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Are Brain Changes Fueling Overeating in the Obese?

Tuesday, July 12, 2016
Alexander Johnson

Obese mice are much more likely than lean mice to overeat in the presence of environmental cues, a behavior that could be related to changes in the brain,…

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Why Clinton and Trump Backers Don’t Mix

Friday, July 8, 2016
High Quality Render of Democratic Party and Republic Party logo in the United States. Isolated on white background. Clipping path is included. Great use for US elections 2016.

Living around people with opposing political viewpoints affects your ability to form close relationships and accept other perspectives – and may even change your personality, finds a national…

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Liberals, Conservatives Differ in Response to bin Laden’s Death

Tuesday, June 28, 2016
William Chopnik

Conservative Americans remained unwaveringly suspicious of foreigners following Osama bin Laden’s death, while liberals dropped their guard briefly before returning to more vigilant beliefs, finds a provocative new…

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Healthy Brains Provide Insights into Schizophrenia

Tuesday, June 7, 2016
human brain

The brains of healthy relatives of people with schizophrenia may hold a clue to better understand – and ultimately treat – the devastating illness, finds new research led…

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Can Telehealth Fill Gap in Autism Services?

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Parents struggling to find and afford therapy for their child with autism may eventually be able to provide that therapy themselves with the help of telehealth training. Findings…

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Understanding Subjective Well-Being Over the Lifespan

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Professor Richard Lucas, Department of Psychology, discusses his research related to the well-being of the elderly. Presented at the Aging event on April 28, 2016.

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A Better Nutritional Facts Panel

Friday, April 15, 2016
Salad on plate

The ubiquitous nutrition facts panel has graced food packages for many years. But can it be improved? Results from a study led by Michigan State University and featured…

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Psychology Profs, Former PhD Student Earn National Honors

Thursday, February 18, 2016
Jennifer Watling Neal, assistant professor of psychology, poses outside of the psychology building on Thursday July 1, 2010.

Two members of the faculty in the Department of Psychology and a Ph.D. alumna have received national recognition for their work. Associate professor Jenna Watling Neal (photo above) has been honored…

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Managers’ Ethical Conduct May Backlash on Workers

Friday, February 12, 2016
Russell Johnson

Is your boss ethical? Does he or she do what’s right, as opposed to what’s profitable? If so, they may turn downright abusive the next day. New research…

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Sleep Deprivation Linked to False Confessions

Monday, February 8, 2016
Kimberly Fenn

Sleep-deprived people are much more likely to sign false confessions than rested individuals, according to a groundbreaking study that has important implications for police interrogation practices. The odds…

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