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  • It’s Okay to Worry: Experts on How the Pandemic Changed Psychology and Brought Back Old-Time Problems

    The pandemic has become a major test for people’s mental health. To describe the phenomenon, Australian psychologist Steven Taylor introduced the term “COVID stress syndrome”. People’s fear is triggered not only by the infection alone but also by the possible social and economic consequences of the pandemic. On top of that, the constant bombardment of news heightens global anxiety. Only during the second wave, the demand for psychology services doubled: more and more people started to take advantage of online counseling. But what bothers most people today? Are online consultations just as efficient as meeting face-to-face? And how did the pandemic affect psychology? Read on to learn what Elena Sharapanovskaya, head of ITMO’s Medical, Psychological and Social Assistance Center, and Alia Grekova, the center’s leading psychologist, think about the situation happening in the world.


  • Kotlin Creator Andrey Breslav on His Psychotherapy Finder Service

    Andrey Breslav, an ITMO graduate, the creator of the Kotlin programming language, and co-founder of the Alter service that helps find a mental health professional that suits you, gave an open lecture as part of the Mental Health Month. He spoke of his personal path to psychotherapy, his work on Alter, the promotion of psychology, and struggling against social stigmas. 


  • Mind-Blowing Research of the Month: How and Why We Study Music’s Effects on the Brain

    People spend an average of 18 hours a week listening to music, according to a 2019 survey. It is undeniably a huge part of our lives and, naturally, inspires great curiosity in scientists. What makes you tap to the beat? Is it true that music can make you read faster? And what can possibly connect music and language? Today, we will attempt to answer these questions, dipping our toes into the ocean of research on music perception and cognition. 


  • Interview With Dr. Alfried Laengle: Doing Something That Makes You Happy Is Enough

    Dr. Alfried Längle is a well-known Austrian psychologist and psychotherapist, who founded a new approach in psychotherapy called Existential Analysis, grounded in the existential philosophy and phenomenology as well as in the ideas of Viktor Frankl with whom Dr. Längle was collaborating many years. Existential Analysis looks for a deeper meaning in life that can provide inner fulfillment, a serious feeling of happiness, because our inner commitment to what we do is what makes our lives happy and fulfilled. But how do you find this deeper meaning in the multitude of possibilities open to us nowadays? How do you avoid the temptation to choose what seems to be an easier way to happiness? How do you stop regretting your choices and worrying about missed opportunities?


  • What to Do If You’re Not Happy With Your Choice of Career or Education

    “I’m not very happy with my choice of career,” is a sentiment all too familiar to many. What do you do when it feels like the path you picked no longer feels like the correct one? Where do you find support? And what’s so dangerous about guilt? Find answers to these questions in this article we wrote with Ekaterina Bilenko, a psychologist at ITMO University’s Career Development Office.


  • ITMO Researchers Create Algorithm for Predicting Vocational Interests

    The program analyzes numerous socio-demographic features such as gender, location, religious beliefs, and parents’ education, thus determining the vocational interests of a person. The research was presented at the 2020 International Conference on Control, Robotics and Intelligent System (CCRIS 2020).


  • To Fear or Not to Fear: Psychologist Alexander Palin on the Nature of Phobias

    The first step to fighting your fear is to learn more about it. In this ITMO.NEWS article, Alexander Palin, a board certified psychiatrist and therapist, explains how phobias work, where they come from, and whether it is possible to battle them.


  • Building Resilience and Coping With Stress

    With the ongoing pandemic and increasing distance learning fatigue, this year has demonstrated (and still does) that stress and setbacks are unavoidable. While a bit of stress isn’t necessarily a bad thing, being constantly on high alert can affect both your physical and mental well-being. That’s why we must understand stress and know the ways to manage it in order to lead a happy and healthy life.


  • ITMO’s SciComm Graduate on Psychological Education: The Topic of Mental Health is Still Stigmatized in Russia

    In this interview, graduate of ITMO’s SciComm Master’s program Ekaterina Beltyukova talks about her project, in which she analyzed services helping people find therapists, and explains what psychological education is and why it is important. 


  • Don’t Panic: How to Keep It Together During a Pandemic

    The whole world is in a collective struggle against the coronavirus. Scientists are developing vaccines, employers are letting their staff work from home, and medical specialists are fighting for the lives of their patients. But there is another invisible battle going on, one where mental health is at stake. The experts of the popsci talk show Break It Down to Atoms (Razberem na Atomy) – Olga Vershinina, staff member of the Komarov Botanical Institute, Yulia Vymyatnina, head of the Department of Economics at European University at St. Petersburg, and Tatiana Kazantseva, senior lecturer at the St. Petersburg State University’s Department of Social Psychology – recently discussed what makes humanity so prone to panicking, why that’s dangerous, and how to stay sane in this era of uncertainty. This online discussion was organized by the Informational Center for Atomic Energy in St. Petersburg. Find the highlights below.