Culture, Society & Family

CBS Houston: Study: Men With Attractive Wives More Satisfied In Marriage

Andrea Meltzer, SMU, attractivenessJournalist Benjamin Fearnow reports from CBS Houston 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, “Study: Men With Attractive Wives More Satisfied In Marriage,” was published Nov. 20. Continue reading

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UPI: Husbands with hot wife more satisfied, wives not so much

Andrea Meltzer, SMU, marital satisfactionUPI wire service reported 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, “Husbands with hot wife more satisfied, wives not so much,” was published Nov. 20. Continue reading

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Daily Mail: Love? Trust? No, a GOOD-LOOKING wife makes for a happy marriage (according to men, at least…)

Andrea Meltzer, SMU, marital satisfactionJournalist Victoria Woollaston reports in London’s Daily Mail 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? Trust? No, a GOOD-LOOKING wife makes for a happy marriage (according to men, at least…),” was published Nov. 20. Continue reading

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KERA, NOVA: SMU researcher Peter Weyand discusses the upper limits of human speed

The work of SMU biomechanics researcher Peter Weyand was featured on an episode of the PBS series “NOVA.” His research on the importance of ground forces for running speed established a contemporary understanding that spans the scientific and athletic communities. Continue reading

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Prevention: Is Organic Food Really Better For You?

Prevention Bauer Chhabra organic fruit flyHealth and science reporter Richard Laliberte with Prevention Magazine has covered research carried out in the fruit fly lab of SMU biologist Johannes H. Bauer. The research by Plano, Texas high school student Ria Chhabra is featured in the article, “Is Organic Food Really Better For You?,” published Aug. 21. Continue reading

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Money News: In Search of ‘Perfect Money’ — Hackers Switch to New Digital Currency

Tyler Moore, SMU, bitcoin, Perfect MoneyThe financial news web site MoneyNews published a Reuters article that covers the Bitcoin research of SMU cybersecurity expert Tyler W. Moore, an assistant professor of computer science in the Lyle School of Engineering.

Moore’s research found that online exchanges that trade hard currency for the rapidly emerging cyber money known as Bitcoin have a 45 percent chance of failing — often taking their customers’ money with them. Continue reading

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Study finds that some depressed adolescents are at higher risk for developing anxiety

Some adolescents who suffer with symptoms of depression also may be at risk for developing anxiety, according to a new study of children’s mental health.

The study found that among youth who have symptoms of depression, the risk is most severe for those who have one or more of three risk factors, said psychologist Chrystyna D. Kouros, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, who led the study. Continue reading

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The Undying Radio: Familiarity breeds content when it comes to listeners and music

Many music listeners want to perceive themselves as receptive to novel music. But new research says otherwise when it comes to our choices, says Morgan Ward in SMU’s Cox School of Business.

Tension between the novel and the familiar leads to interesting insights for marketers.

The research offers lessons in how actual behavior trumps media portrayals of consumers’ perennial desires for novelty. Continue reading

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Sweden, SMU psychologists partner to launch parenting program that reduces child abuse

Project Support, SMU, Sweden, McDonald, JourilesThe government of Sweden is partnering with psychologists at SMU to launch a parenting program shown to reduce child abuse. A two-year study funded by the Swedish government is looking at the feasibility of implementing “Project Support” nationwide in that country.

The program, created by SMU psychologists Renee McDonald and Ernest Jouriles, has been shown to reduce child abuse and neglect in severely violent families. Continue reading

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