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Is the pandemic over? We asked an economist, an education expert and a public health scholar their views

Is the pandemic over? We asked an economist, an education expert and a public health scholar their views

President Joe Biden’s declaration that “the pandemic is over” raised eyebrows and the hackles of some experts who think such messaging could be premature and counterproductive. But to many Americans who have long since returned to pre-COVID 19 activities and are now being forced back into the office, the remark may ring true. The problem is that what […] … learn more→

Memory problems during the pandemic? It’s just your brain trying to distinguish one day from the next

Memory problems during the pandemic? It’s just your brain trying to distinguish one day from the next

Without a doubt, we are living through a historically significant period. The onset of the COVID-19 pandemic severely impacted the global economy, imposed extreme strain on health-care systems and precipitated a sudden and dramatic change in our daily lives. Intuitively, it seems logical that the magnitude of disruption caused by the pandemic should generate many memorable moments of […] … learn more→

How to help a drug addict that doesn't want help

How to help a drug addict that doesn’t want help

Learn About Addiction In order to help someone with an addiction, you need to be able to effectively communicate with them and to do that, it’s imperative that you have a good grasp of their situation. Educating yourself about addiction is essential if you wish to help someone stop their addiction, and you can start […] … learn more→

Prejudice against LGBTI students is born in society and grows in school

Prejudice against LGBTI students is born in society and grows in school

The formal educational system in which children and adolescents spend a significant part of their lives is, in turn, an agent of socialization and a space for relationships. The school as gender technology On the one hand , the school is a technology of gender . That is, through the explicit curriculum, and especially the […] … learn more→

Will an AI soon replace your psychiatrist?

Will an AI soon replace your psychiatrist?

Hello Sir. Please sit down. So… how have you been since the last time? » What if, in a few years, this innocuous sentence was no longer pronounced by a psychiatrist in the flesh but by an AI, an artificial intelligence? With the recent resurgence of psychiatry in the public debate , in particular due to the health crisis , the idea of […] … learn more→

5 ways students can foster positive mental health at university

5 ways students can foster positive mental health at university

For many students, heading off to university means moving away from home and to a new place, facing the prospect of making new friends or adjusting to larger class sizes. For some it will also mean readapting to in-person learning. Amid the normal life transitions from teenage years into adulthood, the pandemic introduced new stressors and interruptions, […] … learn more→

‘Brain fingerprinting’ of adolescents might be able to predict mental health problems down the line

‘Brain fingerprinting’ of adolescents might be able to predict mental health problems down the line

Despite the best efforts of clinicians and researchers for decades, we still do not fully know why some people develop mental disorders and others do not. However, changes in the brain are very likely our best clues to future mental health outcomes. The adolescent brain is particularly important in this pursuit as changes during this […] … learn more→

Impostor phenomenon: a matter of inclusion and representation

Impostor phenomenon: a matter of inclusion and representation

Note: Links in this post with ‘[$]’ beside them indicate a paywalled article. This blog discusses the impostor phenomenon (also known as impostor syndrome) not as an individual problem to overcome, but rather as a situational and structural problem in the workplace. It emphasises the need for representation and an inclusive culture to minimise the impostor phenomenon […] … learn more→

‘A revolutionary ruling – and not just for abortion’: A Supreme Court scholar explains the impact of Dobbs

‘A revolutionary ruling – and not just for abortion’: A Supreme Court scholar explains the impact of Dobbs

The Supreme Court’s decision to reverse 50 years of constitutional protection for the right to get an abortion is more than 200 pages long. Morgan Marietta, a political scientist at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell, and editor of the annual SCOTUS series at Palgrave Macmillan, studies the ideas and ideology of the court. What does this ruling mean? This […] … learn more→

School mental health resources critical to ensuring safe school environments

School mental health resources critical to ensuring safe school environments

Whenever a mass shooting takes place in schools, public discussion often focuses on laws or policies that might have prevented the tragedy. But averting school violence needs more than gun policy. It requires both prevention and crisis response that take students’ emotional well-being – not just their physical safety – into account. School violence prevention also requires […] … learn more→