Current Studies and Findings

Technology and Health Lab

Current Study

The Women’s Health and Cognition Study investigates links between cognitions and mood across phases of emerging adults’ menstrual cycle. Participation in the study involves five brief assessments across three months, some completed at home. Recruitment is now complete, but watch for a new study coming soon! 

 

Past Studies: 

W&L Sleep Habits Study 

This study involved participants from three local universities, and it investigated sleep-related habits and strategies for optimizing sleep. It particularly focused on strategies students may use to optimize their sleep by altering their physical environment, establishing routines, and/or setting boundaries around their use of technology during sleep times. Results are forthcoming. 

W&L / G. d’Annunzio University Collaborative Study of Co-Rumination in Young Adults 

This study is a collaborative effort with the lab of Dr. Michela Balsamo in the Department of Psychological, Health, and Territorial Sciences at G. d’Annunzio University in Chieti, Italy. It is a cross-cultural study focusing on patterns of cellphone use, co-rumination, and mental health. Results are forthcoming.

W&L / URI Collaborative Study of Cellphone Use and Sleep

This study was a collaborative venture with the lab of Professor Sue Adams in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies at the University of Rhode Island. It investigated new constructs related to problematic cellphone use. Results are presented here.

The Washington and Lee Sleep Study

This study explored associations among cellphone use and indicators of well-being in college students. Sleep quality was measured using sleep diaries, actigraphy monitors, and standardized questionnaires. Results are presented here

The Co-rumination via Cellphone Study

This study explored a new construct of co-rumination via cellphone, which refers to the tendency to extensively and unproductively discuss problems through texting, social media, and other forms of technological mediation. Results are presented here

The Texting Study

This study investigated the implications of texting habits in a context of interpersonal stress. It examined multiple aspects of psychosocial functioning, including sleep problems, emotional well-being, and academic and social burnout. Results are presented here.