psychology

A doctor for your video game addiction

Dec 2, 2015
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There’s debate among mental health practitioners about whether to consider compulsive video gaming a "disorder" that requires psychiatric help. But one thing they do agree on is that too much gaming can be detrimental to the wellbeing of young people.

Alyssa Kapnik Samuel


In many African American communities, mental health issues have a history of being undertreated and underdiagnosed. According to the federal government’s Office of Minority Health, African Americans are 20% more likely to experience serious mental health problems than the general population, but less likely to seek treatment.

This is part two of a three-part series addressing mental health care within black communities.

“When I look back on my life and I look at the things that I did, they were always people-centered,” says Cedric Jackson. He’s training to become a clinical psychologist, and says it’s something that’s always appealed to him.

Psychology professor Gayle Pitman's children’s book This Day in June, a picture book about Pride parades, helps parents and teachers introduce sexual orientation concepts to very young kids.  The appended reading guide gives adults high points of LGBT culture and history.  It won the American Library Association's 2015 Stonewall Award and the International Reading Association's Notable Books for a Global Society Award. In this interview with Out in the Bay host Eric Jansen, Pitman reads This Day in June -- all 63 words! -- and talks about the differences between writing for academics and for toddlers. Pitman, who teaches the psychology of sexual orientation and other subjects at Sacramento City College, says she finds today’s queer college students largely ignorant ofLGBT history and is doing what she can to fix that. 7pm Thursday, June 11, 2015. (First broadcast 6/26/14)

Are teens today more narcissistic?

Feb 5, 2014

From our partners at Youth Radio.

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What’s the emotional connection between dogs and humans? KALW’s Chris Hoff explored that relationship with Amy Cook. She is a researcher in dog cognition in the Psychology Department of UC Berkeley and has trained dogs for 20 years.

When we think of policing, we don’t always think about psychology. One is academic; the other, relentlessly real-world. But many police departments, including San Francisco’s, assign patrols based on a psychological theory: The Broken Windows Theory.

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Law enforcement agencies across the country have policies protecting people of color from being racially profiled.