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Romeo Vitelli
I'm a psychologist in private practice in Toronto and Hamilton. My first book, The Everything Guide To Overcoming PTSD, will be available this June.
Interests: fencing, websurfing, archaeology, travelling and a whole list of other things i can't recall at the moment., gay/lesbian/bisexal/transgender issues, political arguments
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Using an experimental methodology, a study published recently in Psychology of Popular Media Culture assessed adolescent girls’ and young adult women’s perceptions of a peer who presented herself on Facebook in either a sexualized or nonsexualized manner. Fifty-eight adolescent girls... Continue reading
Posted 6 hours ago at Providentia
On August 3, a group of men, apparently under the influence of alcohol, attacked the home of a S0lomon Islands family, and systematically destroyed much of the furniture. They later returned and burned the house to the ground. According to... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Providentia
Sexual violence on college campuses is everybody's problem. Based on recent surveys, an estimated 19 to 25 percent of women report experiencing some form of sexual violence in college while the figures for men is somewhat lower (6.1 percent). Problems... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Providentia
Continued from Part One As for Schreber himself, his mental health remained rocky even after his release. Despite a brief separation from his wife while he lived with his mother and sister, he and Sabine eventually moved into a house... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Providentia
Previous research has shown that damage to the left temporal pole (LTP) is associated with impaired retrieval of words for unique entities, including names of famous people and landmarks. However, it is not known whether retrieving names for famous melodies... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Providentia
"I'm all for fighting stigma. Just stop talking about it ... Speaking as a mental patient, the word makes me feel awful." In a candid and lively talk during the opening session of the 121st Annual Meeting of the American... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2014 at Providentia
People may want their marriages to be happy but there is certainly no guarantee of that. According to one recent survey, thirty-nine percent of women and forty-one percent of American men aged fifty to fifty-nine report at least one divorce.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2014 at Providentia
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Well into the 20th century, family members of people with mental health problems had little choice but to place their loved ones in asylums. And with little hope of their ever coming out again. Despite the occasional success story, most... Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2014 at Providentia
An article published recently in Psychology of Violence is a first attempt to manipulate group norms and assess their impact on willingness to help victims of intimate partner violence. Two studies were conducted, the first involving 218 undergraduates who read... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2014 at Providentia
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I'll be away for a few days starting August 5 to attend the 122nd Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association in Washington, D.C. I'm looking forward to taking part in the various workshops, symposia, and events being organized as... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2014 at Providentia
Why are humans so reluctant to communicate in public? Yes, we're all social creatures with friends and family that we interact with on a daily basis, but what happens when you're surrounded by strangers? Every day, we find ourselves in... Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2014 at Providentia
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Continued from Part One After the researchers visited Ellis Island in 1913 to test 165 immigrants, it was still up to Goddard to decide how to interpret those results. When he finally published his findings, Goddard stated that a disproportionately... Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2014 at Providentia
A new study published in the journal Neurology suggests that a simple test measuring how fast people walk and whether they have cognitive complaints can predict later problems with dementia. The study was conducted by researchers at Yeshiva University's Albert... Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2014 at Providentia
Research indicates a strong connection between a childhood trauma history and the perpetration and victimization of intimate partner violence (IPV) in both men and women. However, it is unknown whether couples in which both partners have trauma history (dual-trauma couples)... Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2014 at Providentia
When Constables Kevin Bohn, Richard Calabrese and Thomas Lillagore responded to a well-being check in New Jersey's Cinnaminson Township, they found an unconscious adult male lying on his back, the apparent victim of a heroin overdose. Since the residence was... Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2014 at Providentia
In 1976, the California Supreme Court ruled that psychotherapists have a duty to protect potential victims if their patients made threats or otherwise behaved as if they presented a "serious danger of violence to another." In ruling on the case... Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2014 at Providentia
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“Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed, to me: I lift my lamp beside the golden door.” While the famous lines by... Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2014 at Providentia
Experiencing memories of past lives is anomalous in Western culture. Such experiences may signify an overinclusive cognitive style, associated with creative ability. Accordingly, are reports of past life memory (PLM) associated with creativity? Is PLM associated with measures of overinclusiveness?... Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2014 at Providentia
When two-year-old Maxim Kichigin was adopted out of an orphanage in Russia's far east in 2012, it should have marked the beginning of a new life for him. Instead, the boy, whose name had been changed to Maxim Maravalle, was... Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2014 at Providentia
Several new studies presented at the Alzheimer's Association International Conference recently held in Copenhagen, Denmark suggest that lifestyle changes could reduce the risk of developing dementias such as Alzheimer's Disease. According to a Finnish study, two years of exercise, diet,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2014 at Providentia
A Florida man who was released last year from a Nebraska psychiatric hospital is now suing the hospital and staff for $22 million due to the misdiagnosis that kept him hospitalized for 20 years. John Maxwell Montin, 52, was arrested... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2014 at Providentia
Continued from Part One At a special session of the Supreme Court on January 1880, a sanity hearing was held and several medical experts argued that Freeman was fit to stand trial. John Davis Long, who was governor of Massachusetts... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2014 at Providentia
A study published in Psychology of Popular Media Culture examines the past 2 decades of mainstream magazine coverage of child abuse in American magazines, connects it to a broader historical and social context, and theorizes that analyzing these stories is... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2014 at Providentia
While there is no question that opioid dependence is becoming a major problem, new research is also showing a rise in opioid-related deaths as well. Along with prescription drug abuse, opioids being sold as street drugs, and patients who doctor-shop... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2014 at Providentia
Imagine you're at a roulette table in Las Vegas. You've been having an amazing run of luck (yes, it does happen on occasion). After winning five times in a row using a can't-fail new system, do you become convinced that... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2014 at Providentia