When we make promises to ourselves, what makes the difference between success and failure? In this article by the Daily Utah Chronicle, Dr. Lisa Aspinwall looks at New Year's resolutions, which are typically abandoned rather than completed, to find the answer.
Congratulations to Kelsi Rugo and Julia Harris, who have both been selected by the Military Suicide Research Consortium for travel awards to attend research training day at the American Association of Suicidology conference.
Congratulations are in order for Parisa and Robert, both winners of APS Student Grants from the Association for Psychological Science Student Caucus.
Are there benefits to leaving technology behind and reconnecting with nature? Dr. David Strayer, who researches attention, tested this question by looking at differences in brain activity when people took a short break.
Samantha Joel and Brennan Payne have been named Association for Psychological Science Rising Stars for 2017.
University of Utah veteran psychologists AnnaBelle and Craig Bryan have researched and developed suicide-prevention and PTSD treatments with "near-perfect" success rates, as reported in Stars and Stripes magazine.
It's 2018, and many people are wondering what resolutions to make to ensure a happy new year. What advice can we take from psychological research, as well as from the citizens of Norway?
Are romantic matching algorithms possible? Dr. Samantha Joel, relationships researcher, sought to answer this question using advanced machine learning techniques, and what she found may surprise you.
Madison Niermeyer’s poster, titled Reported Expressive Suppression in Daily Life is Related to Lower Executive Functioning and Slower Action Planning Among Older Adults, has been selected by the National Academy of Neuropsychology as a winner of the Student Poster Award.
This year, Brennan Payne joins Liz Conradt and Katie Baucom as members of our faculty accepted to this highly competitive program. Congratulations, Brennan!
Is multitasking a struggle for you? There's a secret to improving productivity, according to an article published in Mic, and it's to focus on one thing at a time.
Dr. David Strayer has lead a study for the American Automobile Association Foundation for Traffic Safety that analyzes in-vehicle technology features in newer cars. His research shows that new car “infotainment” is often too dangerous to safely use...
Lace Padilla, Ian Ruginski and Sarah Creem-Regehr Examine the Effectiveness of Hurricane Visualizations
With the recent hurricanes affecting this country, it is an excellent time to examine how predictions of hurricane movement are communicated to the public.
A recent study by Dr. Samantha Joel, published in Psychological Science and titled "Is Romantic Desire Predictable? Machine Learning Applied to Initial Romantic Attraction", is the basis of a new article in NPR.
In a new story on KSL.com, Dr. Jacqueline Chen uses social psychology to explain the phenomenon of depersonalization, and the effect it has on "mob mentality" behavior on social media.
Samantha’s study, published in Social Psychology and Personality Science in an article titled “Wanting to Stay and Wanting to Go: Unpacking the Content and Structure of Relationship Stay/Leave Decision Processes", focuses on understanding…
Congratulations to Kristina and Brennan, who have both received Early Career Awards from APA Division 3 (Society for Experimental Psychology in Cognitive Science) in the Human Perception and Performance category for the best papers...
Elisabeth Conradt has been chosen to receive the Kucharski Young Investigator Award from the International Society for Developmental Psychobiology. This award recognizes a promising young investigator in the field of Developmental Psychobiology.
Kelly is researching how newly-developed driver-assist technologies are labeled by manufacturers and understood by consumers as they are brought to market. Using her background in human factors research, she is working…
Bruce was interviewed for Julie Rose's Top of Mind program.
Prof. Ed Diener and his team, in a comprehensive review of studies on subjective well-being, has found that there is a connection between happiness and health in some instances. Prof. Diener is a leading expert on happiness, and he joined Dave in a radio interview recently to talk about these findings.
In a Good4Utah post, Bruce believes children’s survival skills can be enhanced and adapted to learning subjects like math and reading. Understanding how children adapt can help develop better classroom environments.
In an article for Entrepreneur regarding what happy people do and don’t do, David says if you want to be more physically and mentally healthy, you need to spend time interacting with nature. Such interactions produce changes in our brain and in our bodies.
Ed Diener finds that happy people are healthier and live longer. His study findings are published in the journal Health and Well-Being and point to a link between cheerful disposition and improved well-being. See story posted in Daily Mail.com here.
Bruce Ellis’s advice is to find out what is right with children growing up in high-stress environments
The study ”Beyond Risk and Protective Factors: An Adaptation-based Approach to Resilience” is forthcoming in July issue of Perspectives on Psychological Science. They propose that more attention be given to what’s right with children who grow up in high-stress environments so their unique strengths and abilities can be used to more effectively tailor education, jobs and interventions to fit them.
The 2017 winner of the Irwin Altman Outstanding Psychology Faculty Award is Dr. Lisa Aspinwall. Dr. Aspinwall is an internationally-recognized expert in self-regulation and risk perception, conducting groundbreaking work in genetic testing for familial melanoma. Congratulations!
The Wall Street Journal reported on research conducted by Bruce Ellis and Danielle DelPriore, calling the study design 'ingenious'. The research examines the relationship between domestic instability during childhood and sexual behavior later in life, a link that had not previously been observed.
Francesco Biondi and Joel Cooper spoke to the Deseret News about the current state of automation in self-driving car technology, and how to close the gap between the present and future.
Spencer Castro just competed in the Boston marathon and finished 147 out of 30,000 with a time of 2 hours and 38 minutes.
Why does looking down from the edge of a cliff or tall building make us feel so strange? Dr. Stefanucci explains some of the peculiarities of visual perception, and why we sometimes feel overcome by the fear that we might accidentally jump.
Congratulations are in order for University of Utah's Clinical Psychology Graduate Students.
Craig Bryan, along with other colleagues published a study finding that crisis response planning can significantly reduce suicide attempts among veterans and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder patients.
The program, funded by the National Science Foundation, is designed to engage the public and encourage scientists to communicate their findings more broadly.
Erica receives travel award from Women in Cognitive Sciences group.
Jackie Chen has been named an Association for Psychological Science Rising Star.
Liz has been chosen as the winner of the 2017 Society for Researching Child Development Early Career Research Contributions Award.
Andrea Wolfe-Clark was promoted to the rank of Major in the United States Air Force. Andrea is also a graduate student in the Clinical psychology program.
David Strayer was recently invited to participate in the discussion of research and science at the White House Roundtable Public Lands for Public Health.
Katie Baucom in her role as Chair of the Committee on Awards and Recognition for the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies had the pleasure of presenting a mental health advocacy award to Patrick Kennedy during the annual meeting in New York.
Craig Bryan, Director of the National Center for Veterans Studies, educates us about veteran's suicide behavior and PTSD.
Congratulations to Paula and Brian on their publication in Brain and Behavior, which has received extensive media coverage in such outlets as ABC News, LiveScience, Popular Science, Research and Development Magazine, Self magazine, Sleep.org, and the Today Show!
Monisha explains that sharing stories with others helps us find meaning in the experience, but only if the one we are telling the story to is paying attention to what is being said.
The Presidential Scholar award is a prestigious award given out by the University of Utah to recognize excellence and achievement for faculty members at the associate professor level. Congratulations Craig!
In a Deseret News National story entitled “The lasting effects PTSD has on veterans” Craig outlines two types of psychotherapy that are effective in treating PTSD.
Frank Drews and the Human Factors Certificate Program within the Psychology Department have received the University of Utah's Transforming U: Beacons of Excellence award.
The psychology behind the Orlando shooting: there are a lot of factors at play and Doug Wright tries to get to the bottom of it. Dr. Lisa Diamond, Professor of Psychology and Gender Identity at the University of Utah, shares her expertise.
In a new study published in Psychoneuroendocrinology, Dr. Fagundes establishes a connection between anxiety control, inflammation, and Type 2 diabetes.
Rob has been awarded a C-FAHR research award for his project entitled Friends in High Tech Places: The Development and Validation of the Online Social Support Measure. Congratulations Rob!
Kelly and Tessa won for their posters in the Graduate category. Congratulations to Kelly and Tessa!
Craig Bryan is the recipient of the Junior Superior Research Award. Patricia Kerig was chosen as a finalist in the senior faculty category.
Michaela Mozley has received an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship. Congratulations, Michaela!
Kent has been selected to receive an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship. Congratulations, Kent!
The Journal of Traumatic Stress is the official journal of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS). Patricia will begin her position on January 1, 2017. Congratulations, Patricia!
Tami is finishing up her PhD is Social Psychology and her adviser is Carol Sansone. Here is a description of the 2015 GE Healthcare Surgery President's Award: President’s Awards are given only once per year to recognize outstanding contributions in a calendar year. Tami spent much of 2015 developing a new, statistically valid procedure for trending product complaints. This new technique allows us to recognize problems occurring in the field as early as possible and enables us to take action in order to keep our products operating safely and effectively.
Abby Bossart, who works with Liz Conradt, has been recognized as a student innovator for her work on refugee women’s health, her academic accomplishments, and her dedication to research. Congratulations, Abby!
This is one of the University's most prestigious research awards. Congratulations Cindy!
Jenny Cundiff (Ph.D. 2014) and Matt Cribbet (Ph.D. 2013) have accepted tenure-track faculty positions in the Department of Psychology at Texas Tech. Congratulations Jenny and Matt!
Carol Werner has won the 2016 Alta Sustainability Leadership Award in the Sustainability Research Award category, which “recognizes an individual (student, faculty, or staff member) who is conducting significant interdisciplinary sustainability research.”
This award is one of the highest honors the university has to offer. Congratulations, Tim!
The award recognizes faculty members who are instrumental in inspiring students and fostering their career development. Congratulations, Jeanine!