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452 Exercise and Memory

Research by Erikson, Kirk; Voss, Michelle; Prakash, Ruchika; Basak, Chandramallika; Szabo, Amanda; Chaddock, Laura; Kim, Jennifer; Heo, Susie; Alves, Heloisa; White, Siobhan; Wojcicki, Thomas; Mailey, Emily; Vieira, Victoria; Martin, Stephen; Pence, Brandt; Woods, Jeffrey; McAuley, Edward; Kramer, Arthur (2011). Exercise training increases size of hippocampus and improves memory. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences,108(7), 3017 3022.https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1015950108 Written by Robin…

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451 Illusion of Positivity

Research by James Collard, Matthew Fuller-Tyskiewicz (2020). Positive irrational beliefs and mental health. Journal of Rational-Emotive & Cognitive-Behavior Therapy. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10942-020-00375-y Written by Robin N. Fatovic M.S. Is it helpful to always look on the bright side? Psychology researchers argued that being overly positive, like thinking one is always in control, successful,and makes no mistakes, can result in irrational beliefs or…

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450 Body Image and Values

Research by Alleva, Jessica; Medoch, Melissa; Priestly, Kira; Philippi, Johanna; Hamaekers, Jolien; Salvino, Eva; Humblet, Sanne; Custers, Marieke (2020). “I appreciate your body, because…” does promoting positive body image to a friend affect one’s own positive body image?Body Image,36, 134-138. doi:10.1016/j.bodyim.2020.11.002 Written by Robin N. Fatovic M.S. Can expressing appreciation and love to a friend change the way you view…

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449 Helpful Horror

Written by Robin N. Fatovic M.S. Research by Scrivner, Coltan; Johnson, John; Kjeldgaard-Christiansend, Jens; Clasen, Mathias (2020). Pandemic practice: Horror fans and morbidly curious individuals are more psychologically resilient during the COVID-19 pandemic. Personality and Individual Differences, 168. https://doi.org/https://doi.org/10.1016/j.paid.2020.110397 What kind of movies do you like to watch? Psychology researchers asked, “Do horror movie fans handle stress and crises better?”…

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448 Power and Perspective-Taking

Written by Robin N. Fatovic M.S. Research by Wang, Yinan (2020). When power increases perspective-taking: The moderating role of syncretic self-esteem.Personality and Individual Differences, 166,110207. doi:10.1016/j.paid.2020.11020 Are effective leaders in power good at understanding other people’s needs and perspectives? Psychologist Yinan Wang from Beijing Normal University thought self-esteem or valuing oneself and one’s abilities might impact this ability. With power…

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447 Marriage and Journaling

Research by Finkel, Eli; Slotter, Erica; Luchies, Laura; Walton, Gregory;& Gross, James (2013). A Brief Intervention to Promote Conflict Reappraisal Preserves Marital Quality Over Time. Psychological Science, 24(8), 1595–1601.https://doi.org/10.1177/0956797612474938 Written by Robin N. Fatovic M.S. Research shows marital quality declines over time, even though marital satisfaction is a part of life satisfaction. University psychology researchers attempted to create an easy,…

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446 Work Hard, Play Hard

Research by Cheng, David& Wang, Lu (2014). Examining the Energizing Effects of Humor: The Influence of Humor on Persistence Behavior. Journal of Business and Psychology, 30(4), 759–772. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10869-014-9396-z Written by Robin N. Fatovic M.S. You might be serious at work and leave play for when you get home, but what if someone told you that play could also be effective…

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445 Self-Control in Dieting

Research by Furman, Celina; Kross, Ethan;& Gearhardt, Ashley (2020). Distanced Self-Talk Enhances Goal Pursuit to Eat Healthier. Clinical Psychological Science,8(2), 366–373. https://doi.org/10.1177/2167702619896366 Written by Robin N. Fatovic M.S. Have you ever started a diet, but struggled to stay motivated or dedicated to it? Psychology researchers hypothesized that what we tell ourselves impacts our self-control when dieting. First, they separated 240…

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444 Psychology and Genetics

Research by Mukai, Jun; Cannavò, Enrico; Crabtree, Gregg W.; Sun, Ziyi; Diamantopoulou, Anastasia; Thakur, Pratibha; Chang, Chia-Yuan; Cai, Yifei; Lomvardas, Stavros; Takata, Atsushi; Xu, Bin; & Gogos, Joseph A.(2019) Recapitulation and Reversal of Schizophrenia-Related Phenotypes in Setd1a-Deficient Mice. Neuron, 104(3)471-487. doi:10.1016/j.neuron. 2019.09.014 Written by Robin N. Fatovic M.S. Disparate branches of science (like biology, chemistry, and psychology) create new understandings…

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443 Half Glass Full, Empty, or Neither?

Research by Meza, David& Dawson, Chris (2020). Neither an Optimist Nor a Pessimist Be: Mistaken Expectations Lower Well-Being. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin,014616722093457.doi:10.1177/0146167220934577 Written by Robin N. Fatovic M.S Do you think it is better to be optimistic or pessimistic? Business management researchers studied1,600 British participants’ views on finances and overall wellbeing using surveys. Would financial optimists feel better because…

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