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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)


1 Oct

Lee Radziwill: Everyone has regrets, and people who say they haven’t are either liars or narcissists.


27 Sep

Sibling bullying is more likely in families with three or more children. Bullies are more likely to be first borns and older brothers. (In brief. Sibling bullying. Monitor on Psychology, 2019, 50(5), p. 16)

COVID-19 dreams

24 Sep

COVID-19 has crept into our dreams. It has increased our dreaming and our memory for our dreams. It has impacted the content of our dreams, making them COVID-19 relevant. (Neilson, T. (2020). Infectious dreams. Scientific American, 323(4),30-35)


20 Sep

People in all disciplines seem to come up with their most creative ideas and best problem solving when their minds are wandering off-topic and they are not working on a problem. (In brief. “AHA!” moments. Monitor on Psychology, 2019 50(5), p. 16)


7 Sep

A recent study in Science Advances suggested that a complex pattern of brain activity detectable by fMRI underlies human consciousness. This finding offers promise for a new method of defining and detecting human consciousness. (In brief. Detecting conscious signals. Monitor on Psychology, 2019, 50(5)


4 Sep

Lawyer Clarence Darrow: The first half of our lives is ruined by our parents, the second half by our children.