Fall 2022 Newsletter | In the Media

Rebecca Spencer appears on a local TV program to discuss the role word games can play in helping one’s brain as they age. “Unfortunately you can get really good at Wordle, or Scrabble, or whatever it is, and it just doesn’t translate to those things that are usually the practical skills we need” like remembering a grocery list, she says. (Mass Appeal)

Spencer also shares tips to make sure students get enough sleep. (WWLP)

Linda Tropp discusses a new report from the nonprofit organization Beyond Conflict that analyzes America’s social divides through the lens of social science to understand how demographic, social and cultural changes in the U.S. can affect perceptions of threats to our identities, feelings of belonging and perceptions of status and power. (WHMP)

A 2002 study by psychologist Robert Feldman, formerly dean of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences and now senior advisor to the chancellor, that found people lie three times in 10 minutes, even to a stranger, is cited in an article about how to spot liars in job interviews. (Inc.com)

Agnès Lacreuse, professor of behavioral neuroscience, has co-written an article about expanding Alzheimer’s research with primates, which could overcome the problem with treatments that show promise in mice but don’t help humans. (The Conversation)

After years of working with Bhutanese community members in Western Massachusetts, a team led by Kalpana Poudel-Tandukar (College of Nursing) including Christopher Martell, Holly Laws, and Jerrold Meyer (PBS) has developed a peer-led, family-centered preventive intervention to reduce stress, anxiety and depressive symptoms and promote mental health among immigrants in the U.S. In a paper published in the journal BMJ Open, Poudel-Tandukar and her colleagues lay out details of the pilot, randomized controlled trial with Bhutanese adults that will assess the effectiveness of a psychological intervention developed by the World Health Organization, known as problem management plus, which trained laypeople can deliver. (NEPM/New England Public MediaNews Office release)