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When school gets tough, do you think it’s worthwhile? Or time to give up? Pavlin Plamenov Petkov/Shutterstock.com

Do challenges make school seem impossible or worthwhile?

A high school science test, a Psych 101 course, long job applications: Sometimes it's hard to be motivated to succeed. As it turns out, how you respond to difficulty and ease can make all the difference.
Most people think they’re above average intelligence. But we can’t all be above average. from pixabay.com

The strange links between intelligence and prejudice

People tend to hold inflated impressions of their own intelligence: most people think they are above average.
Trolls tend to downplay the impact of their abusive online behaviour on their victims and seem to relish the mayhem they cause. Let’s use this to help them lift their game. from www.shutterstock.com

How empathy can make or break a troll

Trolls tend to know the impact they'll have, but don't seem to care. So, how do we use our new findings to help stop this seemingly pointless, harmful behaviour?
Violent and distressing news video and images such as this girl fleeing fighting in Mosul, Iraq, on July 2, pose mental health risks for journalists in newsrooms — a new phenomenon. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

Violent news: Psychological trauma a new risk in digital age

Journalists face psychological trauma from producing news even when they are distant from the scene of violent incidents. What can news organizations do?
What does it say about our loose use of the term ‘bullying’ if the most powerful man in the world can claim to be a victim? OLIVIER DOULIERY / POOL/EPA/AAP

Do we claim ‘bullying’ too often?

June was a banner month for bullying. Not surprisingly, Donald Trump was in the thick of it. His offensive tweets about MSNBC co-hosts Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough are Exhibit A. Adrienne Watson…
Culturally biased psychology research and the advice based on it ends up in textbooks. But it’s not appropriate for everyone. from www.shutterstock.com

How parenting advice assumes you’re white and middle class

Most psychology research that forms the basis of parenting advice might not apply to you. So, how do you know whether to trust it?
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How to deradicalise someone

More work has been done to understand why people become militant – but here's what we know about disengaging those who do.
Nicky Reilly driven away from court in 2008 where he was charged with preparing to commit acts of terrorism. Lewis Whyld/PA

Are autistic people at greater risk of being radicalised?

People suffering from autism could be far more vulnerable to falling under the spell of terror organisations on the look-out for new recruits.

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