Research

"Building Partnerships: Conversations with Communities about Mental Health Needs and Community Strengths"

Elliott, K., Sribney, W. M., Deeb-Sossa, N., Giordano, C., Sala, M., King, R. T., and Aguilar-Gaxiola, S. (2009). UC Davis Center for Reducing Health Disparities. Sacramento, CA: UC Davis.

The UC Davis Center for Reducing Health Disparities (CRHD) reached out to historically unserved or underserved communities and find out more about their concerns about mental health, the kinds of mental health problems they see in their communities, and the types of services that might help prevent mental illness from developing. The most prominent issues discussed by focus group participants included the high frequency of violence and trauma in their communities, as well as the high frequency of drug and alcohol use, depression, stress, and suicide.

"Motives for Volunteering are Associated with Mortality Risk in Older Adults"

Konrath, S., Fuhrel-Forbis, A., Lou, A., & Brown, S. (2011). Health Psychology, doi: 10.1037/a0025226

 

 

Research suggests that selfless volunteering might lengthen your life.  Researchers at the University of Michigan found that it is the volunteers' motives that can have a significant impact on life span. Volunteers lived longer than people who did not volunteer if they reported unselfish values or a desire for social connections as the main motives for wanting to volunteer. People who said they volunteered for their own personal gratification had almost the same mortality rate as those that did not volunteer at all.


"Google Effects on Memory"
Sparrow, B., Liu, J., & Wegner, D. M. (2011). Google effects on memory: Cognitive consequences of having information at our fingertips. Science, 333(6043), 476-478. doi:10.1126/science.1207745

Google and other internet technology is changing the way our brains recall information. Psychologist Dr. Betsy Sparrow of Columbia University found that our memory is better at recalling where to find something on the internet than it is at remembering the specific information we found on the internet in the first place. Human memory is adapting to new technology.