Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Social Anxiety Linked with Improved Cellular Protection from Aging

Telomere shortening is a defining characteristic of cellular aging associated with senescence, apoptosis, and the oncogenic transformation of somatic cells (Shammas, 2011). Although researchers have yet to acquire a complete understanding of the complex mechanisms behind aging, shorter telomeres have been frequently reported in individuals with mood and social anxiety disorders (SAD), demonstrating their relation to health and longevity…

Food Insecurity’s Role on Cancer’s Toll

Over 19 million Americans are currently living in a food desert. Food deserts are an area where more than ⅓ of the population lives greater than one mile (ten miles for rural areas) from a supermarket. Moreover, 1 in 4 Americans are food insecure and do not have the ability to secure adequate and nutritional food due to insufficient household resources. Thus, for many people, fast food is the only way to obtain cheap and reliable food to feed their families…

Negative COVID-19 Effects on Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, scientific researchers have focused on the overall psychological effects of public health containment measures like social distancing and quarantining. However, there has been less research on the effects of COVID-19 containment measures on patients struggling with certain mental health disorders such as Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). But speaking from a psychological perspective, patients diagnosed with OCD could be struggling the most as a result of the pandemic…

Hacking the Neuroscience of Motivation

Motivation plays a crucial role in how we set and attain goals. From the simple determination to drink 3 liters of water a day to the ambition to win an Olympic goal medal, motivation is the driving force behind how hard you work and how long you endure challenges to achieve the desired outcome. More specifically, motivation represents the process of initiating and sustaining goal-directed activities (Cook, 2016). Therefore, understanding the scientific mechanism behind motivation can help us better achieve our goals…

Exploring the Educational Value of Museums on its Young Visitors

Growing up near the D.C. metropolitan area, my school field trips included visits to the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum, Marian Koshland Science Museum, and the NASA Goddard. I was always amazed by the exhibits, from the Cold War satellites towering above me or peering into telescopes in the space communications exhibit. While these field trips were a treat, were they simply a fun day-off, or did they actually serve an educational purpose?

Criminal Minds: Hormones & Suspect Behavior

Ted Bundy, Jeffery Dahmer, The Golden State Killer – these are all names associated with some of the most horrific and notorious transgressions known to the modern world. Many criminologists have entirely blamed criminal behavior entirely on social factors like abusive childhood, sexual abuse, parental abandonment, poverty, and drug abuse, to name a few. However…