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Pandemic & Cognition

26 Jun

A study in Psychiatry Research showed that those who see themselves as more knowledgeable about COVID-19, no matter their actual knowledge, have a greater sense of well-being than those who see themselves as less knowledgeable. (In brief. Knowledge during the pandemic. Monitor on Psychology, 20220, 51(6), p. 16)


5 Jun

James Baldwin: Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.


29 May

Anthropologist David Graeber: The more obviously one’s work benefits other people, the less one is likely to be paid for it.


22 May

Research in the Psychological Bulletin showed that modeling of cooperative behavior motivated those who saw it also to be helpful. (In brief. Contagious cooperation. Monitor on Psychology, 2020, 51(6), pp 13-14.)


18 May

Cicero: To be ignorant of what occurred before you were born is to remain always a child.


12 May

Research in the Journal of Family Psychology found that a mother’s stress is perceived by her children. Stressed mothers were less engaged and less warm with their children. There was a significant relationship between a mother’s physiological arousal and her children’s. (In brief. Mom can’t hide her stress. Monitor on Psychology, 2020, 51(6), p. 13)

College Debt

6 May

Student loans reduce happiness more than mortgages and credit card debt, especially when they are seen as debt rather than something more positive, like an investment. (In brief. Crushing debt. Monitor on Psychology, 2020, 51(6), p. 12)


27 Apr

An article in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology suggested that although extreme protest behaviors, such as blocking highways, vandalism, and provocative rhetoric, bring more attention to a cause, they weaken support, even among those who are sympathetic to the cause. (In brief. Some protest tactics work better than others. Monitor on Psychology, 2020, 51(6), p. 11)


24 Apr

Lily Tomlin: I always wanted to be somebody, but I see now I should have been more specific.


18 Apr

Dwight D. Eisenhower: Don’t join the book burners. Don’t think you’re going to conceal faults by concealing evidence evidence that they ever existed.