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PhD Student Kari Leibowitz interviewed by Anderson Cooper

Kari Leibowitz discussed how a positive wintertime mindset might help people get through this COVID-19 winter with Anderson Cooper on his show Full Circle.
Lab life at Stanford during the COVID-19 pandemic

After a devastating and demanding several months, research at Stanford remains limited but could offer glimpses into how lab life might operate in the future. Read to learn how several labs, including the Department of Psychology's social learning lab, are responding to the pandemic.
Conversing with infants may affect their brain circuitry, Stanford researchers find

Stanford researchers studied five- to eight-month-old babies and found that caregivers’ speech is associated with activation in brain regions that are involved in language comprehension.

Most popular American movies depict an unhealthy diet, Stanford researchers find

Stanford researchers Brad Turnwald, Isaac Handley-Miner, Natalie Samuels, Hazel Markus, and Alia Crum examined the 250 top-grossing American movies from 1994-2018 and found the on-screen foods and beverages largely failed U.S. government nutrition recommendations and U.K. youth advertising standards. The findings, published in JAMA Internal Medicine, suggest that depicting unhealthy consumption in media is a sociocultural problem that extends beyond advertisements and branded product placements.

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Saying that "girls are as good as boys" may teach gender stereotypes

In a paper published in Developmental Psychology, Eleanor Chestnut (PhD '17), Marianna Zhang (current PhD student), and Ellen Markman found that statements of apparent gender equality, such as "girls are as good as boys", may in fact backfire and teach gender stereotypes.
Want to learn more about your sleep? Join the Stanford Home Sleep Study!

The Stanford Home Sleep Center, in the Stanford Psychophysiology Lab, is seeking participants for a remote research project studying the relationship between sleep and well-being. Receive a personalized sleep report, earn up to $80 via Amazon gift card, and contribute to a better understanding of how to improve sleep and quality of life.
Dr. Chahal and Dr. Gotlib publish 3 new papers on adolescent mental health and the brain, including one on adolescents during the COVID-19 pandemic

Raj Chahal, a postdoc working with Ian Gotlib, recently published 3 papers on brain-based biomarkers and adolescent mental health. One of these studies showed that functional signatures in the brain predict individual differences in depression and anxiety symptom increases during the COVID-19 pandemic; these findings, published in Biological Psychiatry: Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuroimaging, were featured in Stanford News, Elsevier Press Releases, NBC News, and WGN News.
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