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Using psychology and the power of collective identities to combat adversity

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Psychology has traditionally focused on biological, genetic or personality factors to explain why some people cope better or worse than others in adverse situations. However such a focus can lead to a therapeutic dead end as it is very difficult to change a person’s temperament or genetic predispositions. Researchers at the Centre for Social Issues Research at University of Limerick have addressed this problem by conducting highly regarded research on the benefits and burdens of so-called ‘collective identities’, such as nationality, socio-economic groups, and ethnicity.

Building the Complete Dancer: Optimising Health, Performance and Longevity in Irish Dance

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Irish dance is amongst Ireland’s most successful cultural exports, with current figures showing over 10,000 qualified Irish dancing teachers operating in thousands of schools in over 30 countries internationally. The decades since Riverdance, the critically acclaimed Irish music and dance stage show, have seen monumental developments in the complexity of Irish dance. This has precipitated markedly increased injury incidence, comparable to that in ballet and contemporary dance.

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Stokes Institute

Dept. Of Mathematics & Statistics

Design And Manufacturing Technology

Electronic & Computer Engineering

Computer Science And Information Systems

Civil Engineering & Materials Science

Dept. Of Biological Sciences