Doctor blog

  1. Stress diminishes our capacity to sense new dangers, psychology research finds 10/11/2017 Dr Youssef HAMMAMI - PhD in psychology

    Being under stress diminishes our abilities to predict new dangers that we face, a team of psychology researchers finds. Its work runs counter to the conventional view that stress enhances our ability to detect and adjust to these changing sources of threat.
  2. Teens, young adults explore differently 23/05/2017 Dr Youssef HAMMAMI - PhD in psychology

    Adolescents don't necessarily have 'faulty' decision-making, psychologists have discovered. They simply value different kinds of information. The researchers found that young adults do more 'directed exploration,' or exploration driven by information seeking, than teens.
  3. Population density pushes the 'slow life' 23/05/2017 Dr Youssef HAMMAMI - PhD in psychology

    One psychological effect of population density is for those people living in urban areas to adopt a 'slow life strategy.' This strategy focuses more on planning for the long-term future and includes tactics like preferring long-term romantic relationships, having fewer children and investing more in education.
  4. Depressed patients with earlier and more severe symptoms 16/02/2017 Dr Youssef HAMMAMI - PhD in psychology

    Clinical features of major depressive disorder (MDD) may help identify specific subgroups of depressed patients based on associations with genetic risk for major psychiatric disorders, reports a study in Biological Psychiatry.
  5. How depression can muddle thinking 16/02/2017 Dr Youssef HAMMAMI - PhD in psychology

    Depression is associated with sadness, fatigue and a lack of motivation. But people with depression can also have trouble processing information and solving problems. Now scientists studying a rat model for depression are identifying on a molecular level how the condition could affect thinking.