Mind & Brain

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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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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