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October 8, 2019
by Patricia Tomasi

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This Type Of Therapy Improves The Communication Skills Of Children With Autism

October 8, 2019 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the prevalence of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in children is 1 in 59 and boys are four times more likely to be diagnosed with autism than girls. Research has shown that early intervention can help improve communication skills and the most well known autism therapy is Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). A new study looked at a type of ABA which is showing great promise in helping children with autism. [More]

August 16, 2019
by Tina Arnoldi

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Want To Feel Happier? Talk To A Stranger

August 16, 2019 08:08 by Tina Arnoldi  [About the Author]

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Although connecting with others increases happiness, strangers tend to ignore each other. It is could be a preference for solitude, assuming that’s the norm, are “too busy” or feel anxious about speaking to a stranger. But these weak ties can have a more positive impact on well-being than people expect and short conversations with strangers can lift our moods. So why don’t we do it? [More]

August 9, 2019
by Tina Arnoldi

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Classifying Personality Types Has Some Benefits

August 9, 2019 08:08 by Tina Arnoldi  [About the Author]

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Is it helpful to classify personality types or does it put people into a box? A review of taxometric studies of personality concluded: “Whether personality attributes are best understood as dimensions or categories (types) is the subject of some debate.” Yet another recent study stated that “information is lost when personality facets are overlooked”. Experts weighed in on the usefulness of classifying personality types. [More]

July 2, 2019
by Patricia Tomasi

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Are You A “Maximizer” Or A “Satisficer”? Better Find Out! Your Marital Happiness May Depend On It

July 2, 2019 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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Though the divorce rate in the United States is 50 per cent and growing, and higher for second and third marriages, over 90 per cent of people in Western cultures still decide to get married by the age of 50. Why is the divorce rate so high? The influences on marital success are varied and many. What about the way in which people approach the important decision about whom they will spend their life with? Could that be having an effect? [More]

December 14, 2018
by Tina Arnoldi

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Artificial Intelligence Bias and Mental Health Implications

December 14, 2018 09:35 by Tina Arnoldi  [About the Author]

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Machines do what we tell them to do so are we not responsible for bias? Headlines such as “Amazon scraps secret AI recruiting tool that showed bias against women” imply the demographics of a team are very relevant to the users of these tools. If machines can discriminate, what are some considerations around bias and AI fairness when it comes to mental health? [More]