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A dedicated Dash to mental health
4 Jun

PhD Candidate Dash Sacks is investigating the brain's signals - the instructions sent to the body by millions of neurons - and the brain's white matter - a fatty part of the brain that supports the transmission of those signals through electrical activity.

Guided mindfulness for children, teens and parents
2 Jun

Research shows mindfulness can help reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression.

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LABS team to share knowledge in new post-graduate program
2 Jun

LABS researchers will deliver learning modules in the Thompson Institute's new, online Graduate Certificate in Mental Health and Neuroscience.

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LABS first to confirm that myelin have not yet formed in the frontal lobe of 12-year-olds.
2 Jun

LABS is the first study to confirm that myelin (a sheath around nerves in the brain) have not yet formed in the frontal lobe of the brains of 12-year-olds.

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Managing your expectations of online learning
30 Apr

As parents juggle online learning with other pressures caused by COVID-19, they may experience feelings of overwhelming stress and helplessness.

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How to help your family deal with coronavirus
28 Apr

As families adjust to a ‘new normal’, a range of difficult emotions can be experienced by parents and children.

Mental health can affect recognition of facial expressions
28 Apr

LABS researchers have found that adolescents who are experiencing mental health problems have a different way of responding to negative facial expressions.

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Stay social but savvy on social media
23 Apr

It is important for all of us to stay connected to our friends, family and the community, even though we are being told to ‘socially distance’ ourselves.

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LISTEN: Professor Dan Hermens on the growing issues in youth mental health
13 Dec 2019

LISTEN: Professor Dan Hermens discusses the growing issues relating to the mental health of young people in this USC podcast.

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Youth mental health research shared at national conference
13 Dec 2019

USC youth mental health research and findings was shared with people from around the country at a recent conference, held by the Society for Mental Health Research in Melbourne.

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Amanda’s studies find a mystery of the mind
13 Dec 2019

Amanda Boyes is already a first-class research assistant with LABS, but she recently attained the additional status of First Class Honours graduate.

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LABS offers participants feedback on their cognitive skills
13 Dec 2019

LABS participants now receive a feedback report that helps them understand their skills in learning, attention, working memory, planning, information processing and impulses.

Is it telling someone or telling on someone?
13 Dec 2019

There is a difference between telling on someone and telling someone, and it is important for youths to understand that.

Cyberbullying affects the brain: study reveals
13 Dec 2019

Online bullying impacts the brain, even if you are only watching.

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The link between sleep quality and mental health
27 Sep 2019

Early LABS study findings have revealed significant links between sleep quality and mental wellbeing in 12-year-olds.

Infographic of first year results from LABS: 50 participants, 122 brains scans completed, 90% participant retention, 5 papers submitted
LABS celebrates one-year milestone
25 Sep 2019

The Sunshine Coast Mind and Neuroscience - Thompson Institute is celebrating the first year of its Longitudinal Adolescent Brain Study by thanking participants for their ongoing support.

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Grammar support youth mental health research as partners
25 Sep 2019

Sunshine Coast Grammar School is supporting its students to participate in the Longitudinal Adolescent Brain Study, through a partnership with USC's Sunshine Coast Mind and Neuroscience - Thompson Institute.

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LABS welcomes 50th participant
25 Sep 2019

The Sunshine Coast Mind and Neuroscience - Thompson Institute's Longitudinal Adolescent Brain Study (LABS) recently welcomed its 50th research participant.

Daniel Jamieson
How decreased sleep in adolescents changes the brain.
27 Mar 2019

New PhD student, Daniel Jamieson, is looking at how decreased sleep in adolescents changes the brain.

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LABS researcher receives SMHR 2018 Early Career Scholar Award
14 Dec 2018

Sunshine Coast Mind & Neuroscience Thompson Institute's Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Dr Larisa McLoughlin, was awarded the 2018 Early Career Scholar Award by the Society for Mental Health Research (SMHR) Awards Committee.

Society for Mental Health Research 2018 conference
28 Nov 2018

Sunshine Coast Mind and Neuroscience Thompson Institute researchers will be attending the 40th Annual Society for Mental Health Research conference from 28-30 November 2018 in Noosa.

Cyberbullying and Social Connectedness
29 Oct 2018

Researchers at the Sunshine Coast Mind & Neuroscience Thompson Institute (Thompson Institute), Dr Larisa McLoughlin and Professor Daniel Hermens have recent published a core concept article for Frontiers for Young Minds on Cyberbullying and Social Connectedness.

LABS now recruiting participants
10 Jul 2018

The Longitudinal Adolescent Brain Study (LABS) is now recruiting participants 12 years of age to be part of a world-first longitudinal study here on the Sunshine Coast.