Psychology & Psychiatry

Intoxication brings strangers physically closer, study finds

In a study with pandemic-related implications, researchers report that strangers who consume alcohol together may keep their distance initially—but draw physically closer as they become intoxicated. No previous studies ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

The COVID-19 pandemic: Even mild disease impacts mental health

A significant level of symptoms of depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress may follow COVID-19 independent of any previous psychiatric diagnoses, according to new research by Columbia University Mailman School of Public ...

Cardiology

Mental health may play big role in recovery after a heart attack

Young and middle-aged adults who reported severe psychological distress—such as depression or anxiety—after suffering a heart attack were more than twice as likely to suffer a second cardiac event within five years compared ...

Psychology & Psychiatry

As pre-pandemic activities return, so does anxiety

Denise Santos remembers exactly how she felt when the first pandemic lockdown was ordered last year, knowing she'd no longer have to interact with the public, her co-workers or anybody outside the sanctuary of her home.

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Psychology

Psychology (Greek: Ψυχολογία, lit. "study of the mind", from ψυχή psukhē "breath, spirit, soul"; and -λογία, -logia "study of") is an academic and applied discipline involving the systematic, and often scientific, study of human/animal mental functions and behavior. Occasionally, in addition or opposition to employing the scientific method, it also relies on symbolic interpretation and critical analysis, although it often does so less prominently than other social sciences such as sociology. Psychologists study such phenomena as perception, cognition, attention, emotion, motivation, personality, behavior and interpersonal relationships. Some, especially depth psychologists, also study the unconscious mind.

Psychological knowledge is applied to various spheres of human activity, including issues related to everyday life—such as family, education and employment—and to the treatment of mental health problems. Psychologists attempt to understand the role of mental functions in individual and social behavior, while also exploring the underlying physiological and neurological processes. Psychology includes many sub-fields of study and applications concerned with such areas as human development, sports, health, industry, media and law. Psychology incorporates research from the natural sciences, social sciences and humanities. A professional theorist or practitioner of psychology is called a psychologist.

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