Mind & Brain

Students grasp abstract math concepts after they demonstrate them with arm motions

Walkington, SMU, geometry, proof, arm motions Students who make relevant arm movements while learning can improve their knowledge and retention of math, research has shown.

Now researchers at Southern Methodist University, Dallas, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison have developed a model using geometry proofs that shows potential for wide adoption — a video game in which students make movements with their arms to learn abstract math concepts. Continue reading

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New York Daily News: Shocking viral video of 5-year-old boy being paddled

The New York Daily News quoted SMU Psychology Professor George W. Holden, psychology, for his expertise on spanking in an article about a Georgia principal paddling a 5-year-old boy as punishment. The paddling was caught on video and went viral on the Internet by viewers who were horrified and shocked.

The article, “Shocking viral video of 5-year-old boy being paddled shines light on legal but ‘damaging’ corporal punishment,” published April 15, 2016.
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SMU Research Day 2016: Students present their research to the SMU and Dallas community

SMU graduate and undergraduate students presented their research to the SMU community at the University’s Research Day 2016 on Feb. 10.

Sponsored by the Office of Research and Graduate Studies, the research spanned more than 20 different fields from schools across campus. Continue reading

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SMU 2015 research efforts broadly noted in a variety of ways for world-changing impact

SMU scientists and their research have a global reach that is frequently noted, beyond peer publications and media mentions.

It was a good year for SMU faculty and student research efforts. Here’s a small sampling of public and published acknowledgements during 2015, ranging from research modeling that made the cover of a scientific journal to research findings presented as evidence at government hearings. Continue reading

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$2 million NIH grant to help team from SMU and U-Maryland develop pediatric asthma monitor

Two SMU psychology professors working with University of Maryland engineers have been awarded a National Institutes of Health grant that will bring nearly $2 million to their joint project to create a wearable device for pediatric asthma patients that helps them avoid asthma triggers.

The asthma device will monitor air quality, carbon dioxide levels in the blood, physical activity and other stimuli to identify triggers and alert a patient when conditions are ripe for an attack. Continue reading

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At peak fertility, women who desire to maintain body attractiveness report they eat less

SMU, Meltzer, ovulation, weight loss, women, attractivenessBiology isn’t the only reason women eat less as they near ovulation, a time when they are at their peak fertility.

Three new independent studies found that another part of the equation is a woman’s desire to maintain her body’s attractiveness, says social psychologist and assistant professor Andrea L. Meltzer, Southern Methodist University, Dallas. Continue reading

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Public News Service: Hug it out — experts warn against physically punishing children

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Public News Service quoted SMU Psychology Professor George W. Holden, psychology, as an expert source in the article “Hug it Out: Experts Warn Against Physically Punishing Children” about a new study from Duke University that warns against resorting to physical punishment.

Holden is a leading expert on parenting, discipline and family violence. He strongly advocates against corporal punishment and cites overwhelming research, including his own, that has demonstrated that spanking is not only ineffective, but also harmful to children, and many times leads to child abuse. Continue reading

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DMN: SMU professors aim to prevent sexual assault with bystander program

SMU, Simpson Rowe, sexual assault, videoThe Dallas Morning News covered the work of SMU psychologists Lorelei Simpson Rowe, Ernest N. Jouriles and Renee McDonald.

The three developed a video-based program for teaching young women sexual assertiveness training with the goal of helping them resist unwanted sexual overtures. Jouriles and McDonald devised a bystander intervention program that teaches young adults how to recognize and intervene in a dangerous situation. Continue reading

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CBS DFW Channel 11: College Women Learn How To Repel Virtual Aggressor

Virtual reality, SMU, assertiveness training, sexual assaultJournalist Robbie Owens at CBS DFW Channel 11 covered the research of SMU psychologists Lorelei Simpson Rowe, Ernest N. Jouriles and Renee McDonald.

The three developed a video-based program for teaching young women sexual assertiveness training with the goal of helping them resist unwanted sexual overtures. Jouriles and McDonald devised a bystander intervention program that teaches young adults how to recognize and intervene in a dangerous situation. Continue reading

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