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December 2018 Holiday Newsletter

The holidays are upon us once more - the joys and the stresses. We all have our tricks for coping with holiday stress, but it helps to know your triggers and what ways of coping work best for you. Understanding more about how stress works can help you combat and manage it. You can also make some small but powerful changes to your morning routine to give yourself a much-needed boost at the start of the day. 

I wish you all a very joyful holiday season, and a very kind, and happy New Year!


—Dr. Tracy Dennis-Tiwary
Letter to the Editor

Is Technology Harming Teenagers?

In response to a recent Op-Ed published in the New York Times regarding teen anxiety, I wrote a letter to the editor offering a different perspective.

Read the full letter here.
Giz Asks

Do Kids Feel Stronger Emotions Than Adults?

I, along with other emotion scientists, write about how children's and adults' emotional experiences may be both similar and different. 

Read my full response here.
Blog Posts for Psychology Today

Prepared to Care: The Case for Kindness and Self-Kindness

How do children develop compassion, empathy, and kindness? In my recent article for Psychology Today, I discuss this crucial aspect of development and report back on an interview with Dr. Carolyn Zahn-Waxler, a pioneer in the study of children's prosocial development.

Read the full article here.

When I'm With You: Addressing Youth Suicide

How can we prevent teen suicide and provide support for at-risk teenagers? In a recent article for Psychology Today, Stephen Gray Wallace provides important information on this topic and mentions some of my work on teen anxiety and technology.

Read the full article here.

Media Coverage

Wrestling with the "Irresistible Forces": Behavioral and Neurocognitive Markers of Emotion Regulation

A recent publication, with collaborator Sarah Myruski, on individual differences in emotion regulation was discussed in a Psychonomic Society article

Read the full article here.

We're Recruiting Participants!

Do you ever wonder about your adolescent's experiences of anxiety and worry?

We do! Help us learn about how anxiety and attention work together in the adolescent brain.

We are seeking 12-to 14-year old youth to participate in a research study.

During the first visit, you and your child will complete questionnaires about your child's emotions. In addition, your child will complete computerized tasks while non-invasive electroencephalography (EEG) is recorded. During the second visit, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) will be used to track your child's brain activity.

You and your child will receive compensation of $100 for each visit, for a total of $200. Parents will be provided with free clinical feedback.

For full information, please contact us at: (212) 650-3878 or 
Recent Publication and Grant
When neutral is not neutral: Neurophysiological evidence for reduced discrimination between aversive and non-aversive information in generalized anxiety disorder

Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) is characterized by a range of cognitive and affective disruptions, such as pathological worry. There is debate, however, about whether such disruptions are specifically linked to heightened responses to aversive stimuli, or due to overgeneralized threat monitoring leading to deficits in the ability to discriminate between aversive and non-aversive affective information.

Full citation:
Denefrio, S., Myruski, S., Mennin, D., & Dennis-Tiwary, T. A. (2018). When neutral is not neutral: Neurophysiological evidence for reduced discrimination between aversive and non-aversive information in generalized anxiety disorderMotivation and Emotion.  
Social Recognition of Emotion in Adolescents: The Role of Technology-Mediated Peer Presence

Post-doctoral fellow, Sarah Myruski, was recently rewarded a small research grant from the Society for Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP) for her upcoming research on social support and emotion regulation in teenagers.

Read the full grant abstract here.
Books I'm Reading
Soul Machine: The Invention of the Modern Mind
by George Makari

Soul Machine takes us back to the origins of modernity, a time when a crisis in religious authority and the scientific revolution led to searching questions about the nature of human inner life. This is the story of how a new concept―the mind―emerged as a potential solution, one that was part soul and part machine, but fully neither. Read more here.
The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate - Discoveries from A Secret World
by Peter Wohlleben

Are trees social beings? In this international bestseller, forester and author Peter Wohlleben convincingly makes the case that, yes, the forest is a social network. Read more here.
About Tracy

Dr. Tracy Dennis-Tiwary is a Professor of Psychology at Hunter College and The Graduate Center of the City University of New York, the Director of the Emotion Regulation Lab, and the Co-Executive Director of the Hunter College Health Technology Center. She is also the Founder of the mobile app, Personal Zen, a scientifically-validated mobile app for reducing stress and anxiety.

Tracy’s mission is to understand the fundamental role of emotions in mental health, and to transform breakthrough science into digital therapeutics that elevate mental wellness and bridge the gap between mental health needs and solutions. More about Tracy here.
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