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The power of social influence and what we can do better.
Catherine A. Sanderson Ph.D.
Are you feeling worn out from the ongoing stress of COVID? Understanding why uncertainty is so stressful—and what you can do to manage it—can help.
Should I say something? Training students to intervene when they recognize a friend is struggling may play an important role in reducing the college student mental health crisis.
In a federal report released last week, just over one-third of US adults between the ages of 18 and 39 report being vaccinated against COVID-19 — despite free access across the country. Why?
How can we increase vaccination rates so we can return to normal life? Celebrity influencers and specific incentives can make a real difference.
Does social psychology help explain the unusual trading behavior associated with the rise and fall of GameStop, AMC, Blackberry, and other stocks?
Finding ways to connect during these times of COVID is important for psychological and physical well-being. Here are three easy strategies that can make a big difference.
Research from positive psychology suggests a great strategy for feeling happier.
Many people find it hard to feel happy these days, between fear of COVID and intense anxiety about the upcoming election. But there are specific things we can do to feel better.
There's so much focus on the challenges students face this fall, with a new normal of remote learning. But there's a real potential for the pandemic to create positive changes.
What do Mitt Romney, Ashley Judd, and whistleblowers all have in common? A willingness to do the right thing, even when it comes at a cost.
Sixteen years ago, my mother spent what would turn out to be her last Mother’s Day in a hospital, recovering from the effects of yet another failed round of chemotherapy.
Why did Mike Pence fail to wear a mask at the Mayo Clinic—and why did those around him stay silent? Understanding the psychology of inaction can help us step up and act.
Aren't we all trying to find more happiness, especially during these trying times? Here are three lessons we can learn from Finland - the world's happiness country.
Is spending time on social media these days helpful or harmful? For most of us, it can be both. So, figure out how best to avoid the bad and take the good.
In search of a way to reduce stress and loneliness during the coronavirus pandemic? Take a trip to your local shelter to adopt or foster a dog.
Want to feel happier and healthier during this stressful time? Here are five strategies for giving that will make you feel better.
Rapid norm change is possible, and can save lives. Here are strategies we can use.
How do social norms influence us, for better and for worse?
Catherine A. Sanderson, Ph.D., is the Manwell Family Professor of Life Sciences (Psychology) at Amherst College.