Everyone knows how it feels to be under stress. Talking with students of Prague College, you realize that they all have to deal with stress on a daily basis. This led a Prague College student to create a rather unusual anti-stress campaign including all sorts of objects to help people relieve their stress.
Scientists from Brno’s Masaryk University are engaged in a research project aimed at studying the effects of stress on the psyche of Holocaust victims. According to the internet site Novinky.cz which posted the story on Monday the team of psychologists, neurology experts and genetics experts are studying possible changes to the brain as a result of long-term exposure to extreme stress. The head of the research team Ivan Rektor said 30 survivors had agreed to cooperate and has asked others willing to do so to come forward.
Pornography and computer games are causing immense harm to young males and worse is yet to come with improved virtual reality. That is the message of US psychologist Philip Zimbardo, who was recently a special guest of the Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival. However, Zimbardo, who is now 83, is best known for his Stanford Prison Experiment, which found that students placed in the role of prison guards soon became abusive, even torturing others cast as inmates. I asked the psychologist why he believed the 1971 study was still so well-known
The Czech Republic and most of its Central European neighbours are among the least empathetic countries in the world according to a US survey. Michigan State University attempted to survey around 104,000 people aged between 18 and 90 in 63 countries worldwide and tried to rank their overall empathy. On the basis of those scores, the Czech Republic was placed 55th in the table. Slovakia was placed in 57th place with nine out of the 10 worst placed countries in former communist countries. The most empathetic countries are Ecuador, Saudi Arabia, Peru, Denmark, and the United Arab Emirates.
A Czech Hi-Tech and software engineering company known as Quanti together with the British firm Delion, have created a new virtual reality (VR) headset capable of rivalling existing products like the Oculus Rift, released earlier in 2016. Representatives unveiled the product in London this week, with Czech Radio reporting that consumer and investor interest was high.
ANO are considering having their electoral candidates undergo psychological tests in order to prevent members winning election and then rebelling, the news website iHned.cz reported. The party’s number two Jaroslav Faltýnek said he envisaged the first 10 people on ANO’s candidate list in regional elections next year taking the four-hour test. Mr. Faltýnek presented the idea at a meeting after ANO’s representatives on two local councils went against the policies of the relatively new and small party. Chairman Andrej Babiš refused to comment on the idea, iHned.cz said.
More than 60 percent of people applying for a job with the Czech police force fail to pass psychological tests, the Czech Radio reported on Saturday, citing the annual report released by the Police Presidium. Nearly five thousand people applied for the job in 2014, but only 39 percent of them were admitted. The test is examining the applicants' intelligence, as well as their mental stability and resistance to stress. According to the experts, most of them are turned away because they are immature and too dependant on their parents.
Czech university athletes won three gold, six silver and seven bronze medals at the 2013 Summer Universiade in Kazan, Russia, to finish 21st in the nations’ medal count. The Czechs won two competitions in judo and one in shooting. The host nation, Russia finished first with 155 gold medals, followed by China and Japan.
A famous psychologist and sexologist Slavomil Hubálek died suddenly on Tuesday of heart failure at the age of 65. Mr Hubálek was a respected expert witness and a professor of social psychology at the Charles University Faculty of Social Science. He provided expert analysis in well-known court cases against, for example, the ‘heparin killer’ Petr Zelenka and former head of the Bambini di Praga choir Bohumil Kulínský.