Police in Wuhan build 'haunted house' to train new recruits

A police officer navigates the 'haunted house'. Photo: Screenshot via Sina Weibo

The Wuhan Public Security Bureau’s new “haunted house” is a purpose-built facility literally used for testing the "psychological balance" of new police recruits.

Thursday, 2 May, 2013, 5:41pm

Book review: The Myths of Happiness, by Sonja Lyubomirsky

Book review: The Myths of Happiness, by Sonja Lyubomirsky

This book on everyday psychology is refreshing because it goes against the fashion for woolly thinking to argue that sustained rational thought is the best method to discover the solutions to problems arising from marriage, children and work.

3 Mar 2013 - 5:46pm

Excessive TV linked to antisocial behaviour

A study has found that children and adolescents who watch a lot of television are more likely to indulge in antisocial and criminal behaviour when they become adults. Photo: Reuters

Video killed the radio star - and television could be harming your child's social skills.

A new study published online in the journal Pediatrics has found that children and adolescents who watch a lot of television are more likely to indulge in antisocial and criminal behaviour when they become adults.

19 Feb 2013 - 10:00am

Book review: Pursuing the good life, by Christopher Peterson

Positive thinker Bill Gates (right, with Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen).

Forget psychology's dark side - its armada of phobias, compulsions and other neuroses. In Pursuing the Good Life, University of Michigan psychologist Christopher Peterson presents 100 meditations on a wealth of positive psychology subjects.

7 Jan 2013 - 4:38pm

Survival instinct causes male perception bias: US study

You spot a stranger standing in the street. The lighting is dim and the person's face and clothing are indistinct. Who is it?

Chances are you will think it is a man - and this is because of a survival reflex, according to a study published yesterday.

18 Oct 2012 - 3:37am

Placebo effect has subliminal triggers, new study shows

Subliminal information can trigger the placebo effect and its opposite, the nocebo effect, researchers say.

The finding suggests that patients with certain ailments may feel better or worse depending on subtle cues their brains pick up from the environment, but which they are not consciously aware of.

16 Sep 2012 - 1:35am

Home and dry

Annabelle Chen, 40, was feeling terrible. She was hung over and nursing a headache. Her boyfriend and family were upset about some text messages she had sent them. But she couldn't remember anything about it as she was drunk when she did it.

A family doctor referred her to a psychiatrist to help her overcome her drinking problem. It took her a year to make an appointment.

15 Aug 2012 - 11:05pm

City must do more for mentally ill to avoid more tragedies

Another tragedy involving a mental patient has occurred and once more, health professionals are wringing their hands over the inadequacies of treatment in Hong Kong. If only the woman had been better monitored, she would not have thrown her two-month-old baby daughter to her death from a high-rise building, they lament.

14 Aug 2012 - 2:53am

App of the week

App of the week

Dr Reichel's IQ Test


Rating 8/10

They say that repeatedly doing IQ tests will improve your IQ score and make you look like a genius in test-based job applications. They also say that online or app-based tests are tipped to flatter your ego by awarding you a generous result; after all, the developers have nothing to lose.

14 Aug 2012 - 1:07pm

Elderly at greater risk of anxiety disorder

Retirees in their 70s are four times more likely to suffer from anxiety disorder than people under 50, according to a survey, a figure twice as high as those reported in similar surveys overseas.

The study by the Chinese Rhenish Church Hong Kong Synod involved more than 500 residents at its retirement homes and found 16 per cent were suffering from general anxiety disorder.

16 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Dissecting the challenges of a career in psychiatry

Dr Chang Wing-chung is a clinical assistant professor at the department of psychiatry at the University of Hong Kong's Li Ka-shing Faculty of Medicine and works in Queen Mary Hospital.

What attracted you to psychiatry?

15 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Domestic blitz

In 2004, a woman and her twin daughters in Tin Shui Wai were stabbed to death by her husband, who then committed suicide. In November 2009, a court report in the South China Morning Post related how a wife was punched 10 times for refusing to have sex.

10 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Who do you think you are?

There is no doubt that the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami was a catastrophe for hundreds of thousands of people.

5 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

The Power of Habit

The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg (read by Mike Chamberlain) Random House Audio (audiobook)

3 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

They were cleaned out

Nine homeless people are suing the government. They say government workers threw all their belongings away during a clean-up. The judge has asked them to see if they can reach an agreement with the government before the case comes to court again, on June 21.

The street sleepers say that among the goods they lost were identity cards, phones and bank books.

28 May 2012 - 12:00am