Department of Psychology

Researchers Revise How Americans Get Healthy

Pitt's John M. Jakicic and Kirk I. Erickson are updating the nation’s physical activity guidelines. Among their suggestions: Even a burst of activity for less than 10 minutes can help deskbound workers stay healthier.

Dance Competition Benefits Free Clinic

Dhirana, a dance competition fundraiser founded by Pitt students in 2012, recently raised $10,000 for the Birmingham Free Clinic, which helps community members access health care.
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New Research: For a Head Start on Cognitive Recovery After Stroke, Get Moving, Anytime

Much of the neural repair occurs during the first three months following a stroke. But, exercise may benefit patients' brains, no matter how much time has passed, Pitt researchers say.
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Off-beat Circadian Rhythms Might Have SAD Effects During Shorter Winter Daylight Hours

Only certain people in colder, darker climates end up with seasonal affective disorder. Kathryn Roecklein, an associate professor of psychology, thinks their internal clocks might be the key.
Pitt faculty member Margee Kerr

Researchers Examine the Fun of Fear

Some people love "scary-fun" experiences like haunted houses. Pitt researchers Margee Kerr and Greg Siegle are finding out why — and using their research to make local attractions even scarier.