How Will Your First Year Go?

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Description: Are you a first-year student? If you are answer the following questions (and if you’re not think about how you would’ve answered them when you were a first-year student). Do you feel you belong here at college or university? Do you feel that you’re on equal footing with your fellow first-year students? How do… Read more »

Job Satisfaction and Downstream Mental Health

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Description: If you have a job with which you report a very low level of satisfaction it is likely the case that that job is causing you stress and anxiety. What do you think the long-term effects would be staying in that job for 10 to 20 years? The article linked below talks about a… Read more »

Mind-Body Interconnections: The Adrenal medulla

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Description: You probably heard about the important role that the adrenal medulla plays in our bodies rapid responses to stressful situations, usually referred to as the fight flight response. What you may not be entirely clear on is how that area of the brain gets fired up or more specifically how that part of the… Read more »

Zika Virus: Possible affects in the brains of adult mice

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Description: You have probably heard of the Zika virus. It is a virus transmitted by mosquitoes and by sexual intercourse and is led to travel advisories specifically aimed at pregnant women considering traveling to or living in areas of Central and South America where the virus has been active. Most of what you have likely… Read more »

Sea Quest Heros versus Dementia!

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Description: How might you playing an app based game help neuroscientists diagnose dementia among the elderly? Not sure? Well, the loss of spatial skill or the ability to navigate is an early symptom of the onset of dementia. So how about now, how might you answer that opening question? Give it some thought have a… Read more »

Is There Developmental Magic in Family Dinners?

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Description: Sitting down to dinner at least four times a week with at least one adult has consistently been shown to contribute powerfully to children’s resilience and to their general positive development. This is one of those findings where on its face it is not entirely clear what the underlying causal factors are that’s producing… Read more »

Social Anxiety and Acts of Kindness: An Optimistic Intervention?

Posted by & filed under Abnormal Psychology, Anxiety OC PTSD, Clinical Neuropsychology, Health Psychology, Higher-Order Cognitive Functions in Aging, Intervention: Adults-Couples, Neuroscience, Stress Coping - Health, Stress: Coping Reducing, Treatment of Psychological Disorders.

Description: Some people experience high levels of anxiety when they have to engage socially with other people and with the world in general. What sorts of things do you think might help reduce their tendency to avoid social interaction? Think of these three possibilities that were tested in a research article discussed in the linked… Read more »

Mindfulness and Stress: What To Do When End of Term Stress Hits Hard

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Description: As the winter term ends and papers come due and final exams approach it is not surprising that student stress levels, already high, are spiking upwards. What sort of a discipline would psychology be if it could not provide its students with some good grounded advice about how to deal with the stress. The… Read more »