Beth Ellwood
Beth Ellwood
Hi, I’m Beth! I’m a freelance writer specializing in research writing.Source
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Repeating the “F” word can improve threshold for pain during an ice water challenge

Repeating the “F” word can improve threshold for pain during an ice water challenge

A recent study found that repeating the “F” word during an ice water experiment increased subjects’ tolerance and threshold for pain. However, reciting made-up swear words showed no such pain-reducing effects. The study was published in .Numerous studies have shown that the use of swear words can strengthen pain tolerance during an ice water experiment. UK researchers Stephens and Robertson set out to explore the mechanism behind this pain-relieving effect in a unique way. A team of specialists invented two new “swear” words with properties similar to known curse words. They then tested the...

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U.S. population trusts scientific leaders over President Trump when it comes to COVID-19, study suggests

U.S. population trusts scientific leaders over President Trump when it comes to COVID-19, study suggests

U.S. adults look to scientific organizations like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, rather than their president, to lead the country’s response to the coronavirus pandemic. This finding comes from a recent survey targeting perceptions about COVID-19 that was published in .In a global health crisis, communication with the public is essential and ongoing. Researchers McFadden and colleagues explain that in order for messaging to be most effective, it is important to consider public attitudes and identify trust issues when it comes to sources of information. In their recent...

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Personality traits related to approach and avoidance influence one's likelihood of self-isolating during the coronavirus pandemic

Personality traits related to approach and avoidance influence one's likelihood of self-isolating during the coronavirus pandemic

A recent UK survey suggests that individual differences in approach and avoidance tendencies are linked to concerns about COVID-19. Specifically, a higher fight-flight-freeze system score was associated with a higher likelihood of self-isolating during the pandemic. The study was published in the British Journal of Health Psychology. By March of 2020, the new coronavirus had infected thousands in the United Kingdom, prompting the government to release a public health communication campaign. A study by Bacon and Corr explores how the reinforcement sensitivity theory (RST) of personality...

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When it comes to telecommuting, a multi-faceted approach is key, report suggests

When it comes to telecommuting, a multi-faceted approach is key, report suggests

A scientific review of past research suggests that telecommuting involves a trade-off between certain benefits and drawbacks. While remote work may increase employee productivity, it can also harm workplace relationships and lead to social isolation. The review was published by the Association for Psychological Science.Since the concept was first named in the 1970s, telecommuting has only been on the rise and continues to offer key advantages for society. Virtual work offers parents the opportunity to care for children at home and allows vital services to continue in emergency situations...

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New psychology research links social media exposure during the coronavirus pandemic to increased anxiety

New psychology research links social media exposure during the coronavirus pandemic to increased anxiety

Exposure to information about COVID-19 through social media is associated with increased symptoms of anxiety, according to a recent Chinese study. The report was published in PLOS One. The rapid spread of new virus COVID-19 throughout China, and its quick transmission to many other countries was unprecedented and extraordinary. Numerous studies have reported that the mental health implications of the pandemic are real and at times severe, both on medical workers and the public. As the study authors point out, past research provides compelling evidence that exposure to media during a...

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Google searches for “wash hands” predicts a country’s outbreak of COVID-19, study finds

Google searches for “wash hands” predicts a country’s outbreak of COVID-19, study finds

A report that examined Google search trends in 21 countries found that searches for “wash hands” predicted the spread of COVID-19. The report was published in On January 20, the person-to-person transmission of COVID-19 was officially declared by Chinese officials. In the following month, the coronavirus rapidly spread to parts of Europe and was soon a global concern. As public knowledge of the disease grew, people began to search for information on how to best protect themselves. This rampant desire for information is evident in Google search trends.Previous research has found Google...

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Study finds cocaine enhances creativity, but not as much as drug users believe

Study finds cocaine enhances creativity, but not as much as drug users believe

New evidence suggests that cocaine enhances creativity, but only in certain instances. Specifically, cocaine was found to enhance divergent thinking, the type of creativity associated with brainstorming, but only on figural tasks and not on verbal tasks. This finding comes from a study published in .While popular belief suggests that cocaine can be used to enhance creative thinking and defeat mental blocks, these claims have yet to be confirmed by science. Previous findings are mixed and researchers suggest this may have to do with the fact that there is more than one type of creative...

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Mindfulness exercises can reduce procrastination, study finds

Mindfulness exercises can reduce procrastination, study finds

Mindfulness training can reduce intention to procrastinate on a task one would normally avoid, according to a recent study published in the .Procrastination is characterized by the delaying of a task for a dysfunctional amount of time. Research has shown that the practice is relatively common in adults and can be especially harmful for university students. It’s a habit that can lead to unfavorable outcomes like stress, poor performance, anxiety, and depression.Previous studies have suggested that greater mindfulness is linked to less procrastination. One explanation may be that mindfulness...

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The most-viewed YouTube coronavirus videos incorporate fear and anxiety but neglect prevention information

The most-viewed YouTube coronavirus videos incorporate fear and anxiety but neglect prevention information

The majority of YouTube’s most popular videos on the subject of COVID-19 fail to address key prevention behaviors for mitigating the spread of the virus. Instead, 84% of the videos mention death, and 79% suggest fear and anxiety. These findings come from a study published in .The coronavirus COVID-19 was first discovered in Wuhan, China in December 2019 and has since taken the entire globe by storm. As there is currently no available vaccine for the virus, the most effective way to protect public health is through individual behaviors such as social distancing and hand washing. It’s...

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Access to personality information about a bald man eliminates the stereotype against men without hair

Access to personality information about a bald man eliminates the stereotype against men without hair

Women rate bald men as less attractive both physically and socially than men with hair. However, when character information is available, bald men are only rated as less physically attractive than their counterparts and not socially. This finding comes from a study published in .A full head of hair is considered ideal when it comes to beauty standards. Social psychology research has identified something called the physical attractiveness stereotype (PAS), which refers to the tendency of people to believe that what is beautiful is good. If this is true, it should follow that women judge bald...

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Study finds skipping breakfast is linked to a greater risk of depressive symptoms

Study finds skipping breakfast is linked to a greater risk of depressive symptoms

Workers who omit breakfast show a heightened risk of depressive symptoms, according to a study published in .Depression is a widespread metal health issue that has been linked to various negative outcomes such as reduced productivity at work, lower quality of life and higher mortality. Numerous studies have revealed a link between breakfast consumption and depressive symptoms but it has remained unclear whether this relationship is causal or incidental.Much of the previous research has failed to account for other influencing factors like diet and health-related behaviors. Furthermore, few...

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