Behavioural Sciences

Findings on antisocial children raise red flag for parents

Dr Annis Fung Lai-chu, an assistant professor at City University's Department of Applied Social Studies.

Are we in danger of raising a generation of narcissists and spoiled brats? A new study by City University social scientist Annis Fung Lai-chu has caused alarm.

Sunday, 28 April, 2013, 5:02am

Was Confucius a behavioural scientist?

Was Confucius a behavioural scientist?

If John Stuart Mill would feel at home with neo-liberal economics, Confucius would love behavioural economics and the new "nanny state" schools of libertarian paternalism and coercive paternalism it has inspired.

18 Mar 2013 - 1:41am 1 comment

ADHD drugs 'may reduce criminality'

A large study suggests that people with serious attention deficit hyperactivity disorder are less likely to commit crimes when taking medication.

The study, published in The New England Journal of Medicine, examined records of 25,000 people in Sweden to see if those with ADHD had fewer criminal convictions when taking medication than when they were not.

23 Nov 2012 - 2:56am

A brighter life for female prisoners

Always look on the bright side of life - that seems to be the motto of a new counselling service that will be offered at the city's largest women's prison.

The Lo Wu Correctional Institution will adopt 'positive psychology' for its new psychological treatment centre, which opens today, International Women's Day.

8 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

Growing awareness

The master of social sciences in counselling psychology, offered by Shue Yan University's department of counselling and psychology, is the first course of its kind in Hong Kong.

Seay Thomas, the programme director, says there's a big local demand for counselling psychologists as people become more aware of mental health issues.

20 Nov 2010 - 12:00am

A passion for the mind

After working for the MTR Corporation (MTRC) as a management trainee, Kathleen Kwok Pik-san entered the profession where her passion lies - clinical psychology. She works for Chinese University's Hong Kong Eating Disorders Centre and Hong Kong Mood Disorders Centre. She has been providing psychotherapy for nearly 10 years and says she benefits from interaction with patients.

24 Sep 2010 - 12:00am

Everyone is born equal

Everyone has to deal with stereotypes, whether it relates to your religion, race or any other aspect of life. Stereotypes can brainwash us, changing our perceptions.

Perceptions can be misconceptions, such as Muslims being terrorists, or Americans being obese. But what affects people's perspectives?

5 Jul 2010 - 12:00am

University to offer counselling degree

Shue Yan University will offer Hong Kong's first master's degree in counselling psychology, a milestone as it is the first time a private university has launched its own postgraduate programme in the city.

5 Apr 2010 - 12:00am

Positive vibes

Piano, remedial and tennis lessons are just a few of the activities today's children pack into their routines, but one psychologist maintains such routines can actually slow down children's development and - even worse - lead to behaviour problems and stress.

13 Aug 2009 - 12:00am

They save our lives, so we must safeguard theirs

For the second time in 18 months, a coroner's inquest has lifted the veil on the workplace culture of the police force. The two cases are not comparable. One involved killings of policemen by a rogue constable, and the other the suicide of a senior officer.

1 Nov 2008 - 12:00am

Helping hands?

Thousands of psychologists rushed to the disaster zone as news of the devastation caused by the Sichuan earthquake spread, determined to help heal the broken minds that accompanied the broken bodies.

7 Sep 2008 - 12:00am

Psychology testing for recruits unlikely

Police say effectiveness of analysis uncertain

Psychological testing of police recruits is unlikely to be introduced in the near future following doubts about its accuracy, according to a senior officer.

8 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

Firms seek help from psychologists

Corporations in Hong Kong are turning to professionals who can solve a range of problems from different angles

5 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

Psychologists depressed by pay levels

Clinical psychologists have called on the government to reform their pay structure, which they say discriminates against experienced practitioners. The Hong Kong Clinical Psychologists Association expressed disappointment with a recent government pay-rise package, although this had seen starting salaries rise from HK$27,765 to HK$34,895 a month.

10 Dec 2007 - 12:00am

Immigration office seeks to hire its first clinical psychologist

The Immigration Department hopes to hire its first clinical psychologist soon to take care of the mental health of more than 6,500 workers.

20 Oct 2007 - 12:00am