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Podcast with Dr. Alia Crum

Dr. Alia Crum on Are Your Mindsets Stressing You Out?

Today’s Guest:

Dr. Alia Crum is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Stanford University. Her award-winning research focuses on how changes in our subjective mindsets can alter our objective reality through behavioral, psychological, and physiological mechanisms. She is an organizational training and consultant on mindset change and stress management.

A mindset is a lens through which you view the world. The mindsets we choose play a dramatic role in shaping our psychological and physiological effects on attention, arousal, motivation and affect.  In this conversation, you will hear Alia discuss some of her fascinating studies and findings on how our mindsets can impact our levels of stress, the effectiveness of exercise and healthy eating, and the impact of gender in workplaces.

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You’ll Learn:

  • [01:40] – Alia sets the framework for this conversation by explaining what a mindset is and how they work.
  • [02:31] – Alia lists some of the things that shape our mindset and why they shape the way we feel and act.  
  • [04:15] – Alia talks about some of her research and findings. She discusses a mindset intervention she did with hotel room attendants in regards to exercise. Another study was on food indulgence.
  • [07:57] – Alia describes her studies on stress and mindset.
  • [11:23] – Alia shares her 3-step approach to shifting your stress mindset.  
  • [15:07] – Alia explains that mindsets on gender can impact the way we go about our work and what we achieve.
  • [16:04] – Alia describes how organizations can become more aware of mindsets.  
  • [17:43] – Alia shares what is currently on her mind in regards to mindsets.
  • [19:24] – The Lightning Round with Alia Crum.

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