What Impact does Motivational Dispositions have on Mood Symptoms & Emotional Regulation?

Research Paper Title Psychopathological Correlates and Emotion Regulation as Mediators of Approach and Avoidance Motivation in a Chinese Military Sample. Background Approach and avoidance motivation have been thoroughly studied in common mental disorders, which are prevalent in the military context. Approach/avoidance motivational dispositions underlie emotion responses and are thought to influence emotion dysregulation. However, studies… Read More

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Want it to Feel like Christmas? Go to the Park!

A new study has found that spending time in city parks can improve our mood just as much as Christmas. Published in the People and Nature Journal, this research looked at the content of people’s tweets and found that those who visited urban parks used more upbeat words and expressed less negativity on Twitter than… Read More

Basic Combat Training: Stress & Improving Mood

Research Paper Title Improved Mood State and Absence of Sex Differences in Response to the Stress of Army Basic Combat Training. Background It is reported that women are more susceptible to stress than men but they have not been compared in stressful, real-world, team-centred, occupational/training environments. This study investigated effects of Army Basic Combat Training… Read More

Linking Calorie Deprivation, Mood, Interstitial Glucose & Cognitive Function

Research Paper Title Two Days of Calorie Deprivation Induced by Underfeeding and Aerobic Exercise Degrades Mood and Lowers Interstitial Glucose but Does Not Impair Cognitive Function in Young Adults. Background In studies assessing the effects of acute undernutrition on cognitive function, volunteers are sedentary and findings are equivocal, even though glucose concentrations fall substantially. However,… Read More