Mind & Brain

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

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 the Department of Psycholgoy at Southern Methodist University.

The findings are from a large clinical trial funded with a grant from the National Institutes of Health’s National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. Continue reading

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KERA: The Psychology of Fear

SMU, KERA, Think, Alicia Meuret, panic, anxiety, fearKERA 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 us astray,” particularly in the wake of the much-discussed Ebola case in Dallas.
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NBC News Make the Case: Corporal Punishment

Holden, corporal punishment, Meet the Press, SMU, spankingSMU Psychology Professor George W. Holden, psychology, and Michael Farris, president of ParentalRights.Org, debated opposite sides of the controversial question “Should parents be allowed to practice corporal punishment?”

The debate aired Sept. 25 on NBC’s Meet the Press: Make the Case. Continue reading

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The Week: Christians have no moral rationale for spanking their children

corporal punishment, Bible, George Holden, SMU, spanking, The Week, Journalist Jonathan Merritt with high-profile online magazine The Week cited the research findings of SMU psychologist George W. Holden about the controversial practice of corporal punishment.

Merritt’s article, “Christians have no moral rationale for spanking their children,” published Sept. 23. Continue reading

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Dallas Observer: The DeSoto School District Paddled Students 227 Times Last Year, but Won’t Say How or Why

corporal punishment, Dallas Observer, George Holden, SMU, spanking, DeSoto, DISDUnfair Park journalist Emily Mathis with the Dallas Observer interviewed SMU psychologist George W. Holden about the controversial practice of corporal punishment in the context of the Adrian Peterson case.

Mathis’ story, “The DeSoto School District Paddled Students 227 Times Last Year, but Won’t Say How or Why,” published Sept. 17.
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CBS 11: Marital Tension Disturbs The Family Bond

SMU, Kouros, Marital Conflict, CBSLocal CBS 11 News has covered the research of psychology expert Chrystyna Kouros, assistant professor in the SMU Department of Psychology.

Chrystyna Kouros focuses on understanding depressive symptoms and depression in the context of family stress. Continue reading

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U.S News: Parents’ Fights May Strain Bonds With Their Kids

Kouros, SMU, marital conflict, psychologyThe world recognized publisher of news and information, U.S News, has covered the research of psychology expert Chrystyna Kouros, assistant professor in the SMU Department of Psychology.

Chrystyna Kouros, Ph.D., focuses on understanding depressive symptoms and depression in the context of family stress. Continue reading

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Marital tension between mom and dad can harm each parent’s bond with child, study finds

Chrystyna Kouros, SMU, marital relationshipsChildren suffer consequences, too, when mom and dad argue or have tension in their relationship, experts warn.

Dads, in particular, let the negative emotions and tension from their marriage spill over and harm the bond they have with their child, says a new study’s lead author, psychologist Chrystyna D. Kouros, Southern Methodist University, Dallas. Continue reading

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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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