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435 Debt and Life Satisfaction

Research by Greenberg, Adam Eric, & Mogilner, Cassie(2020)  Written by Robin N. Fatovic B.S.   Research has found that debt impacts happiness and has life consequences. Do specific types of debt impact life satisfaction?  Marketing researchers studying psychological factors examined the impact of debt on life satisfaction in seven different studies in the U.S. Results? Of the people who reported having mortgage, credit card,…

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434 Disability Type and Social Support

Research by Alon, Raaya (2019)  Written by Robin N. Fatovic B.S.   Do you feel better when you experience the support of your friends and family during a difficult time?  An Israeli researcher studied whether a child’s type of disability impacted the amount of perceived social support that the mother received, especially after a difficult time. The researcher also aimed to…

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433 Cosmetics and Dehumanization

Research by Bernard, Philippe; Content, Joanne; Servais, Lara; Wollast, Robin; & Gervais, Sarah (2020)  Written by Robin N. Fatovic B.S Do you judge others’ personalities based on their appearance? Research shows that people perceive sexualized figures in the media as being less “human.” However, can subtler sexualized changes in appearance (such as wearing eye and lip makeup) still impact people’s…

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432 Researched Mental Health Applications

Research by Lau, Nancy;O’Daffer, Alison; Colt, Susannah; Yi-Frazier, Joyce; Palermo, Tonya;Mccauley, Elizabeth;  Rosenberg, Abby (2020)  Written by Robin N. Fatovic B.S. Mobile applications for stress management and self-care seem to be proliferating, helpful, and convenient. Are these applications based on effective therapeutic techniques and supported by psychological research?  Psychology and medical researchers identified and evaluated 1000 Android and iPhone wellness…

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431 Anticipating End & Performance

Research by Katzir, Maayan, Emanuel, Aviv, & Liberman, Nira (2020)  Written by Robin N. Fatovic B.S. Have you ever done a tedious task and said to yourself, “when will this end?”   Researchers examined whether anticipating when a task will end would increase motivation to complete it. 80 Tel-Aviv University undergraduate students engaged in a visual computer test. The computer displayed…

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430 Marriage Satisfaction & Visual Association

Research by McNulty, James; Olson, Michael; Jones, Rachael; Acosta, Laura (2017)  Written by Robin N. Fatovic B.S. Do you ever feel warm and fuzzy when you see pictures of puppies or sunsets? Researchers questioned whether seeing these images while viewing pictures of a person’s significant other would improve relationship satisfaction.  140 married couples viewed either positive or neutral images alongside…

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429 Air Pollution & Schizophrenia

Research by Horsdal, Henriette T., Agerbo, E., Mcgrath, J. J., Vilhjálmsson, B. J., Antonsen, S., Closter, A. M., . . . Pedersen, Carsten B., et al. (2019). Written by Robin N. Fatovic B.S. Do mental disorders develop from our genes or from our environment, or both? Studies suggest that NO2 or Nitrogen dioxide,exposure in childhood leads to higher risk of…

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428 Women Leaders & Stereotypes

Research by Dasgupta, N. & Asgari, S. (2004). Written by Shannon Cantalupo, M.S. How are we shaped by gender stereotypes? Does a women’s environment affect how she views herself or other women? Psychologists assessed whether a women’s automatic gender stereotype can be challenged. Specifically, to what extent does exposure to women leaders impact their traditional gender stereotypes? Psychologists assessed this…

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427 Lethal Force & Biases

Research by Hehman, E., Flake, J. K., Calanchini, J. (2018) Written by Shannon Cantalupo, M.S. Recent news highlights specific police officer’s inappropriate use of lethal force. What is the extent and reasons why some police engage in excessive lethal force? In 2018, psychologists examined the factors and psychological characteristics of people in specific geographical living areas. They studied whether racial…

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426 Crisis & Resilience

Research by Fredrickson, BarbaraL., Tugade, MicheleM., Waugh, ChristianE., & Larkin, GregoryR. (2003) Written by Robin N. Fatovic B.S. Why do we study psychology? Maybe we can learn something to help us with COVID-19 or any crisis! Researchers assessed whether positive people are more resilient, or can bounce back easier, during crises. In early 2001, college students and recent graduates participated…

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