22 Nov

A study in Scientific Reports found noticeable relief in stress from just a 10-minute message. Even a 10-minute rest provides benefits. (Mind, Mood, & Memory, 2020, 16(12), 2)

Depression and Covid-19

20 Nov

Almost 25% of Americans have had depressive symptoms during the Covid-19 pandemic. That’s almost three times pre-pandemic. ( Covid-19 pandemic triggers depression outbreak, too. Mind, Mood, & Memory, 2020, 16(12), p. 1)


15 Nov

Almost 1000 people ages 18 to 92 were asked about their life goals. Then most were followed up 2 years and then 4 years later. Those who had set up goals they felt were more attainable reported greater well-being later. (In brief. I can do it. Monitor on Psychology, 2019, 50(6), p. 18)


9 Nov

When people eat off shared plates, they are more likely to cooperate in negotiations. (In brief. Shared Plates, shared goals. Monitor on Psychology, 2019, 5096), p.14)


1 Nov

Adolescents are more sensitive to facial expressions of anger and fear than younger children and adults. (In brief. Reading faces. Monitor on Psychology, 2019, 50(6), 13-14) http://www.finebergpsychotherapy .com


23 Oct

Rep. John Lewis: Freedom is not a state; it is an act. It is not some enchanted garden perched high on a distant plateau where we can finally sit down and rest. Freedom is the continuous action we all must take.


17 Oct

The human brain is attuned to the Earth’s magnetic field. (In brief. The magnetic brain. Monitor on Psychology. 2019, 50 (6), p. 13)


11 Oct

Survey data from 1100 U.S. combat veterans showed a U-shaped curve in anxiety and depression over time. Symptoms decreased from the 40’s to the mid-60’s and then increased. (In brief. Combat stress, decades later. Monitor on Psychology, 2019, 50(6), p. 13)

APA Recommendations for Police Reform

9 Oct

The Monitor on Psychology (2020, 51(7),p. 38) reported on APA’s recommendations for police reform: 1) Promote community policing, 2) Ban chokeholds and strangleholds, 3) Invest in crisis intervention teams, 4) Increase the number of mental health professionals in law enforcement agencies, 5) Involve psychologists in multidisciplinary teams to implement police reforms, 6) Encourage partnerships between mental health organizations and local law enforcement, 7) Discourage police management policies and practices that can trigger implicit and explicit biases, 8) Strengthen data collection, 9) Bolster research.

Male Development

4 Oct

A longitudinal study of 920 kindergarten boys ages 5 and six found that those who were inattentive and distractible earned less at ages 35 and 36 than those who were sympathetic and inclusive of others. (In brief. Distractible boys. Monitor on Psychology, 2019, 50(5), p. 17)