Delaram Heidari is an undergraduate psychology major in her junior year at New Mexico State University. She was born in Georgia but grew up in New Mexico. Delaram is an avid tea drinker, hiker, bicyclist, meme enthusiast and nature lover with interests including gardening, common sense, cooking, language and culture. As a researcher, she is currently exploring the nature of grounding techniques and how aspects of modern-day life may be negatively impacting our overall mental health as a society. One day, Delaram hopes to pursue a career in horticultural and nature therapy in order to help people achieve a better quality of life.
Delaram‘s project will focus on how regular and habitual phone usage may be negatively impacting the mental health of people by causing them to be less grounded and to in turn develop the symptoms related to being ‘de-grounded’, some of which being anxiety and depression. Through the use of screen time apps which limit and regulate phone usage, and counteractive grounding techniques which will be implemented in response to phone usage, the ‘groundedness’ of participants will be measured in relation to phone usage to see how phone usage in modern day society may be harming us.
Delaram’s mentor: Dr. David Trafimow:
David Trafimow is a Distinguished Achievement Professor of Psychology at New Mexico State University, a Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science, Executive Editor of the Journal of General Psychology, and also for Basic and Applied Social Psychology. He received his Ph.D in psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1993. His current research interests include attribution, attitudes, cross-cultural research, ethics, morality, philosophy and philosophy of science, methodology, potential performance theory, and the a priori procedure.