Faculty of Human Sciences

Faculty of Human Sciences

Eight in 10 HSC students say they cope well with HSC stress
A two-year survey of this year’s HSC students across seven Sydney high schools has found that around 80 per cent of students manage their pre-exam stress levels well.
TMI: the cognitive science behind why you can't read all your emails in a day
In a world awash with emails, the struggle to keep on top of the inbox is universal. Here’s why trying to read more than a few dozen a day could be wasting everyone’s time – and worse.
The words that heal after breast cancer
Women who have a greater sense of self-compassion after a breast cancer diagnosis are less likely to experience anxiety and depression, new research from Macquarie University shows. Writing about it can also have a powerful effect.
Listen up! Experts call for action on hearing loss-depression link
Understanding and addressing the impacts of hearing loss on mental wellbeing has become an urgent issue, write renowned Macquarie University audiologists Professor Cath McMahon and Associate Professor Piers Dawes.
Kids with social anxiety are likeable and popular
Children with social anxiety are often well-liked by fellow students, a new Macquarie University study of seven to 13 year-olds has shown. Researchers hope the finding can help short-circuit a disorder that can otherwise be debilitating in adulthood.
Dads play a role in preventing social anxiety in children
Dads who encourage children to try new things and don’t shield them from disappointment or let them win all the time may help them avoid social anxiety in young adulthood.
Sleep loss plus social media bad combo for teens
There are mental health problems that specifically begin in adolscence, says the researcher behind the high school Raw Project, which surveys more than 500 teens every year.
Strong social ties protect mental health into old age
Joining a bushwalking group, attending art lessons or doing yoga are not only fun ways to socialise, these activities also safeguard your mental health.
Gaming headsets to help tackle concussion in sport
Gaming technology has been tested on a dozen GWS Giants players as well as players from Macquarie University's AFL, Rugby Union and Rugby League teams in a bid to improve player safety.
Hardship during the Great Recession linked with lasting mental health declines
People who suffered a financial, housing-related, or job-related hardship as a result of the Great Recession were more likely to show increases in symptoms of depression, anxiety, and problematic drug use, research shows.
HSC students, don't delay: here's how to beat procrastination right now
Procrastination affects all of us and is particularly concerning for students heading into the HSC exams. Macquarie University researcher Dr Carolyn Schniering offers advice to improve motivation and get the best results you can.
New research: Online treatment for obsessive-compulsive symptoms found to increase access to effective treatment
Researchers find internet-delivered cognitive behavior therapy effective in treating OCD, having potential to reduce extreme waitlists currently experienced at specialist anxiety clinics.