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The use of Facebook has skyrocketed in the past decade. It has occurred so quickly, in fact, that researchers are still trying to understand the allure of Facebook. Why are we interested in being bombarded with banal information from other peoples’ lives on a daily basis? What benefit do we get from having more Facebook friends than social psychologists believe we can realistically maintain relationships with? Since social connections are generally thought to promote health, can the same b........ Read more »
Ethan Kross mail,, Philippe Verduyn,, Emre Demiralp,, Jiyoung Park,, David Seungjae Lee,, Natalie Lin,, Holly Shablack,, John Jonides,, & Oscar Ybarra. (2013) Facebook Use Predicts Declines in Subjective Well-Being in Young Adults . plos one. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0069841
There is a well-known link between life stress and cardiovascular disease (CVD). Just how stress affects the heart and how severe stress must be for it to contribute to CVD, however, are frequently disputed. One of the reasons there are so many questions surrounding stress and CVD is that stress appears to affect different people in very different ways. For some people, a major life stressor may have a negative impact on health but other people may be able to take that same stressor in stride wi........ Read more »
Nabi H, Kivimäki M, Batty GD, Shipley MJ, Britton A, Brunner EJ, Vahtera J, Lemogne C, Elbaz A, & Singh-Manoux A. (2013) Increased risk of coronary heart disease among individuals reporting adverse impact of stress on their health: the Whitehall II prospective cohort study. European heart journal. PMID: 23804585
The day after a particularly bad night’s sleep you probably don’t feel like yourself. You may be more irritable, find it difficult to think clearly, and feel physically tired. Still, many of us find ourselves up late into the night either working or wasting time, only to vow the next day that we’ll never begin watching a movie at 11pm again. But if you suffer from anxiety issues, you now have another reason to hold true to that vow: lack of sleep may also increase anxiety. Rese........ Read more »
A. N. Goldstein, S. M. Greer, J. M. Saletin, A. G. Harvey, J. B. Nitschke, M. P. Walker. (2013) Tired and Apprehensive: Anxiety Amplifies the Impact of Sleep Loss on Aversive Brain Anticipation. Journal of Neuroscience. DOI: 10.1523/JNEUROSCI.5578-12.2013
As we’ve discussed in previous articles, the way you think about an issue–and not the magnitude of the issue itself–is usually what causes anxiety. Although this statement seems...
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Llewellyn, Nicole; Dolcos, SandaView Profile; Iordan, Alexandru D.View Profile; Rudolph, Karen D.View Profile; Dolcos, Florin. (2013) Reappraisal and Suppression Mediate the Contribution of Regulatory Focus to Anxiety in Healthy Adults. Emotion. DOI: 10.1037/a0032568
It has long been recognized that some anxious traits have a genetic component. However, the onset of an anxiety disorder usually requires both genetic and environmental influences. Researchers at Johns Hopkins Children’s Center recently published a study that identified some of the environmental factors that affect anxiety. They came from the most influential people in children’s lives: their parents. The researchers that conducted the study compared the way parents with social anxie........ Read more »
Crosby Budinger M, Drazdowski TK, & Ginsburg GS. (2013) Anxiety-promoting parenting behaviors: a comparison of anxious parents with and without social anxiety disorder. Child psychiatry and human development, 44(3), 412-8. PMID: 23053617
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