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Shawn M. Talbott, Ph.D.

Shawn M. Talbott, Ph.D.

Nutritional Biochemist and Author

Dr. Shawn Talbott received dual Bachelor’s degrees in Sports Medicine (B.S.) and Fitness Management (B.A.) from Marietta College, his Master's degree (M.S.) in Exercise Science from the University of Massachusetts, and his Ph.D. in Nutritional Biochemistry from Rutgers University. His research is primarily focused on metabolism, weight loss, sports nutrition, and human performance. Dr. Talbott has also undertaken post-graduate studies in Entrepreneurship at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Sloan School of Business as part of MIT’s curriculum with the Entrepreneur’s Organization (EO) and the highly selective, 3-year Entrepreneurial Masters Program (EMP).

Dr. Talbott is the recipient of a dozen competitive research awards and has published over 200 articles on nutrition, health and fitness. He has served as a nutrition consultant and educator for elite-level athletes in a variety of sports including professional triathletes, members of the Utah Jazz (NBA basketball), the United States Ski and Snowboard Association, and the Performance Enhancement Team (PET) for the United States Track and Field Association, and the United States Olympic Training enters.

As an athlete himself, Shawn as competed at the national and international level in Rowing.

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Depressed in America?

In a great opinion piece in the Wall Street Journal, Gregg Easterbrook, a Fellow at the Brookings Institute and author of the excellent 2004 book, "The Progress Paradox: How Life Gets Better While People Feel Worse" raises an important issue in American life, "Life is Good, So Why Do We Feel So Bad?"

I have Mr. Easterbrook's Progress Paradox book on my bookshelf and I highly recommend it - and I'd urge you to check it out.

As he covers in his book, the WSJ article highlights a befuddling aspect of psychology - that being that most Americans will tell pollsters that the general situation with the economy, the nation's schools, healthcare, etc is a complete catastrophe - BUT when those same respondents are asked about their own situation (jobs, schools, doctors, etc), they report that things are pretty good.

A clear reason for these differences between national and personal perceptions is the relentless negative imagery presented to us 24/7 by the media. As Mr. Easterbrook writes, "Our impressions of ourselves and our neighbors come from personal experience. Our impressions of the nation as a whole come from the media and from political blather, both of which exaggerate the negative."

Good advice to keep in the back of your mind the next time you start feeling overwhelmed by all the "bad" news...

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Our impressions of ourselves and our neighbors come from personal experience. Our impressions of the nation as a whole come from the media and from political blather, both of which exaggerate the negative.

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