Early Onset Depressive Disorders in Adolescent Females

Yukta Kulkarni ’22 Depression is an illness that can cause feelings of sadness and can affect the way one thinks and acts. The first onset of depression is seen in childhood and often precedes chronic depression later on in life. Interestingly, it is correlated with differences in biological sex, as females have a 30% higher chance of struggling with first onset depression compared to males. … Continue reading Early Onset Depressive Disorders in Adolescent Females

Social Evaluation and Anxiety Can Affect Perception of Threats

Ayesha Azeem ’23 When we make decisions, a multitude of cognitive processes occur. One such factor involved is social evaluation, which may either enhance or hinder perceptual decisions. Perceptual decision-making is defined as choosing one option out of a set based on available sensory information. It is often observed when one perceives threatening stimuli, a response conserved through evolution. Thus, the determination of threatening stimuli … Continue reading Social Evaluation and Anxiety Can Affect Perception of Threats

Money Matters: Investigating Neural Responses to Monetary and Social Feedback

Thumyat Noe ’23 Depression and social anxiety disorders are two of the most common psychopathologies in adults. One way to identify these disorders is by looking at event-related potentials (ERPs) which are measurable brain responses to stimuli. “Reward positivity” is an event-related potential that reflects neural positivity toward rewards and activation of a reinforcement learning system. Previous studies suggest that smaller reward positivity potentials correlate … Continue reading Money Matters: Investigating Neural Responses to Monetary and Social Feedback

Grip Strength as an Avenue of Depression Prediction

Sooraj Shah ’24 Depression is a mental state in which individuals often feel disinterested in everyday activities, preventing them from taking advantage of life’s opportunities. Interestingly, depression seems to take a physical form as well, with muscle strength and functionality being a main area of concern. Unfortunately, muscle failures often go untreated because the majority of people with depression tend to reject treatment. In a … Continue reading Grip Strength as an Avenue of Depression Prediction

The Role of Shamiri Intervention in Fostering Mindsets in Kenyan Adolescents

Thumyat Noe ’23 Adolescent depression and anxiety are prevalent in Sub-Saharan Africa. However, due to lack of mental health resources and social stigma surrounding mental illness, youths suffering from depression and anxiety often do not receive treatment. As such, it is important to improve the psychological well-being of these youths. One possible solution is to use theory-driven treatments called wise interventions, which draw on one’s … Continue reading The Role of Shamiri Intervention in Fostering Mindsets in Kenyan Adolescents

Mentorship for Freshman STEM Students Can Improve Mental Health and Academic Success

Ayesha Azeem ’23 The fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) have seen an influx of demand over the past few years, with not enough STEM graduates to meet society’s needs. This insufficiency is especially prominent in underrepresented groups in STEM, like women, African Americans, and Latinx. A key contributing factor to the shortage of STEM workers is the difficulty in retaining college students … Continue reading Mentorship for Freshman STEM Students Can Improve Mental Health and Academic Success

Saving for a Rainy Day: How Weather Conditions Influence Investing

Robyn Rutgers ’24 Psychological research indicates that unpleasant weather may influence your physiological and psychological states, leading to pessimism, anxiety, and fatigue. In finance and economics, this weather-induced behavior can impact financial decisions and security prices. Dr. Danling Jiang, a professor of finance at Stony Brook University, studies the influence of psychology on financial markets. To evaluate the impact of experiencing unpleasant weather on immediate … Continue reading Saving for a Rainy Day: How Weather Conditions Influence Investing

The Potential Biological Role of Latent-Phase Herpesvirus on Mental Health

Alex Moir ’23 Human herpesvirus 6B (HHV-6B) is one of the most prevalent herpesviruses amongst tested populations, with estimates placing worldwide infections near 100%. HHV-6B is neurotropic, establishing a lifelong infection in the brain and entering a period of latency in which replication and spread is inhibited. The activity of HHV-6B and its effects on the brain during latent infection are poorly understood. Examination of … Continue reading The Potential Biological Role of Latent-Phase Herpesvirus on Mental Health

The Role of Affective Cognitive Processing in our Emotional Wellbeing

Daphne Siozios ’23 Affective control is regarded as the ability to regulate emotions while attending to goal-oriented information. In other words, it is the capacity to respond to certain cognitive stimuli while experiencing the feeling of an underlying emotional state. Adolescents tend to undergo greater difficulty eliciting emotional responses due to affective experiences which may be hard to manage. It can be said that this … Continue reading The Role of Affective Cognitive Processing in our Emotional Wellbeing

The Bright Side of Winter: Battling Seasonal Depression with a Positive Mindset

Ishmam Khan ’25 Seasonal Depression, clinically recognized as Seasonal Affective Disorder, is a recurrent pattern of seasonal depression or lack of exposure to sunlight during certain seasons, especially winter. Naturally, researchers have posited several hypotheses about how this disorder originated. One popular hypothesis of the origins of this condition is the “latitude hypothesis,” which states that the further a location is from the sun, the … Continue reading The Bright Side of Winter: Battling Seasonal Depression with a Positive Mindset

College Mentorship May Be the Key to Helping the STEM Worker Shortage

Panayiota Siskos ’23 A shortage of STEM workers in the US exists due to unmet demand for increasing numbers of STEM graduates. Such shortage is even more apparent in typically underrepresented groups, despite diversity in STEM companies typically having greater company earnings, productivity, and inclusive work culture. A major factor of this is difficulty in retaining students in STEM majors, who have higher attrition rates, … Continue reading College Mentorship May Be the Key to Helping the STEM Worker Shortage

The Music We Enjoy Can Ease Our Pain… Literally

Ayesha Azeem ‘23 Music-induced analgesia (MIA) is defined as the ability of music to influence pain perception. The analgesic properties of music have been extensively studied in laboratory experiments and been found to alleviate pain and reduce anxiety. However, it is unclear what type of music is best for music-induced analgesia. The music used to study the phenomenon of MIA in previous studies was chosen … Continue reading The Music We Enjoy Can Ease Our Pain… Literally