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Frazier on Feelings of Fatigue

Many students across the country have been voicing feelings of fatigue and monotony about school. Pat Frazier, PhD, professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, alongside fellow psychology researchers Liza Meredith, PhD, at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, and Viann Nguyen-Feng, PhD, at the University of Minnesota-Duluth, has collected data on stressors experienced by students and the efficacy of virtual stress management interventions.

A New American Pastime: Federico on Political Tribalism

This election season has shown the increase in tribalism in politics, where there is a strong divide along partisan lines. In recent years politics have been treated increasingly more like sports. Americans obsess over political updates, commentary, and the bashing of their political rivals. Christopher Federico, PhD, professor in the Departments of Political Science and Psychology at the University of Minnesota, says that “human beings derive a lot of meaning and guidance and esteem from being members of groups,” in an NBC Boston article titled, “America's (New) Pastime: Political Fanaticism.”

Legge and Researchers Identify Critical Character Count for Text Reading on...

Gordon Legge, PhD, in the Department of Psychology at the University of Minnesota, along with Nilsu Atilgan and Ying-Zi Xiong recently conducted a study on the joint impact of print size and display size on the readability of text. Legge and his team found that lines with too few words resulted in slower reading times.

Federico on the Aftermath of the US Election

With each presidential election, comes the mourning of the part of the nation whose candidate did not win. In a CNN Health article titled, “Nearly half of the US may be mourning the election. Here's what can help,” Christopher Federico, PhD, professor in the Departments of Political Science and Psychology at the University of Minnesota, talks about the growing polarization of American politics.

New National Mentorship Program Seeks to Break Down Barriers in The Field of...

Kate Carosella, a graduate student in the Department of Psychology at the University of Minnesota, alongside Meriah DeJoesph, a graduate student in the Institute of Child Development (ICD), are gearing up for the kickoff of The Next-Gen Psych Scholars Program they worked to co-start. A Minnesota Daily article titled, “National mentorship program aims to diversify psychology fields,” shares that the program, beginning on November 14th, is a national mentorship for underrepresented undergraduate students interested in studying psychology at the graduate level.

Early Voting in Minnesota

Early voting has seemingly been the norm for this election, but why has there been so much early voting? Christopher Federico, PhD, professor in the Departments of Political Science and Psychology at the University of Minnesota, points out that safety (with regards to the pandemic) and enthusiasm or fear of voter suppression have been some reasons for in-person early voting.

University of Minnesota Research Finds COVID-19 is Negatively Impacting Well-Being

According to a recently published University of Minnesota study, depression rates are up for US adults and life satisfaction is down during the COVID-19 pandemic. The study titled, “Socioeconomic Status and Well-Being During COVID-19: A Resource-Based Examination,” was published in the Journal of Applied Psychology. Richard Douglass, PhD, assistant professor in the Department of Psychology is a co-author of this study. The results discuss that no matter one’s socioeconomic status, everyone has been heavily affected by COVID-19.

Early Voting in Minnesota

Early voting has seemingly been the norm for this election, but why has there been so much early voting? Christopher Federico, PhD, professor in the Departments of Political Science and Psychology at the University of Minnesota, points out that safety (with regards to the pandemic) and enthusiasm or fear of voter suppression have been some reasons for in-person early voting.

Federico on The Psychology of Why People Don’t Vote

Americans throughout the years have declined to vote in presidential elections. These voters can be placed into several camps. Christopher Federico, PhD, professor in the Departments of Political Science and Psychology at the University of Minnesota, describes some of these in a CNBC article titled, “‘I don’t plan to vote ever again’: The psychology of why so many people don’t vote, even in 2020.”

Lee Named a Melvin and Gertrude Waldfogel Scholar of the College

Congratulations to Dr. Richard Lee, PhD, professor in the psychology department at the University of Minnesota, for being named the 2020 Melvin and Gertrude Waldfogel Scholar of the College of Liberal Arts. This honor supports faculty research and creative activities. We appreciate Rich’s many meaningful contributions to both, the Psychology Department and the College of Liberal Arts.

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