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Real-time audio of corporal punishment shows kids misbehave within 10 minutes of spanking

A new study based on real-time audio recordings of parents practicing corporal punishment discovered that spanking was far more common than parents admit, said psychologist George Holden, lead author.

The study also found that children were hit for trivial misdeeds and that children then misbehaved within 10 minutes of being punished.
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The power of ManeFrame: SMU’s new supercomputer boosts research capacity

SMU now has a powerful new tool for research – one of the fastest academic supercomputers in the nation – and a new facility to house it.

With a cluster of more than 1,000 Dell servers, the system’s capacity is on par with high-performance computing (HPC) power at much larger universities and at government-owned laboratories. The U.S. Department of Defense awarded the system to SMU in August 2013. Continue reading

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MedicalXpress: When a parent dies, what helps a child cope?

whenaparentdHealthday reporter Barbara Bronson Gray tapped the expertise of psychologist Sarah Feuerbacher, clinical director of the family counseling clinic at SMU.

The article by Bronson Gray, “When a parent dies, what helps a child cope?,” published March 14 online. Continue reading

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UPI: Parents can change mind on spanking if told it harms a child

corporal punishment, George Holden, spanking, SMUThe independent news wire service UPI covered the research of SMU psychologist George W. Holden about the controversial practice of corporal punishment. The article published Jan. 29, “Parents can change mind on spanking if told it harms a child.”

Holden, an expert in families and child development, is a founding member of the U.S. Alliance to End the Hitting of Children, at endhittingusa.org. Continue reading

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The Times of India: Spanking your kids won’t make them disciplined

Times of India, spanking, Holden, SMUThe independent news provider Indo-Asian News Service in a Jan. 29 article “Spanking your kids won’t make them disciplined” in The Times of India covered the research of SMU psychologist George W. Holden about the controversial practice of corporal punishment.

Holden, an expert in families and child development, is a founding member of the U.S. Alliance to End the Hitting of Children, at endhittingusa.org. Continue reading

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Parents less likely to spank after reading briefly about its links to problems in children

George Holden, SMU, spanking, corporal punishmentSome parents who spank believe it’s an effective way to discipline children. But extensive research has linked spanking to child behavior problems.

New SMU studies found that brief exposure to the research significantly altered parents’ views of spanking. “If we can educate people about corporal punishment, these studies show that we can in a very quick way begin changing attitudes,” said George Holden, SMU psychologist. Continue reading

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Reuters: Physical punishment tied to aggression, hyperactivity

corporal punishment, George Holden, SMUReporter Kathleen Raven with the Reuters wire service bureau in New York quoted SMU psychologist George W. Holden about the controversial practice of corporal punishment. The article published Jan. 17, “Physical punishment tied to aggression, hyperactivity.”

Holden, an expert in families and child development, is a founding member of the U.S. Alliance to End the Hitting of Children, at endhittingusa.org. Continue reading

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WFAA: ‘Flopping’ research could lead to changes in the NBA

Peter Weyand and his team set out nine months ago on a research project dubbed “The Physics of Flopping: Blowing the Whistle on a Foul Practice.” WFAA TV journalist Jason Wheeler covered the research of SMU biomechanics expert Peter G. … Continue reading

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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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