Category Archives: Psychology

Teen girls report less sexual victimization after virtual reality assertiveness training

Medical Xpress Originally Posted: Jan. 21, 2015 Teen girls were less likely to report being sexually victimized after learning to assertively resist unwanted sexual overtures and practicing resistance in a realistic virtual environment, finds a new study. The effects persisted … Continue reading

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Women’s body image tied to what they think men like: study

NY Daily News Originally posted: Jan. 15, 2015 When told that men desire full-bodied, voluptuous figures, women felt better about their own weight, say researchers at Southern Methodist University in Texas. “A woman’s body image is strongly linked to her … Continue reading

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Women who are told men desire women with larger bodies are happier with their weight

Results of three independent studies suggest a woman’s body image is strongly linked to her perception of what she thinks men prefer Originally Posted: Jan. 12, 2015 SMU Research Blog Telling women that men desire larger women who aren’t model-thin … Continue reading

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Andrea Meltzer, Psychology, contraception may affect how happy women are with their husbands

Medical Xpress by Kathleen Haughney Originally Posted: December 3, 2014 Choosing a partner while on the pill may affect a woman’s marital satisfaction, according to a new study from Florida State University and Southern Methodist University. In fact, the pill … Continue reading

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Department of Psychology congratulates new Phi Beta Kappa members

The Department of Psychology congratulates 3 of its undergraduate majors for being chosen for membership in Phi Beta Kappa. The 3 students are: Jiani Zhu Ashley Schneider Emaan Rangoonwala This is an outstanding achievement and the highest academic honor one … Continue reading

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Asthma patients reduce symptoms, improve lung function with shallow breaths, more CO2

Medical Express Originally posted: Nov. 4, 2014 Asthma patients taught to habitually resist the urge to take deep breaths when experiencing symptoms were rewarded with fewer symptoms and healthier lung function, according to a new study from Southern Methodist University, … Continue reading

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Alicia Meuret, Psychology, how to prevent fear from becoming overwhelming

Dallas Morning News Originally posted: Oct. 27, 2014 Fear on the brain: Why we’re afraid, and how to prevent fear from overwhelming us Everyone knows what it’s like to be afraid. A snake slithers unexpectedly across the path ahead, and … Continue reading

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10 colleges with the highest paid psychology graduates

USA Today Originally Posted: Oct. 17, 2014 Psychology majors explore different personality types, how humans develop, how we respond to our environment and why we behave the way that we do. A degree in this field of study can lead … Continue reading

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George Holden, Psychology, to spank or not to spank

Christian Science Monitor Published Oct 19, 2014 BOSTON — The way corporal punishment evolved in Sandy Haase’s family is, in many ways, typical. Growing up in Orange County, in California, in the 1960s, Ms. Haase knew what would happen if … Continue reading

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The Psychology of Fear with psychologist Alicia Meuret

KERA public radio 90.1 hosted SMU psychologist Alicia Meuret on Krys Boyd‘s “Think” program Oct. 6. Meuret, Boyd and Madhukar Trivedi, chair of the University of Texas-Southwestern’s Mental Health Department, discussed “How fear serves us and when it can lead … Continue reading

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