Simple activities, such as drawing and coloring, may yield both mental health and cognitive benefits for veterans, according to a new study conducted by Dr. Tracy Alloway, associate professor of psychology at the University of North Florida.The study, in collaboration with UNF psychology graduate student Jourdan Rodak and psychology undergraduate student Michaela Rizzo, explored the use of coloring and drawing in veterans with and without self-reported Post Traumatic Stress Disorder symptoms.
Simple activities, such as drawing and coloring, may yield both mental health and cognitive benefits for veterans. In my research, I found that:
1) Veterans showed decreased self-reported anxiety and stress after coloring a mandala—a geometric pattern—for 20 minutes
2) Veterans also showed improved working memory after drawing for 20 minutes.
In my research, we surveyed over 350 people from 18 -60 to understand how we make decisions online. There was a difference in how people pursued prosocial causes (like the ice bucket challenge):
· Women were more motivated by a need to connect
· Men were more motivated by a need to protect
According to Pew Research, 75% of us get our news from social media. So what can you do to encourage someone to make a prosocial decision? Tip: Framing matters – especially if you are a woman.
Psychologists describe the decisions we make as either hot or cold: emotional or rational. But can you switch your brain to make a decision that is better for you? And is it the same for men and women?
Is it possible for an entire city to have a hangover for a whole week? It sure seemed like it last Sunday when the Jaguars took on the Tennessee Titans at the stadium.The week before, the Jaguars, with huge vocal support from their fans, exorcised the demon Patriots, the only thing standing between them and the Super Bowl last season.
Women tend to describe themselves as emotional decision makers. Dr. Alloway conducted an experiment to discover if women would become more prone to making emotional decisions under pressure. She asked women to make a difficult decision (along the lines of sacrificing one person’s life to save many others.) Many women reacted emotionally, saying they simply could not make that difficult decision.
Dr. Alloway then put the women under stress by asking them to count backward from 100 by sixes (100, 94, 87, etc.) After about a minute, she then asked them to make another difficult decision. Most women were able to make a more utilitarian decision (one that rationally considered the greater good, rather than personal emotions) under pressure. READ THE FULL ARTICLE
Reflecting on social media and memory for an AT&T documentary @audiencenetwork
Two tips to increase prosocial and altruistic behavior:
1) Practice self-control
Empathy (imagining yourself in someone else’s shoes) is a precursor to altruistic behavior. Brain imaging research has recently report that empathy is linked to self-control in the the brain (right temporoparietal junction; rTPJ). What does this mean? Researchers speculate that self-control is a “kind of temporal selflessness”. The Present You” makes a decision to help Future You.
2. Find a community
In my own research at UNF, we found that when people had a general sense of belonging in their community, they were more likely to show prosocial (showing concern for others, etc), even in their online social media behaviors (example: they were more likely to engage positively with social media posts rather than argumentatively).
Are we conditioned to behave altruistically? Studies show that the brain responds differently for men and women
When we automatize math facts, our Working Memory is freed up to solve multi-step problems.
There is a gender stereotype effect for math, where girls tend to report more anxiety.
But: You are better than you think!
Girls report more math anxiety on general survey measures but are not actually more anxious during math classes and exams, according to data from about 700 students in grades 5 – 11.
Hormones, like estrogen, cortisol, and dopamine, can affect our memory. Watch to find out how our body produces a hormone that can reverse age-related memory loss.
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