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Attendees of APA's 2010 Annual Convention will be flying home with more than pilfered pens and hotel shampoo. Here's a sampling of what psychologists and students took from this year's meeting. "Seeing so many people gathered together around shared interests inspires me at every APA convention I've come to!" --... Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2010 at 2010 APA Convention Blog
As so many of the presidential programming sessions at this year's APA Annual Convention have already emphasized, caregiving is a responsibility that will touch almost all of us at some point in our lives. And with an aging population and so many people caring for ill and disabled children and... Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2010 at 2010 APA Convention Blog
Clinicians now have an interactive, online forum where they can find, share and discuss resources and useful web sites on anxiety, dementia, postpartum depression and other topics relevant to their practices. Part social networking site, part community bulletin board, PsycLINK is a wiki platform "by psychologists, for psychologists," aimed at... Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2010 at 2010 APA Convention Blog
People struggling with post-traumatic stress disorder who haven't responded to conventional treatments, lifelong smokers, patients with terminal cancer and even the mentally and physically healthy have all shown therapeutic benefits in controlled experiments with hallucinogens, psychology and medical researchers reported at a symposium Saturday. Working with a group of participants... Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2010 at 2010 APA Convention Blog
Young people today are bombarded with messages about sex from the media, advertising and their peers. Unfortunately, one message they're often not hearing is how to make their own healthy decisions about sex. Researchers at APA's Annual Convention shared some of the latest research on what affects those messages and... Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2010 at 2010 APA Convention Blog
Contrary to most polls, America is not the world's most overweight nation, not by a long shot: that distinction goes to the South Pacific island of Nauru. America? It's number 20 on the list. So why the discrepancy? Dr. Esther Rothblum of San Diego State University thinks she knows the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2010 at 2010 APA Convention Blog
My husband and I don't have living wills - those instructions specifying what actions should be taken for our health in the event that we are no longer able to make decisions due to illness or incapacity. We've talked about our wishes informally but have mostly left it at that.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2010 at 2010 APA Convention Blog
Here we are in the middle of hurricane season, citizens in the Gulf Coast are still contending with the BP oil spill and a series of fires, rain storms, workplace shootings and earthquakes affecting regions across the U.S. and around the world. There’s no better time than now for Disaster... Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2010 at 2010 APA Convention Blog
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In a meeting room of the Manchester Grand Hyatt it's a battle of the brains -- literally -- for a group of high school students representing eight countries in the International Brain Bee. At the end of the daylong neuroscience-focused competition, one student will be named winner, taking home a prize that includes a $3,000 college scholarship. Winners will be announced at about 5 p.m. today in the Manchester Grand Hyatt Hotel, Elizabeth Ballroom B. Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2010 at 2010 APA Convention Blog
There's a wealth of data on adolescent suicide, and numerous programs and interventions designed to prevent it. But what about even younger children? In 2006, 56 children under the age of 12 committed suicide -- about one per week. And there's a staggering lack of research into suicide among kids... Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2010 at 2010 APA Convention Blog
Ballot measures opposing same-sex marriage have negative effects mental health not only for lesbian, gay and bisexual people but for their families of origin (i.e., parents, siblings and so forth), according to research presented at the convention Saturday. Research conducted since 2000 by Glenda Russell, PhD, of the University of... Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2010 at 2010 APA Convention Blog
Psychologists have always been concerned with the effects of race, ethnicity, gender, social class and sexuality on health and well-being, but what they haven't explored as often is how all of these social categories work together to affect an individual's life experience. For example, research suggests that black women tend... Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2010 at 2010 APA Convention Blog
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In her APA presidential address, Carol D. Goodheart, EdD, unveiled a master plan that seeks to enable practicing psychologists to “intervene at a higher level than we can now.” Only half of all people who need psychological care receive it, Goodheart said. Psychologists can change that, she said, by embracing... Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2010 at 2010 APA Convention Blog
Ironically enough, almost half of psychology practitioners don’t seek help when they feel intense stress, even though 18 percent reported they had suicidal ideation during stressful times, according to results of an APA survey on practitioner worries released on Friday. APA conducted the survey to assess the need for colleague-assistance... Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2010 at 2010 APA Convention Blog
Children and younger teen-agers experience low rates of depression, with an incidence of about one to 2 percent, said W. Edward Craighead, PhD, of Emory University. But between the ages of 14 and 15, the incidence of depression starts to spike, such that before 18, about 18 percent of teen-agers... Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2010 at 2010 APA Convention Blog
When we meet someone for the very first time, we automatically make two decisions about them: whether they're a friend or foe, and whether they have much power and influence in the world. Susan Fiske, PhD, at Princeton University, calls the first variable warmth and the second one, competence. Plot... Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2010 at 2010 APA Convention Blog
In 1714, Italian composer Giuseppe Tartini was commissioned to write a sonata. He racked his brain for weeks but nothing sounded right. One night in a dream, Tartini walked along a moonlit beach when the glare of a wine bottle in the sand caught his eye. He picked it up... Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2010 at 2010 APA Convention Blog
When you think of non-profit organizations that are renowned for filing effective legal briefs in seminal cases, the American Psychological Association might not be the first one that comes to mind. But APA has filed 132 amicus (or friend of the court) briefs since the association decided in 1962 that... Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2010 at 2010 APA Convention Blog
APA President Carol Goodheart, EdD, kicked off a special block of programming at APA's Annual Convention highlighting the role of psychological research in supporting the right of gays and lesbians to full marriage equality. While APA has been a strong advocate for equal rights for gays and lesbians for nearly... Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2010 at 2010 APA Convention Blog
Teachers in the United States aren't just underpaid, they're often abused on the job by students and their parents, according to research by APA's Task Force on Violence Against Teachers presented today at APA's Annual Convention in San Diego. Of the 4,735 urban, suburban and rural teachers the task force... Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2010 at 2010 APA Convention Blog
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Today, Philadelphia psychologist Helen Coons, PhD, is a highly successful practitioner and business leader. But over the years, she’s made some serious negotiation blunders. To help other women from falling into the same traps, Coons shared her lessons learned during the APA Annual Convention session “Leadership Strategies for Midcareer Women... Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2010 at 2010 APA Convention Blog
In a Thursday session that melded the professional with the personal, two psychologists shared their experiences and lessons learned on practicing psychology while undergoing treatment for cancer. In a symposium that was as inspiring and moving as it was informative, Drs. Jana Martin and Helen Coons told of the physical, emotional, ethical and clinical obstacles they tackled while battling their diseases. The psychologists shared the session panel, titled "When Women Have Cancer--Clinical, Ethical and Personal Challenges," with moderator Dr. Josephine Johnson, also a cancer survivor, and Dr. Susan McDaniel. While the session focused on women psychologists fighting cancer, the experiences shared can apply to any practitioner living with a debilitating or chronic illness. Some tips they offered for those practicing with an illness: Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2010 at 2010 APA Convention Blog
When a smoker who’s trying to quit gets a cigarette craving or an alcoholic gets the urge to drink, he or she can avoid relapse with a mindfulness-based technique called “urge surfing,” suggests research by G. Alan Marlatt, PhD. Instead of ignoring or suppressing the urge for a cigarette or... Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2010 at 2010 APA Convention Blog
Picture a mother holding her newborn infant. The mother calmly and contentedly rocks her baby, not clutching for fear of dropping the infant. At the heart of this moment is the uniquely mammalian hormone oxytocin, says Sue Carter, PhD, a neuroscientist in the Brain Body Center at the University of... Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2010 at 2010 APA Convention Blog
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If inspiration manifested as light bulbs floating over people's heads, the San Diego Convention Center wouldn't have to spend a dime on power. At least, that's the sense I got from the below comments APA Convention Attendees made to Monitor reporters, when asked: "What have you heard that inspired you... Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2010 at 2010 APA Convention Blog