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Why Social Science? - Because It Can Help Employers Compassionately Plan for Returning to the Office

Jul 27, 2021

By Sunita Sah, PhD, KPMG Professor of Management Studies, University of Cambridge  After a year of social distancing, mask wearing and – for millions – working from home, many employers are eager to bring their staff back to the office. But for many, the prospect of readjusting to in-person work is…

Parental stress biology and mental health symptoms affect young children

Dec 8, 2020

Parental depression and anxiety can have profound effects on children. For the first time, Penn State researchers demonstrated that stress biology relates to depressive and anxiety symptoms differently for mothers versus fathers, and that parents’ profiles of stress biology and symptoms can predict…

People with anxiety may strategically choose worrying over relaxing

Oct 1, 2019

Relaxing is supposed to be good for the body and soul, but people with anxiety may actively resist relaxation and continue worrying to avoid a large jump in anxiety if something bad does happen, according to Penn State research. In a new study, the researchers found that people who were more…

Lung inflammation from childhood asthma linked with later anxiety

Sep 25, 2018

Persistent lung inflammation may be one possible explanation for why having asthma during childhood increases your risk for developing anxiety later in life, according to Penn State researchers. In a study with mice, researchers found that childhood exposure to allergens was linked with persistent…

Penn State researchers developing startup to help people in addiction recovery

Jan 22, 2018

A group of Penn State researchers is developing a system — WearIT — utilizing wearable devices as tools to help individuals battle addiction. Their idea was the winner of Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Central and Northern Pennsylvania’s TechCelerator program, receiving $10,000 in December to…