Give thanks, and prosper

In new a paper, North­eastern psy­chology researchers chal­lenge long-​​held beliefs about patience by showing that cul­ti­vating grat­i­tude can pro­mote impulse control—which many pre­vious studies have linked to better long-​​term outcomes.

When healthcare gets personal

Marie Schulte-Bockum’s deci­sion to work on co-​​op at the Insti­tute for Health­care Improve­ment was fueled by her appre­ci­a­tion of Germany’s uni­versal health­care system, which helped save her sister’s life.

Parliament, the Scottish way

Fourth-​​year stu­dent Anthony Turner, SSH’15, recently returned from his co-​​op at the Scot­tish Par­lia­ment, where he par­tic­i­pated in researching leg­is­la­tion and writing par­lia­men­tary motions.

3Qs: Coping with cascading crises

Finan­cial prob­lems can arise in many forms, from the plunging economy to the after­math of nat­ural dis­as­ters. We asked Randy Colvin, an asso­ciate pro­fessor of psy­chology at North­eastern, to dis­cuss the psy­cho­log­ical impacts of a looming double-​​dip reces­sion paired with the dev­as­ta­tion caused by nat­ural dis­as­ters such as Hur­ri­cane Irene — as well as ways people can improve their emo­tional health in the face of such stress.

Partisan politics hinders debt-​​ceiling deal

Con­gress and Pres­i­dent Obama have yet to reach an agree­ment to raise the nation’s debt ceiling, a neces­sity to ensure that the United States is able to meet its finan­cial oblig­a­tions. William Dickens, a Dis­tin­guished Pro­fessor of Eco­nomics and Social Policy at North­eastern, said that the U.S. economy could slide into depres­sion if a deal is not agreed upon by the Aug. 2 deadline.

3Qs: As precious metals grow more precious

The value of silver soared to an all-​​time high last Thursday, and plunged dra­mat­i­cally yes­terday, illus­trating the con­stant volatility of the precious-​​metals market, which includes lus­trous com­modi­ties like gold, silver and plat­inum. Here, Kamran Dad­khah, an asso­ciate pro­fessor of econo­met­rics and macro­eco­nomics at North­eastern, who has studied the value of silver and gold in the for­eign exchange market, dis­cusses how the declining value of the dollar relates to the ever-​​shifting value of pre­cious metals and other com­modi­ties, such as oil.

3Qs: Gender pay equity makes slow progress

A report released by the White House last week on women’s status in America shows that females have sur­passed males in col­lege atten­dance, but income inequality between the sexes per­sists. Eco­nomics pro­fessor William Dickens dis­cusses the per­sis­tent gap between men and women’s incomes.