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Amy Wachholtz Offers New Research into Spiritual Meditation

June 18, 2020

Some scientists who study prayer believe that people who pray benefit from a feeling of emotional support. Imagine carrying a backpack hour after hour. It will start to feel impossibly heavy. But if you can hand it off to someone else to hold for a while, it will feel lighter...

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Relationship Advice for Boundaries with Your Therapist from Mitch Handelsman

May 14, 2020

According to Psychology Professor Mitch Handelsman, sometimes clients ascribe power to the therapist that they shouldn’t. “It’s important for clients to understand what proper boundaries look like in therapy,” he said. “Just like in any professional relationship, the more you know in advance, the more you will get out of...

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Kevin Masters comments on “thoughts and prayers’” place in disasters

Sept. 25, 2019

Few gestures are given as freely as thoughts and prayers after a national tragedy. In 2006, Psychology Professor Kevin Masters and his colleagues analyzed the body of research on the effects of prayer on someone’s behalf. “This article raises an interesting point — some people, maybe, just don’t want your...

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The role of genetic and social factors in alcoholism, according to Amy Wachholtz

Aug. 13, 2019

Genetics make people more prone to alcohol addiction, but psycho-social factors — including life stressors, childhood abuse, early exposure to alcohol, anxiety and social acceptance — also play a role, says Amy Wachholtz, Associate Professor of Psychology and Director of the Clinical Health Psychology Ph.D. program. A person’s genetics might...

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Masters on tipping in the digital age

Nov. 15, 2018

You've probably noticed new electronic payment screens when purchasing coffee or other items at a counter. With the new systems, do customers end up tipping more? "The basic idea is to make it very easy for you, very convenient for you, and create an expectation that this is a norm,"...

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Wachholtz on opioid addiction and chronic pain

Nov. 15, 2018

Assistant Psychology Professor Amy Wachholtz, who founded the Comorbid Opioid Addiction and Pain Lab at CU Denver, has launched a study to help improve treatment for people experiencing chronic pain and opioid addiction. "No treatments have yet proven effective for simultaneously addressing chronic pain and opioid addiction, and this is...

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Master's on obesity and food TV

Oct. 18, 2018

Psychology Professor and Director of the Clinical Health Psychology Program Kevin Masters says you can't correlate obesity to cooking shows. "The overweight and obesity issue in this country is around--depending on your numbers--is 60 to 70 percent of the population," says Masters. "And you're talking about a very small population...