Mind & Brain

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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New York Daily News: Newlyweds’ gut feelings on their marriage are correct — study

Marital satisfaction gut reaction instinctsThe New York Daily news reports on the research of SMU psychologist Andrea L. Meltzer, who was co-author on a four-year longitudinal study of 135 newlywed couples that found that a spouse’s implicit feelings about their partner predicted marital satisfaction later.

The article, “Newlyweds’ gut feelings on their marriage are correct: study,” was published Dec. 2. Continue reading

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Washington Post: Psychology study — Wedded bliss and gut feelings sometimes conflict

Meltzer marital satisfaction gut reactionJournalist Meeri Kim reports in The Washington Post about the research of SMU psychologist Andrea L. Meltzer, who was co-author on a four-year longitudinal study of 135 newlywed couples that found that a spouse’s implicit feelings about their partner predicted marital satisfaction later.

The article, “Psychology study: Wedded bliss and gut feelings sometimes conflict,” was published Nov. 28. Continue reading

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The Independent: The key to marital bliss? Use your gut instinct

Meltzer marital satisfaction gut feelingsJournalist Steve Connor reports in The Independent about the research of SMU psychologist Andrea L. Meltzer, who was co-author on a four-year longitudinal study of 135 newlywed couples that found that a spouse’s implicit feelings about their partner predicted marital satisfaction later.

The article, “The key to marital bliss? Use your gut instinct,” was published Nov. 28. Continue reading

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Gut reaction of marital partners could foretell their marriage satisfaction

Meltzer marital satisfaction gut reactionUnconscious gut reactions may predict happy, and not-so-happy, marriages, a new study published in the scholarly journal Science suggests. Results of research published Nov. 29 found that spouses’ implicit attitudes toward their partners predicted changes in their marital satisfaction over four years. Andrea L. Meltzer, SMU Department of Psychology, is a co-author on the study. Continue reading

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

Kouros, SMU, depression, anxietySome 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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Kids’ reading success is boosted by long-term individualized instruction, finds 3-year study

Students who consistently receive individualized reading instruction from first through third grade become better readers than those who don’t, according to new research published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science.

These findings come after a three-year study that followed several hundred Floridian students, who received varying amounts of individualized instruction, from first to third grade. Continue reading

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