Group Project
Applied Psychology / Year 3

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Cian Walsh

Cian Walsh

Applied Psychology

Year 3

Edel Nelson

Edel Nelson

Applied Psychology

Year 3

  • Project Title Optimood: Can mood be optimized by proper sleep, hydration and positive psychology?
  • Course BSc [Hons] Applied Psychology
  • Year 3
  • Contact Info beathnach93@hotmail.com
    edel.nelson@gmail.com

Optimizing Mood

The aim of this app is to address sleep deprivation, dehydration and depression among young adults. By providing information and tips relating to the benefits and consequences of healthy life choices we hope to improve user’s mood and cognitive abilities

Project Description

This app aims to address the previous research which has suggested that young adults are more likely to suffer from the physical and cognitive consequences of sleep deprivation, dehydration and depression. Harvard students reported that 70% of students were not sleeping enough and other studies have reported as much as 75% of students being dehydrated. Th is results in a litany of negative effects on the mind and body including decline in alertness, mood, and energy, damage to organs, anxiety and increase in depression, obesity and cardiovascular disease. Moreover, many young adults do not even consider the detrimental effects to their health that relate to these areas, and therefore don’t realise the effects on their mood. The app aimed originally to address Maslow’s “Hierarchy of needs” which states that in order for someone to reach self-efficacy, all of their basic needs must be met first, this provides a simple framework for people to understand their bad mood may be a result of their choices, as if they are tired or thirsty, their most basic needs have not been met. Researching through the previous studies carried out in the area revealed that these were the areas most neglected in people’s hierarchy of needs. This caused the app to shift slightly into one which improves mood by addressing the framework theorised by Maslow. Much research has been carried out into the consequences of sleep deprivation with some stating that “banking sleep” is important and that the health consequences become more severe depending on the quality of sleep obtained over the previous couple of nights. Studies have also correlated decision making to fatigue and reported that decision making and will power decline with the increase of fatigue, leading to obesity and further unhealthy choices (such as skipping a gym session). Dehydration has also been widely investigated with many researcher providing evidence that out cognitive abilities become impaired with dehydration, as well as, placing unnecessary strain on organs. Researchers have also suggested that positive thinking may elongate life expectancy by as much as ten years due to the effects that positivity has in clearing the lingering effects of anxiety.

Project Findings

With the aid of past research articles and first person research we conducted ourselves we found accurate informative knowledge on the topics of hydration, positive thinking, and sleep. Through this research we confined the information into usable tips and tricks presenting it in the most user friendly manner possible. Extensive research was performed specifically with the aim of finding all of the possible negatives and benefits when applying certain tips and tricks. Through then applying the knowledge obtained through past research to our own research we found which advice was the most effective and applicable.

Group Project
Applied Psychology / Year 3