Culture, Society & Family

Sports on Earth: The Science of the Flop

The flopping study at SMU Sports on Earth journalist Shaun Powell covered the research of SMU biomechanics expert Peter G. Weyand, who is teaming with Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban to investigate the forces involved in basketball collisions and the possibility of estimating “flopping” forces from video data. Continue reading

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DMN: The physics of flopping — SMU researcher studies mechanics of NBA fakery

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Dallas Morning News science reporter Anna Kuchment covered the research of of SMU biomechanics expert Peter G. Weyand, who is teaming with Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban to investigate the forces involved in basketball collisions and the possibility of estimating “flopping” forces from video data. Continue reading

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Performance Enhancing Legs Race Toward the Track Record Book

Vertical forces of double-limb amputee runner.An intriguing, technological watershed is fast approaching for Athletics — that defining moment when an athlete with artificial limbs shatters an “able-bodied” world record.

Brazilian, double-limb, amputee sprinter Alan Oliveira is certainly not a household name, but he has quietly become much faster than some better known amputee runners. Continue reading

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KQED: In Teaching Algebra, the Not-So-Secret Way to Students’ Hearts

interests300Journalist Katrina Schwartz with California Public Radio station KQED reported on the research of SMU Assistant Professor Candace Walkington, who authored a year-long study of 141 ninth graders at a Pennsylvania high school and found that students whose algebra curriculum was personalized to their interests mastered the concepts faster than those students whose learning wasn’t personalized. Continue reading

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New York Daily News: Newlyweds’ gut feelings on their marriage are correct — study

Marital satisfaction gut reaction instinctsThe New York Daily news reports on the research of SMU psychologist Andrea L. Meltzer, who was co-author on a four-year longitudinal study of 135 newlywed couples that found that a spouse’s implicit feelings about their partner predicted marital satisfaction later.

The article, “Newlyweds’ gut feelings on their marriage are correct: study,” was published Dec. 2. Continue reading

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Washington Post: Psychology study — Wedded bliss and gut feelings sometimes conflict

Meltzer marital satisfaction gut reactionJournalist Meeri Kim reports in The Washington Post about the research of SMU psychologist Andrea L. Meltzer, who was co-author on a four-year longitudinal study of 135 newlywed couples that found that a spouse’s implicit feelings about their partner predicted marital satisfaction later.

The article, “Psychology study: Wedded bliss and gut feelings sometimes conflict,” was published Nov. 28. Continue reading

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The Independent: The key to marital bliss? Use your gut instinct

Meltzer marital satisfaction gut feelingsJournalist Steve Connor reports in The Independent about the research of SMU psychologist Andrea L. Meltzer, who was co-author on a four-year longitudinal study of 135 newlywed couples that found that a spouse’s implicit feelings about their partner predicted marital satisfaction later.

The article, “The key to marital bliss? Use your gut instinct,” was published Nov. 28. Continue reading

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Gut reaction of marital partners could foretell their marriage satisfaction

Meltzer marital satisfaction gut reactionUnconscious gut reactions may predict happy, and not-so-happy, marriages, a new study published in the scholarly journal Science suggests. Results of research published Nov. 29 found that spouses’ implicit attitudes toward their partners predicted changes in their marital satisfaction over four years. Andrea L. Meltzer, SMU Department of Psychology, is a co-author on the study. Continue reading

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Business Times: Love And Marriage — Wife’s Attractiveness Essential, Study Says

Andrea Meltzer, attractiveness, SMUJournalist Roxanne Palmer reports in the International Business Times about the research of SMU psychologist Andrea L. Meltzer, who found in a four-year longitudinal study of 450 newlywed couples that men with physically attractive wives remained much more satisfied in their marriage than men without physically attractive wives.

The article, “Love And Marriage: Wife’s Attractiveness Essential, Study Says,” was published Nov. 20. Continue reading

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