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15/06/2012

Interesting article in TES on materialism in Scottish schools, featuring The Centre's CEO Dr Carol Craig. more

11/06/2012

Edinburgh researchers find that poor mental health, dug abuse, social deprivation & social breakdown explain higher suicide rate in Scotland. more

01/06/2012

A large scale study of people with depression published in the British Medical Journal, finds that the additon of 'facilitated exercise' to 'usual care' for treating depression was no more effective than 'usual care' alone. more

24/05/2012

A study carried out by researchers at Ohio State University reveals that when students are taught about motivation and learning techniques their performance improves. more

21/05/2012

New research reveals that parenthood is associated with happiness and meaning in life, contradicting previous findings. more

19/05/2012

A new study shows that when people take a few days away from their email they feel less stressed and their productivity increases. more

16/05/2012

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11/05/2012

New research by Professor Carol Dweck and colleagues finds that a teacher's belief about ability may influecne the way he or she interacts with students. more

02/05/2012

Research finds that mypoia (otherwise known as short sightedness)  has increased in the South East Asian population from 20% to over 80%. more

30/04/2012

A new study finds that some white public school teachers in the US  are not providing minority students with the type of feedback that will build intellectual growth and achievement. more

26/04/2012

The British Psychological Society has a new blog on sport psychology. more

23/04/2012

Swedish researcher Jorgen Larsson suggests that parents should have the option of working a shorter week to reduce family time pressure and to increase family well-being. more

21/04/2012

Researchers at the University Of Pennsylvania are 'shocked' by how much TV American children are being exposed to, finding that for every minute children watch TV they are exposed to a further three minutes of indirect exposure. more

19/04/2012

The Independent online has an article on the downsides of owning a smart phone; quoting research relating to productivity and crime rates. more

18/04/2012

Scottish researchers at Stirling Universirty have found that walking has a big impact on depression. more

15/04/2012

The Body Confidence Awards are on today in the Houses of Parliament; praising people and organisations who challenge the current culture of 'manipulative media images and claims'. more

11/04/2012

Education nation has an excellent piece by Professor Carol Dweck on why the current US education system won't be producing learners and innovators. more

09/04/2012

The Boston Globe has an article on new research by MIT researcher Sandy Pentland about the ingredients of successful teams. more

06/04/2012

New research published in the journal Psychological Science suggests that there are things people and society can do to reduce the negative impact of materialism: avoiding triggers such as advertising could help people to feel less anxious and depressed and more sociable; treating people as individuals not consumers may increase trust, co-operation and personal responsibility. more

03/04/2012

Scientific American magazine has an article on the impact of stereotypes on performance. more

01/04/2012

A new report by the National Trust finds that children are becoming less connected to nature; and that this is impacting their health and well-being. more

16/03/2012

New research by Professor Jene Twenge and colleagues has found that young Americans are less concerned about the environment than young people 40 years ago. more

14/03/2012

The Wall Street Journal has an article on new research into middle class American parenting. more

12/03/2012

A new study finds that encouraging children to view failure as a normal part of the learning process may help them to feel more confident and do better at school. more

11/03/2012

The Wall Street Journal has an article on creativity. more

09/03/2012

A survey carried out by the American Psychological Association has found that staff who feel valued are happier and more productive. more

07/03/2012

A new study reveals that people's personality can change over time. more

04/03/2012

A new study finds that the youngest pupils in a classroom are more likely to be diagnosed with ADHD. more

02/03/2012

A new study finds that over the last 70 years nature is being depicted less often in children's books. more

28/02/2012

A top UK all girls school is designing a 'failure week' . more

24/02/2012

The New York Times has a blog on the benefits of being kind to oneself. more

22/02/2012

Staff in a Colchester hospital are being taught how to show compassion towards colleagues and patients while dealing with a busy ward. more

20/02/2012

The American Psychological Association has an article on an interesting volunteer program. more

18/02/2012

The Scientific American has a blog article about Carol Dweck's growth mindset, and the power of our beliefs to shape our development. more

14/02/2012

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11/02/2012

A recent study has found that children of parents who provide nurturing support during stressful situations, had a hippocampus (the area linked to learning and memory)  almost 10% bigger than those with non nurturing mothers. more

09/02/2012

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06/02/2012

Two recent large scale studies reveal that people who work 11 hours or more per day may be more at risk for depression and anxiety. more

03/02/2012

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31/01/2012

New research from Concordia University has revealed that having a friend present during a negative event can be good for our body and mind. more

30/01/2012

A recent study has found that bosses who are stressed out have subordinates who feel victimised. more

27/01/2012

Time online has a great article on introversion, revealing some surprising findings for the benefits of being introverted in a world that values extroversion. more

24/01/2012

This book looks interesting. more

21/01/2012

The Washington Post has a great article on praise. more

20/01/2012

The New Statesman has a review by Simon Blackburn of Jesse Prinz's new book Beyond Human Nature: How Culture and Experience Shape our Lives. more

18/01/2012

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13/01/2012

Two new studies by researcher Desiree Boalian Qin challenge the 'Tiger mom' approach to parenting. more

11/01/2012

The Guardian has an article by neuroscientist Tali Sharot. more

09/01/2012

A new report published by The Children's Society highlights a need to prioritise child well-being in the UK. more

03/01/2012

A recent study reveals that a simple 15 minute writing exercise may help people to lose weight. more

02/01/2012

A recent review suggests that physical activity has a direct link with educational achievement. more

30/12/2011

The Royal Institution Christmas lectures of 2011 centered around the brain. more

26/12/2011

The Atlantic has an article on Pasi Sahlberg's new book Finnish Lessons: What Can The World Learn From Educational Change in Finland. more

12/12/2011

Some researchers argue that paying attention to the negative is essential for making change. more

09/12/2011

Greg Walton and Carol Dweck review Professor Roy Baumeister's book on willpower "Willpower: Rediscovering the Greatest Human Strength"  in the New York Times Book Review. more

06/12/2011

The ABC news website has an article about media images and photoshopping, and the effect that this has on young people. more

03/12/2011

Annie Murphy Paul author of Origins: how the nine months before birth shape the rest of our lives, provides a summary of her argument in a recent TED talk. more

30/11/2011

The London School of Economics has a video conversations between Professor Lord Richard Layard and Professor Daniel Kahneman, on Kahneman's new book Thinking Fast and Slow which is about decision making and how to improve it. more

27/11/2011

The independent newspaper has a short article on the benefits of being altruistic. more

24/11/2011

The Washington Post has a great article on the influence of iphone/ipad apps on children's development. more

21/11/2011

Stanford University has posted a collection of videos of academics talking about their research on brain science; including Professor Carol Dweck talking about her work on mindset and motivation. more

19/11/2011

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New research has investigated the influence of positive psychology interventions on two personality traits: neediness and self -criticism. more

10/11/2011

The University of Michigan has a great short video on wisdom and how to cultivate it, based on a recent study by Psychologist Ethan Kross. more

06/11/2011

The Wall Street Journal has an interesting article on a new study showing that teenagers IQ scores can change as much as 20 points over the period of a few years. more

04/11/2011

Neuroeconomist Paul Zak gave a TED talk in Edinburgh last July on how important  the hormone oxytocin is for morality and happiness. more

03/11/2011

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28/10/2011

The Girl Scout Research Institute has created a resource sheet  for parents on how to educate young girls on the influence of reality TV. more

24/10/2011

British researcher and author of The Spirit Level, Richard WIlkinson gives a TED talk arguing that economic inequality has a much stronger influence on well-being within society, than money itself. more

20/10/2011

New research has found that people who praise themselves for doing a great job, when they performed poorly, end up feeling depressed. more

18/10/2011

The Scottish Sunday Express has an interesting article on the downsides of good manners. more

17/10/2011

A recent study comparing the decision making of people in their 20's versus people in their 60's found that 'the 60-somethings showed a clear, age-related advantage in solving the. more

13/10/2011

The National Geographic has a piece on the teen brain; arguing against the prevailing negative stereotype of the teenage brain. more

09/10/2011

Paul Jackson head of Media Smart has created lessons designed to educate young people about the advertising and marketing they are exposed to on a daily basis; including showing children non-airbrushed images of celebrities. more

04/10/2011

Psychologist Ken Pope has compiled a list of references to articles supporting the benefits of mindfulness and meditiation. more

01/10/2011

The American Psychological Association has an article on the research by Harvard Psychologist Daniel Wegner. more

30/09/2011

 New research shows that the brain responds differently to setbacks depending on whether people adopt a growth mindset (a belief that intelligence is malleable) or a fixed mindset (a belief that intelligence is stable) People adopting a growth mindset pay attention to learning information and do better on tests. more

27/09/2011

The RSA has an article by Professor John Cacioppo on the importance of social connections. more

26/09/2011

The New York Times has a piece on Optimism. more

23/09/2011

An interesting new study finds that people underestimate the benefits of the natural environment on health and well-being. more

22/09/2011

Self-esteem building in education has come into more controversy in a recent article. more

20/09/2011

New research shows how important a nurturing mother can be in lessening the negative impact of poverty. more

19/09/2011

New research has found that laughter has the power to help people cope with pain. more

15/09/2011

Unicef is urging the UK to follow Sweden's example and ban advertising to children under 12. more

10/09/2011

New research from the University of New South Wales has found that people who have been responsible for managing others show differences in their brain structure; the area of the brain associated with learning and memory is bigger. more

07/09/2011

The New York Times has an article on evidence based practice in business. more

06/09/2011

Harvard University has a great article on creativity at work, detailing research into different ways to improve creativity. more

03/09/2011

An article in the journal Evolutionary Psychology argues that risky play, such as climbing trees or exploring the natural environment is good for the mental health of children. more

01/09/2011

The American Journal of Play has a collection of essays on free-play and the impact that play has on children. more

31/08/2011

The New York Times has an article on decision making. more

28/08/2011

An interesting study has found that parents can influence their child's level of anxiety and depression by adapting their parenting styles to their child's personality. more

07/08/2011

The Office for National Statistics has just published a report on measuring well-being; providing some interesting contributions to the debate. more

07/08/2011

A report has been published encouraging the Government to help teach good parenting skills. more

01/08/2011

Nature online has an article on the cross cultural differences in depression. more

01/08/2011

A new study published in the The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine has found that Positive Activity Interventions (PAI's) such as learning to be optimistic or counting one's blessings can benefit people with depression. more

01/08/2011

There is an interesting article in the Guardian on the dangers of psychological debriefing after traumatic events. more

24/07/2011

A new study shows that pets are good for the mental health of the average person. more

24/07/2011

A recent study published in Psychological Assessment has found that games such as 'Simon Says' improve self regulation in children aged 3-6. more

23/07/2011

The Institute for Fiscal Studies have produced a report claiming that marriage does not benefit children's cognitive and social development. more

20/07/2011

An interesting new study found that people who can laugh at themselves show more smiling and laughter in response to distorted images of themselves. more

13/07/2011

Scientific American online has an interesting blog on learning. more

05/07/2011

A new book Therapist's Notebook on Positive Psychology has a free chapter to download. more

28/06/2011

The Atlantic has an article on why well-being is so high in Denmark. more

28/06/2011

A new study published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology finds that societies which value freedom and personal autonomy have higher levels of well-being. more

27/06/2011

An interesting new study has found that watching 'dumb' TV programmes, like reality television shows, where characters often act in unintelligent ways influences the behaviour of viewers. more

26/06/2011

The New York Times Book Review has an excellent article critiquing psychiatry and the 'bible' of psychiatric diagnosis, the DSM . more

21/06/2011

The Occupational Psychology blog on the British Psychological Society's website has an interesting piece on measuring happiness, looking at new data gathered by the Office of National Statistics. more

12/06/2011

There is an interesting piece in the Huffington Post on creativity. more

19/05/2011

American Psychologist, Peter Kahn argues in his new book, that exposure to and interaction with the natural environment cannot be substituted by technological adaptations of nature. more

19/05/2011

Recent research, with mice, by researchers at McMasters University has found a strong link between the condition of the gut and mental health. more

19/05/2011

Sleep researcher, Dr Helene Emsellem, has found that teenagers are sleeping for a significantly reduced number of hours each night: around 2 hours less than what they need. more

19/05/2011

The Emotion Machine blog has an interesting post on laughter, which looks at the origins and benefits of laughter. more

19/05/2011

The academic journal, Perspectives in Psychological Science has just published a review article looking at happiness. more

17/05/2011

Interesting TED talk on the power of smiling by Ron Gutman. more

08/05/2011

Research published in the Journal of Abnormal Psychology has found that people diagnosed with depression display enhanced decision making skills. more

04/05/2011

The Wall Street Journal has an interesting piece on the influence of architecture on health and well-being. more

04/05/2011

New research finds that when adults sleep less or more than 6 to 8 hours a night they show a decline in cognitive function; equivalent to four to seven years of aging. more

30/04/2011

A UK study has found that children, aged between 9 and 11, who are taught yoga poses, relaxation and breathing techniques show improvements in school: the research revealed increases in concentration and grades. more

30/04/2011

An interesting study has found that the happiest places in the US have the highest suicide rates. more

27/04/2011

The New York Times has an fascinating piece on the rise of narcissistic lyrics in popular music; recent research has found that hostile and narcissistic lyrics have been on the increase in pop music. more

25/04/2011

Slate magazine has an interesting article on why it is that woman are more anxious than men. more

20/04/2011

American radio station KDRT has an interesting interview with one of the authors, Ashley Merryman, of the best selling book Nurture Shock. more

12/04/2011

The online magazine Discover has a great article about the influence of environment on thinking and behaviour. more

07/04/2011

There is an interesting piece critiquing Positive Psychology, on the American Psychological Association website. more

06/04/2011

The American Psychological Association has a stimulating article on aging and the brain. more

02/04/2011

Research soon to be published in The Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, has revealed that when people are exposed to media content dealing with being a better person, individuals are more likely to act in a pro-social way. more

25/03/2011

A recent study reveals that people who say a prayer after experiencing a negative situation, report less anger. more

22/03/2011

Slate website has an interesting article challenging the need for there to be more instructional learning in pre-school education. more

22/03/2011

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14/03/2011

A new book The Longevity Project has just been published and contains some interesting findings from a large scale longitudinal study about longevity, and well-being in old age. more

11/03/2011

A new study by researchers at Yale University and colleagues, has found that when people feel loved by others they are less likely to value material things. more

09/03/2011

It is Brain Awareness Week from the 14th March - 20th March, and the Society for Neuroscience has lots of tips and advice for applying some of the findings from neuroscience research. more

06/03/2011

The New York Times has an interesting article on self-compassion. more

22/02/2011

The RSA has created an engaging collection of animations to go along with public lectures. more

22/02/2011

Psychology Today has an interesting post on why we should be asking children to help more with daily chores; it cultivates gratitude. more

17/02/2011

Do you think you would be happier in a warmer climate? New research may make you think again. more

16/02/2011

A new study finds that Grandparents who spend time doing activities with their adult grandchildren like gardening or cooking, may be strengthening family bonds. more

10/02/2011

A large scale longitudinal study has found a link between diets high in processed foods and child IQ. more

10/02/2011

A recent study has found a relationship between collective singing in schools and child well-being. more

10/02/2011

TED has an interesting new talk by Nigel Marsh on how to create a work-life balance. more

06/02/2011

A new study by researchers at Harvard Medical School has found that girls are influenced more by what their friends watch on television than by their own television viewing. more

06/02/2011

The newly published book Your Fantastic, Elastic Brain: Stretch it, Shape it, aims to teach children about the plasticity of the brain. more

01/02/2011

A surprising new study has linked physical activity to political activism. more

01/02/2011

Psychologists asked a group of previously sedentary older people to walk for 40 minutes 3 times a week, for a period of a year. more

01/02/2011

The British Medical Journal has an interesting piece on the benefits of marriage; showing that a lasting relationship improves the physical health of men and the mental health of woman. more

29/01/2011

Researchers at the University of Otago, and other international colleagues, have found that children who display self-control skills such as sticking at a task or being self-disciplined are less likely to be involved in criminal behaviour as adults. more

29/01/2011


There's an interesting review in Newsweek of a new book on how the pink princess syndrome is permeating young girls' lives and potentially undermining their mental health and feelings about themselves. more

24/01/2011

A new study published in Psychiatry Research: Neuroimaging, reports findings that an 8 week course in mindfulness based meditation made significant changes to various brain structures of participants; areas associated with stress, memory, empathy and the self all changed. more

24/01/2011

Great blog post by Neuroscientist Bradley Voytek on the top 10 neuroscienceTED talks. more

20/01/2011

The UK Government has published a major report focusing on the importance of early years education and parenting. more

18/01/2011

The Wall Street Journal has another interesting article, this time written by Yale Law Professor Amy Chua on the topic of her new book about why Chinese mothers are better at parenting and raising happy young people. more

14/01/2011

The Wall Street Journal has an interesting article on a new type of therapy. more

14/01/2011

The recent Government Green Paper on giving to others, in time or money, focuses on how we as a society can build a culture of giving. more

12/01/2011

The Herald newspaper has an article with tips on how to maintain a positive outlook during the winter months, and beyond. more

11/01/2011

The Guardian has an interesting piece on the mental health of young woman. more

11/01/2011

Mental health charity MIND has published a report on the mental health issues influencing men and boys; with an emphasis on how to promote mental wellness within this group. more

09/01/2011

An interesting study in the European Journal of Social Psychology has found that people who were asked (before a test) to think about their ancestors and what those previous generations had endured, performed better. more

09/01/2011

A new study by Psychologists Brad Bushman, Jennifer Crocker and other colleagues found that young Americans value boosts to their self esteem more than any other pleasant activity; more than food, drink, money or sex. more

09/01/2011

A recent study published in Applied Cognitive Psychology reveals that woman who snack while watching TV eat more later, when the TV is not on. more

04/01/2011

New statistics show that violent behaviour is rising among Scottish teenagers. more

04/01/2011

The Guardian online has a great article on why we shouldn't bother to make a new year resolution. more

28/12/2010

Psychology Today has an entertaining article on lonliness; looking at how Neuroscience can explain Dr Seuss's character The Grinch, in How the Grinch Stole Christmas. more

28/12/2010

A recent study has revealed that we tend to wrongly believe that other people are happier than they actually are, and happier than us. more

28/12/2010

A new study challenges the previous finding that becoming unemployed makes people permanently unhappy. more

21/12/2010

Here is an interesting blog from Professor of Organisational Psychology, Cary Cooper with an analysis of the interviewing process in the TV show The Apprentice and how unnecessarily aggressive it is. more

18/12/2010

A recent Dutch article argues for more attention to be paid to the worrying issue of work-related stress in older woman. more

18/12/2010

A recent study has found that children who have friends are less likely to feel sad or depressed as they reach the teenage years, even having one close friend makes a difference. more

16/12/2010

Compelling evidence has emerged from a large scale study carried out by Professor of Economics, Richard Easterlin. more

16/12/2010

There is an interesting article on The Psychological Science website, about the psychology of smiling and how it benefits the self and others. more

16/12/2010

More research has emerged supporting the idea that people in a positive mood are more likely to think creatively. more

13/12/2010

A recent meta-analysis has looked at different interventions for depression in older people. more

13/12/2010

A New Canadian study shows that infants aged between one year and one and a half years of age who get a full nights sleep, and more sleep in their bed at night compared to during the day, preform better on a range of skills such as memory, self-control and mental flexibility. more

10/12/2010

The NHS website has some useful advice on how to avoid the winter blues, and flourish during the dark winter months. more

07/12/2010

There is an engaging article on gratitude in the Wall Street Journal. more

06/12/2010

The BBC website has an interesting article about the benefits of trees on health and well-being; and the government's plan to plant more of them. more

05/12/2010

A recent study has found that female physics students (a group prone to lower science grades) who wrote about important values such as learning or their family performed better: course grades improved by almost a grade. more

05/12/2010

Novelist and Poet Erica Jong challenges the widely applied attachment parenting method in her article in The Wall Street Journal, saying that it has led to, among other things: more pressure and anxiety for woman; children who can't solve problems on their own; helicopter parenting and children detached from the community in which they live. more

03/12/2010

Researchers at Penn State University have discovered that when parents participate in a brief relationship strengthening class before the birth of their first child, relationships and well-being improve for each family member. more

03/12/2010

New research has examined the mental health, specifically depression and aggression, of children in the UK. more

30/11/2010

A longitudinal study of married people has found that when one person's happiness level changes then so does their respective partners. more

28/11/2010

A recent report by Dr Harry Burns, Scotland's Chief Medical Officer, has revealed that life expectancy in Scotland is lagging behind some Eastern European countries. more

28/11/2010

Walking regularly is simple, free and easy to do. more

24/11/2010

Harvard University website has an interesting article examining the consequences of spending time in a busy city; and the negative impact this has on psychological processes such as attention and memory. more

24/11/2010

Great article on honesty in 8 - 16 years olds. more

21/11/2010

Here is an interesting Scientific American article by Dr Robert Epstein on what makes for a good parent. more

20/11/2010

New research (with hamsters) has revealed a curious finding in relation to depression: hamsters sleeping in a dimly lit environment showed changes in the area of the brain implicated in depressive disorders; they also displayed more depressive symptoms than those sleeping in darkness. more

20/11/2010

Interesting TED talk by researcher/storyteller Brene Brown focusing on beliefs about being a worthwhile individual, the consequences of such beliefs and how to cultivate a strong sense of worth. more

17/11/2010

An article in the BBC news online examines the complexities of measuring happiness and well-being in society. more

13/11/2010

More research has emerged showing a Glasgow Effect: with people in Greater Glasgow one and a half times more likely to have a doctor diagnosed heart attack. more

13/11/2010

An article in the guardian features some new research by Psychologist Daniel Gilbert and colleagues,which shows that people who often get distracted from tasks they are working on are less happy. more

12/11/2010

A recent longitudinal study published in Development and Psychopathology has found that the way a parent interacts with their child can influence future mental health: spending time with, playing, and teaching children how to complete complex and interesting tasks was shown to foster positive psychological development and protect against personality disorders. more

06/11/2010

Having certain types of trees in your neighborhood or garden may be just as good as a burglar alarm in the fight against crime. more

06/11/2010

A study, published in Review of Economics and Statistics, has examined the factors influencing a child's academic achievements. more

04/11/2010

New research supports the argument that meditation improves various aspects of positive mental health. more

04/11/2010

More research has emerged challenging the claim that educational DVD's such as baby Einstein are beneficial development. more

02/11/2010

An article in the New York Times sheds some light on the recent finding that having a sister makes people happier and more optimistic. more

01/11/2010

An article in today's Guardian outlines some of the benefits of curiosity at work, and how to cultivate more of it. more

01/11/2010

A recent study, reported in the BBC news, has found that exercise has to be fun if it is to ward off depression. more

28/10/2010

A study which will be published in The Journal of Personality and Social Psychology has revealed that when people engage in cooperative conversations, like getting to know others, they display improvements in aspects of cognition such as memory and self-control. more

27/10/2010

A new study by Psychologist Carol Ryff has found that psychological well-being may be the key to preventing future health problems among the most disadvantaged. more

23/10/2010

A study has found that children who learn from a text made up of a harder to read font such as 12 point Comic Sans, learn more than those reading the same text in an easy to read font such as 16 point Arial pure black. more

23/10/2010

New research has found that physical activity, social support and psychological beliefs about control, are linked to better health later in life: reducing bad health by up to 10 years. more

22/10/2010

A report just published by the University of California, Berkley recommends that providing mentoring for teachers will improve the quality of the pre-school environment (in Amercia) The authors say that 'devising tasks that challenge our young children and nurture their cooperative social skills,' will lead to better outcomes. more

22/10/2010

More research has emerged on the benefits of nature and of viewing natural scenes. more

20/10/2010

Baby signing courses claim to reduce stress for new mothers. more

20/10/2010

What are the consequences of going back to work soon after having children? According to a recent meta-analysis study, the outcomes are good for children from a low income family - they display better academic scores and less behavioural problems. more

17/10/2010

Interesting article in The Independent on how images of thin woman displayed through the media are damaging for woman. more

17/10/2010

It turns out that adversity can make us stronger. more

14/10/2010

Research published in Applied Research in Quality of Life journal finds that both boys and girls (aged 12 to 14 years) who participate in sports feel healthier and happier about life. more

14/10/2010

Psychologist Dr Tom Stevens argues for three components to personal happiness: values; core beliefs and fears; and life skills - which he calls our Happiness Quotient (HQ). more

12/10/2010

Interesting article in The Telegraph about a book just published on how a woman's experiences during pregnancy can determine the health and well-being of her child's life beyond the womb. more

11/10/2010

Interesting article in the BBC news on the amazing capacity of the brain to rewire itself; showing, in this case, how different parts of the brain compensate for blindness, to help blind people 'see'. more

11/10/2010

A research paper in the American Journal of Pediatrics shows that when children, aged 10 and 11, spend more than 2 hours per day on screen based activities they are more likely to suffer psychological difficulties. more

08/10/2010

A study has revealed that all students should be encouraged to set high educational standards, even those who don't show initial potential. more

06/10/2010

A recent study reported in the New Scientist has found that people can increase their level of long term happiness, through the choices they make. more

06/10/2010

Intriguing Scientific American article on the heart, and the important role it plays in vaious aspects of social behaviour. more

03/10/2010

Professor Todd Kashdan argues in his recent and interesting Psychology Today article that pursuing happiness can backfire. more

02/10/2010

Only one in six child geniuses go on to achieve their potential, according to an article in The Telegraph. more

02/10/2010

Interesting article in The New Scientist exploring the research behind various brain enhancing activities, such as learning to play an instrument or meditating. more

29/09/2010

Engaging article in The BBC News magazine on the benefits of de-stigmatising mental illness. more

29/09/2010

A recent study (with rats) has found that a lack of maternal affection obstructs specific areas of the DNA: areas involved with the production of chemicals which regulate emotions and mental health. more

29/09/2010

Interesting New York Times book review on 'The Power' (which is the new 'The Secret') and why we are taken in by the pseudoscience of such books and ideas. more

28/09/2010

A recent meta-analysis of studies carried out over the last 50 years published in the American Journal of Public Health, finds that when alcohol prices rise undesirable behaviours such as violence and crime decline. more

25/09/2010

The New Scientist has an article on Positive Psychology. more

24/09/2010

A study published in the September issue of the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry has revealed that a mother's stress during pregnancy has a long term influence on their babies response to stress; they recover slower. more

23/09/2010

Interesting article (and short video) on parenting practices and child attachment and development. more

23/09/2010

A new book written by Psychologist Sian Beilok has been published on why some people crumble under pressure and how to avoid it - some interesting findings. more

22/09/2010

The Telegraph has an article about happiness classes which are on offer for parents at the top English boarding school, Wellington College. more

20/09/2010

Interesting article from the New York Times on 'network science' - the science of how social networks influence health. more

19/09/2010

An engaging article in Psychology Today examines the positive influence of nature on well-being. more

19/09/2010

This is a very short article on a recent meta-analytic study which found that poor problem solving, especially in boys, increased the risk of becoming a bully and a victim of bullying. more

18/09/2010

A stimulating article, by Joshua Wolf Shenk, on success and how individual accomplishments depend on relationships with others. more

16/09/2010

Researchers at the University of Illinois have revealed that children (9 and 10 year olds) who do more physical exercise have bigger brains - the area which deals with learning and memory - and do better on tests. more

16/09/2010

An interesting article in The Herald on how interactions with people in our community (those we don't know well, like the lolly-pop man, waitress or bank clerk) can be good for us. more

15/09/2010

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15/09/2010

Ofsted claim that the label 'special needs' is being over used in educational settings. more

14/09/2010

Research published in the journal NeuroImage has revealed that viewing natural scenes has a positive effect on the brain. more

14/09/2010

Interesting article in The Independent on how sitting for long periods is bad for us, regardless of what we do at other times. more

14/09/2010

There have been a raft of papers published on different learning styles and their impact on educational outcomes. more

14/09/2010

The London School of Economics has developed, a free to download, iphone app as part of a research project to map happiness. more

11/09/2010

Researchers at the University of Exeter have found that when people have some control over the environment in which they work they are more motivated, happy and in one of their studies, 32% more productive. more

09/09/2010

The Wall Street Journal has an article on Post Traumatic Growth in children. more

08/09/2010

Interesting article from the American Psychological Association on how the recession has impacted the children of the poorest, in America. more

07/09/2010

A study published earlier this year in Psychological Science shows how money e. more

07/09/2010

There is an interesting article in the New Scientist on the evolution of leadership. more

06/09/2010

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05/09/2010

More research has been published on how social networks can change behaviour. more

02/09/2010

A recent report by child psychologist Tanya Byron has found that parents are too busy, or forget, to play with their children and they find playing boring. more

02/09/2010

Doctors kick back at the ridiculous claim made by Health Protection Scotland (HPS). more

02/09/2010

Doctors kick back at the ridiculous claim made by Health Protection Scotland (HPS). more

26/08/2010

Interesting article on why it is that older people are happier: a socioemotional selectivity theory. more

26/08/2010

An interesting article by the BBC which looks at some views put forward by psychologists about why modern day heroes may be damaging for the development of young men. more

25/08/2010

A recent study has found that older peoples beliefs can influence their behaviour. more

20/08/2010

A study has just been published which looks at whether the DOVE video clip impacts on teenage girls perception of body image. more

19/08/2010

A study published in the October issue of Neuroimage has found that the older brain really can learn and change. more

06/08/2010

An article in Time magazine outlines some recent research on the benefits of meditation for focus and attention. more

06/08/2010

A study published in this month Psychological Science has found that people are happier when busy, but they prefer (if there is no purpose in place) being lazy. more

29/07/2010

A study published in The Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health has found that maternal love and affection at 8 months has a direct effect on emotional distress as an adult. more

29/07/2010

A meta analysis, of 148 studies, published in PLoS Med has looked at the effect of social relationships on mortality. more

26/07/2010

Most recent TED talk features Sheena Iyengar talking about her research on choice. more

26/07/2010

A recent study shows that negative stereotypes can impact upon how people learn facts: people in the stereotype threat group didn't learn the same skill as those in the control group. more

26/07/2010

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25/07/2010

New York Times article on why parenting doesn't make us happy, but includes research on countries where it does. more

22/07/2010

The New Scientist has a short piece on the science of laughter and health, it also points to some research which suggests that being cheerful does have some downsides. more

20/07/2010

An article, written by Philip Ball, has just been published in Nature News. more

19/07/2010

Scientifically based article on how to encourage supportive sibling relationships. more

15/07/2010

A study published in Nature Neuroscience shows that, when people are learning a skill, varying the type of practice enhances the learning. more

13/07/2010

Newsweek has an interesting article on creativity, and it's decline, in young people. more

11/07/2010

The first study of its kind has shown a link between subjective well-being and physical health in, a sample of around 400 American, young people. more

03/07/2010

A recent study has revealed that gardening can have a positive influence on pupils; building resources such as resilience and problem solving. more

02/07/2010

There is an interesting article in The Independent about the important role of fathers for the development of the child. more

30/06/2010

There is an interesting article in The Independent on failure and how it can be harnessed to improve situations and improve performance. more

21/06/2010

Results have emerged, from a large clinical trial, which demonstrate that Omega-3 are as effective as antidepressants for treating major depression (in cases where there is no anxiety disorder)
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21/06/2010

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17/06/2010

More evidence emerges today which demonstrates that Scotland's health problems are pervasive and dangerous. more

15/06/2010

The RSA has released a report on decision making, which explores how to help people to make better decisions in their lives. more

15/06/2010

Here is an interesting TED talk by Dan Pink on motivation, filmed last year. more

09/06/2010

A report written by Tim Gill for the English Outdoor Council and Outdoor Education Advisers was published a couple of months ago. more

08/06/2010

A Washington Post article on why young people should be encouraged to focus on one task at a time, rather than multitasking. more

07/06/2010

The Centre has been influenced by an article written by the economist John Kay, back in 2004, for the Financial Times. more

02/06/2010

Oliver James has written a new book on parenting which comes out today. more

02/06/2010

This is a controversial study which found that weather conditions are not associated with major depression or sad mood. more

01/06/2010

A large European survey has found that many people think that it is important to compare their income with others. more

01/06/2010

Recent research brings hope to the aging population: we get happier with age. more

28/05/2010

Researchers have discovered that when it comes to self motivating statements people who ask, rather than tell, themselves whether they will achieve their goals tend to do better. more

28/05/2010

This is a great article, published a couple of weeks ago, on attitudes to learning. more

22/05/2010

An article in the New York Times reports on a study which has found that having hostile relationships can be a good thing for young people: it is an opportunity for growth. more

22/05/2010

An article in Psychological Science has reported findings which indicate that writing about personal values reduce narcissistic behaviour. more

21/05/2010

Researchers from Columbia Business School have revealed that negative feedback helps people to improve their performance and to be creative. more

20/05/2010

Researchers at Stanford University have discovered that social support, in the form of a telephone call, can increase the amount of physical activity people do. more

20/05/2010

This is an interesting study on the quality of babies sleep. more

19/05/2010

Here is an interesting article about a recent study, by Psychologist Tim Kasser, on political activism and well-being. more

19/05/2010

A recent study published in Psychological Science has found that low levels of negative emotion can help learning: too much negativity has a detrimental effect. more

11/05/2010

This is an interesting talk by Nicholas Christakis on how behaviours such as happiness and obesity are spread through society. more

03/05/2010

Today's Guardian has an interesting interview with David Shenk, on his new book and views about genuis and talent. more

01/05/2010

Researchers at the Universities of Leeds and Aberdeen have found that 15 minutes of exercise improved the concentration of Aberdeen school pupils. more

26/04/2010

Recent research from Harvard University shows that doing good deeds can help people to endure difficulties and persevere for longer on tasks. more

19/04/2010

This is an interesting article from The Independent on whether playing brain training games will boost brain function. more

19/04/2010

New research supports the idea that we are obeseogenic organisms; hardwired to eat a lot. more

13/04/2010

This is an interesting research based approach to preschool education which focuses on cultivating self-regulation. more

01/04/2010

An interesting study, published in Psychological Science, has revealed that being optimistic has a direct effect on the immune system. more

01/04/2010

An interesting study, published in Psychological Science, has revealed that being optimistic has a direct effect on the immune system. more

26/03/2010

A recent study indicates that parents can help to counteract the materialistic society in which young people live, by being supportive of them. more

25/03/2010

Recent research has revealed that marriage is good for mental health. more

08/02/2010

Children of families who eat meals together have lower rates of childhood obestiy. more

20/09/2009

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17/09/2009

This is an interesting article from the New York Times on the downsides of parental praise. more

17/09/2009

A recent study found that when work tasks have time constraints, people preform better on subsequent jobs . more

02/09/2009

The first study of its kind to show the lasting effects of positive, rather than negative, parenting on children and grandchildren. more

24/08/2009

Positive psychology has been around for 10 years. more

20/08/2009

This is an interesting news story about how older people get happier with age. more

15/08/2009

Different tips for cultivating happiness given by seven of the leading researchers in this field. more

15/08/2009

This is an interesting article on the benefits of pessimism and anxiety. more

04/08/2009

A surprising finding within the literature is that having children does not increase happiness. more

09/06/2009

You are tired, the baby is unsettled and there is housework to be done. more

02/06/2009

In this month edition of The Atlantic journalist Joshua Wolf Shank asks What Makes Us Happy? The article looks at insights from the grant study; a research endeavor which has tracked the health and well-being of 268 Harvard university students since the late 1930’s early 1940’s. more

02/06/2009

Negative stereotypes such as girls can’t do math or the old are senile are common within society. more

29/05/2009

An article in today's Evening Times reports on a study, carried out by psychologist Elaine Duncan and colleagues from Caledonian university, showing that Positive Psychology made a difference to the well-being of residents in Easterhouse. more

24/05/2009

A study published in the June issue of the Journal of Research in Psychology shows that students who set and attain goals which involve becoming rich, famous or good looking are less happy, less satisfied with life and more angry and anxious than those who follow intrinsic goals, such as helping in the community or personal growth. more

06/03/2009

Does the amount of alcohol consumed on TV have an impact on how much people drink? According to a recent study from the Journal of Alcohol and Alcoholism those who watch TV shows and adverts which strongly feature alcohol, consume more booze than those who watch TV shows with less of a focus on alcohol. more

02/03/2009

What can happen when older people move from living on their own to living in a care home or assisted living? In some cases this transition can cause a loss of independence and control, which impacts upon older peoples' sense of health and well-being. more

25/02/2009

Can small changes reduce overindulgence? According to a recent study which will be published in the Journal of Consumer Research this August, people overindulge in response to the positive and negative feelings they experience in the here and now. more

18/02/2009

Will teaching Positive Psychology build positive virtues and emotions in young people? A five year programme, funded by a $2. more

16/02/2009

Are youth programmes which focus on fun and games likely to build responsibility and self-discipline in young people? According to a recent study youth groups which expect a lot from teenagers, are highly structured, contain hard work and hold teens accountable are much more likely to help them develop. more

13/02/2009

Can different colours influence performance on different tasks? For example, will a blue computer screen enhance success in one area but not in another? According to recent study colour does boost the brains performance; researchers found that red enhances attention to detail and blue enhances creativity. more

09/02/2009

Could an organisation save money and increase productivity by investing in their employees well-being? According to research, carried out in the States, employees who have low levels of psychological well-being can cost companies around $75 per person per week in productivity, this works out about $4000 per year. more

05/02/2009

The amount of media young people are exposed to may increase the number of depressive symptom they experience. more

02/02/2009

According to some people, including a report released later today by the Children’s Society, young people are more stressed out, anxious and depressed than ever before. more

28/01/2009

Economists at the University of Pennsylvania have carried out a study looking at happiness levels in the US over the last 34 years. more

26/01/2009

Is economic progress a suitable measure for how well a country is doing? For example, could a society be flourishing financially though not doing so well in other areas such as mental well-being or social relationships? Are there other ways for countries to measure progress?
An article from the Carnegie Council’s online magazine reports on the fourth international conference on Gross National Happiness held in Bhutan. more

22/01/2009

Can personality traits such as people’s openness to experience or conscientiousness change over time? And if so how does this happen?
According to a recent article by Carol Dweck, in Current Directions in Psychological Science, personality traits can and do change. more

19/01/2009

Do you feel good because you smile or do you smile because you feel good?
According to an article in Time magazine feeling happy is influenced by what the brain does and also what the face does. more

13/01/2009

What are the consequences of poor academic performance early on in school? Can poor achievement have a lasting effect on student well-being? If so what can be done?
Research published in the Journal of Counseling Psychology has found that students who do not do well in academic subjects in the first year of school tend to perform badly later on. more

09/01/2009

Since the late 1990’s there has been an increasing amount of public attention surrounding happiness and happiness boosting techniques. more

07/01/2009

Will minor crimes occuring within a community, such as litter or graffiti, result in more serious criminal activity? For example, will people steal money from an envelope protruding from a postbox if there is litter on the ground or graffiti on the postbox?

According to a recent study there is a link; people are likely to engage in crime, and more serious crime, when the environment has signs of vandalism or disorder. more

06/01/2009

What are the consequences of name calling at school? Will nicknames such as specky four eyes or fat cabbage have a detrimental effect on young people? Or is teasing a positive part of playground experience which has the capacity to build life skills rather than diminish them?

According to researchers at the University of Bangor teasing and name calling is a normal part of school life and should not be stopped. more

22/12/2008

Why are activities such as music, prayer or meditation good for psychological well-being?
According to a recent study spiritual practice such as those mentioned above provide people with a sense of selflessness. more

22/12/2008

Does the cold weather prevent you from going for a walk in the park, a stroll in the wood or a hike up a hill? Are the weather conditions a reasonable excuse for not going outside?
According to a recent study from the University of Michigan walking in the park at any time of the year has benefits for both attention and memory; after spending an hour in nature both increased by 20%. more

18/12/2008

Does listening to Mozart make people smarter? Will eating spinach make you stronger? Edinburgh University Professor Sergio Della Salla challenged some common misconceptions about science in his Christmas lecture last week. more

17/12/2008

There are aspects of cultural life which require people to act in synchronicity, this could be marching in the army, playing in a band, singing in a choir or dancing at a rave. more

16/12/2008

There is an interesting short article in today’s guardian on the topic of learning from mistakes at work. more

12/12/2008

Will giving children rewards for being kind increase the likelihood that they will be helpful in the future?
A study published in this month’s Developmental Psychology has found that rewarding 10 month old children, with either praise or a toy, for being helpful reduces the chances of that child being altruistic in the future. more

10/12/2008

Why is it that some people overcome, and grow from, the challenges and setbacks in life, while other people crumble in response to adversity?

Researchers are beginning to unpick the components of what they call resilience. more

08/12/2008

Could the happiness of others, including strangers, influence an individual’s level of happiness?
According to a recent study published by researchers at Harvard University the happiness of friends, family and neighbours influences individual happiness. more

04/12/2008

Carol Craig, The Centre's Chief Executive, wrote a 100 page paper in September 2007 on the potential dangers of teaching social and emotional skills (SEAL) to young people in schools. more

02/12/2008

Antidepressant prescribing in the UK is at an all time high; with 20 per cent more prescribing occurring in Scotland than in England. more

27/11/2008

Could living in a green environment reduce the health inequalities associated with socioeconomic status? It has long been known that disparities in health are linked to socioeconomic position, and now the first study of its kind has looked at access to a green environment and the relationship that this has to health in low socioeconomic status groups. more

24/11/2008

Recent research from the University of Dundee, presented at The British Psychological Society Annual Conference (Scottish Branch) on Saturday, reveals that babies, who are pushed in buggies which face the mother, rather than face away towards the outside environment, are less stressed. more

24/11/2008

There is an interesting article by Sharon Begley author of 'Train Your Mind, Change Your Brain" in Newsweek today. more

18/11/2008

Could individualism, of a whole country or area, predict alcohol consumption within the population? According to a recent study individualism has a toxic effect on the drinking behaviour of young people and adults. more

17/11/2008

The October issue of Theory and Psychology is dedicated to thinking through positive psychology. more

14/11/2008

Results from a 30 year longitudinal study reveal that happy, American, people tend to read more newspapers, are more socially active, vote more and attend more religious services, compared to unhappy people. more

11/11/2008

An interesting finding from psychology is that people tend to adapt, quite quickly, to major life events; any initial increase in happiness goes back to previous levels. more

07/11/2008

Previous research has shown that increased levels of violent video playing causes American young people to be more aggressive. more

05/11/2008

Research shows that experiencing positive emotions produces momentary gains: they broaden perception. more

28/10/2008

Is it the case that some people are naturally superior at solving mathematical problems than others? Or is it the case that factors such as beliefs about ability effect how well people do on the task? A recent study has found that there are important reasons, over and above ability, which determine how quickly and accurately people solve math problems. more

24/10/2008

Based on the research what small, everyday things, can people do to achieve a sense of happiness and well-being? According to the Mental Capital and Well-being report, produced by the New Economics Foundation, there are some very simple techniques for boosting vitality and mental well-being. more

21/10/2008

According to a recent study, published in the September issue of the Journal of Psychiatry, teenagers are more likely to display symptoms associated with depression if their mother has major depression. more

16/10/2008

What would work better for increasing the concentration and calmness in a young person diagnosed with ADHD: a 20 minute walk in the park or some Ritalin? A recent study clearly shows that a walk in the park increases concentration in children with ADHD compared to those who walked in a town area or in their local neighborhood. more

14/10/2008

What do you do if you want to remember something? According to previous research you should make the things to be remembered into a bizarre scenario or image. more

09/10/2008

Research within Positive Psychology shows that having a positive outlook on life results in both health and well-being benefits: optimism is a good thing. more

06/10/2008

Mothers who expect that their daughters will do well tend to have daughters who do well. more

02/10/2008

At our most recent event Professor Carol Dweck recommended a book by psychiatrist Norman Doidge called ‘The Brain that Changes itself’. more

01/10/2008

Holding high expectations about staff and students is they key ingredient for a successful organisation according to academics from Tel Aviv University. more

19/09/2008

In this month’s Association for Psychological Science magazine there is an interesting piece on learning, which outlines strategies for learning more quickly and effectively within educational and work settings. more

16/09/2008

Some of the psychological problems experienced by young people have been proposed to arise from what, American author, Richard Lou terms as the ‘nature deficit disorder’. more

11/09/2008

Scientists have been intrigued by extraordinary people like the Dali Lama and other individuals who are involved in eastern practices such as meditation. more

08/09/2008

Just as overprotecting children can undermine their ability to cope; sanitising people against germs may undermine their immune system and cause more, not less, physical and mental health problems. more

03/09/2008

Does leadership matter in relation to employee well-being and absenteeism? For example, does the leader of a company or organisation affect factors such as worker stress, anxiety, sick leave and disability? According to a recent meta analysis of studies there is a moderate to strong effect of good leadership on well-being and a moderate effect of leadership on absenteeism and disability pensions
The study, published in the August Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, looked across 27 studies and found that displaying good leadership influenced employees in various positive ways. more

20/08/2008

Following the allegations against Martin Seligman, which appeared on the web, the Positive Psychology coach Ben Dean was very effective in alerting people internationally to the story. more

15/08/2008

Are the Scot’s happy and satisfied with life? According to a recent survey published by the Scottish government, which compares scores over 24 European countries, they are. more

12/08/2008

Think about your favorite place to play when you were young - was it indoors or outdoors? Now, think about whether this play place was in view of adults or out of sight of them? Tim Gill asked this question to an audience at our Flourishing event earlier year. more

06/08/2008

A recent article in the September issue of the Journal of Happiness Studies, by Ruut Veenhoven of Erasmus University Rotterdam, shows that happiness is a causal factor in longevity: happy people live longer. more

31/07/2008

As yet we still have not received our copy of Jane Mayer's book The Dark Side. more

28/07/2008

Previous research has shown that when people reflect on their values they are less defensive and more willing to accept information about behaviors which may be damaging to their health, such as smoking or drinking too much coffee. more

22/07/2008

Previous research has shown that nature has enormous benefits on our health and well-being, for example a view of greenery from a hospital room window can aid recovery after surgery. more

18/07/2008

On Monday this week some blogs appeared on the internet which not only claimed that Martin Seligman’s learned helplessness theory had been used by two CIA agents (Mitchell and Jessen) to help them construct torture techniques but also that Seligman had ‘assisted’ in the process. more

15/07/2008

Though the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children under 2 should NOT be exposed to ANY television, the research shows that infants between 2. more

09/07/2008

Esther Rantzen set up Childline back in the late 80s to help those young people who were being sexually or physically abused, and to raise awareness of where this abuse was happening. more

08/07/2008

Would you take time to help someone if you thought that they couldn’t improve? After all if people can’t change why try to give advice or feedback. more

08/07/2008

Does being in a low power role at work impair a person’s cognitive ability? And if so, what implications does this have for management and organisations?

According to recent research, lacking power not only increases the numbers of errors one makes at work but also leads to behaviours which reinforce this low standing. more

06/07/2008

Does it make corporate sense to recruit business students who gained the highest marks at University and who shine out as stars? According to Professor Carol Dweck being successful in the business world is not just about ability but is more about applying the right kind of mindset towards work: a mindset which views setbacks and challenges as learning opportunities and which sees people as having a huge potential for growth (rather than those adopting the less helpful fixed mindset which views failure as a lack of the smarts and people as fixed in their ability levels)
Adopting this growth mindset means that people will listen to and assimilate constructive feedback and recover quickly from setbacks because they believe they can get better at the job. more

23/06/2008

Is it the case that those who are less able will be less successful? According to Dr Clough of the University of Hull, this will be true if pupils are taught to talk about their emotions at the expense of learning. more

23/06/2008

A recent study carried out by researchers at Glasgow University has revealed that pupils who experience a positive school environment are less likely to take up smoking. more

16/06/2008

What happens when academic institutions start to value the expression of emotions over the expression of ideas? And, what happens when these same institutions begin to view both students and staff as emotional, vulnerable and helpless? According to Katherine Ecclestone what happens is that we turn teaching into therapy and in the process we destroy the education system. more

13/06/2008

Contrary to previous research, which showed that grandparents who regularly care for their grandchildren were depressed and that this had a negative impact on the child, a recent study from Oxford University has revealed that involved grandparents positively influence children’s lives. more

11/06/2008

It’s 2004 and England is playing France in the European finals. more

05/06/2008

Though happiness has been shown to be beneficial for young people's creative thinking and flexibility, recent research shows that artificially boosting happiness in young people impairs their ability to do well on tasks which require attention to detail. more

02/06/2008

There is a popular belief that if something bad happens then talking about it is a good thing. more

29/05/2008

When trying to get people to stop smoking is it best to focus on the individual? or on the social network which people are part of? According to new research from Harvard University, it is much better to focus on the social group or network in order to help people give up the addiction. more

28/05/2008

What differentiates how one feels in response to normal negative life events, such as the death of a family member, and clinical depression? A recent article in The Utne Reader explores this question. more

22/05/2008

Previous research suggests that there are certain activities which directly raise young peoples' ambition and aspiration level. more

13/05/2008

There is a mistaken assumption which is that if we give people more choices then they will be happier. more

12/05/2008

Recent research conducted by an all-party group of Christian MPs suggests that discontent in the UK has risen due to a decline in key values rather than material wealth. more

06/05/2008

Since the 1990s it has become much more common for young people to be prescribed medication for depression and anxiety, and this is more extreme in the States. more

06/05/2008

What would you do if you thought, or someone told you, that something was impossible and that you would never achieve it? Would you try for it anyway? Or, what would you do if you failed at something, then you failed again, and again and again. more

01/05/2008

Some of you may know that our Chief Execuative Carol is the secretary for the International Positive Psychology Association (IPPA)
IPPA was set up last year with the aim to:

‘Promote the science of positive psychology and its research - based applications. more

23/04/2008

The Centre is delighted that the distinguished British philosopher AC Grayling has entered the debate about happiness. more

26/03/2008

We recently hosted an event on flourishing in adolescence, where Dr Alex Richardson from Oxford university presented some scientific findings on the importance of consuming certain foods, such as those foods containing omega three fatty acids. more

20/03/2008

It has long been observed that people who play music perform better in other academic activities. more

18/03/2008

Cambridge University Professor Robin Alexander is involved in the biggest review of Primary education in 40 years. more

13/03/2008

A new website was launched earlier this week by the Young Scot. more

07/03/2008

Recent research shows that parents who cut down on the amount of ‘Television Time’ their children participate in per week, has a direct effect on these youngsters weight 2 years down the line: their Body mass index lowered. more

07/03/2008

Researchers have just published findings which are being interpreted to mean that happiness is fixed. more

28/02/2008

In the February issue of the Psychologist magazine, Associate Professor Tim Kasser puts forward a convincing argument attacking western materialism. more

26/02/2008

A recent study shows that antidepressant medication has little clinical benefit for the majority of depressed people. more

25/02/2008

Health secretary Alan Johnson has called for organisations to put well-being higher up on their list of priorities. more

20/02/2008

There is an interesting debate in the Guardian today, between Anthony Seldon and Frank Ferudi, on 'Can we teach people to be happy'
The debate brings up some very important issues about how to foster well-being in our young people. more

19/02/2008

Recent research reveals that young people think that growing old will be a miserable experience, despite the fact that older people report being happy. more

14/02/2008

According to recent research extreme happiness has its downsides - and people really can be too happy. more

08/02/2008

Researchers at the University of British Columbia have found that spirituality plays a role in childhood happiness. more

05/02/2008

Researchers from the Centre for Sport and Exercise Science at Sheffield Hallam University are working with organisations like the Royal Yachting Association and English Golf to directly apply the findings within the workplace. more

31/01/2008

Workers in the UK are much more likely to suppress their natural behaviour at work and take on a false personality compared to the average European worker, according to a recent study. more

28/01/2008

A recent article in the New Statesman discusses the dangerous discrepancy which exists between our private optimism and our public pessimism. more

25/01/2008

Stress at work can influence employees behaviours, such as their level of physical activity and their diet. more

22/01/2008

Recent research published in The New England Journal of Medicine shows that the makers of antidepressants, such as Prozac, are misleading doctors and consumers about the ‘true’ effectiveness of these drugs. more

22/01/2008

The Centre hosted two events last week: one in Dundee and one in Glasgow, which featured Tal Ben Shahar from Harvard University. more

17/01/2008

A news item by John Naish, for the Times online, shows how ‘modern life baffles our Stone Age brains into thinking we can never have enough’ He looks at how our primitive instincts are leading us to: over consume, over eat and feel fearful and unhappy. more

11/01/2008

Research, conducted at the University of Pennsylvania, shows that paying attention to the details can help us avoid becoming bored with the same old things. more

10/01/2008

One in five adults in Scotland is now clinically obese, and the figure is expected to rise. more

09/01/2008

In Australia, The Mental Health and Workforce Division are seeking to help teachers, mentors and lecturers integrate mental health into the primary, secondary and undergraduate curriculum. more

09/01/2008

A recent news article, published in the Guardian at the end of December, features Tal Ben Shahar: Harvard University’s most popular lecturer. more

07/01/2008

In a recent article, in Social Issues and Policy Review, Psychologists explore the literature on the effects of media violence on children and the lack of public policy to curb the risk. more

06/01/2008

An article in todays Boston globe details the work by Harvard social psychologist Todd Pittinsky. more

04/01/2008

Research published in the American Journal of Epidemiology has shown that those who report more positive emotion have lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol. more

02/01/2008

A recent study carried out by psychologists Nathan DeWall and Roy Baumeister shows that when people are faced with thoughts of death their mind isn’t paralysed with negativity or fear. more

02/01/2008

Can we teach children to be happier by focusing more on the positive and by building resilience? Christine Carter, the executive director of the Greater Good Science Centre at University of California: Berkeley, has created a new project at the Centre which aims to teach parents about the ‘social science of raising happy kids’
There is a paradox at the heart of Positive Psychology which is that the brain finds it very easy to be negative, yet is is vitally important for humans to experience positive emotions. more

21/12/2007

A study, published in this month’s Journal of Health and Social Behavior, has found that creative activity helps people to stay healthy. more

20/12/2007

Recent research shows that people can learn to reduce their worries by attending to the positive. more

12/12/2007

An article in today’s New York Times talks about why giving gifts, and other non material things, is an important part of human interaction. more

07/12/2007

Eminent Psychologist, Albert Bandura argues that many of us are pursuing practices that are detrimental to the environment and are not sustainable. more

04/12/2007

A recent study, published in the November issue of the Journal of Nature, has found that babies are able to distinguish helpful from unhelpful people. more

03/12/2007

Carol Dweck has written an article in this month’s edition of Scientific American Mind. more

29/11/2007

A recent article, by Professor Warr, in the December issue of ‘The Psychologist’ magazine takes a look at happiness in the workplace. more

27/11/2007

Recent research published by UNICEF shows that child well-being in rich countries is related more to income inequality rather than further economic growth. more

26/11/2007

Research shows that giving to others is important for health and well-being. more

20/11/2007

A recent study, based on findings from 19 European countries, found that in a lot of countries, including the UK, older people living alone were less happy and had lower life satisfaction than those who lived with others. more

20/11/2007

Telling stories is a unique human skill which everyone can do. more

19/11/2007

Recent research has shown that violent video games can teach aggression to the people playing them. more

16/11/2007

A recent longitudinal study has shown that students participating in cooperative learning activities learn better and develop higher level skills. more

13/11/2007

Almost all psychiatric disorders show some problems with sleep. more

07/11/2007

Researchers have shown that oxytocin, otherwise known as the love hormone, is associated with increased giving. more

29/10/2007

Research from the University of Hertfordshire has found that deliberately suppressing the thought of eating chocolate has the ironic effect of causing increased chocolate consumption. more

29/10/2007

An Assistant Professor at the University of Buffalo has been using football to help fathers get interested in, and understand, their children’s attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder(ADHD). more

26/10/2007

As humans we have a natural tendency to be optimistic. more

22/10/2007

A recent study published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology has found that while European-Americans claim to be happy in general - more happy than Asia Koreans or Japanese - they are more easily made less happy when faced with negative events and recover at a slower rate. more

22/10/2007

A longitudinal randomised study conducted in the U. more

16/10/2007

While there are certain realities of getting older such as physical and cognitive decline, the research is finding that older people are happy and content, and happier than their younger counterparts. more

12/10/2007

One of the,many, themes which emerged during yesterday's conference on 'Wisdom and Flamboyance' was that mental health is not just the absence of mental illness. more

10/10/2007

A recent study shows that a short term (5 day) course in body-mind meditation training improved attention control and reduced stress in undergraduate students, compared to those students who undertook a relaxation training course. more

09/10/2007

Learning is a lifelong process: It doesn't stop when we leave school. more

01/10/2007

There are some people who thrive and do well in life despite having experienced poor parenting and parental bonds. more

01/10/2007

Corey Keyes is one of the keynote speakers at our event on the 11th of October, Corey was part of the Predicting Health Symposium, at Emory University last year. more

25/09/2007

People who model gratitude will be more likely to elicit it in others, according to Professor Jeffrey Froh. more

14/09/2007

Recent neuroimaging studies support Carol Dweck's theory of intelligence. more

12/09/2007

A recent study reveals that loneliness may have a long term impact on health and well-being. more

05/09/2007

A study by researchers at the University of Pennsylvania has found that a child’s ability to regulate their behavior (e. more

31/08/2007

Simple psychological Interventions, which do not cost much in time or money, can be effective in reducing the achievment gap and raising performance in marginalised groups. more

21/08/2007

Europe is less carbon efficient now than 40 years ago says new index of carbon efficiency and human well-being. more

21/08/2007

The number of people being diagnosed as suffering from depression has been rising. more

21/08/2007

Researchers in California have carried out a meta-analysis to examine the effects of well-being (e. more

16/08/2007

A recent study conducted at the University of Western Sydney has revealed that having high levels of hope may have a downside. more

16/08/2007

A recent study has found that, after the effects of immunosuppressant drugs, gratitude may be the best medicine for organ transplant patients. more

23/07/2007

Recent research published in the Journal of Developmental Psychology has found that girls who excessively discuss problems and who constantly vent over personal problems, show increased levels of anxiety and depression – this was not found for boys. more

20/07/2007

People who are resilient rebound more quickly from setback or challenges compared to those who don't utilise resilient characteristics. more

13/07/2007

Here is a website which has everything you might want to know about Professor Carol Dwecks work on mindsets. more

10/07/2007

How can good companies become great companies?
Jim Collins, author of 'good to great: why some companies make the leap. more

10/07/2007

We blame teenage turmoil on immature brains. more

10/07/2007

City Year is an American national organization  based on the belief that young people can change the world. more

09/07/2007

Researchers at the University of Exeter have identified, for the first time, a mechanism in the brain that reacts in just 0. more

27/06/2007

‘Vital friends: the people you can’t afford to live without’ a book by Tom Rath, explores the positive difference it makes to people’s professional lives to have ‘best friends’ at work
 Positive workplace experts Jocelyn S. more

22/06/2007

'Leave No Child Inside' is a growing movement, in the States, which wants to get children out of the house and back to nature
This movement aims to reconnect children with nature, and to battle the problems which seem to be caused by a “nature deficit disorder” For the past 15 years Richard Louv, the author of 'Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder’ has been interviewing families across America, about the changes in their lives, including their relationship to nature. more

20/06/2007

According to psychology Professor Carol Dweck overcoming failure is important for success. more

20/06/2007

This seems like a good way of sharing practices. more

19/06/2007

Child expert Dorothy Rowe has suggested that the increasing number of children diagnosed with ADHD and Bipolar disorder has arisen as a result of experts misdiagnosing fear and anxiety. more

12/06/2007

Researchers at the University of Sheffield have found that parks rich in species are not only beneficial for the environment but also for people's general levels of well-being
They have shown that the psychological benefits gained by visiting urban green spaces increase with levels of biodiversity. more

08/06/2007

'A growing body of research shows that groups can systematically enhance their performance'
 Working in teams is central to the way we live our lives - we learn, live and work together - yet much of our society is focused on the individual. more

04/06/2007

Humans often sacrifice material benefits to endorse or to oppose societal causes based on moral beliefs
Scientists have revealed a biological basis to our charitable donations. more

01/06/2007

A recent study, at University College London, has found that children's spatial behavior changes depending on where they are, who they are with and what they are doing. more

30/05/2007

Researchers have found that the brain has a natural ability to create stories

‘Seeing oneself as acting in a movie or a play is not merely fantasy or indulgence; it is fundamental to how people work out who it is they are, and may become’. more

25/05/2007

What does it mean to be wise? can wisdom be measured and studied? Are older people wiser than the young?
Wisdom means different things to different people, even researchers define wisdom in different ways; some view it as the final stage of personality development, others define wisdom as having expert knowledge and there are those who define wisdom as a balance of responses to the environment and to their own, short term and long term, personal interests. more

23/05/2007

The Secret, a 'positive thinking' book and DVD, distorts science and may be undermining for various groups of people
The Secret, a ‘positive thinking’ book and DVD by Rhonda Byrne, has sold more than 3 million copies worldwide. more

23/05/2007

Research from the University of Rochester has shown that people who do something for a partner,
such as going out of their way or making a sacrifice for them, because they wanted to and not because they felt obligated or coerced to, were more satisfied and committed to their ‘other half’ and felt closer to them following the ‘pro-relationship behaviour compared to those who acted from pressure to do so. more

15/05/2007

Research from the University of Essex highlights the need to reconnect with nature
 This study showed that taking a walk in the country reduces depression in 71% of participants. more

15/05/2007

Children in Malawi have been taking pictures of their experiences in the environment they live in. more

09/05/2007

Optimism has been shown to predict a candidates success in political elections
Politicians who make attributions which are optimistic, such as explaining problems as temporary and maneagble, are much more likely to be picked by voters than those candidates who explain events as being chronic and global. more

03/05/2007

Coaching interventions with ‘normal’ high school students can increase hope and cognitive hardiness. more

02/05/2007

Researchers have found that taking a third person perspective when visualising doing something raises the likelihood of going on to perform the desired behavior
This study involved Undergraduates who were registered to vote the next day. more

25/04/2007

If we want Positive Psychology to stay then we need people to learn about this subject
 This means bringing the findings and knowledge forward so that people can decide whether it stands up to scientific investigation, allowing them to assimilate it in a way which enhances theirs and others lives. more

25/04/2007

Mellowing with age can help you to live longer. more

24/04/2007

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13/04/2007

Is pursuing happiness a good thing? according to Professor Barry Schwartz it depends on how you define it. more

09/04/2007

concepts such as 'emotional literacy' and self-esteem have been challenged by researchers in the UK and the US. more

02/04/2007

85% of Americans think that telling their kids that they are smart is important. more

29/03/2007

According to happiness expert, Sonia Lyubomirsky, happiness is partly genes, a small amount of circumstance and about 40% of intentional activity
Lyubomisky has been investigating how happiness actually works by studying factors linked to increasing happiness; gratitude, kindness and optimism. more

28/03/2007

Researchers from Warwick University have found that measuring mental health and blood pressure is a better indicator of happiness than Gross Domestic Product
The existing scientific literature shows that those who experience high levels of psychological well-being have lower levels of hypertension. more

28/03/2007

A study conducted at the University of Colorado has revealed that some things get better with age. more

28/03/2007

Jennifer Aniston is to play Harvard Professor Ellen Langer in an up and coming movie called 'Counter Clockwise'
 Langer is famous for her research into the health and well-being of older people. more

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