Smart & Savvy Students: Life Hacks Madison Boyk, Brandon mcintyre, arsalan kouser, zoe anzola, madison schwiekert, dory askins

Who are we?

We are a team of students whose goal is to thoroughly read articles and summarize their main points so that anyone can understand them. We pride ourselves on being scientific communicators, spreading awareness to college students about how to live a better life. Life hacks we advocate range from improving working memory to advice on being more socially active to improve one’s mental health. We discuss the potential benefits and detrimental effects of social media, caffeine, and more! Underlying all our tips and reviews is a focus on understanding the world around us and how it affects us physically, emotionally, and psychologically.

Meet the team

Madison Boyk is a senior psychology major and business minor. She hopes to pursue a career in Human Resources and loves to post articles about psychology in the workplace!

Brandon McIntyre is a senior psychology major with a minor in Chemistry. He will be attending graduate school in the fall for a Ph.D. in Industrial-Organizational Psychology. His research focuses on themes of social justice and equality within organizations.

Arsalan Kouser is a senior biology major with a minor in psychology. He enjoys sharing posts about improving one's mental health and hopes to continue his studies by pursuing graduate school.

Zoe Anzola is a junior psychology major with a minor in biology. She loves sharing posts about the benefits of music and hopes to pursue graduate studies in neuroscience.

Madison Schweikert is a psychology major. She loves sharing posts about morality, video games, and animals. She hopes to pursue grad school for Forensic Psychology.

Dory Askins is a senior Biological Sciences major. She enjoys posting articles related to health improvement and will be attending University of South Carolina School of Medicine in the fall with the hopes of becoming an OB/GYN.

Below are some of our favorite life hacks!

Acting Environmentally Friendly Feels Good!

Smart & Savvy Snapshot:

-Environmentally friendly behavior can result in a more positive self-image

-Striving for better environmental quality and higher human well-being used to be seen as conflicting goals

-People who voluntarily choose to help the environment are happier and feel better about themselves.

Posted By: Madison Boyk


Smart & Savvy Snapshot

• Before WWII, women’s duties were to be members of the church, wives, and mothers.

• During WWII, up to 6 million women entered the workforce.

• After the war, even though they were encouraged to return home to their families, many just opted for lower paying jobs in the work force.

Posted by: Dory Askins


Smart & Savvy Snapshot:

- Study at Capital Normal University of 38 college students confirms that working memory can be improved though distractor filtering training

- Training consisted of 20 daily sessions of 50 minutes each

-Concluded that individuals with low working memory capacity could increase their capacity to that of individuals with high working memory capacity

Post by: Brandon Reid McIntyre

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Smart & Savvy Snapshot:

-Pets are important sources of social and emotional support

-Pet owners have greater self esteem, physical fitness, and are less lonely

-Pet owners are more conscientious and extraverted

Posted By: Madison Schweikert


Smart and Savvy Snapshot:

- Social bonding is important for several species, including humans, for reproduction and overall survival.

- Oxytocin, a neuropeptide, is believed to play a role in the facilitation of this human bonding and romantic attachment.

- Oxytocin is believed to play a role in the rewarding emotions we feel from social bonds such as romantic attachment.

Posted By: Arsalan Kouser


Smart&Savvy Snapshot:

-Natural opioids within our brains play a big role in the experience of positive and negative emotions, and are responsible for the “high” one feels when on drugs like morphine and heroin.

-A double-blind study revealed that music affects the same areas of the brain as opioids do.

-When opioid receptors were blocked and their favorite songs were played, participants experienced a greatly weakened effect of pleasure.

Posted By: Zoe Anzola

Example posts below!

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