College Friendship 101

Preston Hollow People Originally Posted: August 8, 2019 When SMU senior Page Hurley transferred to SMU in 2015, she didn’t know a soul, but she soon found new friends in her classes. Along the way, the psychology major found a topic for her senior research project – college friendship. Her research won the grand prize at SMU’s Research Day Colloquium, but the crowd of students and faculty members who gathered around Hurley to ask questions made it clear her research was more than academic. “Friendship is a personal topic,” Hurley said. “People can relate to it and apply the research to their lives.” With the help of Chrystyna Kouros, SMU associate professor of psychology, and her own research, here are Hurley’s five research-based tips for [...]

By | 2019-08-08T10:33:29-07:00 August 13th, 2019|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Psychology, Undergraduate News|Comments Off on College Friendship 101

Alan Brown, Dedman, Déjà vu: What really happens to your body when you experience this feeling

The List Originally Posted: July 31, 2019 Déjà vu is a French term that literally means "already seen" and is used to describe the feeling that something being witnessed has already happened. The term was first coined in 1876 by Émile Boirac, a philosophy professor who described his own experience with it in a letter published in the Revue Philosophique. But "déjà vu" wouldn't be an accepted scientific term until two decades later, when French neurologist F.L. Arnaud officially proposed its use at a meeting of the Societe medico-psychologique. The concept of déjà vu has fascinated psychiatrists and laypeople alike for decades, with examples ranging from Sigmund Freud's A Disturbance of Memory on the Acropolis to Charles Dickens' David Copperfield. In a 1991 study titled [...]

By | 2019-07-31T08:05:48-07:00 July 31st, 2019|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Psychology|Comments Off on Alan Brown, Dedman, Déjà vu: What really happens to your body when you experience this feeling

Dedman College Announces Outstanding Professor, Student, and Caren Prothro Faculty Service Award Winners

Congratulations to the following who received prestigious Dedman College awards on May 9, 2019. Outstanding Dedman Family Professor: Steven Vik  Robert and Nancy Dedman Outstanding Senior Student:  Stejara Dinulescu Caren Prothro Faculty Service Award: Lynne Stokes

By | 2019-06-04T09:20:07-07:00 June 4th, 2019|Biology, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Events, Faculty News, Psychology, Statistical Science|Comments Off on Dedman College Announces Outstanding Professor, Student, and Caren Prothro Faculty Service Award Winners

‘Teaching Joy’ Is A New Approach In The Battle Against Anhedonia

KERA Originally Posted: May 9, 2019 People who find themselves unable to experience delight or satisfaction may be suffering from something called anhedonia, a symptom of depression that strips people of their ability to feel joy. Professors at Southern Methodist University are part of a five-year study aiming to develop a more effective treatment. Alicia Meuret has described her team's novel approach as training people "to develop psychological muscle memory, to learn again how to experience joy and identify that experience when it occurs." She and Thomas Ritz answered our questions about anhedonia and about the study, which will measure the effectiveness of their treatment in over 160 people suffering from the condition. Anhedonia is the deficit in positive affect — the loss of enjoyment in and desire for pleasurable activities. In essence, it's the [...]

By | 2019-05-13T10:40:56-07:00 May 14th, 2019|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News, Psychology|Comments Off on ‘Teaching Joy’ Is A New Approach In The Battle Against Anhedonia

SMU Humans – Krafting a better world

Daily Campus Originally Posted: May 3, 2019 Melissa Kraft is a member of six honors societies. She is also double-majoring in Psychology and Sociology and minoring in Women’s and Gender Studies and Educational Studies. In April, she won the Outstanding Senior in Sociology Award at the Honors Convocation and the A. Kenneth Pye Award at the Hilltop Excellence Awards. Melissa Kraft with certification for Outstanding Senior in Sociology Award Photo credit: Erica Umphreyville Kraft is no stranger to receiving recognition for her achievements, but to Kraft the most important thing is providing care to those in her community. “In high school, I knew that I wanted to help people but I wasn’t sure at what capacity or what that would look like,” Kraft said. While Kraft may have entered SMU unsure [...]

By | 2019-05-07T06:08:30-07:00 May 7th, 2019|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Psychology, Sociology, Sociology (Student)|Comments Off on SMU Humans – Krafting a better world

Project Support Program Makes Its Way to Sweden

Dedman College News Originally Posted: April 23, 2019 Contact: Renee McDonald, rmcdonald@smu.edu SMU psychologists champion critical family intervention program Project Support, an intervention program designed to help improve the parent-child relationship and mental health outcomes for children in families in which intimate partner violence has occurred, is being implemented through social services agencies across Sweden. After a multi-year study, the National Swedish Health Technology Assessment in 2018 designated Project Support, originally developed by SMU Department of Psychology professors Renee McDonald and Ernest Jouriles, as one of two programs with a sufficient evidence base for helping children in domestically violent families (press release: https://www.sbu.se/280). “Project Support has been demonstrated to ameliorate child adjustment problems and improve family functioning,” says Dr. McDonald. “The program has been evaluated in [...]

By | 2019-04-23T06:43:12-07:00 April 23rd, 2019|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Events, Faculty News, Psychology|Comments Off on Project Support Program Makes Its Way to Sweden

Dr. Ernest Jouriles, Psychology Professor, Speaks at National Discussion on Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment

Dedman College News Originally Posted: April 3, 2019 Dr. Ernest Jouriles will be a featured speaker at the National Discussion on Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment in Annapolis, Maryland, April 4-5. The two day collaborative forum focuses on America’s colleges, universities, and service academies and is hosted by the Secretary of the Navy, the Secretary of the Army, and the Secretary of the Air Force. One of the primary goals of the event is to "cultivate a network of senior leaders, experts, and dynamic thinkers who will continue to communicate towards the goal of reducing sexual assault and sexual harassment at colleges and universities." Dr. Jouriles will join a group of expert panelists on Thursday morning to discuss prevention strategies. He will address a captive audience of Chancellors, Deans, [...]

By | 2019-04-05T07:49:09-07:00 April 3rd, 2019|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Events, Faculty News, Psychology|Comments Off on Dr. Ernest Jouriles, Psychology Professor, Speaks at National Discussion on Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment

Today, March 5: SMU Giving Day

One day. For 24 hours on March 5, the entire SMU community will come together to give back and celebrate the causes we care about – supporting students, improving cities, educating teachers, fighting for justice, fueling champions – together, the possibilities are endless. Please consider supporting a Dedman College cause: Dedman College Scholars Dean’s Research Council SMU Human Rights SMU Fund for Dedman College Data Hackathon Challenges: Dean’s Research Council Match Gifts made to the Dedman College Dean’s Research Council will be matched dollar-for-dollar up to $10,000. Thank you to generous donors, Dr. Anthony Aramoonie ‘94 and Nicole Aramoonie for making this possible! Dedman College Scholars Challenge Support scholarships and help us meet the challenge from longtime SMU supporters Carl Sewell ’66 and Peggy Higgins [...]

No Pleasure in Life—SMU Scientists Test Treatment

Dallas Innovates Originally Posted: Jan. 25, 2019 Can’t find pleasure in any aspect of your life? Researchers studying a treatment If you’ve never heard of anhedonia, it’s the inability to find pleasure in life—any part of it—and it’s a core symptom of major depression and other mental health disorders. Now, researchers from Southern Methodist University and a colleague from UCLA will use a roughly $4 million grant from the National Institute of Mental Health to study the effectiveness of their treatment in 168 who suffer from this symptom. The study is being conducted by professors Alicia Meuret and Thomas Ritz of SMU and Michelle G. Craske of UCLA. According to SMU, individuals who have depression often say they feel down or blue, have a loss of [...]

By | 2019-01-30T06:47:03-07:00 January 30th, 2019|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News, Psychology|Comments Off on No Pleasure in Life—SMU Scientists Test Treatment
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