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Student-Led Research Highlighted at MSU Trustees’ Meeting

Friday, April 13, 2018
Clara Lepard and Joel Soler

To showcase student-led research at Michigan State University, two scholars presented their latest projects at the Board of Trustees meeting on April 13. Clara Lepard, who graduated in…

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MSU’s Wade Named American Council on Education Fellow

Friday, March 30, 2018
Juli Wade

The American Council on Education announced that Juli Wade, the associate provost for faculty and academic staff development at Michigan State University, has been named an ACE Fellow…

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Perceptions of Old Age Change As We Age

Monday, February 26, 2018
William Chopik

Does life really begin at 40? Is 50 the new 30? For people in these age groups, the answer appears to be yes. But for young adults in…

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Dim Light May Change Brain Structure

Tuesday, February 6, 2018
Lily Yan, associate professor of psychology, Antonio Nunez, professor of psychology. Joel Soler, doctoral student in psychology.

Spending too much time in dimly lit rooms and offices may actually change the brain’s structure and hurt one’s ability to remember and learn, indicates groundbreaking research by…

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Missing Sensory Inputs May Drive Psychosis

Thursday, January 18, 2018
Katharine Thakkar

Why do some people who are diagnosed with schizophrenia experience psychosis, a disconnection from reality that can make them believe their actions are being controlled by aliens or…

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Discrimination Harms Your Health – And Your Partner’s

Thursday, December 7, 2017
William Chopik

Discrimination not only harms the health and well-being of the victim, but the victim’s romantic partner as well, indicates new research led by a Michigan State University scholar….

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For Worriers, Expressive Writing May Help Cool Brain

Thursday, September 14, 2017
Hans Schroder and brain cap

Chronic worriers, take note: Simply writing about your feelings may help you perform an upcoming stressful task more efficiently, finds a Michigan State University study that measured participants’…

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Eleven New Studies Suggest ‘Power Poses’ Don’t Work

Monday, September 11, 2017
Joseph Cesario

The claim that holding a “power pose” can improve your life became wildly popular several years ago, fueling the second most-watched TED talk ever but also casting doubts…

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Sleep May Help Witnesses Avoid Choosing Innocent Suspects

Wednesday, September 6, 2017
Kimberly Fenn Michelle Stepan

Sleep may influence an eyewitness’s ability to correctly pick a guilty person out of a police lineup, indicates a study by Michigan State University researchers. Published in PLOS…

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Talking to Yourself in the Third Person May Help Self-Control

Wednesday, July 26, 2017
Jason Moser, an expert in emotion regulation, is an associate professor of psychology at Michigan State University. Photo by G.L. Kohuth

The simple act of silently talking to yourself in the third person during stressful times may help you control emotions without any additional mental effort than what you…

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