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Research in Action | A podcast for faculty & higher education professionals on research design, methods, productivity & more

Research in Action is a weekly podcast about topics and issues related to research in higher education from experts across a range of disciplines. Episodes are posted weekly and include guest interviews and occasional solo episodes. Guests are from a range of higher education institutions and share their expertise on qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods as well as their personal experiences as researchers; research and writing practices; organizational and productivity strategies; and much more. Some weeks, bonus content is also posted. Research in Action is hosted by Dr. Katie Linder, the research director for Oregon State University Ecampus. Show notes with information regarding topics discussed in each episode, as well as the transcript and instructor guide for each episode, can be found at the Research in Action website at ecampus.oregonstate.edu/podcast. The Research in Action podcast is a resource funded by Oregon State University Ecampus – ranked one of the nation’s best providers of online education with more than 40 degree programs and over 1,000 classes online. Learn more about Ecampus by visiting ecampus.oregonstate.edu. This podcast is produced by the Ecampus Multimedia team.
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Jun 1, 2017

In this episode, Ethan shares about his research on happiness.

On this episode, Katie is joined by Dr. Ethan McMahan, an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychological Sciences at Western Oregon University. His research interests focus on hedonic and eudaimonic approaches to well-being, folk conceptions of happiness, and the relationship between nature and human well-being. His recent work examines how exposure to immersive simulations of natural environments impacts concurrent emotional state and, more broadly, how regular contact with natural environments may be one route by which individuals achieve optimal feeling and functioning. He has published in the Journal of Positive Psychology, the Journal of Happiness Studies, Personality and Individual Differences, and Ecopsychology, among other publications. He completed his undergraduate training at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs and holds a Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology from the University of Wyoming.

Segment 1: Measuring Happiness [00:00-18:21]

In this first segment, Ethan describes the instruments researchers use to measure happiness.

Segment 2: How Can Researchers Be Happier? [18:21-33:23]

In segment two, Ethan shares strategies that researchers can use to be happier.

Bonus Clip #1 [00:00-5:03]: How Ethan Got Started as a Happiness Researcher

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