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Its all in the mind: Psychology Update

03:38 EST 6 Dec 2012 | Anya de Iongh

Psychology is one of the most fascinating areas of medicine and arguably, as part of neuroscience, is one of the areas we know the least about. Here is a round-up of the latest research:
There is no psychological harm in working for longer to increase financial stability, recent research has shown. This shows the complex external influences on our psychology, but also its relevance to politics and real life.
With Dementia and old age become increasingly common, there is renewed interest in the psychology involved in geriatric care, and developing a greater understanding of it. 
As  our world becomes more multicultural, we have to understand psychology as it relates to different cultures and communities, because there is a considerable cultural element to health and healthcare, as well as experiences and expectations of both. 
Psychology also has a significant overlap with mental health, an area into which there is considerable research, and considerable need for research, given the prevalence of one in four! Clinical trials for mental health conditions such as Schizophrenia  are numerous, whilst the market for drugs already approved for depression is large. 
With the one in four statistic coupled with our curiosity into the mind and its applications in every part of society, psychology is going to be one to watch in 2013!

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