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[Science Solitaire] Pandemic friendships forever (PFFs)

Jul 12, 2020 - 11:00 AM

If '150' is the working number of friendships for humans, how did your concentric circle of '150' change before the pandemic and now?

[Science Solitaire] How do kids know what's 'real?'

Jul 05, 2020 - 11:00 AM

'Kids are smarter than we give them credit for'

[Science Solitaire] Do masks hide what we feel?

Jun 28, 2020 - 11:00 AM

'A sea of masked faces all around the world have become the iconic image of this time. What does this mean in terms of our ability to read each other’s thoughts and feelings?'

[Science Solitaire] The wisdom in the wait

May 17, 2020 - 11:00 AM

'Time can run out on us but what it cannot do is fill it for us. What if we intentionally live out wisdom in the wait so that we can have an even better normal?'

[OPINYON | Wikapedia] Paano lumigaya’t magpaligaya sa panahon ng peste

Apr 23, 2020 - 9:00 AM

Ilang rekomendasyon para mabawasan ang stress at pagkabahala, upang mas mapangalagaan ang ating sarili at mga mahal sa buhay sa panahon ng COVID-19

[OPINION] I’m a psychologist – here’s how I manage my worries about the coronavirus

Mar 15, 2020 - 12:00 PM

'Our individual worries about the virus is normal but can hurt others'

If you can save only a few things, save someone’s childhood

Mar 01, 2020 - 11:00 AM

Traumatic childhood experiences, especially in pre-school, can stunt children’s brains in ways that would be most difficult to overcome

Music for self-control?

Feb 09, 2020 - 11:00 AM

Self-control is as scarce as face masks during panic mode. But can music help?

What does it mean to regret? How do we get over our regrets?

Jan 19, 2020 - 11:00 AM

For instance, why is it so difficult for us to understand that Prince Harry and Meghan, just like majority of couples on the planet, just want to make something out of their own lives?

If real estate developers cared for our mental health

Nov 17, 2019 - 11:00 AM

We have evolved with and in nature and thus need more than just Instagrammable brushes with it in order to live

The science of awakening

Apr 21, 2019 - 11:00 AM

Awakenings do not inflame tragedy or sorrow. Awakenings get you to a level that transcends your sorrows, fears, and frustrations.

Why experts strongly oppose lowering the age of criminal responsibility

Feb 04, 2019 - 11:48 AM

Lawmakers are set on having children as young as 12 exposed to the criminal justice system. They ignore years of scientific research and evidence.

[OPINION] The rise of Filipino pop psychology

Jan 26, 2019 - 10:00 AM

Pop psychology feels true, but truth and fact are not the same. It is a false antidote.

Rights groups hit lack of facilities for children in conflict with the law

Jan 23, 2019 - 9:37 AM

'If we’re going to be bringing up children inside a kulungan (prison), what kind of future do we expect?” asks Christine Sevilla of the Philippine Alliance of Human Rights Advocates

PROTEST. Different child rights groups belonging to the Salinlahi Alliance for Children's Concerns oppose the newly amended law lowering the minimum criminal responsibility from age 15 years old to 9 years old. They hit the legislators who approved the amendment of the Juvenile Justice and Welfare Act for using the children to advance their political interests. The press conference was held at the Commission on Human Rights headquarters in Quezon City. January 22, 2019. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Why is it fun to be frightened?

Oct 27, 2018 - 9:30 AM

Our findings suggest that going through an extreme haunted attraction provides gains similar to choosing to run a 5K race or tackling a difficult climbing wall

FRIGHT NIGHT. Some people enjoy getting frightened. Image from Shutterstock

Why it's so hard to #DeleteFacebook: Constant psychological boosts keep you hooked

Mar 29, 2018 - 6:00 PM

Here’s why it’s so hard, as a social network user, to pull the plug once and for all

FACEBOOK. The Facebook sign and logo is seen in Menlo Park, California on November 4, 2016. File photo by Josh Edelson/ AFP

Duterte spokesman describes Chief Justice Sereno as ‘may tama’

Mar 09, 2018 - 4:59 PM

Harry Roque cites an interpretation of the Chief Justice's psychological test that even the Psychological Association of the Philippines has deemed questionable

Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno visit law student in University of Baguio . Photo by Mau victa

[OPINION] A new mom's thoughts on postpartum depression

Mar 05, 2018 - 1:45 PM

Postpartum depression turns you into a monster. The overwhelming emotions eat you away until you are unrecognizable even to your own self.

Postpartum depression

Psychologists: 'Misleading' to say Sereno failed psych evaluation

Mar 02, 2018 - 3:13 PM

The Psychological Association of the Philippines seeks to 'clarify the function of psychological assessments and the diagnosis of psychological conditions'

NO PASS OR FAIL. The Philippine's association of psychologists says one's psyhological evaluation cannot be used as a basis for competence at work. Chief Justice Maria Lourdes file photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Can a psych report be used in the Sereno impeachment?

Mar 01, 2018 - 8:30 PM

A clinical psychologist says psychological assessments – in the case of candidate Rodrigo Duterte then and Chief Justice Ma Lourdes Sereno now – should only be used for their intended purpose

[Two Pronged] Voyeurism and more

Feb 04, 2018 - 7:00 PM

This week's letter sender asks our columnists if her husband's voyeurism is related to depression and anxiety

2017 top science stories: Space 'visitors', smartphone addiction, and your pet dog

Dec 19, 2017 - 11:45 AM

What are the biggest stories, discoveries and ideas in science this 2017? The Mind Movers of the Mind Museum list down some of the most important ones from the past 12 months.

Are psych exam results relevant in Sereno impeachment?

Dec 12, 2017 - 8:50 AM

Quezon City 6th District Representative Jose Christopher Belmonte moves to subpoena the psychological exam reports of all sitting Supreme Court justices to make a point about irrelevance of the issue

JUSTICE COMMITTEE. House Justice Committee chair Reynaldo Umali leads the House justice committee hearing to determine probable cause in the impeachment complaint against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Are children simply adults waiting to happen?

Nov 30, 2017 - 7:00 PM

How much of your childhood do you bring into your adulthood?

Marriage can make you crazy, but it deters dementia too – study

Nov 29, 2017 - 9:40 AM

In a study covering more than 800,000 people, researchers found that walking through life alone increased the chances of Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia by 40%

Think about this when you are bored

Nov 16, 2017 - 7:00 PM

Being bored is not a simple matter

In a time of 'pervasive' violence, build 'caring communities' for children

Oct 26, 2017 - 12:10 PM

Clinical psychologist Maria Lourdes Carandang says parents should be good role models to their kids to counter what is happening in Philippine society today

'PLIGHT OF CHILDREN.' Clinical psychologist Lourdes Carandang delivers her lecture at the Ateneo Professional Schools on October 25. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

The surprising effect of rituals

Oct 05, 2017 - 7:00 PM

Humans have brains that crave for some assurance, even momentarily, in the face of uncertainty – and ritual provide that for us

How Sereno answered her impeachment complaint

Sep 25, 2017 - 9:02 PM

None of Larry Gadon’s documents, though authentic, support his allegations, according to Sereno’s chief lawyer Alex Poblador

VERIFIED ANSWER. Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno files an 85-page verified answer before the House of Representatives explaining point-by-point why the impeachment complaint against her must be dismissed.

VIRAL: UP student studying biology while in rally

Sep 23, 2017 - 9:18 AM

'We uphold honor and excellence in both our academics and our love for our nation,' says Dani Ting, the 3rd year UP psychology student in the viral photo

Why you talk to yourself and why you answer back

Sep 14, 2017 - 7:00 PM

Do we perform better when we hear ourselves verbalize an instruction meant for ourselves in the first place?

The tyranny of facial impressions

Sep 07, 2017 - 7:00 PM

How far have we taken our reliance on our impressions of faces?

Buying your time

Aug 24, 2017 - 7:00 PM

What is the place of money in terms of getting us to feel we have gained or saved time?

When the brain signals 'love'

Aug 17, 2017 - 7:00 PM

What do the brains of faithful lovers look like?

Humans are the slowest to mature

Aug 03, 2017 - 7:00 PM

Compared to other creatures our childhood is prolonged and our teenage behavior seems to stay even longer with humans Why?

Denying husbands sex is abuse – Malaysian MP

Jul 26, 2017 - 5:48 PM

Lawmaker Che Mohamad Zulkifly Jusoh from Terengganu state in Malaysia s Muslim heartland also says denying a Muslim man the chance to marry a second wife amounts to abuse

'Googlefeel' maps

Jul 13, 2017 - 7:00 PM

What if cities were mapped according to how you felt as you navigated it?

The secret behind great conversations

Jun 29, 2017 - 7:00 PM

How much of our encounters with others define who we are and who we become?

Drug addiction is a health problem. Somebody please tell the President.

Jun 29, 2017 - 9:00 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte says shabu addicts can no longer be rehabilitated – an understanding that other countries had in the 1970s says a psychologist

Vanity and the creation of the social media celebrity

Jun 26, 2017 - 6:00 PM

Examine the personalities of most social media celebrities Many have had a history of self promotion hucksterism and even exhibitionism

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Jun 21, 2017 - 8:38 PM

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AFP downplayed ISIS threat as part of psychological ops – Año

Jun 21, 2017 - 2:51 PM

AFP chief General Eduardo Año cites an order to the military to downplay news or information on ISIS so as not to give them recognition and fan the flames of rebellion

PSYCHOLOGICAL WARFARE. AFP Chief General Eduardo Año is a veteran intelligence officer who scored big arrests of communist leaders. Photo from Malacañang

DepEd provides psych first aid for displaced Marawi students

Jun 17, 2017 - 3:56 PM

The assistance is being conducted in Lanao del Sur Lanao del Norte and Iligan City schools where most of the displaced students are enrolled

ASSISTANCE. The Department of Education provides psychological first aid to students displaced by the conflict in Marawi. Photo from the Department of Education

The pursuit of passion and how it can be wrong

May 27, 2017 - 10:37 AM

Passion needs to be reframed The original passion of passion as it were was to suffer in view of something greater and beyond the self

Psych interventions needed in drug rehab programs – expert

Mar 06, 2017 - 9:20 PM

The Psychological Association of the Philippines spearheads the Katatagan Kontra Droga sa Komunidad a program that trains community volunteers in facilitating drug rehabilitation

COMMUNITY FACILITATORS. By the end of the training, volunteers from the Diocese of Caloocan and Our Lady of Assumption Parish are set to implement the modules in their communities. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

The cost of smartphones: a shrunken brain

Mar 02, 2017 - 7:30 PM

[Science Solitaire] With the kind of mobile phone dependence that many humans have grown what effects does it have on the structure of our brains?

Music is the same as love and sex

Feb 23, 2017 - 7:30 PM

[Science Solitaire] Music as far as the brain is concerned is like love It is as fundamental as food and sex

The secret ingredient in medical science

Feb 09, 2017 - 7:30 PM

[Science Solitaire] How does the placebo effect and a doctor s demeanor affect a patient s recovery? Here s what scientists found out

Our fact-resistant brains

Jan 13, 2017 - 7:45 AM

[Science Solitaire] If we are not able to change our minds light never gets in

The science of 'hugot'

Jan 06, 2017 - 7:45 AM

[Science Solitaire] Where do our emotional hugots come from?