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7 Websites Every Psychologist Should Bookmark

7 Websites Every Psychologist Should Bookmark

The life of a psychologist is filled with research studies, academic journals, online sources, and books. Catching up on all the latest psychology news used to be a hassle, but thanks to the internet, things are changing. While there are plenty of psychology websites around, the following seven are shaping up the way we receive our psychology news.

1. PsycPORT

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    The American Psychological Association (APA) launched a newswire to keep curious mental health readers in the know about recent studies. The site offers headline stories with some of the most trusted sources from around the world. News topics published on this site include social psychology, mental health, behavior, stress management, and more.

    It’s a simple, basic website, although you should never underestimate it, as PsycPORT is one of the most respected psychology news sites on the internet.

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    2. WebMD Health

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      WebMD is one of the most popular medical websites on the web. It houses endless pages of pharmaceutical drugs, therapy treatment, diagnosis, and of course, mental disorders. The site also contains an eye-watering amount of published content by their MD contributors who are experts in their specialization, which includes psychiatry.

      WebMD offers its readers the opportunity to catch up on all the latest health news. One of the biggest features of WebMD is its powerful Symptom Checker. Used by millions, this feature allows the public to self-diagnose any condition or illness using a symptom knowledge base. You can also use the Symptom Checker for mental disorders; it’s reportedly the most reliable on the internet.

      3. Psychology Today

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        Psychology Today, although only publishes print every two months, is the most popular psychology magazine in the world. With a total circulation of 250,000, this magazine has informed the general public on the important news of mental health since 1967. However, in modern days, Psychology Today is mostly known for its directory database which helps locate therapists or psychologists in your area.

        Their blog, run by hundreds of expert contributors and journalists, include areas in psychiatry, sociology, anthropology, and parenting.

        4. The New York Times’ Well

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          The New York Times, the most trusted news outlet in the US, has a health blog section Well. In this section, readers can find the latest health news, including stories about psychology and ‘the mind.’ Award-winning authors, psychiatrists, and bloggers roam this part of the New York Times and publish some of the greatest pieces on the web.

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          There isn’t much else to say; it’s the NYTimes for god sake. The content speaks for itself.

          5. PsychCentral

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            Dr. John Grohol, an expert in online psychology and behavior, launched the site in 1995, headquartered in Newburyport, Massachusetts. Today, over 230 support groups are active on the site, in addition to its over 383,000 community members. PsychCentral offers the latest news on psychology and mental disorders, while also featuring its very own testing and screening quizzes.

            Moreover, the site also has a massive knowledge database of all types of mental disorders and treatment plans. Over 3 million unique visitors a month are estimates, based on Google webmaster statistics.

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            6. Mental Daily

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              Mental Daily is one of the newer websites on this list. Founded in 2016, the psychology e-zine, or online magazine, has reported news on mental health, neuroscience, and sociology. It even became the first magazine to report on the emerging field of cyberpsychology. Notable stories include Mental Daily slamming India’s mental health system and the cybernetic study on misogyny against women by women on Twitter.

              Aside from the news articles, Mental Daily’s site also features an online encyclopedia where you can find just about every psychopharmacological drug, and mental disorder, based on the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5). Mental Daily is like a mix of WebMD with Psychology Today.

              7. The r/psychology/Subreddit

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                The subreddit section of psychology is home to numerous viral stories. If it went viral, chances are it came from a Reddit subpage. In r/psychology/, lies all the latest news from psychology outlets like Psychology Today, NYTimes, The Atlantic, and others. Here, you will be able to join in on any debate regarding the latest psychology news headlines, and most times, it gets heated. This subpage of Reddit contains over 220,000 readers and continues to grow on the daily.

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                Last Updated on November 11, 2019

                How to Improve Memory and Boost Your Brainpower

                How to Improve Memory and Boost Your Brainpower

                Have you ever noticed that some people are able to effortlessly remember even the most mundane details and quickly comprehend new things? Well, you can too!

                To unlock the full potential of your brain, you need to keep it active and acute. Wasting time on your couch watching mindless television shows or scrolling through facebook is not going to help.

                Besides getting out flashcards, what can you do to help remember things better and learn new things more quickly? Check out these 10 effective ways on how to improve memory:

                1. Exercise and Get Your Body Moving

                Exercising doesn’t just exercise the body, it also helps to exercise your brain. Obesity and the myriad of diseases that eventually set in as a result of being overweight can cause serious harm to the brain.

                Furthermore, without regular exercise, plaque starts to build up in your arteries, and your blood vessels begin to lose the ability to effectively pump blood. Plaque buildup leads to heart attacks and it also reduces the amount of oxygen and nutrients that your blood carries to your brain. When the nutrients don’t make it there, the brain’s ability to function is compromised.

                To prevent this from happening, make sure you get moving every day. Even if it’s just a brisk walk, it’ll help you maintain and increase your mental acuity. Brisk walking, swimming and dancing are all excellent activities. Take a look at these 5 Ways to Find Time for Exercise.

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                2. Eliminate Stressors and Seek Help If You’re Depressed

                Anything that causes you major stress, like anger or anxiety, will in time begin to eat away the parts of your brain that are responsible for memory. Amongst the most brain-damaging stressors is depression, which is actually often misdiagnosed a a memory problem since one of its primary symptoms is the inability to concentrate.

                If you can’t concentrate, then you might feel like you are constantly forgetting things. Depression increases the levels of cortisol in your bloodstream which elevates the cortisol levels in the brain. Doctors have found that increased cortisol diminishes certain areas of the brain, especially the hippocampus which is where short-term memories are stored.

                Prolonged depression can thus destroy your brain’s ability to remember anything new. Seek professional help to combat your depression – your brain will thank you.

                3. Get a Good Night’s Sleep and Take Naps

                Getting a consistent 7 to 8 hours of sleep each night will increase your memory. During sleep, the brain firms up memories of recently acquired information.

                Getting enough sleep will help you get through the full spectrum of nocturnal cycles that are essential to optimal brain and body functioning during the waking hours. Taking a nap throughout the day, especially after learning something new, can also help you to retain those memories as well as recharge your brain and keep it sharper longer.

                4. Feed Your Brain

                Fifty to sixty percent of the brain’s overall weight is pure fat, which is used to insulate its billions of nerve cells. The better insulated a cell is, the faster it can send messages and the quicker you will be thinking.

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                This is precisely why parents are advised to feed their young children whole milk and to restrict dieting – their brains’ need fat to grow and work properly. Skimping on fats can be devastating even to the adult brain.

                Thus, eating foods that contain a healthy mix of fats is vital for long-term memory. Some excellent food choices include fish (especially anchovies, mackerel and wild salmon) and dark leafy green vegetables. Here’re more brain food choices: 12 Foods that Can Improve Your Brain Power

                Deep-fried foods obviously contain fat but their lack of nutritional value is not going to help your brain or your body, so think healthy foods and fats.

                5. Eat Breakfast and Make Sure It Includes an Egg

                According to Larry McCleary, M.D., author of  The Brain Trust Program, an egg is the ideal breakfast. Eggs contain B vitamins which help nerve cells to burn glucose, antioxidants that protect neurons against damage; and omega-3 fatty acids that keep nerve cells firing at optimal speed.

                Other foods to add to your breakfast include fruits, veggies and lean proteins. Avoid trans fats and high fructose corn syrup. Trans fats diminish the brain cells’ ability to communicate with each other and HFCS can actually shrink the brain by damaging cells.

                Having a healthy breakfast in the morning has been shown to improve performance throughout the day. If you’re too busy to have a healthy breakfast, this maybe just right for you: 33 Quick And Healthy Breakfasts For Busy Mornings

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                6. Write it Down

                If there’s something you want to remember, writing it down can help.

                It may sound like a no-brainer, but do you really know why? Writing it down creates oxygenated blood flow to areas of your brain that a responsible for your memories and literally exercises those parts of it. Here’s How Writing Things Down Can Change Your Life.

                You can start a journal, write yourself emails or even start keeping a blog – all of these activities will help to improve your capacity to remember and memorize information.

                7. Listen to Music

                Research shows that certain types of music are very helpful in recalling memories. Information that is learned while listening to a particular song or collection can often be recalled by thinking of the song or “playing” it mentally. Songs and music can serve as cues for pulling up particular memories.

                8. Visual Concepts

                In order to remember things, many people need to visualize the information they are studying.

                Pay attention to photographers, charts and other graphics that might appear in your textbook; or if you’re not studying a book, try to pull up a mental image of what it is you are trying to remember. It might also help to draw your own charts or figures, or utilize colors and highlighters to group related ideas in your notes.

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                Here, you can learn How to Become a Person Who Can Visualize Results.

                9. Teach Someone Else

                Reading material out loud has been shown to significantly improve memory of the material. Expanding further upon this idea is the fact that psychologists and educators have found that by having students teach new concepts to others, it helps to enhance understanding and recall.

                Teach new concepts and information to a friend or study partner, and you’ll find you remember the information a lot better.

                10. Do Crossword Puzzles, Read or Play Cards

                Studies have shown that doing crossword puzzles, read or play cards on a daily basis not only keep your brain active but also help to delay memory loss, especially in those who develop dementia.

                So pick up the daily newspaper and work on that crossword puzzle, read a book or enjoy a game of solitaire.

                Pick one to two of these tips first and start applying them to your everyday life. Very soon you’ll find yourself having better memories and a clearer head!

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