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Psychology Science Minute

The Psychology Science Minute shares brief (one minute long) summaries of current psychological science research and its importance to your life. To view all of our Psychology Science Minutes, visit our blog.

Why present one minute spots for psychological science?

  1. There’s been exciting progress in psychology.  It has made a difference in our lives, as have other scientific discoveries in the past 50 years.
  2. People really don’t know many ideas are based on psychological research. They may be surprised to learn about the varying specialties of expertise within our field.
  3. People may benefit from consulting a psychologist but do not do so because:
    • There is still a stigma at seeing a psychologist, unlike other professionals such as auto mechanics, medical doctors, lawyers, plumbers, and other professionals providing expertise
    • They don’t know what psychologists do differently from counseling, social workers, psychiatrists, and other mental health professionals
    • They do not understand that there is a science of psychology that is the basis for the profession.
  4. There are many myths about psychology that people should know are untrue.
  5. There are many small bits of scientific based facts that would be helpful in everyone’s daily lives and thus implemented by many if we dispersed them more widely.
  6. Messages can be timely...Health care, violence, sexual abuse, conflict, torture, politics of opinion polls, basis for laws and new policies...are periodically in the news.
  7. We have a responsibility to educate the public about our science.

Psychology Science Minute Podcasts

397 Sleep Trends
Research by Sheehan, Connor M., Frochen, S. E., Walsemann, K. M., & Ailshire, J. A. (2019). Written by Shannon Cantalupo, B.S. Lack of sleep is an important National Health concern.  What factors likely contribute to our getting inadequate sleep, despite evidence that good sleep hygiene has numerous physical and psychological benefits?    Researchers used the [...]

396 Parent’s Language & Children
Research by D’Apice, Katrina, Latham, R. M., & von Stumm, S. (2019). Written by Shannon Cantalupo, B.S.  Since early life experiences are crucial for a child’s development, how do the language skills and actions of parents affect children’s language? British psychologists researched how, in the home, the impact of the quantity and quality of adult [...]

395 Self-Esteem, Social Support & Health
Research by Lee, David S. & Way, Baldwin M. (2019). Written by Shannon Cantalupo, B.S.  Do you think you have strong social support? Believe others have your back? Be there when in need?  When we believe we have social support, we are more likely to have better mental and physical well-being. Does our perception of [...]

394 TV & Cognition
Research by Fancourt, Daisy. & Steptoe, Andrew. (2019). Written by Shannon Cantalupo, B.S.  We’ve all told children to play outside, rather than sit watching TV. Research supports TV having a negative effect on children’s cognitive abilities, but what about adults? Psychologists Fancourt and Steptoe studied whether viewing TV is associated with a cognitive decline in adults [...]

393 TV Shows & Suicide
Research by Bridge, Jeffrey A., Greenhouse, J. B., Ruch, D., Stevens, J., Ackerman, J., Sheftall, A. H., … Campo, J. V. (2019). Written by Shannon Cantalupo, B.S.  Suicide can be prevented. Help is available. Yet, tragically, when a teen commits suicide, it seems contagious. Others follow. Can TV shows impact a person’s behavior? Could a [...]

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