Category: Research Blurb

The Psychological Impact of COVID-19 on College Students

Written by Ariana Pirzadeh, B.S.Edited by Sarah Banducci, Ph.D., Ryan Bell, Ph.D., and Rachel Haake, Ph.D. Making it to class on time, balancing social life and academics, finding time to do laundry, studying for exams–these are the types of challenges a college student anticipates. All of these tasks are stressful on their own, let alone when a global pandemic is added to the mix. Trying to manage those day-to-day tasks, while focusing on daunting issues…

The Power of Thought: Using cognitive fusion to understand Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Written by Ariana Pirzadeh, B.S. Edited by Sarah Banducci, Ph.D., Ryan Bell, Ph.D., and Rachel Haake, M.A. Thoughts can be powerful, but for some individuals they can become paralyzing and take an unhealthy amount of control over behavior. This phenomenon is known as cognitive fusion, one commonly observed symptom of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). Linking cognitive fusion to OCD A recent study posits that those with OCD risk being swept up in their intrusive thoughts…