Memory

Involuntary Memories in Everyday Life: Implications for Psychological Distress

This is an invited research digest contributed by Dr. Adriana del Palacio-Gonzalez at the Center on Autobiographical Memory Research, Aarhus University, Denmark. Have you ever caught yourself smiling when you were by yourself walking on the street or driving? It happens to me and many times it is because a funny memory comes to mind.… Continue reading Involuntary Memories in Everyday Life: Implications for Psychological Distress

Sleep

Trouble Falling Asleep? Write a To-Do List

This is an invited research digest contributed by Dr. Hannah Ballard (Texas A&M University) and Dr. Michael K. Scullin (Baylor University). Do you ever lie awake in bed at night waiting to fall asleep? If so, you are not alone: 40% of Americans report trouble falling asleep at night [1]. Difficulty falling asleep is not only… Continue reading Trouble Falling Asleep? Write a To-Do List

Development

The Long-term Impacts of Parents’ Income on Children’s Brain Development

This is an invited research digest by Dr. Monica Ellwood-Lowe of Stanford University. A number of studies have shown that the hippocampus, a brain region that is particularly sensitive to stress, is smaller in children who grow up in homes with fewer economic and educational resources. The hippocampus is nestled deep in the brain, critical for… Continue reading The Long-term Impacts of Parents’ Income on Children’s Brain Development

Exercise

Swimming as One of the Most Preferable Forms of Exercise

This is an invited research digest contributed by Dr. N. Harasawa of RIKEN Brain Science Institute, Japan. Are you satisfied with your physical and mental condition?  The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services reports 34% of U.S. adults meet criteria of metabolic syndrome [1]. National Institute of Mental Health reports 18% of U.S. adults… Continue reading Swimming as One of the Most Preferable Forms of Exercise

Education

The Study Blues: Impact of Academic Stress on Immunity

This is an invited research digest contributed by Dr. Viktoriya Maydych, Dr. Maren Claus, Dr. Thomas Kleinsorge, and Dr. Carsten Watzl at the Leibniz Research Centre for Working Environment and Human Factors at TU Dortmund, Germany. Almost everyone feels nervous or anxious when preparing for and taking an exam. Indeed, outcomes of exams are associated… Continue reading The Study Blues: Impact of Academic Stress on Immunity

Mindfulness

Mindfulness Mediates the Physiological Markers of Stress

This is an invited research digest contributed by Dr. Michaela C. Pascoe of Australian Catholic University. Meditation is a popular form of stress management, and some research shows that it can be helpful in decreasing how stressed we feel when faced with challenges. Many of these studies that have looked at physiological markers of stress… Continue reading Mindfulness Mediates the Physiological Markers of Stress