Parasocial relationships: The good, the bad, and the boy bands

Parasocial relationships can run the gamut from pop culture crushes to celebrity obsessions. Parasocial relationships are generally harmless, just indicating that your social cognition is functioning normally.  Parasocial relationships can even be beneficial, especially when it comes to adolescent development. If these one-sided connections become too intense, however, you may…

Super Bowl LVI: Whether your team won or lost, there’s a positive link between sports and mental health

Super Bowl LVI attracted nearly 100 million viewers this year. As America’s most popular sport, even those who aren’t diehard fans watch the spectacle.  Yet where does our emotional investment in the outcome of a sporting event come from? Some psychologists theorize it dates back to pre-history, with roots in…

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