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Health - Psychology - 09.04.2024
When and How Does Touch Make a Difference?
When and How Does Touch Make a Difference?
A hug can have a beneficial effect. Even when it comes from a robot. Touch can do a lot of good - so far, so good. But to what extent do humans benefit from it? How much touch is allowed? Who should touch and where? When we experience physical contact - does it even have to be with another human? A research team from Bochum, Duisburg-Essen and Amsterdam analyzed over 130 international studies with around 10,000 participants to answer these questions.

Psychology - 12.03.2024
Included in the thought? New studies on the generic masculine
Included in the thought? New studies on the generic masculine
The generic masculine generally emphasizes the masculine side. The fact that all genders are of course meant does not change this. This is shown by a new study by Würzburg psychologists. It is a crux with the generic masculine in German: if a group is made up of 99 female professors and only one male professor, it would be grammatically correct to speak of "the professors" in this case.

Health - Psychology - 27.02.2024
Transidentity in minors
In Western Europe, the number of children and adolescents who do not identify with their sex assessed at birth and who therefore seek help is rapidly increasing. A recently published updated systematic review evaluates the current evidence on the use of puberty blockers and cross-sex-hormones in minors with gender dysphoria as insufficient, and therefore emphasizes the particular importance of psychological and psychotherapeutic interventions for this vulnerable group.

Psychology - 20.02.2024
Mental health impaired internationally following the outbreak of war in Ukraine
Mental health impaired internationally following the outbreak of war in Ukraine
International team led by Münster researchers studies psychological consequences of the war The outbreak of Russia's war of aggression against Ukraine almost two years ago led internationally to a collective downturn in people's sense of well-being - irrespective of age, gender, political views or any other attributes which the people questioned had.

Health - Psychology - 19.02.2024
Physical activity counteracts the negative consequences of being alone
Physical activity counteracts the negative consequences of being alone
Physical activity in everyday life has the potential to compensate for the negative consequences of being alone on well-being - especially in psychologically and neurobiologically vulnerable people. Social isolation and loneliness are major societal problems. Their negative impact on mental health has been exacerbated worldwide by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Psychology - Health - 19.02.2024
Schema therapy is effective for treating severe depression
Schema therapy is effective for treating severe depression
In an uniquely extensive study, researchers were able to demonstrate the clinical benefits of schema therapy in the context of inpatient treatment. This therapy is therefore a promising alternative for the treatment of severe depression. Schema therapy is increasingly being used as a psychotherapeutic method.

Social Sciences - Psychology - 19.01.2024
How Does Materialism in Social Media Trigger Stress and Unhappiness?
How Does Materialism in Social Media Trigger Stress and Unhappiness?
You won't find another place that makes it as easy to compare yourself with others as social media. That's not good for you. Clothes, cars, travel, followers: People with a materialistic mindset always want more and, above all, more than others. Social media provides them with ideal opportunities to compare themselves with others, which makes them susceptible to passive and addictive user behavior.

Psychology - Pharmacology - 12.01.2024
Psychotherapy effective in treating post-traumatic stress disorder following multiple traumatic events: International meta-study
Psychotherapy effective in treating post-traumatic stress disorder following multiple traumatic events International meta-study: Team led by researchers from the University of Münster reports encouraging results for patients and therapists Psychotherapy is an effective treatment for adults with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) following exposure to multiple traumatic events.

Health - Psychology - 10.01.2024
Therapy against spider fear can also reduce fear of heights
Therapy against spider fear can also reduce fear of heights
It has long been assumed that it is necessary to use different exposure therapies to treat different fears. A new study from Bochum challenges this view. Exposure therapy for a specific fear can also help reduce other fears. This is the conclusion reached by psychologists at Ruhr University Bochum, Germany, who studied 50 people with a fear of spiders and heights.

Life Sciences - Psychology - 05.01.2024
How memories are formed in the brain - a new role for the internal compass
How memories are formed in the brain - a new role for the internal compass
Since their discovery in the 1990s, the head-direction cells in the brain have been referred to as its "internal compass." These cells are activated when the head of an animal or human points in a certain direction, and are thought to be important for spatial orientation and navigation. Now a team of neuroscientists at the University of Tübingen has discovered that head-direction cells in mice do more than this.