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Autism research centre

10th September 2008

I spent a bit of time exploring Cambridge University's Autism Research Centre (ARC) website recently.  It's fascinating and helpful in so many ways.  ARC apparently has over 30 research scientists and support staff.  The website links to a series of freely downloadable research papers and assessment questionnaires.  One of the two directors of ARC is Professor Simon Baron-Cohen, author of...

Goal setting and wellbeing

7th September 2008

It has seemed likely for some time that skilful goal setting boosts wellbeing.  A couple of small recent research studies from the Department of Psychology at Royal Holloway, University of London reinforce this understanding (MacLeod, Coates et al. 2008).  Wellbeing was assessed by an often used conglomerate measure which adds measures of 'positive' emotion and life satisfaction while...