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Are We Fearing the Right Things?

I am fascinated by the human tendency to fear the wrong things. We routinely display probability neglect by fretting about vividly publicized remote possibilities while ignoring higher probabilities. Dramatic catastrophes make us gasp, while probabilities we barely grasp.   Thus,…

Blog Post » A Plan for Mental Health Research

This week, the National Institute of Mental Health unveiled its new NIMH Strategic Plan for Research. In this Director’s message, Dr. Gordon discusses the advances in knowledge and treatment that got us to where we are today and points to…

Silenced And Unsilenced: Why Didn’t They Talk Before?

by Ruth Lijtmaer, Ph.D. “The ultimate tragedy is not the oppression and cruelty of the bad people but the silence over that by the good people” –– Martin Luther King Jr. Psychoanalysis is a survivor of the Holocaust. It was…

The Trolley Problem Meets COVID-19

A classic moral psychology dilemma invites us to contemplate a runaway trolley headed for five people who are tied to the tracks and destined for death—unless you pull a lever that diverts the trolley to a side track where it…

Pandemic Political Psychology

“If public health officials recommended that everyone stay at home for a month because of a serious outbreak of coronavirus in your community, how likely are you to stay home for a month?”   When Gallup recently put this question…

Video » Virtual Workshop: Transforming the Practice of Mental Health Care

On April 2, NIMH convened a virtual workshop that brought together mental health leaders and experts from different fields to think through where there may be opportunities to leverage research and existing resources to transform the mental health care landscape. …

Human Behavior Amid the COVID Crisis

For you and psychology teachers everywhere—most with students confined to their homes—the COVID-19 pandemic is an unexpected challenge and stress. Even so, perhaps its dark clouds can come with a small silver lining: some teachable moments. In so many ways,…

Science News » Supporting Mental Health During the COVID-19 Pandemic

The outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) may be stressful – it can be difficult to cope with fear and anxiety, changing daily routines, and a general sense of uncertainty. Taking steps to care for your mental health can help…

Donald Trump’s Memory—and Ours

“Memory is insubstantial. Things keep replacing it.” ~Annie Dillard, “To Fashion a Text,” 1988   Often in life we do not expect something to happen until it does, whereupon—seeing the forces that produced the event—we feel unsurprised. We call this…