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Violence is in decline

Harvard psychologist Steven Pinker in his recent book claims that far from being on the increase violence is actually in decline. The reason that vicious slayings and other horrific crimes make the front pages of our papers isn’t because they are commonplace but rather the complete reverse. […]

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Dynamics of Trauma Child Sexual Abuse

Recent media attention regarding the prevalence of sexual abuse in child care settings confirms that sexual abuse is likely to remain a salient issue within our society. There are four traumagenic dynamics areas of child sexual abuse can affect development. 1. Traumatic sexualisation. The dynamics are that […]

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Autistic developmental disorder: social strategies

Social stories are a popular method for teaching individuals with autism spectrum disorders about social behaviour. A social story is a brief narrative used to explain social rules and concepts. The description may include where and whey a specific situation occurs how others are feeling and or […]

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Morality and evolution

In the late 1970s the political scientist Robert Axelrod approached a number of the world’s leading game theorist about the idea of holding a moral dilemma tournament in which the sole participants were computer programs. He  wanted to determine a strategy over time that explained evolutionary stability. […]

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When mental disorders are manageable

Scott Lilienfeld and his collaborator Brian Andrews established research that demonstrated that psychopathy is on a spectrum. They developed a psychometric personality inventory, they conceptualised psychopathy as an extension of normal personality and claim that psychopathy is scalar. Less familiar but equally pertinent is the schizophrenic spectrum. […]

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Employment and Cognitive Abilities

Occupational psychologists have used the NEO  personality test extensively and collected a lot of data. There is a path emerging between how we are wired and where we are hired. Openness to Experience has been shown to play an important role in professions in which original thought […]

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Cognitive abilities: conviction

In the 1980s Harvard researcher Stanley Rachman conducted a research in a group of experienced bomb disposal operatives – those with ten years or more in the business and split them into two groups: those who had been decorated for their work, and those who hadn’t. Then […]

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Asperger’s developmental disorder: work difficulties

Adults with Asperger’s often need to feel comfortable in asking another individual perhaps a clinician, job coach, mentor or close trusted friend to clarify the meaning of words, phrases and challenging social situations. The mastery of the unstated rules can present an especially difficult problem in the […]

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Asperger’s developmental disorder: social difficulties

The diagnostic criteria of Asperger’s were principally developed to identify the disorder in children with no adjustments to the criteria for the diagnosis of adults. The essential diagnostic features of Asperger’s syndrome are severe and sustained impairments in social skills and restricted, repetitive patterns of behaviour, interests […]

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The psychopaths brainwave

There are four different kinds of brain waves ranging form beta waves during periods of high alertness, trough alpha and theta waves, to delta waves which accompany deep sleep. These waves reflect the fluctuating levels of electrical activity in the brain at various times. In normal members […]

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