An Introduction to Mindfulness - Exploring the Possiblities

September 16, 2016

So, what is this thing called mindfulness?  It is not about emptying your mind!  That’s simply not possible!  Mindfulness can help you to reduce stress, live in the moment, and become a more effective learner.   Mindfulness is about training your attention on the present moment without dwelling on what has happened in the past or worrying about the future.   Join me in exploring the benefits of mindfulness, a few exercises to help you get started,and more!

Contributor: Alexis Chontos

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Practical Functions of Psychology - Sleeping to Learn

July 8, 2016

We live in a society that heralds productivity at all costs.  Individuals often cutback on sleep in order to complete the necessary activities and engagements for life fulfillment.  However, research has shown that cutting back on sleep is very much detrimental to quality of life.  It’s ironic that individuals cut back sleep in order to increase performance, yet sleep deprivation negatively affects many aspects of performance.  College students are one aspect of the population that has difficulty with healthy sleeping habits.  Adjusting to a new academic schedule, environment, and social calendar, many college students adjust their sleep schedule accordingly, but not in a healthy way. Unfortunately, this is not conducive to learning, performance, or socialization. This podcast focuses on poor sleep in college students, the effects of poor sleep on learning, health and quality of life, as well as useful strategies to improve learning with sleep.

Contributor: Kelle Daniels

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