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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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In a new article published in the journal Canadian Psychology, authors presented the results of a meta-analysis synthesizing the available research on the family of studies belonging to the Cool Kids Program, a cognitive–behavioral intervention for anxiety disorders in youth,... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Providentia
What is an addiction exactly? While sources such as Wikipedia define addiction as "a brain disorder characterized by compulsive engagement in rewarding stimuli despite adverse consequences", this description, while useful enough when talking about drug or alcohol addiction, can become... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Providentia
A new report by Theos, a Christian think tank based in the U.K., warns that the "booming industry" in exorcisms is putting people with real mental health problems at risk. This rise in new exorcisms is being driven by "... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Providentia
Continued from Part Two After being formally indicted for his role in the dry good store robbery, not to mention the murder of Frederick Mirick, Edward Rulloff finally went on trial in the Broome County courthouse in early 1871. Thousands... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Providentia
A new research study published in the Canadian Journal of Experimental Psychology examined the impact of voice-based interactions using 3 different intelligent personal assistants (Apple’s Siri, Google’s Google Now for Android phones, and Microsoft’s Cortana) on the cognitive workload of... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2017 at Providentia
If you ask most people about their earliest memory,you will typically hear about some memorable event taking place around the age three or four. Often known as infantile or childhood amnesia, this inability to recall events taking place during the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2017 at Providentia
While previous research suggests that cognitive training can help older adults stay mentally active and delay potential memory decline, there is still considerable controversy relating to the many "brain training" apps that have been released in recent years. Even though... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2017 at Providentia
Continued from Part One As soon as Edward Rulloff arrived in the Tompkins County jail to stand trial for the murder of his wife, the district attorney knew his case was doomed to fail. Not only had no body ever... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2017 at Providentia
Recent years have brought a growing social and public commitment to the promotion of children’s rights and children’s well-being around the world, and these have become important goals of all those striving to improve children’s lives. In spite of the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2017 at Providentia
A degree of lying - you know, white lies - seems to be inherent in all languages and all forms of communication. Matthew Lesko For all that we value honesty, people still lie for a variety of different reasons. And... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2017 at Providentia
The family of a 13-year-old transgender teenager are calling on the Nova Scotia government to do more to fight what they believe to be a growing suicide crisis. Justin Newell committed suicide after a long battle with verbal and physical... Continue reading
Posted Jul 4, 2017 at Providentia
On May 18, 1871, Edward Howard Rulloff was hanged in the jail yard in the rear of the County Jail in Binghamton, New York. His execution came after one of the most remarkable trials in New York's history, perhaps not... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2017 at Providentia
Burning Mouth Syndrome (BMS) is a chronic pain condition characterized by persistent intraoral burning without related objective findings and unknown etiology that affects elderly females mostly. There is no satisfactory treatment for BMS. In a new study published in the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2017 at Providentia
Last year, a kangaroo court banished Malati Mahato from her family home in the Indian district of Odisha. Her crime? She dared to address one of her male in-laws by name. In many parts of India, it is strictly forbidden... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2017 at Providentia
Remember the notorious "War of the Worlds" broadcast of 1938 ? Sure you do. Though Orson Welles and his Mercury Theatre on the Air only intended the broadcast as a dramatization of H.G. Wells' classic novel, many listeners believed what... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2017 at Providentia
Continued from Part One Looking back at the different romantic partners we have had over time, it's often hard to decide what it was that first drew us to this person or that . By and large, the process of... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2017 at Providentia
The Blue Whale (Balaenoptera musculus) is the largest of the baleen whales and likely the largest creatures ever to have lived on Earth. Blue Whale is also the name of a bizarre online game that has gained notoriety in recent... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2017 at Providentia
Continued from Part Two On November 9, 1888, the Ripper struck again. The victim was 25-year-old Mary Jane Kelly, a.k.a "Black Mary," a prostitute who was well-known in London's East End for her striking good looks and long hair reaching... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2017 at Providentia
Little is known about the long-term course of headache in patients with moderate-to-severe headache due to traumatic brain injury (TBI). In a new study published in the Journal of Headache and Pain, researchers evaluated the course of headache in patients... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2017 at Providentia
Why do we choose the romantic partners that we do? And what shapes the choices we make? While scientists have been weighing those question for decades (and philosophers have been doing the same for centuries), nobody has managed to come... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2017 at Providentia
Penuel Mnguni, General Overseer of End Times Disciples Ministries in South Africa has apparently repented. For years, the controversial minister has made a name for himself by ordering his congregations to carry out bizarre stunts as part of his sermons.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2017 at Providentia
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Continued from Part One After the Double Event during which two women were murdered in a single night, the police were more desperate than ever to solve the killings. The hunt for Jack the Ripper consumed countless man-hours as investigators... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2017 at Providentia
Do parents treat their sons and daughters differently ?While childrearing practices can vary widely across different cultures and as views about gender differences change over time, there do seem to be some clear consistencies in the way boys and girls... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2017 at Providentia
A new article published in the Journal of the History of Behavioral Sciences explores the work of psychologist Gordon Gallup, Jr., during the 1960s and 1970s on mirror self‐recognition in animals. It shows how Gallup tried to integrate the mental... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2017 at Providentia
It was four years ago that I first learned about the private ‘clinics’ that claim to cure homosexuality in Ecuador. My first thought was that it could be me held there and told that, as a gay woman, I needed... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2017 at Providentia