Lots of exciting posts on the way
It has been great getting back in the swing of writing for PsychologyItBetter.com again. I’m so excited about the blog posts that we have coming up, I wanted to share in advance! I have already scheduled posts on the importance of professional friendships, why I am going to try and stop telling people I am busy, and the role of ‘Big Tobacco’ in harm reduction. These will be appearing over the next few weeks. (I’ve also got some very exciting news to share soon…. 🙂 ).
Alongside all this I am also planning new posts on the five most important psychology books ever written, the role of self-affirmation and a load more topics. There should can be something for everybody 🙂
Don’t miss a single one!
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Help a student (or even two)!
A few of my students have some interesting online research going on as part of their courses – have a look and see if you’d like to take part of :-). There is no payment for participation, except the warm glow you get inside for having helped someone out 🙂
Eyewitness testimony around pubs and clubs
One of my students (Georgina Bartlett) is doing a study investigating eyewitness memory for crimes that take place around pubs and clubs as part of her doctoral studies- If you wish to take part, you will be asked to complete a consent form before watching a short video clip of a crime outside a bar. You will also be asked to fill in a short questionnaire. In total the study should take around 10 minutes. You can find out more about this study by clicking here.
How people interact with Facebook
One of my undergraduates, Christian Powell, is looking at how people interact with Facebook as part of their undergraduate studies. This questionaire will ask you how well you can resist clicking facebook notifications, and takes about 15 minutes. If you want to find out more, click here.
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Feeling a bit overwhelmed? Why does sometimes, it all feel like a little too much, and a little too challenging?
Like everyone, I sometimes feel a little overwhelmed by those little everyday stressors (note the lack of posts earlier this year!). Competing demands of deadlines, work life balance and the general too and fro of life can sometimes seem a little much. Why? And what can we do about it?
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So – I have some unexpected book news. In 2016 I co-wrote (with Chris Sterling, and a chapter from Elizabeth Newton) a book called ‘Psychology Squared: 100 concepts you should know‘. It outlines the entire discipline of psychology (well, a good chunk of it), with one concept per page. I had a blast writing it, and in many ways it kick-started this blog. It’s also (if I say so myself!) a great little volume, and one I am very fond of.
Guess what – the book is now available in German! You can check it out here!
You can check out the English version here if you missed it first time around 🙂
Way back before the Brexit vote I wrote a post on why I was going to vote to stay in the EU, and how I felt when the vote went the other way. As you imagine, a lot has happened since then – we have had a crazy general election, and we still have no idea what Brexit will look like. But what do people feel about it now?
Continue reading “Brexit is still very much about how people feel”
Psychology has loads of findings which can potentially allow us to lead happier – or at least more content – lives! Here are 10 which can improve yours. Or at least make you smile and think…
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Thaler wins Nobel prize in
In October 2017 one of the authors of the modern classic ‘Nudge’, economist Richard Thaler, won the Nobel Prize in Economics. But is Thaler really a social psychologist in disguise? And should the discipline get a ‘Nobel-esque’ prize of it’s own? Where is the Nobel prize in Psychology?
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The Dean of our School has just kindly reminded us that today is ‘World Mental Health Day‘ – a day which has been marked every year since since 1992. This year there is a particular focus on mental health in the workplace -so, why not take a minute to think what you could do to help your own or a colleague’s mental health today? PsychologyItBetter has some suggestions…
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If you live in London and smoke, you have to read this!
I am currently leading a research trial at London South Bank University to compare the effectiveness of two leading quit smoking programmes. If you smoke and are considering quitting it would be great if you could take part!
Both programmes are effective methods of support for people wanting to quit and are run by qualified professionals. Everyone who completes the research side of the program (which involves three short appointments at Elephant and Castle) will be entered into a prize draw to win prizes including gym membership, an ipad and a holiday in the Caribbean.
Apply now: email@example.com
What will it involve?
You will be asked to see the research team four times. Each visit will last no longer than 5-10 minutes and evening and weekend appointments are available. For the final visit- we will come and see you at your home or workplace if it is easier. You will be entered for the prize draw regardless of whether or not you stay an ex-smoker, as long as all four appointments with the research team have been attended.
Don’t miss out.
We are only recruiting limited numbers for this study, so make sure you don’t miss out. You can find out more by clicking here or by emailing the team at firstname.lastname@example.org . Why not take the plunge and do it now?
Group therapy and social support/control
I had a great interview this week with the folk at Drug Addiciton Now – a great resource of articles, news and views on all aspects of addiction recovery. We were talking about a recent paper myself and colleagues recently had published looking at social support and control processes in group therapy. Do check out their website, and if you are interested, you can find the interview here. If you’d like to read the actual journal article itself, it’s available free / open access at Addictive Behavior Reports here. It’s actually part of a larger special issue the subject of identity and addiction that I recently guest edited with Ian Albery, Tegan Cruwys and Genevieve Dingle.
Hopefully there is something there that will pique your interest!