Do media organisations have a responsibility to be more compassionate and what factors work against this occurring?
Ahead of the Compassion in Action Forum in Brisbane, University of Queensland psychologist Dr James Kirby gives his critique to the Brisbane Times.
Fear is a big blocker to humans being compassionate - fear we might be taken advantage of, will look foolish, or expose weakness.
Media ratings revolve around fear, because natural instinct primes us to assess threats.
Imagine if half the news was dedicated to problems we face and the other half provided hope and information to improve those situations.
Improving the situation is not something automatically recognised as being part of compassion, but it is vital.
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Psychology Today has published an article based on research by Antonia Kish and Associate Professor Peter Newcombe, "Smacking Never Hurt Me: Identifying Myths Surrounding the Use of Corporal Punishment" in the academic journal Personality and Individual Differences.
"Australia is one of the few western nations where spanking is still legal, and this article was authored by research psychologists at Australia’s University of Queensland. The researchers wanted to know whether fictitious popular beliefs keep spanking alive. They asked 366 freshman psychology students about ten myths identified in modern spanking studies."
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Dr. James Kirby published an article on The Conversation about his personal experiences and responses to the anxiety of flying.
In the last five years, I’ve become quite anxious during flights – especially when turbulence hits. And while my wife Cassie never feared turbulence before, she has recently “caught” my anxiety, for which I feel inherently guilty.
Now, we’re as bad as each other, and that can make for some terrible flight experiences. A recent case in point was our return flight from an otherwise lovely holiday in Bali.
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Dr Kirby was also interviewed on 612 ABC Brisbane (20th July 2015). Listen to the full interview here:
He also was a guest on ABC RN Afternoons (21st July 2015). Listen to the full interview here:
Research in the University of New sOuth Wales, and colleagues suggests that when mothers return to work, girls are more likely to benefit from a range of advantages such as increased work ethic, whereas boys are more likely to suffer, especially in terms of education. This study was the subject of discussion on a recent Radio National Life Matters program featuring Professor Matt Sanders, Professor Marian Baird and Dr Xiaodong Fan.
Professor Sanders pointed out to listeners that while boys were more likely to display behavioural, emotional and conduct problems than girls, it was also important to remember from an early intervention perspective, that it’s not the quantity of time that a parent devotes to a child that's important, it’s the quality of time.
“The developmental research shows that many of the interactions that drive development are brief and frequent, they are child-initiated interactions, it’s not just large blocks of time of being with children,'' Professor Sanders said.
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Dr Kylie Burke discusses family conflict in The Courier Mail.
A Quarter of Queensland parents are fighting with their teens at harmful levels well above the average rate of family conflict, new research has revealed.
These parents are dealing with persistent aggression, hostility and unresolved conflict with their teenagers that can lead the child to increased risk-taking behaviour, mental health problems and truancy.
On average, parents can expect to go through about two “disagreements” with their teen each week with mothers and teenage daughters most likely to be in conflict.
UQ Psychology's Bill von Hippel was interviewed on Channel 7 about the psychology of lying, but is he telling the truth?
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Professor Virginia Slaughter says the ability to tell what people are feeling, thinking and wanting is a basic precursor to emotional intelligence in adults.
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ABC Science has an article about Fingerprint Matching featuring UQ School of Psychology's Dr Matthew Thompson.
"Gut feeling is responsible for a lot more of the accuracy than many people think, even the experts themselves," says Dr Matthew Thompson.
"The results from these experiments suggest that a surprising amount of fingerprint examiners' accuracy can be accounted for by non-analytic thinking, which is intuitive, unconscious, associative, and effortless," says Thompson.
"You can think of it as a sort of gut feeling."
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John Pickering talks to The Conversation:
I am someone who investigates how science can help parents deal with the sleepless nights, the fussy eaters, the sibling rivalry, the intrusive in-laws, and a career that favours fulltime hours.
What I have experienced, though, is the growing and seemingly widespread view that parents these days aren’t doing a good job – that in fact they’re doing a “crap” job.
Parents are out of touch, we’re told, and too soft. They give in to their kids too easily. They’re over-involved helicopter parents, or under-involved don’t care parents. Or they could be bulldozer or lawn-mower parents, the ones who smooth the way for their child’s transition through life and make life difficult for everyone else in the process.
This is the old “kids these days" narrative but applied to parents.
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Researchers have known for decades that jobs with high demands and low autonomy seem to drain workers’ mental and physical health. For example, women with these types of jobs were 40 percent more likely to suffer from heart disease in a 10-year study of more than 17,000 women. Because of this pattern, it seems logical that employers can help workers with demanding jobs by giving them more autonomy.
The study used a questionnaire to assess participants’ motivation. The questionnaire measured two types of focus. The first is called “prevention focus,” which is how much people focus on avoiding negative outcomes such as getting a failing grade. The other, “promotion focus,” describes the drive to excel and achieve goals. After completing the questionnaire, 110 university students played the role of a human resources manager answering emails from employees. For the first set of emails, participants had information about company policies but no specific instructions about how to do their jobs. Then, some participants were instructed to answer future emails in chronological order and at a consistent pace, while others were told they were free to choose their own order and pace.
"The results suggest that anxious or risk-averse people may do better in a structured environment where they know exactly what is expected of them." - Dr Stacey Parker (UQ Psychology Lecturer in Organisation Psychology)
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