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Hiding Instagram Likes
Sophia Choukas-Bradley, assistant professor of psychology and director of the Teen and Young Adult Lab, states that Instagram's move to hide likes from others "might reduce social comparison, but it probably won't reduce self-objectification." See Instagram Likes.
Faculty Member Develops App to Help Kids Manage Anxiety
Jennifer Silk worked alongside colleague Bambang Parmanto, professor and chair of the Health Information Management department, to create a mobile app called SmartCAT that shows greater promise in reducing childhood anxiety when combined with CBT therapy, than CBT therapy alone. See SmartCAT.
Dr. Lauren Hallion and colleagues are among the few psychologists in this Washington Post article offering tips for how to reduce excessive worrying. A mindfulness technique called the "focused attention approach" decreased worrying the most for the participants of their small study. See Worrying.
Psychology Undergraduates Excel in Summer Fellowships
Four psychology undergraduates share their experiences working on creative and research heavy summer fellowships facilitated by the Pitt Honors College.
Joseph Mernyk - UHC Research Fellowship; Partisan Politics
Brianna Mims - Breckenridge Fellowship; Racial Identity and Film
Finn Murphy - Creative Arts Fellowship; Music and Mental Health
Mahima Rajan - UHC Research Fellowship; Bilingualism and Math Development