Mind & Brain

Mommy blog: Kids with intellectual disability can learn to read — and moms say, “We know!”

Allor, intellectual disability, reading, SMUPopular mommy blogger Ellen Seidman, whose blog “Lovethatmax” focuses on issues related to children identified with a disability, blogged about new SMU education reading research. Led by SMU reading expert Jill H. Allor, the study’s findings offer hope for thousands of children identified with intellectual disability or low IQ.

The four-year, pioneering study is the first large-scale longitudinal study of its kind and was funded by the U.S. Department of Education.
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Scientific American: How your smartphone messes with your brain — and your sleep

SMU, sleep, smart phones, Zoltowski, chemistryScientific American science blogger Josh Fischman drew on the sleep expertise of SMU Assistant Professor of Chemistry Brian D. Zoltowski to explain how artificial light from our smartphones and other digital devices causes sleep deprivation. His blog article, “How your smartphone messes with your brain — and your sleep,” published May 20 and has been heavily shared through social media.
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Business Insider: Your Smartphone Is Destroying Your Sleep

insomnia 220x170Business Insider Science Editor Jennifer Walsh tapped the sleep expertise of SMU Assistant Professor of Chemistry Brian D. Zoltowski to explain how artificial light from our smartphones and other digital devices causes sleep deprivation. Her article, “Your Smartphone Is Destroying Your Sleep,” published May 19.

Zoltowski’s lab at SMU studies one of the many proteins involved in an organism’s circadian clocks. Called a photoreceptor, the protein responds to light to predict time of day and season by measuring day length. Continue reading

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Low IQ students learn to read at 1st-grade level after persistent, intensive instruction

Allor, SMU, reading, Low IQ, intellectual disabilitiesThe findings of a pioneering four-year educational study offer hope for thousands of children identified with intellectual disability or low IQ who have very little, if any, reading ability.

The study by researchers at Southern Methodist University is the first large-scale longitudinal study of its kind to demonstrate the reading potential of students with intellectual disability or low IQ. It was funded by the U.S. Department of Education. Continue reading

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CNN Money: Rude sales people can boost luxury sales

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Rude sales people at luxury retailers actually boost sales, according to new research by SMU Cox School of Business Assistant Professor Morgan Ward.

Ward and a co-researcher discovered the surprising fact after studying the purchasing desires of customers treated rudely by sales people at up-scale stores. 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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