British Psychological Society Annual Conference

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Last weekend the British
Psychological Society had its Annual Conference. It’s a chance for
psychologists to show off what they’ve been up to for the last year. Here’s
some of the research that caught my eye.
The key to finding love on the
net is honesty. Would you believe that it’s bad for your chances of finding
true love if you lie about your personal appearance? And yet how many people
are still doing this? A lot.
If you’re still unsuccessfully
trying to give up smoking then psychologists may know why. Apparently it makes
all the normal activities of life less pleasurable. Certainly disheartening
news for those trying to give up, but still it can help to know the worst.
As people are finding more health
related information on the internet, GPs are re-evaluating their roles. Instead
of being the initial point of access to knowledge, they now tend to see
themselves more as information filters.
In a related vein, researchers
are also asking which websites people trust when looking for health
information. The findings make for worrying reading: people were ignoring
reputable organisation in favour of more ‘attractive’ sites.
Confident communicators are
more persuasive. So you’ve got to fake it ’till you make it.
the author
Psychologist, Jeremy Dean, PhD
is the founder and author of PsyBlog. He holds a doctorate in psychology from
University College London and two other advanced degrees in psychology.
He has been writing about
scientific research on PsyBlog since 2004. He is also the author of the book
“Making Habits, Breaking Habits” (Da Capo, 2003) and several ebooks.
But don’t worry if it all gets
too much for you then there is one easy way to make the pain go away and reduce
your anxiety: listen to some music.
Kayode Ojo
Kayode Emmanuel Ojo is the Co-Founder and Managing Director at SHEFFA Limited. He is presently studying Computer Science at the National Open University, Victoria Island, Lagos.