Keep calm and carry on – but how? A psychologist offers 10 tips to manage the uncertainty and stress of election aftermath

As uncertainty abounds and anxiety skyrockets, you've probably heard advice to be patient, stay calm and keep the faith. Here are 10 concrete tips to help you actually manage the stress.

Bethany Teachman, Professor of Psychology, University of Virginia • conversation
Nov. 6, 2020 ~8 min

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5 types of misinformation to watch out for while ballots are being counted – and after

Election misinformation typically involves false narratives of fraud that include out-of-context or otherwise misleading images and faulty statistics as purported evidence.

Renee DiResta, Research Manager of the Stanford Internet Observatory, Stanford University • conversation
Nov. 6, 2020 ~11 min

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3 research-based ways to cope with the uncertainties of pandemic life

Feel like you're facing too many pandemic-related unknowns? Reframing what it means to not know can help you break the uncertainty-anxiety connection.

Bethany Teachman, Professor of Psychology, University of Virginia • conversation
Sept. 22, 2020 ~7 min

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To be a great innovator, learn to embrace and thrive in uncertainty

Many great innovators have personality traits in common. Comfort with uncertainty is critical, but passion, curiosity and a number of other learnable skills can prime you for an innovate idea.

Todd Saxton, Associate Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship, Indiana University • conversation
Sept. 15, 2020 ~8 min

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Uncertainty about facts can be reported without damaging public trust in news – study

A series of experiments – including one on the BBC News website –finds the use of numerical ranges in news reports helps us grasp the uncertainty of stats while maintaining trust in data and its sources. 

Cambridge University News • cambridge
March 23, 2020 ~6 min

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3 ways the coronavirus pandemic is changing who we are

The coronavirus pandemic alters who we are, writes a psychologist. It affects how we think, how we relate to others and what we value.

Arie Kruglanski, Professor of Psychology, University of Maryland • conversation
March 20, 2020 ~6 min

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Governments are failing to understand global catastrophic risks and need to take urgent action, says new report

Governments are failing to understand the human-driven catastrophic risks that threaten global security, prosperity and potential, and could in the worst case lead to mass harm and societal collapse, say researchers at the University of Cambridge.

Cambridge University News • cambridge
Aug. 13, 2019 ~4 min

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‘Crystal clocks’ used to time magma storage before volcanic eruptions

The molten rock that feeds volcanoes can be stored in the Earth’s crust for as long as a thousand years, a result which may help with volcanic hazard management and better forecasting of when eruptions might occur.

Cambridge University News • cambridge
July 18, 2019 ~5 min

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Evidence-based web tool aims to better inform and refine need for treatment in early prostate cancer

A new tool to predict an individual’s prognosis following a prostate cancer diagnosis could help prevent unnecessary treatment and related side effects, say researchers at the University of Cambridge.

Cambridge University News • cambridge
March 12, 2019 ~9 min

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