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March 2018

Your Memory Defines You — A Review of ‘Coco’

The movie Coco won the best-animated film at Oscars 2018 lately and was rated very high on IMDB. I watched the movie last week with my friends and we all burst into tears during several scenes.

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Worrying About Everything and Nothing – What is worry?

Who has never been worried? This is perhaps a trivial question, because we all worry or overthink at some point. In this sense, worrying seems to be a normal phenomenon and a critical part of our daily thoughts. Not only is it normal, but it also has a purpose, as it helps us to anticipate threats and prepare for future challenges. Over three decades ago, a group of researchers defined worry as a “chain of thoughts and images, negatively affect-laden and relatively uncontrollable”. According to them, worrying represents an attempt to mentally solve an issue whose future outcome is uncertain, but that contains the possibility of one or more negative outcomes. Hence, to a certain extent, worrying derives from fear (Borkovec, Robinson, Puzinsky and DePree, 1983). Taking this information together, we can define worry as everything that goes through our mind that helps us solve our problems, regardless of how serious they are.

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The Psychology of Procrastination

As exam season and deadlines loom ever closer, so too does the likelihood of procrastination – or “voluntarily [delaying] an intended course of action despite expecting to be worse off for the delay” (Steel, 2007).

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Psychological or Physiological: Memory Loss in Elderly

A common sign of aging is an increased frequency of forgetting. However, in unfortunate cases, this could be a more severe case of memory loss as a result of more concerning illnesses – two of which are depression and dementia. It is imperative to distinguish these two disorders that present themselves similarly, so that memory loss in elderly is not misdiagnosed and can be treated effectively to improve the patient’s quality of life.

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