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'Travel therapy': Could holidays help mental health and wellbeing?


Many of us will have likely heard of music therapy and art therapy -- but what about 'travel therapy'?

A new cross-disciplinary paper from Edith Cowan University (ECU) proposes we change the way we view tourism, seeing it not just as a recreational experience but as an industry that can provide real health benefits.

The collaboration between ECU's Centre for Precision Health and School of Business and Law found many aspects of going on holiday could have a positive impact on those with mental health issues or conditions.

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With traffic deaths on the rise, psychologists are being called on to make driving safer

U.S. traffic fatalities started rising 2 years ago after several years of declines. Psychologists around the world are looking for ways to improve traffic safety.

Psychologists have found both perceptual and cognitive biases that nudge people toward unsafe speeds, said Ola Svenson, PhD, a psychologist and head of the Risk Analysis, Social and Decision Research Unit at Stockholm University in Sweden. Drivers overestimate how much time they’ll save by speeding and grossly underestimate the increased accident risk at higher speeds (Applied Cognitive Psychology, Vol. 23, No. 4, 2009). They also underestimate how long it takes to stop at high speeds. In one study, Svenson and his team presented participants a scenario in which a child runs in front of a car driving 18 mph. At that speed, the driver can slam on the brakes and just avoid hitting the child. What then, the participants were asked, would happen if the driver were going 25 mph in this scenario?

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Parental Phubbing Leaves Kids Feeling Ignored and May Increase Depression

Almost 70% of parents say they feel distracted by their cellphone when they spend time with their kids. Parental phubbing, when a parent ignores their child while using their mobile phone, is a problem for kids and moms and dads. Experts say using cell phones isn’t the issue; rather, it’s how parents use them.

“I think the big question here is…are parents giving undivided attention when their kids need it? Or are they shooing them away more than usual? It happens to everybody sometimes. The key is how much,” explains Mary Alvord, PhD, co-author of Conquer Negative Thinking for Teens.

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Ageism and health: Study shows close links

Nearly all older adults have experienced some form of ageism in their everyday lives, a new study finds -- whether it's seeing ageist messages and images on television or the internet, encountering people who imply that they're less capable just because they're older, or believing stereotypes about aging.

Older adults with more health concerns, though, appear most likely to have experienced this kind of "everyday ageism," according to new findings published by a team from the University of Oklahoma, Norman and the University of Michigan. The data, from a survey of more than 2,000 people between ages of 50 and 80, come from the National Poll on Healthy Aging.

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