Existential Isolation: Why Is It Higher Among Males?

Humans are hyper-social. Everything we think, feel, and do is influenced by our social experiences. This is the case even when we are alone as past, current, and future social experiences and culture itself continue to shape us. 

What I am basically saying is there is no cognition, emotion, or action independent of a social component for humans. That might sound like an extreme view, and maybe it is, but I honestly can't imagine an argument that could counter it. 

Published Date: 
06/29/2018 - 10:26

Research once suggested small talk makes us unhappy - here's why that's not true

Few people admit to liking small talk. A banal conversation about the weather or repeating tales about your weekend to your colleagues may be fine in the office kitchen, but it's not how we'd want the majority of our conversations to go.

Published Date: 
05/24/2018 - 10:59

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The mission of the committee is to foster a positive and inclusive work environment where all individuals – faculty, staff, and students – feel welcomed and respected, and their opinions are valued.   Our vision is a College of Science that is inclusive, diverse, and safe, where issues of workplace climate are discussed on a regular basis, and where workplace disputes are dealt with fairly and equitably.  To meet these goals, the committee will:

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In January 2017, Dean Ruiz formed a Workplace Climate Committee. Members were selected based on recommendations of department heads and other groups in the college, including the College of Science Staff Advisory Council (COSSAC) and the Associate Graduate Council for the College of Science (AGCCS). The members of the committee are drawn from all departments and from all four employee groups. The committee is co-chaired by Lee Ryan, Psychology Department Head, and Brad Story, Associate Department Head, Department of Speech Language and Hearing Sciences. 

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