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March 8, 2022
by Patricia Tomasi

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How Important Is Greenspace Around Hospitals When It Comes To The Health Of Patients?

March 8, 2022 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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A new study published in the Health Environments Research and Design Journal looked at hospital greenspaces and the impacts on wayfinding and spatial experience. The study was an explorative experiment using immersive virtual environment techniques. “The study compares people’s performances and spatial experiences during hospital wayfinding in two scenarios: the virtual hospital with window views of nature and greenspaces, and the virtual hospital without window views,” study author Shan Jiang told us. [More]

August 27, 2021
by Elizabeth Pratt

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Why COVID-19 Made Us Panic Buy

August 27, 2021 08:00 by Elizabeth Pratt  [About the Author]

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As the COVID-19 pandemic spread across the world, an interesting phenomenon was playing out in grocery stores. Panic buying. As the COVID-19 pandemic spread across the world, an interesting phenomenon was playing out in grocery stores. Panic buying. Consumers, in the face of increasing uncertainty, began stockpiling in a buying frenzy that left the shelves bare. Now a study from the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia may have an explanation for the behaviour. Unexpected certainty can cause us to change our behavior even if it isn't helpful. [More]

August 24, 2021
by Patricia Tomasi

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Does Being Transgender Put You At Greater Risk For Heart Issues?

August 24, 2021 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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A recent scientific statement by the American Heart Association published in the AHA Journal covered the topic of cardiovascular health in people who are transgender and gender diverse. “Our statement is about looking at people's health in the context of the world in which we live,” Writing Committee Chair, Carl G Streed told us. “It's about moving beyond blaming individuals for their health and looking at what is actually causing health disparities." [More]

August 17, 2021
by Patricia Tomasi

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Why Are Women More Anxious Than Men?

August 17, 2021 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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A new study published in the Journal of Psychopharmacology looked at sex differences in specific aspects of two animal tests of anxiety-like behavior. “We studied male and female rodent models to better understand sex differences in biological responses related to anxiety,” study author Thatiane De Oliveira Sergio told us. “We used procedures that let us measure a lot of different aspects of the anxiety behavior.” [More]

August 10, 2021
by Patricia Tomasi

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New Study Looks At Impulse Buying Behavior

August 10, 2021 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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A new study published in PLOS ONE looked at how state-trait interactions in regulatory focus determines impulse buying behavior. “Our study looks at how a basic motivational theory (regulatory focus theory) can be applied to the phenomenon of impulse buying,” study author Anand Krishna told us. “Regulatory focus differentiates between a promotion focus, in which people are motivated by achieving potential gains or growth goals, and a prevention focus, in which people are motivated by avoiding losses or achieving security goals.” [More]

June 15, 2021
by Patricia Tomasi

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How Gender Differentiates The Impact Of Alcohol Use Disorder

June 15, 2021 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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A recently published study looked at how brain responsivity to emotional faces differs in men and women with and without a history of alcohol use disorder (AUD). “We investigated brain activity in response to facial expressions,” study author Kayle S. Sawyer told us, “and how abnormalities in brain activity differed for men and women with a history of alcohol use disorder.” [More]

March 23, 2021
by Ruth Gordon, MA, MSW, LCSW

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The View From The Top

March 23, 2021 09:48 by Ruth Gordon, MA, MSW, LCSW  [About the Author]

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Many believe in the perfect lives of those perceived to be at the top live perfect, effortless lives. The top 1%. Bystanders have a tendency to equate monetary wealth, good looks, good connections, and charisma with “happily ever after”. Many of these observers would deny that there is any disadvantage to holding a position at the summit of the pedestal. [More]