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Bruce Ellis featured in latest University Progress Report

Bruce and his recent research was featured in Clearing the Path, a progress report published by the University of Utah.  Congratulations!


Francesco Biondi featured in Deseret News

U study shows how today's partially autonomous cars are dangerous

Francesco experienced first hand how self driving cars can be dangerous because they lull drivers into a state of complacency when they need to be alert and ready to take control at a moment's notice.


Lisa Diamond featured in Newsweek

What Science Knows about Why People are Gay


Lisa Diamond, professor of psychology, spoke with Newsweek to discuss what she and her colleagues in the field know—and what they don't—about how a person's sexual orientation might form.


David Strayer

Strayer says New Cell Phone Bill Sends the Wrong Message

State Rep. Carol Moss has drafted a bill that seeks to fully outlaw using hand-held electronic devices while driving, but would permit using hands-free technology. But David Strayer, professor of psychology, warns, "It might actually send a message that one is safer than the other, which it isn’t.”

Other Media Featuring David Strayer:
Strayer's Work Featured in Newly Published Photo Essay 

edEd Diener

The connection between money and happiness is real.

Study shows money linked to happiness, but only to a point.

Want to be happier in 2018? Contented Norwegians and a Utah expert offer advice

Ed Diener, professor of psychology says "Happy people have better health, better relationships on average, are more productive at work, and are better citizens.”

World Religion News April 25, 2018.

New Study shows God can be pushed aside with better government services. 

A study conducted by researchers of three universities found that individuals are usually less religious when their government offers better social services like education, healthcare, and welfare. This study, “Religion as an Exchange System: The Interchangeability of God and Government in a Provider Role,” proved that if the benefits of religion can be gained from a source other than religion, the attractiveness of practicing a religion is reduced. The study has three authors, Ed Diener of the University of Utah and the University of Virginia and Chen Li and Miron Zuckerman, both of the University of Rochester. Zuckerman has earlier co-authored a study where it is shown that intelligent people are less religious.

Zuckerman, M., Li, C., & Diener, E. (2018) Religion as an Exchange System: The Interchangeability of God and Government in a Provider Role. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin. First published April 12, 2018.

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March 19, 2018. What is the cost of interrupting a radiologist?

March 20, 2018. What is the Cost of Interrupting a Radiologist?   Health Medicine Network.  Study by Trafton Drew shows workplace interruptions have adverse effects in terms of patient outcomes.


bert  tim  brian  Bert, Tim and Brian Baucom - APA Monitor on Psychology, March 2018

In an article entitled Life-Saving Relationships, there is a call to make strong relationships a public health priority.

Within this article Bert talks about A Neurochemical Perspective to explore the neurochemical pathways taht link relationships and health.  According to Bert, "understanding relationships at teh biological level could help give a clearer picture of the ways taht social connections can impair or protect one's health".  

Also within this article Tim and Brian talk about Intimate Relationships and Heart Disease and how that can affect health.  According to Tim, "the same risk factors that put people at risk for cardiovascular disease are alsovery important indicators of the quality of people's intimate relationships". 


lee  Lee Raby tracking early abuse and neglect

Tracking the Impact of Early Abuse and Neglect

According to a new study led by Lee Raby, an assistant professor of psychology, maltreatment experienced before age 5 can have negative effects that continue to be seen nearly three decades later.


jeanine  Jeanine - APA Monitor on Psychology, February 2018

According to Jeanine, "virtual reality is an excellent tool for exploring basic questions about human perception and cognition".  In the article, Virtual Reality Expands Its Reach, she talks about her research on visual perception and the concept of vastness.


Utah couple's relentless pursuit to end veteran suicide: 'If it's not us — then who?'



Veterans and psychologists AnnaBelle and Craig Bryan have researched and developed suicide-prevention and PTSD treatments with near-perfect success rates.


Last Updated: 7/29/19