Tag: World Notes


Reviews of Guantanamo files confirm: psychologists knew of torture, and tacitly supported it

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In 2008 the American Psychological Association issued a resolution saying that psychologists may not work in places where people are tortured, or support torture in any form.  To many of us have done it anyway.  Vincent Iacopino and Stephen Xenakis reviewed Guantanamo Bay (GTMO) medical records and case files of nine prisoners. The records showed… Read more »

Psychology’s “how to” guide to relationships

Human beings are social creatures, and so it’s no surprise that when we’re not trying to get in relationships we’re managing relationships, and when we’re not managing relationships we’re complaining to our friends about how we need to be in one.  What is surprising is that for all the time, energy, and thought we put… Read more »

Beyond the Inhaler: a whole person approach to treating asthma

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Researchers at the University of Cincinnati have found that children with asthma are successfully managing their symptoms using complementary and alternative medicines and practices like prayer and relaxation. This research adds to a growing body of research that could help doctors and community health care providers gain insights in to helping a community of children… Read more »

Empathy is going the way of the land-line: one more thing the young are giving up

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Are college students today less likely to feel sympathy for people less fortunate than them than college students were 30 years ago?  We’d better have a talk about empathy, before it’s too late.  A meta-analyses study published in the August 2010 issue of Personality and Social Psychology Review looked at research empathy dating from 1979-2009,… Read more »

What’s the one essential skill in the new economy? Survey says: creativity

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“Problems cannot be solved by the same level of thinking that created them,” said Einstein.  In these turbulent times, there are plenty of problems to go around. Families, businesses, governments—you name it and issues abound, and it seems like for decades we’ve been stuck. But it may be that these seemingly insurmountable issues facing businesses,… Read more »