Link Love: June 2nd, 2014

Good morning all! It’s time for another round of Link Love. In these posts, I share recent articles and posts related to kids, teens, and psychology from around the internet. By the way, can you believe it’s June already? This year is just flying by.

What Disney’s “Frozen” can teach us about mental illness. Great article about how Elsa’s experience in Frozen can be a metaphor for the loneliness, shame, and sense of isolation that can come with mental illness.

Dads Who Do Dishes Raise Ambitious Daughters. A strong predictor of girls having more ambitious and less gender-stereotypical career goals is whether their dads share housework with their moms. (Full research article here if you’re interested.)

Vaccines still not linked to autism. I really don’t know why this idea still pops up on Facebook so often, but here’s a great review of the current research on autism and vaccines.

Germs in the gut may affect autism. While we’re at it, here’s an interesting study looking at the relationship between gut bacteria and autism.

Depression is the leading cause of illness in teenagers worldwide, according to a new report by the World Health Organization.

Super Mario Changes Your Brain. This study shows that playing video games every day for only two months alters the structure of your brain. Interestingly, these changes were in a positive direction in this study – parts of the brain involved in navigation and visuo-spatial learning actually grew. (Side note: I am loving how much great research is coming out about the effects of video games on people’s brains! I think over the next few years, the research will only get bigger and better.)

Say hello to San Diego’s 6 year old transgender kid. Have you seen this video yet? If not, it’s definitely worth your time!

Four things that we can learn from Maya Angelou.  I love Dr. Angelou’s books, and I was so sad to hear of her passing – this is a great article on life lessons that you can learn from her.

That’s all for today!


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