matthias mehl

Both introverts and extroverts face challenges while social distancing

"Social media can really rescue us right now and can give us the means to socially connect with others," said Matthias Mehl, University of Arizona professor of psychology.

Mehl added that we all need at least some human interaction, whether an introvert or an extrovert.

“I think it’s often assumed that social isolation may be kind of a dream come true for introverts," Mehl said. "I don’t think it’s that easy. I think effectively, introverts and extroverts run on the same social fuel."

Published Date: 
03/31/2020 - 10:10

Researchers Call for Personalized Approach to Aging Brain Health

People are living longer than ever before, but brain health isn't keeping up. To tackle this critical problem, a team of researchers has proposed a new model for studying age-related cognitive decline – one that's tailored to the individual.

Published Date: 
06/18/2019 - 13:40

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

Frequent 'I-Talk' May Signal Proneness to Emotional Distress

Your friends who can't stop talking about themselves may be telling you more than you think.

Research at other institutions has suggested that I-talk, though not an indicator of narcissism, may be a marker for depression. While the new study confirms that link, UA researchers found an even greater connection between high levels of I-talk and a psychological disposition of negative emotionality in general.

Published Date: 
03/07/2018 - 13:21

Save Yourself From Tedious Small Talk

What seems like banal banter can turn into something more meaningful—and even help your career—if you know how to steer the conversation. 

This Wall Street Journal Article references the research of Matthias Mehl and a replication project by postdoc Anne Milek.

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Published Date: 
05/25/2017 - 13:09

Narrative Journaling May Help Heart's Health Post-Divorce

Journaling after divorce could improve your cardiovascular health — but only if you do it in a way that tells a story, new University of Arizona research suggests.

The findings, to be published in the journal Psychosomatic Medicine: Journal of Biobehavioral Medicine, are based on a study of 109 separated or divorced men and women who split from their partners about three months, on average, before the start of the research.

Published Date: 
05/08/2017 - 06:34

Dave Sbarra and Matthias Mehl Promoted to Full Professor

Congratulations to Drs. Sbarra and Mehl on their promotion to full professor – a very well-deserved tribute to their contributions to Psychology, the University of Arizona, and the broader community. We are fortunate to have both of them as faculty.

Published Date: 
05/03/2016 - 15:40
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