Counseling Reduces Cancer Recurrence, Says New Study

Breast cancer patients, two years after receiving diagnosis, have quadrupled their positive thoughts regarding the changes their bodies have gone through due to their illness, according to a new study.

Survivors who attended mentoring or counseling services designed specifically for cancer patients were found to have even more positive life changes. This particular study examined 160 women (all either had been diagnosed with stage 2 or 3 breast cancer) and were all treated in the Columbus area.

All the survivors who participated were part of the Immunity and stress Breast Cancer Program that looked into how effective counseling and intervention programs, designed by OSU, to help cancer patients handle the hurdles of their conditions and if counseling lowered the recurrence risks.

Previous research by the program had shown such programs did in fact reduce such risks.

New Study Finds Watching College Football Socially May Be Mental Health Boon

College football fans may get a boost in their self-esteem when a team wins a game. The boost could last up to two days, according to new research. While the loosing side may see a decrease in mood, they won’t suffer any self-esteem loss. Both sides may see benefits when they watch games with friends.

The study examined 174 students from OSU and Michigan State after an essential game that took place 21 Nov. 2019. Michigan bested OSU 17-14 in this contest.

The participants were asked many questions about their mental health and relaxation activities. The wide range of questions kept students from suspecting the purpose of the study. Before game time, both sides were rated similarly on self-esteem. Sunday after the game Michigan students rated much higher on self-esteem, and this went up even higher when they were tested Monday. The Buckeye students had very little measurable difference.

The study found that students on both sides experienced the most positive results if they experienced the game as a social activity, regardless of victory or loss.


OSU Researchers Study Melting Ice of Greenland

Greenland is dissolving quicker than researchers recently thought—and will probably prompt quicker ocean level ascent—on account of the kept, quickening warming of the Earth’s environment, another investigation has found.

Researchers worried about ocean level ascent have since quite a while ago centered around Greenland’s southeast and northwest areas, where expansive icy masses stream ice shelf measured lumps of ice into the Atlantic Ocean. Those lumps glide away, in the end liquefying. However, another study published Jan. 21 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences found that the biggest continued ice misfortune from mid 2003 to mid-2013 originated from Greenland’s southwest locale, which is for the most part without huge icy masses.

That softening implies that in the southwestern piece of Greenland, developing waterways of water are gushing into the sea amid summer. The key finding from their examination: Southwest Greenland, which recently had not been viewed as a genuine danger, will probably turn into a noteworthy future supporter of ocean level ascent.

The discoveries could have genuine ramifications for beach front U.S. urban areas, including New York and Miami, just as island countries that are especially helpless against rising ocean levels.

How Our Gaze Affects Our Choices

Researchers utilizing eye-following technology have discovered that what we see helps control our choices when given two decisions, for example, two snack choices.
Yet, it isn’t as simple as saying we essentially pick what we first focus on and nothing more, the study found. Rather, our gaze enhances our longing for options we typically like.
Let’s assume you’re seeing two sweet treats in a candy machine. You like the two, however you’re inclined toward the one with peanuts marginally more than the one with just chocolate. You’ll typically pick the one with peanuts, yet not always.

Another intriguing finding was that individuals would in general settle on their choices all the more immediately when they preferred both of their two decisions.

The scientists utilized information from six eye-following investigations including a sum of 228 individuals, some from their lab and some from different analysts.

These outcomes recommend that item advertising will have the greatest impact on things you effectively like, he said. In case you’re seeing two brands of a thing you like at a store, the bundle that catches and holds your eye will presumably have an edge when you’re choosing which to purchase.

By and large, this new examination demonstrates that the connection among consideration and decision is more mind boggling than recently accepted.

The examination was bolstered by the National Science Foundation.

OSU Researchers Study Our “Tipping Points”

According to new research, most people can’t guess how far another person can push them before their tipping point is reached. And we aren’t talking mental tipping points.
14 degrees from vertical, in this case meaning straight up and down, seemed to be the point where most participants guessed their tipping point was when placed in a device that slowly tipped them backwards.

The study suggests the real tipping point for falling backwards for most people is about 8 to 9 degrees from vertical. Participants’ guesses were even worse when they viewed models in the same backwards-tilting chair. In this part of the study the average guess was nearly 45 degrees from vertical.

The study says this is 35 degrees different from reality.

The study also found that people are bad at estimating all kinds of angels, the steepness of a hill is one example. And it found that we can’t even tell when we are standing up straight.

The study appears in Attention, Perception & Psychophysics