Put on a happy face? “Deep acting” associated with improved work life

New research suggests you can't fake your emotional state to improve your work life — you have to feel it.

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  • Deep acting is the work strategy of regulating your emotions to match a desired state.
  • New research suggests that deep acting reduces fatigue, improves trust, and advances goal progress over other regulation strategies.
  • Further research suggests learning to attune our emotions for deep acting is a beneficial work-life strategy.
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    How New York's largest hospital system is predicting COVID-19 spikes

    Northwell Health is using insights from website traffic to forecast COVID-19 hospitalizations two weeks in the future.

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    • The machine-learning algorithm works by analyzing the online behavior of visitors to the Northwell Health website and comparing that data to future COVID-19 hospitalizations.
    • The tool, which uses anonymized data, has so far predicted hospitalizations with an accuracy rate of 80 percent.
    • Machine-learning tools are helping health-care professionals worldwide better constrain and treat COVID-19.
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    What can Avicenna teach us about the mind-body problem?

    The Persian polymath and philosopher of the Islamic Golden Age teaches us about self-awareness.

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    Philosophers of the Islamic world enjoyed thought experiments.
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    Sexual harassment claims from "non-stereotypical women" seen as less credible

    A new study shows that beauty standards affect whether or not accusers are believed.

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    • Sexual harassment is behavior characterized by the making of unwelcome and inappropriate sexual remarks or physical advances.
    • Results of a 2018 survey showed that 81% of women (and 43% of men) had experienced some form of sexual harassment in their lifetime.
    • According to a new study published by the American Psychological Association, women who do not fit female stereotypes for beauty are less likely to be seen as victims of sexual harassment, and if they claim they were harassed, they are less likely to be believed.
    **Trigger Warning: this article mentions sexual violence (in the context of rape, sexual assault, and sexual coercion). Reader discretion is advised.**
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    Nerves that sense touch may play role in autism

    This small-scale study may have uncovered a new link between the peripheral nerve system and autism.

    What does the peripheral nerve system have to do with autism?

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    Mind & Brain
    • Autism refers to a broad range of conditions characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech, and nonverbal communication. According to the CDC, autism impacts an estimated 1 in 54 children in the United States.
    • An October 2020 study suggests that the peripheral nervous system may play a role in autism.
    • The parameters of the study may not show the entire picture —more research is needed in this area.
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    Why we have breakup sex, according to psychology

    Is breakup sex ever a good idea?

    Why do we have breakup sex? Could it be beneficial?

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    Sex & Relationships
    • A July 2020 study aimed to better understand post-breakup behavior, specifically why we have breakup sex.
    • This research established there are three main reasons people engage in breakup sex: relationship maintenance, ambivalence, and hedonism.
    • Experts weigh in on whether or not breakup sex can be beneficial.
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    Colorful brain mapping tool lights up neural connections

    A powerful new tool lights up the brains of worms, and may soon help draw maps of other animals brains.

    A worm with NeuroPAL colors coiled into an O-shape with the head and tail at the top of the ring. Every neuron (the colored dots) can be identified by its color. This is made possible with fluorescent proteins.

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    Mind & Brain
    • A new tool called NeuroPal allows scientists to map the brain in more detail than ever before.
    • By using the same color highlight for similar neurons, it allows researchers to more fully understand what areas of the brain do what.
    • It has already been made available to other researchers who are publishing new brain studies.
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