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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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425 Vaping & Marketing

Research by Basáñez, Tatiana, Majmundar, Anuja, Cruz, Tess Boley, & Unger, Jennifer B. (2018) Written by Robin N. Fatovic B.S. Why has vaping or e-cigarettes become so popular among our youth?Initially producers promoted e-cigarettes as a replacement for harmful cigarettes. Yet,research found vaping caused inhalation of dangerous metals that damaged DNA and caused cancer. Significant negative side effects impact the…

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424 Effectiveness of Teletherapy

Research by Mohr, David, Ho, Joyce, Duffecy, Jenna, Reifler, Douglas, Sokol, Lesile, Burns, Nichelle, Jin, Ling, Siddique, Juned (2012) Written by Robin N. Fatovic B.S. Therapy can be helpful in handling the financial, health-related, and daily stresses due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, due to social distancing guidelines, in-person therapy may be unsafe. Therefore, teletherapy, which is listening and seeing…

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423 Bilingual Infants and Attention

Research by D’Souza, Dean, Brady, Daniel, Haensel, Jennifer X., & D’Souza, Hana Written by Robin N. Fatovic B.S. Speaking multiple languages aids communication when visiting other countries or even in our multi ethnic country. Bilingual speakers and pre-language infants raised in bilingual homes also show other mental benefits, too. Why is that? Psychologist Dean D’Souza and colleagues used a specialized…

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422 Humor Enhances Happiness

Research by Wellenzohn, Sara; Proyer, Rene T; & Ruch, Willibald (2016). Written by Juanita N Baker, Ph.D. Can you laugh at yourself? Especially in these difficult times, it might be just what the psychologist ordered! Can we change our happiness and depression by eliciting our good humor? Swiss psychologists measured happiness and depression over 6 months for 600 online participants…

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421 Healing Romance Break-ups

Research by Lewandowski, Gary W. (2009). Written by American Psychological Association, adapted by Juanita N Baker, Ph.D. Breaking-up romantic relationships can be devastating! Such angst, crying, sleeplessness, depression, even suicidal ideation! A psychologist examined 100 unmarried participants who experienced a romantic break-up within the past three months. Positive psychology researchers theorize that even in negative experiences,the positive elements of experiences…

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420 Brief CBT & Need

Research by Chowdhary, Neerja, Anad, A., Dimidjian, S., Shinde, S., Weobong, B., Balaji, M., … & Patel, Vikram. (2015). Written by Shannon Cantalupo, M.S In countries around the globe, advanced science-based psychological treatments for depression are not available. How can professionals provide these new therapies in the most economical, efficient, and culturally appropriate way? Focusing on depression in India, a…

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419 Cross-cultures Giving & Happiness

Research by Aknin, Lara B. Barrington-Leigh, C. P., Dunn, E. W., Helliwell, J. F., Burns, J., et al., & Norton, Michael I. (2013) Written by Shannon Cantalupo, M.S. How do you feel when you give money to charity? Prosocial spending is that behavior when people use their financial resources to help others. Research suggests that when people engage in prosocial…

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