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With 99 Measures of Well-Being, How Do You Choose?

With 99 Measures of Well-Being, How Do You Choose?

Understanding human well-being is one of the most important goals of psychological science. For good reason: most humans want to feel good, avoid feeling bad, and be free of maladies. Researchers seek to understand the psychological, biological, and environmental factors that influence whether a person experiences high well-being.

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Dr. Martin Wiener quoted in "Reasons Revealed for the Brain’s Elastic Sense of Time"

Dr. Martin Wiener quoted in "Reasons Revealed for the Brain’s Elastic Sense of Time"

But scientists have yet to disentangle just how and where reinforcement learning and time perception are integrated in the brain. Instead, “the two fields have traditionally stayed quite separate,” said Martin Wiener, a psychologist at George Mason University. “No one has asked, ‘How does reinforcement learning affect timing, or vice versa, if they’re both using the same neurotransmitter system?’”

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Kaplan, Winslow, and Luchman ask "What are We Working For?"

Kaplan, Winslow, and Luchman ask "What are We Working For?"

This study examines the impact, relative importance, and unique predictive validity of changes in a host of job features and other relevant factors on job satisfaction over a 35-year period using data from the 1979 National Longitudinal Survey of Youth cohort (12,686 respondents).

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Distance Learning for Children with ADHD

Distance Learning for Children with ADHD

“ADHD is a brain disorder that includes difficulty maintaining focus, hasty actions, and excessive body movements that interfere with daily functioning,” said Jerome Short, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Psychology at George Mason University. “It includes a pattern of inattention, impulsivity, and hyperactivity [and] affects about five to seven percent of children.”

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James Maddux, PhD, discusses why habits are so important

James Maddux, PhD, discusses why habits are so important

In episode 8 of Everyday Health's video series Boxed In: COVID-19 and Your Mental Health, “How Daily Routines Can Make the Pandemic More Bearable,” editor in chief Maureen Connolly speaks with James Maddux, PhD, a professor emeritus in the department of psychology at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, and a senior scholar at the Center for the Advancement of Well-Being.

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The College of Health and Human Services is Awarded Seed Funding Grants for Two Urgent COVID-19 Studies

The College of Health and Human Services is Awarded Seed Funding Grants for Two Urgent COVID-19 Studies

CHHS faculty Drs. Amira Roess (Global and Community Health), Allison Evan Cuellar (Health Administration and Policy), and Lawrence Cheskin (Nutrition and Food Studies; Global and Community Health) with fellow Mason faculty Drs. Jerome Short (Psychology), Virginia Espina (Center for Applied Proteomics and Molecular Medicine), and Lance Liotta (Center for Applied Proteomics and Molecular Medicine) have received $35,000 for their study titled “How will COVID-19 affect the future of young American adults?

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Today is Blursday: How Lockdown Warps Time

Today is Blursday: How Lockdown Warps Time

“The general idea is that people take certain events during the week that are cyclical, and they anchor themselves to it, and the farther you get out from that anchor, the harder it is to tell when it is,” says Martin Wiener, PhD, an assistant professor of cognitive and behavioral neuroscience at George Mason University in Fairfax, VA.

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For kids stuck at home, Mason student is royalty

For kids stuck at home, Mason student is royalty

For Peyton Moore, one of the inconveniences of online learning at home has been the overwhelming number of emails coming to her inbox. And that doesn’t include the 30 or so in her secondary email waiting for her attention.

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Trapped at Home With People You Met on Craigslist

Trapped at Home With People You Met on Craigslist

Roommates should “sit down and have a full discussion” about who’s coming and going and where, Keith Renshaw, the director of psychology at George Mason University, told me. “Ask: ‘How strict does everybody want to be about social distancing?’

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