K is for… Kissing – The Psychologist A to Z continues

‘Kissing is something that we can all experience, but each kiss is unique with different, motivations, feelings and scenarios changing our experience. Kissing can be used as an excellent example for how varied psychology can be: we could research how people kiss, the age that they have their first kiss and the social acceptability, what is happening in the brain when we kiss or whether we could replicate a kiss in the virtual world.’

Awareness of touch deteriorates when we are distracted visually, and according to Alberto Gallace in his December 2012 article the opposite may also be true: hence the line as Carrie and Charles kiss in Four Weddings and a Funeral: ‘Is it still raining? I hadn’t noticed.’

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What is mindfulness? Nobody really knows, and that’s a problem

You’ve probably heard of mindfulness. These days, it’s everywhere, like many ideas and practices drawn from Buddhist texts that have become part of mainstream Western culture.

But a review published today in the journal Perspectives on Psychological Science shows the hype is ahead of the evidence. Some reviews of studies on mindfulness suggest it may help with psychological problems such as anxiety, depression, and stress. But it’s not clear what type of mindfulness or meditation we need and for what specific problem.

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All the women who have accused Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment or assault

Over the past week, a wave of sexual harassment and assault allegations against movie producer Harvey Weinstein have emerged through a series of investigations published by The New York Times and The New Yorker.

Following the reports, more and more women have spoken publicly about their experiences with Weinstein.

Most of these alleged encounters follow a similar pattern, of “business meetings” turning into a proposed massage and hotel room sexual harassment or assault. These accusations start as early as the 1980s and include actresses, assistants, and other employees of Weinstein’s companies.

“We’re at a point in time when women need to send a clear message that this is over,” Paltrow told The New York Times. “This way of treating women ends now.”

These are all the women who have come forward with accusations of Harvey Weinstein committing sexual harassment or assault, spanning decades.

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Putin Decrees Foreigners In Russian Army Can Fight In Wars Abroad

Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a decree that allows foreign citizens serving in the Russian Army on a contractual basis to take part in Russian military operations abroad.

The decree on amendments to the Russian law on military service was published on October 9.

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Angelina Jolie and Gwyneth Paltrow say Harvey Weinstein sexually harassed them

Representatives of Weinstein have denied allegations made against him.

Angelina Jolie and Gwyneth Paltrow have said Harvey Weinstein sexually harassed them when they were young actresses, lengthening the list of those accusing the producer of sexual assault and misconduct.

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Ukraine says Kremlin worked with mobster to kill Russian MP in Kiev

Ukraine’s prosecutor general has claimed the murder of former Russian MP Denis Voronenkov in Kiev was ordered by a mobster working for the Russian secret services.

Mr Voronenkov fled to Ukraine in 2016 and was gunned down in the capital in broad daylight this March. He had given testimony about former president Viktor Yanukovych, who is being tried in absentia for treason, as well as the presence of Russian forces in Ukraine, prosecutor general Yury Lutsenko told journalists on Monday.

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Austrian party suspends member over Nazi salute claim

Official in Styria region accused of having said ‘Heil Hitler’ in council meeting.

A member of Austria’s far-right Freedom Party (FPÖ) was kicked out over allegations that he gave a Nazi salute, less than a week before the country goes to the polls, local media reported.

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