Psychology Around the Net: June 27, 2020

This week’s Psychology Around the Net takes a look at new research on “mommy brain,” how ultrasounds might be the next big non-invasive research tool and treatment option for brain disorders, the latest state to remove mental health questions from the state bar application, and more.

Stay well, friends!

Does ‘Mommy Brain’ Last? Study Shows Motherhood Does Not Diminish Attention: Well, not sure I’m buying this just yet (ha!), but new research out of Purdue University might have debunked the “mommy brain” theory. By studying mothers who were at least one year postpartum — and not early postpartum, as most earlier studies have done — this new research shows that mothers are equally attentive, or even more attentive, than non-mothers.

New Hampshire Removes Mental Health Questions From Bar Application: The New Hampshire Supreme Court Committee on Character and Fitness has decided questions about mental health history, diagnosis, and treatment discourage law students from seeking treatment for mental health and substance abuse problems, and those questions have now been removed from the state bar admission application. Says Megan Carpenter, dean and professor of law at the University of New Hampshire Franklin Pierce School of Law: “Depression, anxiety, and substance abuse are common in the legal profession, and as a program of legal education we have a special opportunity – and a moral obligation – to help support and facilitate the health and well-being of our future lawyers. We are grateful to the New Hampshire Supreme Court and the Board of Bar Examiners for their partnership and commitment to future lawyers in the state.”

Learning Relationship Safety Signals to Build a Secure Self: Building a secure self can help solidify your sense of safety and security, regulate your emotions, and offer an inner platform from which you can explore the world.

Our Kids Are Watching How We Act Right Now: “Our kids—our little kids, our big kids, our teenagers and our grown kids—are watching us right now. They are looking to us to teach them how to manage the anxiety that comes from navigating life in a pandemic. They are looking to us to understand how to make sense of living in such a divided country. They need us to talk to them about these things, but they also need to see us doing the right things—regardless of whether everyone else in line is setting the same example.”

6 Ways to Eliminate the Emotional Baggage that Creates Low Self Esteem: Dr. Audrey Sherman offers six key tips to help you as you begin your journey to healthy self-esteem.

Aiming Ultrasound at the Brain Raises Hope of New Treatments: Ultrasounds can show us what’s inside the body, but can they manipulate what’s happening? When using frequencies lower than sonogram frequencies and beyond the human hearing range, neuroscientists can use ultrasounds to penetrate the human skull and affect brain activity — and if researchers can prove that ultrasound can safely and predictably affect brain activity, then ultrasound might become a major research tool as well as a possible means of treating brain disorders.

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