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Psychology covers a broad spectrum of psychological disciplines that include social, behavioral, interpersonal, mental health, personality, and assessment. There is special emphasis on scientific research into human emotional and behavior and how this information can be used to live more productive and happy lives. In addition, the interrelated nature of physical and mental health receives much attention.

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Personality Predicts Cheating More Than Academic Struggles

Students who cheat in high school and college are highly likely to fit the profile for subclinical psychopathy – a personality disorder defined by erratic lifestyle, manipulation, callousness and antisocial tendencies, according to research published by the American Psychological Association. These problematic students cheat because they feel entitled and disregard morality, the study found. The publisher made the original article available for free for an undetermined amount of time. Check the end of this report for a link to download this study.

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Circadian Rhythms: Their Role And Dysfunction In Affective Disorders

All humans are synchronized to the rhythmic light-dark changes that occur on a daily basis. Rhythms in physiological and biochemical processes and behavioral patterns persist in the absence of all external 24-hour signals from the physical environment with a period that is close to 24 hours. These rhythms are referred to as ´circadian,´ from the Latin ´circa diem´ (´about a day´), and are attributable to internal biological clocks that are driven by a major circadian pacemaker in the brain.

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Addressing Negative Thoughts Most Effective In Fighting Loneliness

Changing how a person perceives and thinks about others was the most effective intervention for loneliness, a sweeping analysis of previous research has determined. The findings may help physicians and psychologists develop better treatments for loneliness, a known risk factor for heart disease and other health problems. The results were published in the journal Personality and Social Psychology Review.

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Schoolyard Teasing About Weight Can Profoundly Affect Pre-Teens

Schoolyard taunts of any type can potentially damage a child’s sense of self-confidence. But a new study suggests that a particular kind of teasing – about weight – can have distinctive and significant effects on how pre-teens perceive their own bodies. The research, among the first to specifically examine the impact of weight-based criticism on pre-adolescents, also hints that the practice can cause other health and emotional issues for its victims.

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Parents At Highest Risk For Depression In The First Year After Child’s Birth

More than one-third of mothers and about one-fifth of fathers in the United Kingdom appear to experience an episode of depression between their child’s birth and 12th year of age, with the highest rates in the first year after birth, according to a report posted online today that will appear in the November print issue of Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, one of the JAMA/Archives journals.

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Texas Association Of Psychological Associates (TAPA) Seeks Independent Practice For Licensed Psychological Associates (LPA)

In a potential major and controversial development for Texas psychology and those who hold a Master’s degree in psychology, Texas Association Of Psychological Associates (TAPA) announced their intention to seek, and file a lawsuit if necessary, independent practice status for Licensed Psychological Associates (LPAs). LPA is a Texas licensure designation that requires a Master’s degree in psychology and allows LPAs to work with patients under the supervision of a Licensed Psychologist. Check the end of this report for a link to the publicly available TAPA letter that explains their position.

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Adversity In Childhood Can Increase Risk Of Cardiovascular Disease In Adulthood

Early life adversity through poverty, social isolation, or abuse in childhood is linked to heightened reactivity, which can lead to heart disease later on, a leading expert on stress and disease said Saturday. “Many diseases first diagnosed in mid-life can be traced back to childhood,” Karen A. Matthews, PhD, said at the 118th Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association. Matthews is a professor of psychiatry and epidemiology at the University of Pittsburgh.

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Pivotal Study Finds Link Between PTSD And Dementia In Military Veterans

Results of a study reported in the September issue of the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society suggest that Veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) have a greater risk for dementia than Veterans without PTSD, even those who suffered traumatic injuries during combat. Exposure to life threatening events, like war, can cause PTSD, and there are high rates among veterans. PSTD includes symptoms such as avoiding things or people that remind a person of the trauma, nightmares, difficulty with sleep, and mood problems.

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