Grant Funding for Research on Bilingualism and Aging

The U.S. National Institute on Aging (NIA) has announced funding for research proposals on bilingualism and its impact on cognitive reserve and resilience in both healthy aging and in Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and Alzheimer’s disease-related dementias (ADRD). Research on bilingualism and its effects on behavior and the brain have been studied in the past, but it …

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National Institute on Aging Funding for Graduate Student to Postdoc Transition

Graduate students in psychological science interested in pursuing aging-focused research and training can apply for a unique National Institute on Aging (NIA) funding opportunity. This opportunity, called a F99/K00 predoc to postdoc transition award/postdoctoral transition award by NIH, supports researchers and clinical scientists in areas such as behavioral, social, clinical, and other relevant fields. Accepted …

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22 Tiny Mental Health Habits That Can Improve Your Life In 2022

Another roller coaster year is coming to an end, and the lingering effects of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic have certainly taken a collective toll on our mental health. There’s no way to know what 2022 has in store for us, nor can self-care erase the grief, trauma or other challenges we may have endured over the last …

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When “Om” Sounds Like “I’m”: Mindfulness and the Context of Self

Living with greater mindfulness is often portrayed as a significant step toward self-improvement, or even spiritual enlightenment, but research indicates a disparate range of outcomes related to practices such as yoga and meditation. Among some individuals, mindfulness practices seem to foster empathy, encouraging acts of generosity and compassion toward other people, while other individuals may …

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Why Emotional Intelligence Takes a Dive Among the Affluent

For years, social psychologists knew those with high socioeconomic status read the emotions of others poorly. But a June 2021 study in Social Psychological and Personality Science found when people experience economic inequality, they develop a more competitive mindset and, as a result, their emotional intelligence decreases. “There’s more to gain and more to lose when there’s …

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Gift Giving: Is It Really the Thought That Counts? Psychologists Weigh In.

As I scrolled through a friend’s Secret Santa wish list recently, I felt conflicted. I’ve always believed that a good gift requires thought and effort. If I just got him something on his wish list, would he think I didn’t care enough to try to come up with the perfect present on my own? If …

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Spark Creativity with Thomas Edison’s Napping Technique

Thomas Edison was famously opposed to sleeping. In an 1889 interview published in Scientific American, the ever energetic inventor of the lightbulb claimed he never slept more than four hours a night. Sleep was, he thought, a waste of time. Yet Edison may have relied on slumber to spur his creativity. The inventor is said to have napped …

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A Youth Mental Health Crisis Was Already Brewing. The Pandemic Made It Worse, Surgeon General Says.

The situation painted across the U.S. surgeon general’s 53-page advisory is dire. Compared with 2019, emergency room visits for suicide attempts rose 51 percent for adolescent girls in early 2021. Among boys, there was a four percentage point increase. Depression and anxiety doubled during the coronavirus pandemic, with 25 percent of youths experiencing depressive symptoms and 20 …

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