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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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Curiosity Is the Secret to a Happy Life

Curiosity Is the Secret to a Happy Life

The more that experts examine curiosity, the more they find evidence to suggest that it’s the secret sauce in a happy, fulfilling life. “If you take the fundamental things that people tend to want out of life — strong social relationships and happiness and accomplishing things — all of these are highly linked to curiosity,” says Todd Kashdan, a professor of psychology at George Mason University and author of Curious?

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Four Ways Music Can Make Exercise Less of a Sufferfest

Four Ways Music Can Make Exercise Less of a Sufferfest

James Maddux, who was not involved in the recent (2020) meta-analytic investigation on music and exercise, reviewed and summarized the findings. Maddux is a professor emeritus in the department of psychology and senior scholar at the Center for the Advancement of Well-Being at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia.

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