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August 2016 Newsletter
Welcome to the Emotion Regulation Lab's first newsletter! You are receiving this because you've been a participant in a previous research study and we would like to stay in touch. Over the coming months you'll receive an occasional email from us keeping you informed on latest research from the Emotion Regulation Lab, upcoming studies, as well as recent publications and presentations. 

We hope you find the information in this newsletter useful, and if you would like to get in touch, feel free to reach out to us on any of the social media channels listed below.

To participate in any of the research studies below please contact the Emotion Regulation Lab at (212) 650-3878 or via our Website Contact Form for inquiries on participation in our research studies. 

—The Emotion Regulation Lab at Hunter College, Department of Psychology
Project Highlights

Attention and Resilience Training (ART)

Challenge & Background:
Anxiety disorders are the most common and well-studied mental disorders, affecting 18% of adults and one in eight children in the U.S. While highly treatable, only one-third of those suffering from this disorder receive treatment. Cost, lack of access to treatment and timeliness are the most common barriers to receiving adequate care.
What we hope to find out:
To address this issue, we are currently examining the effect of a low-cost treatment - Attention and Resilience Training (ART) - on reducing anxiety and stress symptoms in adults. The study is based on attention bias modification training, which seeks to modify the tendency to focus on negative stimuli to more positive stimuli. For more details on this study, click here.

Parental Scaffolding of Child Emotion Regulation (RISE study)

Challenge & Background:
While stress has been widely studied amongst adults, little is known about how children are able to cope with stress. This is largely due to their limited ability to report subjective experiences, as well as lack of ‘real-life’ emotional situations in laboratory settings.
What we hope to find out:
The RISE project seeks to understand how parents can help to increase their child’s ability to cope with their emotions, both negative and positive, as well as increase their well-being. The study is based on reappraisal techniques, which involves reinterpreting challenges faced in a more positive light. For more details on this study, click here.

Effects of a Stress-Reduction App in Pregnant Women

Challenge & Background:
Stress and anxiety in pregnant mothers has been shown to negatively effect not only the mother’s well being, but also that of their offspring. Unfortunately, due to limited access, lack of timeliness, and high treatment costs, many of those affected have been left without appropriate treatment.
What we hope to find out:
To address these concerns, we are currently testing the use of a mobile application, Personal Zen, on pregnant women. Personal Zen is based on attention bias modification training (ABMT) principles, which is a low-cost and safe intervention previously shown to reduce anxiety severity and stress. This study aims to test the feasibility of the mobile app and how it can effectively reduce anxiety and stress symptoms in pregnant women. For more details on this study, click here. 
Personal Zen

Personal Zen - Available on the iTunes App Store

Based on 20 years of brain training and anxiety-reduction research, Personal Zen is a scientifically-validated app for reducing stress and anxiety. It effectively boosts stress resilience and decreases anxiety when used only a few minutes a day, a few days a week.

Personal Zen was created by Dr. Tracy Dennis-Tiwary, Director of The Emotion Regulation Lab and professor of Psychology and Neuroscience at Hunter College of the City University of New York. It was named  #3 of the Top 10 health apps of 2014 by CNN Health, and has been featured in WSJ, Bloomberg TV, CBS, CNN, Lifehacker, and a host of other top news and health media outlets.

Click here to learn how it works. 
Media Coverage & Events

Calming the Politics of Fear: Technology and the Anxious Brain

Dr. Dennis-Tiwary, Director of the Emotion Regulation Lab, recently gave a talk on her research at the Personal Democracy Forum, held at NYU Skirball Center. She explained why we need to step off the digital mental treadmill, and how we could be using technology - instead of being used by technology - to rewire the anxious brain. Watch her presentation here.
Books We're Reading
Beyond Intelligence: Secrets for Raising Happily Productive Kids

What is intelligence? What can parents and teachers do to nurture it when it isn’t obvious and support it when it is? Drawing on insights from current brain research, Dona Matthews and Joanne Foster show that intelligence is not fixed — rather, it can be increased. Read more from Amazon here.
On Second Thought: Outsmarting Your Mind's Hard-Wired Habits

 In On Second Thought, acclaimed science writer Wray Herbert provides the first guide to achieving the balance between knowing when to trust our gut-instinct decision-making and when to question it. Drawing on real-world examples and cutting-edge research, he takes us on a fascinating, wide-ranging journey through our innate cognitive traps and tools... Read more from Amazon here.
Past Publications

The late positive potential predicts emotion regulation strategy use in school-aged children concurrently and two years later

Recently published article providing observation-based evidence that 'late positive potential' - the neurophysiological measure for emotion regulation capacity for adults - maybe a viable neurosignature for children.

Full citation:

Babirk, S., Rios, V., & Dennis, T.A.  (2014).  Developmental Science, 1-10.

Our Director
Dr. Tracy Dennis-Tiwary is a Professor of Psychology and the Director of the Emotion Regulation Lab at Hunter College of the City University of New York. She is also Co-Director of the Hunter College Stress, Anxiety, and Resilience Research Center. More recently, Tracy founded 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 engaging digital tools that elevate mental wellness and that bridge the gap between mental health needs and solutions. More about Tracy here.
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