What do you believe in?
Four stories on belief: from the allure of cults and conspiracy theories, to the effect of trauma on faith, to the way dogma has influenced science – and if technology can actually shift our beliefs.
Up to 90% of Australian female prisoners were victims of abuse prior to incarceration.
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To reduce female recidivism rates, we need to address inmates' histories of trauma and abuse.
Veterans see something very different to the medals, uniforms and poppies of Remembrance Day.
All eyes are on ex-forces veterans come Remembrance Day. We may see heroes – but no one asks them whether they want to fit that mould.
More young Australians face the daunting task of trying to live a ‘normal’ life while dealing with the after-effects of cancer.
If you’re an Australian teenager or young adult diagnosed with cancer, there’s good news: overall survival rates are good and getting better. But what can you expect from life after cancer treatment?
Collective trauma: A boy walks among some of the 3,000 flags placed in memory of the lives lost in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
Even indirect exposure to the terrorist attacks of September 11 has left profound and deep impact on those too young to remember a world before that.
Living in limbo: children at the Qab Elias Syrian refugee camp in Lebanon.
It's not just children who need support to cope, their families and caregivers do, too.
It’s what we do with our painful experiences that matters.
Why psychological pain and trauma could have some positive effects – but only for some people.
Protesters last week in Baton Rouge.
Recent tragedies have shown the depth of racism in society. As we ask ourselves how to move forward, we also need to ask how these events affect African-American children through vicarious racism.
Memorial on the ‘Promenade des Anglais’ in Nice.
Families and friends bereaved after a sudden trauma may need both formal and informal support to help cope with their grief.
Repeated trauma in childhood appears to change children’s enduring hormonal function and their subsequent brain development.
A bill that would release the 112 children currently in immigration detention in Australia will soon go before the House of Representatives. So what should MPs consider when casting their votes?
First responders are usually resilient.
First responders are hugely resilient – but here's what to do when the memories become too much.
School shootings have future consequences for kids.
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What happens to kids who survive school shootings? What are some of the damaging effects they are left to cope with?
Triggers don’t only come on guns.
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During World War I, severe post-traumatic reactions reached an epidemic scale that surpassed anything known from previous armed conflicts. The centenary of the Great War has reminded us of the tremendous…
Uncritically invoking neuroscience is a risky proposition.
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Recently I’ve seen news reports with headlines like this one: “Can Brain Science Help Lift People Out Of Poverty?” This particular article described the near miraculous recovery of a woman who grew up…
Five years on, the bush and people are recovering well from the Black Saturday fires.
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Five years on from the devastating Black Saturday fires that swept through central Victoria in February 2009, research shows that people and communities are largely recovering well. In the first major…
It’s no secret that yoga can aid mental well-being. What is more, it can help soldiers suffering from post-traumatic stress…
A French deserter or spy faces the firing squad in this photograph from 1914/15.
One of the most iconic images of the first world war, the outbreak of which is being commemorated all over the world, is the deserter – heartlessly tried for cowardice, blindfolded and bound to a post…
The link between materialistic behaviour and stress may be stronger than originally though, according to new research led…