The IKEA Effect

by Volume 12, Number 12 The IKEA effect refers to the cognitive bias in which people place higher value on products that are self-assembled. IKEA is the name of a company founded in Sweden that emphasizes affordable home furnishing products,…

Re-silience

by Volume 12, Number 11 The Latin origin of the term “resilience” is “re-“ (back, again) and “salire” (to jump, leap). Hence, the term means to re-bound, or to jump again. With respect to health, and particularly to health behavior,…

Age and Mental Health

by Volume 12, Number 10 Stereotypes of aging are generally negative. Many adults lament getting older. A prevailing view of aging is one of general decline, including deterioration of physical and cognitive function. While vulnerability to many physical health problems…

Gut – Brain Axis

by Volume 12, Number 9 It is nothing new to assert that activity in the central nervous system can affect the gastrointestinal (GI) system. Many persons anecdotally report that stress affects GI function, and there is scientific evidence corroborating this…

Subjective Age

by   Volume 12, Number 8 In the social and behavioral sciences, objective data often reveal the importance of subjective perceptions with respect to health. Perceptions of stressors have a profound impact on how much stress persons actually experience. Optimistic…

Sun Exposure

by Volume 12, Number 7 As a bald, fair-skinned, white male, I have long been advised to avoid sun exposure, especially extensive sun exposure. The reason for this is that exposure to the ultraviolet (UV) rays in sunlight is a…