Mind & Brain

The Washington Post: The end of spanking?

Journalist Steve Hendrix in a Jan. 3 article in The Washington Post, “The end of spanking?” quotes 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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Toronto Star: Parents have a key role to play in teaching healthy relationship skills


A research study by Ernest Jouriles in collaboration with others in the SMU Department of Psychology is cited in a Nov. 5 article in the Toronto Star.

Journalist Ann Douglas elaborates on the study in her article about the way parents make a difference when it comes to encouraging their children to make healthy relationship choices.

The study, “Teens’ experiences of harsh parenting and exposure to severe intimate partner violence: Adding insult to injury in predicting teen dating violence,” was published in April in the journal “Psychology of Violence.” Continue reading

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Post-Gazette: Study points to downside of spanking children

Journalist Sanjena Sathian in a July 2 article in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, “Study points to downside of spanking children” quotes SMU psychologist George W. Holden about the controversial practice of corporal punishment.

Holden notes that children who are spanked are more likely to bully their peers. Continue reading

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Prevention: Anxiety Is Draining Your Brain, But It Doesn’t Have To

Health journalist Markham Heid wrote about the groundbreaking panic and anxiety research of SMU psychologists Dr. Alicia Meuret and Dr. Thomas Ritz in the June 2012 issue of Prevention magazine.

The article “Anxiety Is Draining Your Brain, But It Doesn’t Have To” cites Meuret’s anxiety research disputing the standard advice to “take a deep breath.”
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Baylor Innovations: Don’t Panic, New Research Shows That Panic Attacks Are Not As Spontaneous As Once Thought

The%20Wall%20Street%20Journal.jpgBaylor Innovations, the quarterly magazine of Baylor Health Care System, featured the groundbreaking panic attack research of SMU psychologists Dr. Alicia Meuret, Dr. David Rosenfield and Dr. Thomas Ritz.

The Spring 2012 article by health and science writer Mark Cantrell, titled “Don’t Panic: New Research Shows That Panic Attacks Are Not As Spontaneous As Once Thought” details the startling findings of Meuret’s published study showing significant physiological instability in advance of so-called out-of-the-blue panic attacks.
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SELF: How Exercise Can Make You Happy (in Just 20 Minutes!)


SELF writer Ginny Graves has covered the research of SMU psychologist Dr. Jasper Smits.

The article in the latest issue of SELF, “How Exercise Can Make You Happy (in Just 20 Minutes!),” quotes Smits, an associate professor of psychology, on his research finding that high levels of physical activity can buffer against stress for those who are at risk. Continue reading

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USA Today: Despite opposition, paddling students allowed in 19 states

USA Today in an April 22 article “Despite opposition, paddling students allowed in 19 states” interviewed 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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Fox 4 News: To spank or not to spank?


Fox 4 News in its segment “Spare the Rod” interviewed SMU psychologist George W. Holden about the controversial parenting book “To Train Up A Child.”

The book, written by a Tennessee pastor and his wife who are advocates of spanking, has been implicated in several child deaths at the hands of parents who claimed to be using corporal punishment in line with guidelines from the book. Continue reading

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Time Healthland: Why Spanking Doesn’t Work

Time reporter Bonnie Rochman acknowledged the research and expertise of SMU psychologist George W. Holden in her article on new research into spanking published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal.

Holden is an expert in families and child development. Continue reading

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