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Rebecca Cernik

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Rebecca Cernik

I recently completed my bachelor’s degree at Concordia University in behavioural neuroscience. Thereafter, I decided to pursue my master’s degree at the University of Montreal in biomedical sciences, though I will focus specifically on the domain of psychiatric science. My goal is to explore the consequences of stressful life events. Picture this – you are just about to graduate from university and you have an interview for your dream job next week. Imagine the stress! The transition from university to the workforce can be an extremely stressful time in a person’s life and may be associated with maladaptive behaviours, such as co-rumination. When you talk with your close friend for hours about a problem, why it happened and how bad it makes you feel, without coming up with a solution, that’s co-rumination. As such, my master’s project will be to explore the potential relationship between a stressful life event and co-rumination.