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Hello Eagles!

Change is something that can be scary, enjoyable, frustrating, or sad. Our daily lives are constantly changing and I want to give a few pointers on how to handle change!

  • Acknowledge that change is occurring
  • Find the light on the other side of the darkness
  • Stand up and Be Heard, your opinion matters
  • Seek Support from others
  • Maintain a daily routine

These are only a few points that may help you handle change. Keep on soaring Eagles for we are in this together.

Outdoor Learning

Everything around us is constantly changing and adapting to new circumstances. That does not exclude classrooms and our education systems. Sierra Nevada University has been able to adapt in a way that enables students to return to campus and stay connected through the outdoors. Classrooms do not involve four doors for our school and its showing more throughout these uncertain times. Log rounds have been spaced apart outside to enable professors to teach outdoors.

There are a lot of benefits to teaching classrooms outside and I think our school hit it on the mark when they decided to have outdoor learning an option for a lot of professors. Some of the perks of learning in the outdoors consist of a better attention span, state of alertness, and a whole lot of fresh air. Studies have been conducted with third grade students and it has show that the students who studied outdoors versus indoors behaved differently in their next class period. According to greater good Berkeley, “Results showed that when the students received outdoor biology lessons, they were significantly more engaged in their next instructional period on all measures than if they’d received biology lessons indoors. This held true for different teachers, different times of day, and different times of year.”

With society having to wear masks in their daily lives, it is important to reconnect with the outdoors and the fresh air that many desire. There are a lot more benefits to learning outdoors than people tend to realize and now that we need to social distance, classrooms will not suffice. Get outdoors, learn more, and take a deep breathe of the fresh air around you Eagles. Let’s Go!




Kuo, ―, About the Author Jill Suttie Jill Suttie, & Suttie, J. (n.d.). The Surprising Benefits of Teaching a Class Outside. Retrieved October 16, 2020, from

Harmony Through Birds

“Today was a day of harmony. The birds were chirping, the wind was blowing, and the leaves were rattling. Everything combined sounded like a symphony that reached a level of musical harmony that has yet to be heard by the human ears. I want to discuss how the sounds around you, especially birds, can affect you mentally, physically, and emotionally.”

Psychology Today wrote an article explaining some of the benefits of hearing birds in the air. “Bird songs make traffic noise more tolerable, make people feel less crowded and can even mediate circadian rhythm” (McLendon,2018). Being from a city, you only hear noises from the animals that we have created, which are planes, trains, and cars. We have surrounded ourselves with so much noise it’s easy to lose ourselves in the ever growing world. “Bird sounds engage the human brain conveying information about our surroundings. They foster a connection with nature, which research shows may provoke effortless attention, restore alertness, reduce stress, decrease hostility, and promote a sense of well-being” (Andrews, 2011). When we find ourselves lost or with tunnel vision – the birds and wildlife are able to reel us back into the moment and show us that we are alive and living. We may find solidarity in the least likely places because, “bird sounds decreased perceptions of crowding and increased tolerance for seeing other people on the trail. Conversely, airplane or truck sounds had the opposite effect” (Andrews, 2011).

You begin to see that we are connected with nature for as long as civilization and humankind have been around. We must return to our roots from which we came and remember the importance of nature and the effects nature has on us. Your day may change if you hear the birds chirping and I hope to see it change for the best.



McLendon, R. (2018). Can Bird Songs Boost Your Brain? Retrieved September 17, 2020, from

Andrews, L. (2011, July 04). The Birds and the Trees. Retrieved September 17, 2020, from

Miscommunication Through Texting

With the world constantly advancing we can see a change in the behavior of the younger generations. Phone calls are a rarity and texting is in. Texting has taken over the communication world and has become the driving force for everyday communication. For many, receiving a phone call from someone other than your parents or grandparents seems strange!

Although texting seems to be the most common mode of communication these days, many downfalls come with this. Melissa Ritter, Ph.D., wrote an article for Psychology Today outlining reasons why texting and emailing often leads to miscommunication. Here are a few key points Ritter mentions throughout the article. The absence of facial expression, tone of voice, and the presence of the other person leads to the chances of miscommunication to occur while texting (Ritter, 2015). Ritter also emphasizes how a person’s current mood and connection between the sender and receiver can alter the definition of the text and its true meaning (Ritter,2015).

I highly recommend checking out this article as Ritter also lists ways that we can mitigate this miscommunication while texting. This is something that is important and relevant for all of us!



Ritter, M. (2015, February 15). Why Is There So Much Miscommunication Via Email and Text? Psychology Today.

Staying Connected and Motivated

Welcome Back, Eagles, to another unique semester! I hope the first week is starting off in a good direction. I know for some it is difficult to stay motivated and connected while learning through a computer screen. It may not be the ideal learning situation that we were all looking forward to, but we’re here to help you get through these hardships with a few helpful tips.

Here are a few things you can do to keep yourself connected and motivated:

Balance your time and attention – Too much time focusing your attention on a screen can have a negative impact on your mental and emotional health. Be aware of how much screen time you are getting when completing school work, browsing social media, etc. Don’t be shy to go outside and smell the autumn air as the leaves on the trees begin to change colors.

Stay connected – Distance learning does not mean isolation and independent study. There are a multitude of ways to stay connected to your fellow peers and colleagues that will close the gap between online and in-person learning. I’m sure your peers and colleagues feel the same! Take care of your social well-being as much as your mental and emotional health.

Stay Positive – A smile a day keeps the worries away! Just smiling can change your attitude and allow you to feel the extra motivation you need to take the next step forward and so forth.

We hope these quick tips help you through these difficult times we are all facing. Remember, you are not alone and your fellow Eagles are here for you. Let’s fly even higher than before and conquer the skies!


A few tips from the psych students!

Can negative emotions predict procrastination?

A study that was published last month provides further evidence for this understanding of the role of negative feelings and procrastination. The College of New Jersey conducted a study to explore the relations between feelings and procrastination. Their focus was on collecting daily, repeated measures of feelings (both negative and positive) and their procrastination. The study showed that negative feelings did predict next day procrastination and positive feelings did not predict next day procrastination and procrastination didn’t predict next day negative feelings. In conclusion for our upcoming midterms try and stay away from negative feelings at all costs and get studying! Good luck students!

Author: Jamie DeFrank (Junior Intern)

Is Brain Connectivity Connected with Exercise Intensity??

Psychology Today came out with an article reporting a new study that shows how low intensity exercise stimulates our brain networks that relate to cognitive control and our attention. Researchers also found that high intensity exercise activates brain networks related with emotional processing. Both intensities of exercise are associated with an increase in positive mood. Including both high and low intensity in a workout can affect how you think and feel. In the past scientists have gone on daily walks to stimulate cerebral brain functions. No matter what the intensity is, physical exercise can help improve your memory and mood!

Start of spring semester!

Welcome back students, staff and faculty!

We are excited to be back and start this spring semester!

We can’t wait to work with our students in the experimental psychology class and see their proposals and the experiments they will conduct this semester! Be on the lookout for them!!

Let’s have a great semester!

Author: Jamie DeFrank (Junior Intern)


Learning and Behavior class presentations

Today our Learning and behavior class presented their topics on their final paper in class. Senior student, Jamie DeFrank, discussed whether or not eating disorders and body dissatisfaction could be caused by social media. She discussed  how social media is used daily and people are observing other peoples pictures that they post. Most pictures are focused on women’s bodies and the unrealistic beauty ideals that we see daily. She also questioned whether “likes” are a source of positive reinforcement for validity. Most celebrities and models get the most “likes” so Jamie feels that people who want to achieve the same amount of “likes” want to look like these models and celebrities which could potentially lead to eating disorders. In her presentation she also showed a variety of pictures from Instagram of celebrities and models and just how thin they all are.


Author: Jamie DeFrank (Senior Intern)

Santa Clarita School Shooting

This morning there was a school shooting at Saugus High School in Santa Clarita. It’s sad to say that two students were killed during this tragedy and several others were injured including the shooter himself. According to the New York Times this is the eleventh school shooting in America this year. It’s sad to see all of these tragedies happening so often. Let’s keep these students, the school and all of the families in our thoughts!



Author: Jamie DeFrank (Junior Intern)