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Why do new college students need alone time?

Why do new college students need alone time?

April 5, 2019

Spending time alone isn’t necessarily bad, especially for first-year college students. A new study shows that having a positive motivation for seeking solitude can be a predictor for successful adjustment to college life.

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One hundred years of solitude? Try 15 minutes instead

One hundred years of solitude? Try 15 minutes instead

November 21, 2017

In a series of experiments, Rochester psychologists found that people who sat alone without devices for 15 minutes and chose what to think about experienced the positive effects of solitude: feeling calmer and less anxious, without feeling lonely or sad.

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Six new faculty books for summer reading lists

Six new faculty books for summer reading lists

June 26, 2017

The hostess of a popular Parisian salon, the role of presidential power, and bullying and aggression among teenage girls are among the topics examined in new books by Rochester faculty. Here’s a selection of recent work.

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What really motivates us

What really motivates us

June 14, 2017

Is it money, power, and fame? Or rather fear and punishment? For nearly 40 years Richard Ryan and Edward Deci, the founders of self-determination theory, have sought to answer the question of human motivation.

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New Year’s resolutions need to be less toxic

New Year’s resolutions need to be less toxic

January 4, 2016

In their landmark paper, Tim Kasser and Richard Ryan from the University of Rochester found that goals in four areas — relationships, self-growth, community and health — contributed to a higher sense of well-being. In short, pursuing and achieving these goals will make you happier.

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Why care about astronomy?

Why care about astronomy?

December 22, 2014

It’s true that astronomy has few practical applications and yet somehow its advances benefit millions of people across the world. Work itself is inherently valuable and it is somehow connected to our very existence. It stands alone and not as a path toward a paycheck or a practical application. Countless studies show just this.

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6 reasons to start working out outside

6 reasons to start working out outside

September 21, 2014

Exercise itself is sure to reinvigorate you when you’re feeling sluggish, but fresh air can boost the effect. A 2009 study from the University of Rochester found that just 20 minutes outside can rev you up as much as a cup of coffee, The Telegraph reported.

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The complex relationship between happiness and motivation

The complex relationship between happiness and motivation

August 18, 2014

Scientists Richard M. Ryan from the University of Rochester and Christina Frederick from the University of Southern Utah have taken an extensive look at the concept of subjective vitality as a reflection of well-being. Ryan and Frederick argue that subjective vitality is enhanced when the basic psychological needs for autonomy, competence, and relatedness are satisfied.

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Love people, not pleasure

Love people, not pleasure

July 18, 2014

In 2009, researchers from the University of Rochester conducted a study tracking the success of 147 recent graduates in reaching their stated goals after graduation. Some had “intrinsic” goals, such as deep, enduring relationships. Others had “extrinsic” goals, such as achieving reputation or fame.

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Regarder des films d’amour à deux réduit les risques de divorce !

Regarder des films d’amour à deux réduit les risques de divorce !

April 29, 2014

[translation] …a study of the University of Rochester has been conducted, which proves that the mere talk of love movies and other romantic comedies could lower the divorce rate from 24% to 11% during the first three years of marriage – or, a decrease of more than half the risk of divorce!

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