The spring edition of Dialogues, newsletter of the Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology, has been published and may be viewed online here (.pdf).
UK national newspaper The Guardian today published a list of their favourite blogs and social media accounts for academics. To no one's surprise Dr. Nathan Hall, of our Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology, topped the list with his popular @AcademicsSay twitter handle, where he has amassed over 180,000 followers.
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Professor Jeffrey Derevensky, Director of the International Centre for Youth Gambling Problems and High-Risk Behaviours, was interviewed by CJAD recently regarding a new venture by Loto Quebec that will see the provincial lottery corporation allowing users to lay bets on the upcoming American presidential election.
In a recent National Post special, "Canada could be susceptible to daily fantasy scandals like those in the U.S. if industry not regulated, experts warn," Amanda Coletta interviewed Dr. Jeffrey Derevensky of our Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology.
Our city continues to gain international accolades for the overall quality of life that is offered here. This week QS, publishers of the Top Universities worldwide rankings, released the results of their annual "Best Student Cities" poll. Montreal's standing improved for the third year in a row, moving from number eight to seventh worldwide. No other North American city placed in the Top 10; only Paris, Tokyo, Sydney, London, Melbourne, and Singapore finished with a higher rating than Montreal.
Lottery tickets should not be purchased as holiday gifts for children, stresses the International Centre for Youth Gambling in their 2015 Holiday Campaign, now underway.
Research has shown that many adolescents gamble at least occasionally, and that lottery products may be a gateway to problem gambling. Youth gambling has also been linked to other risk-taking and addictive behaviours such as smoking, drinking and drug-use.
Recently, Dr. Victoria Talwar’s 4-year-old was caught standing in suspicious circumstances. He was hiding behind the pantry door, but when questioned about what he was doing, he took on an air of complete innocence. “Were you eating one of the cookies?” –one of the forbidden cookies that he had been told he could not have. The 4-year-old shook his head “No!” but there was a chocolate smear around his lips. When questioned about these marks on his face, the 4-year-old paused and his mind feverishly searched for a reply. Finally, the answer came in a sigh “Dirt!
Created by Professor Nancy Heath and Dr. Stephen Lewis, University of Guelph, the collaborative non-profit outreach initiative Self-injury Outreach & Support (SiOS, sioutreach.org) provides supportive and research-informed resources for individuals who struggle with self-injury and those who want to help, including family, friends, romantic partners, schools, and various health professionals.
In a recent opinion piece to the Hill Times Online, SSHRC President Ted Hewitt praises Professor Susanne Lajoie's research: "Lajoie is making it possible for children to learn in more meaningful ways with the help of technology," writes Hewitt.
Dr. Susanne Lajoie, of our Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology, was interviewed this week by Francophone newspaper Le Devoir.
Higher education news source University Affairs interviewed Professor Nathan Hall, of our Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology, about his experimental social media account @AcademicsSay this week. "His Twitter presence is part pastime, part social media experiment and a catalyst for his investigation into the subject of psychological well-being in academia," writes Shawna Wagman of UA. In July of this year
"Today, young men, the most susceptible to becoming problem gamblers, are using the internet to risk thousands of dollars daily on sports without the legally mandated safeguards that casinos and regulated sports books must follow," writes the New York Times in a recent article discussing the rising phenomenon of online fantasy sports betting.