Managing the pressure of the ‘Insta-perfect’ holiday: Do's and Don’ts

TORONTO, December 11, 2019 –Whether it’s that perfect airbrushed closeup or table setting at a holiday party, or the pristine beach sunset picture, the flooding of images of holiday perfection can impact our mental health. The desire to have the perfect holiday can add undue pressure for some. Psychologist and associate professor at York University’s Faculty […]

Has the Grinch had a change of heart between then and now?

York U expert on Hollywood productions available to comment on evolution of holiday films TORONTO, December 11, 2019 ─ The classic holiday films produced until the early 1960s echoed the values traditionally associated with Christmas – the spirit of giving, peace, love, faith, belief, miracles and blessings. However, that focus has been shifting with changing […]

Keeping the peace during the holidays: why empathy is key

TORONTO, December 9, 2019 –Some may think of it as the nightmare before Christmas; from the snide comments to grudges, 'tis the season for family feuds and conflict. But why do families butt heads at this time of year?  “When you are in the same physical environment, for a longer than usual amount of time, […]

Are you having a hearing-friendly holiday party?

York University educator offers tips to include deaf and hard-of-hearing guests TORONTO, December 5, 2019 – The sounds of the holidays, with Christmas carols blasting and holiday movies playing, can be especially tough for grandparents who are hard of hearing and children who wear hearing aids. That makes it especially important for people hosting holiday […]

Disclaimers on retouched photos don’t solve problem of negative body image 

Some disclaimers may even harm at-risk women TORONTO, November 28, 2019 –Labels that warn an image has been altered or enhanced do nothing to mitigate women’s negative perceptions of their appearance, according to a study published in Body Image this week.  More importantly, some disclaimers heightened and even harmed body dissatisfaction in at-risk women, the study […]