers said Sunday. Turkey's largest city has banned the march since 2015, but large crowds nonetheless gather every year to mark Pride Month. Organizers called the ban unlawful. "We do not give up, we are not afraid! We will continue our activities in safe places and online," the Istanbul LGBTI+ Pride Week Committee said on Twitter.
  • With War, Kyiv Pride Parade Becomes a Peace March in Warsaw

    Source: ABC News - InternationalUkraine's largest LGBTQ rights event, KyivPride, is going ahead on Saturday. But not on its native streets and not as a celebration. It will instead join Warsaw's yearly Equality Parade, the largest gay pride event in central Europe, using it as a platform to keep international attention focused on the Ukrainian struggle for freedom. "We're marching for basic human rights for Ukrainian people," KyivPride director Lenny Emson said.
  • Norway Shaken by Attack That Kills 2 During Pride Festival

    Source: ABC News - InternationalA gunman opened fire in Oslo's nightlife district early Saturday, killing two people and leaving more than 20 wounded in what the Norwegian security service called an "Islamist terror act" during the capital's annual LGBTQ Pride festival. Investigators said the suspect, identified as a 42-year-old Norwegian citizen originally from Iran, was arrested after opening fire at three locations in downtown Oslo.
  • After 2-Year Pause, Mexico City Holds Mass Wedding for Same-Sex Couples

    Source: U.S. News and World ReportHundreds of Mexican same-sex couples married on Friday, marking the first time that the annual mass ceremony in Mexico City ahead of its Pride parade has taken place after being cancelled for two years due to the pandemic. A live band played traditional songs like Mendelssohn's "Wedding March" as joyful couples said their vows together, and in some cases, pulled rainbow masks down for first kisses as newlyweds.
  • Brain damage claim leads to new row over electroshock therapy

    Brain damage claim leads to new row over electroshock therapy
    Experts divided on effectiveness of ECT and concerned by overuse in women and the elderly It is one of the most dramatic techniques employed in modern psychology. An electric shock is administered directly to the brains of individuals who are suffering from depression.But electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) is controversial among some psychologists and is now the focus of a huge row – which erupted last week – over claims that it can trigger brain damage, that guidelines covering its use
  • Journey Health System CEO Guy Signor Discusses Affiliations at National Summit

    Journey Health System CEO Guy Signor Discusses Affiliations at National Summit
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  • Weekend podcast: Fatboy Slim, Marina Hyde, and ‘winging it’ to the top

    Weekend podcast: Fatboy Slim, Marina Hyde, and ‘winging it’ to the top
    This week, Marina Hyde on Boris Johnson’s ability to blame everything on anyone but himself (1m42s), musician Norman Cook, AKA Fatboy Slim, on his mental health DJ classes (8m48s), Emma Beddington investigates whether winging it to the top really works (19m07s), and Imogen West-Knights looks at how the ‘mid-century millennial’ look took over our homes (33m03s) Continue reading...
  • 'Brain bleeds' in babies first year can lead to long-term sight problems, study finds

    Severe 'brain bleeds' experienced by some babies in the first year following their birth can lead to long-term sight problems, researchers have found as part of a ten-year follow-up study.
  • The octopus' brain and the human brain share the same 'jumping genes'

    The neural and cognitive complexity of the octopus could originate from a molecular analogy with the human brain, according to a new study. The research shows that the same 'jumping genes' are active both in the human brain and in the brain of two species, Octopus vulgaris, the common octopus, and Octopus bimaculoides, the Californian octopus.
  • A new model sheds light on how we learn motor skills

    Researchers have developed a mathematical model of motor learning that reflects the motor learning process in the human brain. Their findings suggest that motor exploration -- that is, increased variability in movements -- is important when learning a new task. These results may lead to improved motor rehabilitation in patients after injury or disease.
  • U.S. Justice Thomas Opposes Rights to Birth Control, Same-Sex-Marriage

    Source: United Press International - Health NewsAs the U.S. Supreme Court took away the constitutional right of millions of women to abortion Friday, Justice Clarence Thomas said that the court should reconsider rulings on contraception and same-sex marriage. In the opinion he wrote overturning of Roe vs. Wade, Justice Thomas advocated that the court also reconsider cases that granted contraceptive rights, the right to engage in private, consensual sex acts, and same-sex marriage.
  • Global Psychology Leaders Agree to Apply Psychology to Societal Issues

    Source: APA Press ReleasesLeaders of psychological associations from more than 70 countries have signed a resolution committing to apply psychological science to address global health and well-being, minimize widespread inequalities, and stem climate change. Members of the Global Psychology Alliance met in Bogotá June 15-18 and agreed to continue working on select United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals through 2025.
  • U.S. House Overwhelming Passes Bill to Combat Mental Health Crisis

    Source: United Press International - Health NewsThe House of Representatives overwhelming passed bipartisan legislation to support communities to combat the mental health and substance abuse crisis affecting the United States. House lawmakers passed the package, called the "Restoring Hope for Mental Health and Well-Being Act," in a 402-20 vote Wednesday with all "no" votes coming from Republican representatives. An estimated one in five U.S. adults are fighting mental illness.
  • The Facts About Abortion and Mental Health

    Source: APA MonitorMore than 50 years of international psychological research shows that having an abortion is not linked to mental health problems, but restricting access to safe, legal abortions does cause harm. Research shows that people who are denied abortions have worse physical and mental health, and worse economic outcomes, than those who receive them. Studies also show that getting a wanted abortion does not cause significant psychological problems.
  • Similar Body Odors Can Lead to Same-Sex Friendships, Researchers Say

    Source: United Press International - Health NewsThe nose knows when it comes to sniffing out same-sex friends, new research suggests. The study, published Friday in Science Advances, tested the hypothesis that body odor is related to bonding in pairs of same-sex, non-romantic people. The results? People with similar body odors are likelier to become friends, and pairs of established friends smell more alike than random pairs of strangers.
  • Instagram Tests Using Artificial Intelligence for Age Verification

    Source: U.S. News and World ReportInstagram is testing new ways to verify the age of people using its service, including a face-scanning artificial intelligence tool. But AI won't be used, at least not yet, to keep children off the photo and video-sharing app. The current test only involves verifying that someone is 18 or older. The use of face-scanning AI, especially on teens, raised some alarm bells on Thursday, given Instagram parent Meta's lapses in protecting users' privacy.

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