Is it possible to change your personality? Yes, if you’re willing to do the work involved

Fox 4 Originally Posted: Nov. 5, 2019 DALLAS (SMU) – Want to be more outgoing?  Or less uptight? In an interview with Fox4ward’s Dan Godwin, SMU psychology professor Nathan Hudson said that it is possible for people to change aspects of their personality.  But it will require some work on your part. You can view the video on Hudson’s website. Forbes and Psychology Today also did a piece on the research. Watch the Video  

By | 2019-11-05T09:22:31-08:00 November 5th, 2019|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News, Psychology|Comments Off on Is it possible to change your personality? Yes, if you’re willing to do the work involved

Some Personality Traits Are Easier To Change Than Others

Forbes Originally Posted: September 2019 A growing number of studies in psychology are showing that personality is more “changeable” than previously thought. Personality changes as we age; it changes as we learn new things and are exposed to new environments. But which aspects of personality might be easiest to change, and which might be most difficult? New research appearing in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology may hold the answer. A team of researchers led by Nathan Hudson of Southern Methodist University designed an experiment to test which of five core personality traits would change most over the course of a 15-week intervention. Interestingly, they found that the personality trait of “agreeableness” showed the most improvement while the trait “openness to experiences” showed the least improvement. To arrive [...]

By | 2019-10-21T10:06:33-08:00 October 21st, 2019|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News, Psychology|Comments Off on Some Personality Traits Are Easier To Change Than Others

The (Lack of) Science Behind Time-Outs As a Tool to Discipline Children

Time Originally Posted: October 15, 2019 George Holden, chair of the Department of Psychology at Southern Methodist University was quoted in this article When Amy and Steve Unruh decided to adopt a four-year-old child from the Philippines, they anticipated challenges. They understood it would take time, as well as a great deal of love and care, for their family and its newest member to adjust. But they were committed to helping a child in need. The Unruh’s were blindsided when their adoption application was turned down. The reason, they were told, was that their parenting style was not suitable for an adopted child. “They said it was because we’ve used time-outs with our daughter,” says Amy Unruh, 43, who is a stay-at-home mom in Milton, [...]

By | 2019-10-15T09:27:35-08:00 October 15th, 2019|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News, Psychology|Comments Off on The (Lack of) Science Behind Time-Outs As a Tool to Discipline Children

Mickey’s Wild Ride

SMU News Originally Posted: September 8, 2019 Mickey Dollens ’11 majored in English with a creative writing specialization and minored in psychology. If you look at the arc of Mickey Dollens’ life so far, you can almost feel the syncopated rhythm of the opportunities he embraced and the hard knocks he survived. His story starts with an unlikely football scholarship and his life-changing years at SMU. But just as Mickey’s chapter on the Hilltop was nearing an end, his brother’s suicide drove him to re-examine everything. Mickey tried out for the NFL – and failed. But his attempt managed to earn this Oklahoma flatlander a slot on the U.S. Bobsled team. The life adventure continued after bobsledding with boom (and bust) in the oil business [...]

By | 2019-09-08T19:08:02-08:00 September 7th, 2019|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, English, Psychology|Comments Off on Mickey’s Wild Ride

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 | 2019-08-08T10:33:29-08:00 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 | 2019-07-31T08:05:48-08:00 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 | 2019-06-04T09:20:07-08:00 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 | 2019-05-13T10:40:56-08:00 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 | 2019-05-07T06:08:30-08:00 May 7th, 2019|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Psychology, Sociology, Sociology (Student)|Comments Off on SMU Humans – Krafting a better world
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