Medications

Study finds psychedelic microdosing improves mental health

An international study led by UBC Okanagan researchers suggests repeated use of small doses of psychedelics such as psilocybin or LSD can be a valuable tool for those struggling with anxiety and depression.

Psychology & Psychiatry

One and done: Researchers urge testing eyewitness memory only once

We all know the scene from countless courtroom dramas: A witness points at the defendant and confidently declares to judge and jury: "That's the one, that's who did it!" But is it? Perhaps. If that same witness was also confident ...

Psychology & Psychiatry

Short attention spans linked to social media distress

New Curtin University research has found that people who get distracted easily are more prone to suffer psychological distress and mental health issues from high levels of social media use. Published in the Journal of Affective ...

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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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