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Bachelor’s in psychology students learn benefits social connections can have on our wellbeing

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In an often “me-centered” society, studies find that a dose of empathy, reaching out to others, and making social connections may just be the perfect medicine for the mind, body and soul — for both the giver and recipient. Dr. Barbara Fredrickson, psychology researcher and author of the book “Love 2.0: Creating Happiness and Health […]

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March 8th, 2016

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The science of conversation: What psychology students need to know

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You may have heard conversation referred to as an art form, but what about as a science? In a recent Technology, Entertainment and Design (TED) talk, British psychologist and conversation analyst Elizabeth Stokoe discussed the “science of talk” and the strategy behind effective communication. As an expert in conversation analysis, Stokoe shares that a simple pause […]

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February 25th, 2016

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Bachelor’s in psychology students learn to increase well-being through the art of gratitude

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Neuroscientists and psychologists alike have found that you can improve your well-being on a biological level by asking yourself one important question: What am I grateful for? In his book, “The Upward Spiral: Using Neuroscience to Reverse the Course of Depression, One Small Change at a Time,” Dr. Alex Korb explains that the act of […]

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February 3rd, 2016

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The psychology of going against the grain: what makes an effective leader?

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In our last blog post, we discussed Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., a man whose call for change through nonviolence is the foundation for his legacy of leadership. There are many quality traits that contribute to becoming an effective leader. But before you can lead a team, a company, a movement, or a nation, you […]

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January 28th, 2016

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The psychology behind why people fear change

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January marks the annual celebration of one of the greatest revolutionaries and leaders of change in the world — a man who, through his courageous actions and dreams of a future filled with hope, equality and opportunity, changed the history of this nation forever in the civil rights movement — Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. […]

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January 5th, 2016

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Massachusetts town addressing opioid crisis: How can a psychology degree help mitigate the public health emergency?

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After receiving word in March that the small town of Gloucester, MA had lost their fourth person in three months to a heroin overdose — the killer of over 8,200 people in 2013 alone, a death rate that has quadrupled in the past decade — Police Chief Leonard Campanello took immediate action, announcing to the […]

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December 10th, 2015

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The psychological influence of parents on children

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What if you were to learn that your father was a tyrant, a mass murderer, a monster comparable to Stalin? What would it be like to hold a name synonymous with oppression, cruelty and terror? Recently, Jay Nordlinger, American journalist, author and senior editor of National Review, came to Assumption and spoke about his new […]

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December 1st, 2015

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Special Topics Spotlight: Psychology and Aging

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Assumption College’s  PSY 186 Psychology of Aging explores the issues, special considerations, and methods of providing for an aging population and their effects on society as a whole. The study of aging and the provision of clinical services for older adults is a specialized field within psychology called geropsychology. Geropsychologists research the effects of the […]

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April 28th, 2015

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The tasty side of psychology: study of food and the brain

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So much of culture is centered around food — Family gatherings, holidays, festivals devoted to special foods, weddings, dates and sporting events. Food psychology tries to uncover the mysteries behind food and culture and its role in our minds. It’s a broad subject area, and it studies everything from chemical brain triggers of specific foods […]

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February 3rd, 2015

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What does the nose know? New research behind your sense of smell and the brain.

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What do freshly mowed grass, garlic mashed potatoes, dad’s aftershave, and cinnamon spice have in common? Many might call out their conspicuous smells. The smell of a strong scent can trigger a whole lot of memories, but very often we’re at a loss for words when it comes to explaining to others what we smell. […]

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December 9th, 2014

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