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School of Psychology

Psychology Science Minute

Psychology Science Minute shares brief (one minute long) summaries of current psychological science research and its importance to your life. 

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

410 Stress & Yoga
Research by Schmalzl, Laura, Powers, Chivon, Zanesco, AnthonyP., Yetz, Neil, Groessl, ErikJ., & Saron, CliffordD. (2018). Written by Robin N. Fatovic B.S. Did you know that both your mind and body feel the effects of stress? Accumulating research indicates that yoga practices reduce stress and have other benefits. Southern California University of Health Sciences Psychologist …

409 Coping with Pandemics/ COVID-19
Research by Polizzi, Craig, Lynn, Steven Jay & Perry, Andrew. (2020) Written by Robin N. Fatovic B.S. Do you notice that you or the people around you are having difficulty coping during COVID-19? Psychologist Steven Jay Lynn and doctoral students reviewed research done on prior mass crises to assess which coping interventions were effective. By …

408 Healthcare Workers & COVID-19
Research by Lai, Jianbo, Ma, S., Wang, Y., Zhongxiang, X., Jianbo, H., Wei, N., Wu, J., … Hu, Shaohua. (2020). Written by Shannon Cantalupo, M.S. When news of COVID-19 broke, a worry and anxiety flooded the country. Imagine the distress of health care workers reporting to work to save those suffering from COVID-19. How is …

407 COVID-19 & Children
Research by Xie, Xinyan, Xue, Q., Zhou, Y., Zhu, K., Lui, Q., Zhang, J., & Song, Ranran. (2020). Written by Shannon Cantalupo, M.S. COVID-19 has resulted in many changes for children and adults alike. Children used to attend school or extracurricular activities where they could see friends and socialize. Now, children stay home. How does …

406 Traumatic Stress & COVID-19
Research by Horesh, Danny, & Brown, AdamD. (2020). Written by Sean Edwards, M.S How are you coping with the COVID-19 pandemic? The significant stress, trauma, and changes in society signal uncertain futures, financial impacts, and fears coping with illness for self and loved ones. What effects will there be on our mental health? In the …

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