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How the fear of death makes people more Right-wing

corybeckersite | November 17, 2016

A string of terror attacks across the globe have shaken the world’s most powerful nations to their core. As a result of these tragic events, and the fear-mongering from politicians hoping to exploit them, many feel that an existential threat …

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Reminders of death increase performance in sports

corybeckersite | November 9, 2016

UA psychology doctoral students Uri Lifshin and Colin Zestcott conducted a study to determine how an individual’s awareness of their own mortality might affect athletic performance. The study is based on terror management theory, the concept that human beings develop …

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Thinking About Death Motivates Athletes To Do Better

corybeckersite | November 4, 2016

Colin Zestcott PhD Graduate Student University of Arizona MedicalResearch.com: What is the background for this study? What are the main findings? Response: We are very interested in terror management theory, which was developed by Jeff Greenberg (one of the co-Authors …

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New Athletic Performance Motivator: Impending Death?

corybeckersite | November 2, 2016

Forget fame and glory, athletes perform better when reminded of their impending death, according to a new study conducted by University of Arizona researchers. Published in a recent Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, the study employs the idea of …

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Thinking about your impending death might push you to be more successful. In a new study, researchers investigated the performance of recreational basketball players after being given death-related prompts, from direct questions to subtle visual reminders. While it may seem …

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