Psychology Around the Net: June 20, 2020

This week’s Psychology Around the Net takes a look at how judgemental some of us have been during the coronavirus pandemic, a new study regarding how we lower our standards during decision-making processes, what we can do to help young adults avoid falling off the “cliff” of mental health care, and more.

Stay well, friends!

Why You Don’t Get Out of Your Office Chair: Toward a New Psychology of Sitting Behavior: We know that sitting too often and for too long can lead to both mental and physical health problems; still, we don’t know a whole lot about the psychological side of sitting. Researchers from the Behavioral Science Institute at Radboud University decided to delve into that, offering insight on morning sitting habits versus afternoon sitting habits, and even providing some tips on breaking the not-so-great habits and stimulating better sitting behavior.

The Age of Judgement: The Psychology Behind Judgemental Behaviour During the Pandemic: Why are some of us so quick to berate and shame others during this global pandemic? We did it during the lockdowns and stay-at-home orders, and we’re doing it now that some of the restrictions are being eased up. What’s the drive behind the judgemental behavior, and is it actually helping anything?

If Only #ListenToBlackWomen Were More Than a Hashtag…: This guest post by Keturah Kendrick takes a blunt, unapologetic look at what’s going unheard.

Decide Now or Wait for Something Better? Our Standards Drop Over Time: Shopping for a house isn’t the same as shopping for an apple. All the available options for apples (at your grocery store, that is) are right in front of you; not so with houses. Usually, with houses — and other items such as flight tickets, vacation rentals, and used vehicles — we get our options one after the other. When we pass on one option, we don’t know what’s coming along next; when we choose an option, we don’t know what we’re passing up. Now, a study out of University of Zurich shows that our standards drop more and more during this course of decision-making.

Facing a Broken Mental Health System, Many U.S. Teens Fall Off a Dangerous ‘Cliff’ in Their Care: Turning 18 years old means a lot of things: you’re officially an adult! You can join the military, get married, register to vote, get called for jury duty, even get a tattoo if your heart so desires. However, turning 18 years old is also a slippery slope in the mental health world. Mental health providers refer to it as “the cliff” because it’s the cutoff where teens turn into adults — often without any preparation for the challenges of mental health care that lie ahead. Young adults are some of the most at-risk folks for major mental illnesses, yet they’re also some of the least likely people to get mental health care.

What’s the Evidence Behind the New FDA-Approved Video Game for ADHD? Earlier this week, the FDA approved the first prescription video game to treat attention deficit hyper activity disorder (ADHD); however, being “FDA-approved” doesn’t always say much about a treatment.

How Will Dating Change After Coronavirus? Psychology Offers Some Clues: During the COVID-19 pandemic and quarantine, technology has played an even bigger role in dating than before (probably), but FaceTime and texting can’t stand in for physical contact forever. How did the quarantine affect the way people online dated, if at all? Will the fact that these relationships began online during a pandemic have any bearing on what happens to them now that restrictions are being eased?

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