Jennifer Kaminski, research scientist in psychology and member, Cognitive Developmental Lab, and Vladimir Sloutsky, professor of psychology and director of the lab, are authors of a new study demonstrating that adding captivating visuals to a textbook lesson to attract children’s interest may sometimes make it harder for them to learn.
Hold your nose, Woody 2 is in bloom! Greenhouse will be open May 14 until 11 pm, with prime viewing/smelling hours from 6-7 pm. Wednesday, May 15, the BioSci Greenhouse will be open from 9 am-9 pm with additional hours announced.
Debbie Guatelli-Steinberg, professor of anthropology, is co-author of a new dental study of fossilized remains found in South Africa in 2008 that provides support that this species is one of the closest relatives to early humans. The teeth of this species–an ancient offshoot of the human family tree called Australopithecus sediba indicate that it is also a close relative to the previously identified Australopithecus africanus.
Thirty-five arts and sciences students placed out of more than 700 students who participated in the 18th Annual Richard J. and Martha D. Denman Undergraduate Research Forum on March 28. The Honors and Scholars Center and the Undergraduate Research Office announced the winning presentations; students in 11 categories were recognized in an awards ceremony and received cash prizes.
Brad Bushman, professor of communication and psychology, has been invited by the Institute of Medicine and the National Research Council of the National Academies to participate in a workshop of the Committee on Priorities for a Public Health Research Agenda to Reduce the Threat of Firearm-related Violence, in response to President Obama’s recent executive orders addressing gun violence. The workshop is scheduled for April 23 in Washington, DC.
Rachel Dwyer, associate professor of sociology, is co-author of a new study revealing that student loans provide more help to women than they do for men in encouraging graduation from college. Dwyer conducted the study with Ohio State Professor of Sociology Randy Hodson and Laura McCloud, assistant professor of sociology at Pacific Lutheran University. Their results appear in the February 2013 issue of the journal Gender & Society.
Ellen Peters, professor of psychology, is co-author of a new study finding that older adults can improve their decision making and working memory simply by putting on a happy face. The study was done with Stephanie Carpenter of the University of Michigan; David Västfjäll of Linköping University in Sweden; and the late Alice Isen of Cornell University
Researchers found that easy mood-boosters -- like giving people a small bag of candy -- helped seniors do significantly better on tests of decision-making and working memory.
Lucia Dunn, professor of economics, is co-author of new study finding that younger Americans not only take on relatively more credit card debt than their elders, but they are also paying it off at a slower rate. The findings suggest that younger generations may continue to add credit card debt into their 70s, and die still owing money on their cards.
Philip Mazzocco, assistant professor of psychology (Mansfield), is lead author of a new study finding that a desire for expensive, high-status stuff is related to feelings of social status, not social status itself, and that helps to explain why minorities are attracted to ''bling.'' Previous research had shown that racial minorities spend a larger portion of their incomes than do whites on conspicuous consumption – buying products that suggest high status.