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Seeing You Distorts My Memory: People With Attachment Anxiety More Likely to Create False Memories When They Can See the Person Talking

NeuroScience News– Adults who frequently worry about being rejected or abandoned by those closest to them are more prone to having false memories when they can see who is conveying the information, a new study suggests. The authors, SMU’s Nathan Hudson and Michigan State University’s William J. Chopik, found that adults with attachment anxiety tend to remember details incorrectly […]

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3 Reasons To Leave Your ‘People Never Change’ Philosophy Behind

Forbes: There’s so much literature and discourse in our society suggesting that humans are incapable of change. Platitudes like ‘boys will be boys’ and ‘once a cheater, always a cheater’ speak volumes about the way we perceive human personalities, especially problematic ones. Holding such an absolute notion about something as dynamic as human nature can […]

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Congratulations to Melissa Sitton!

Melissa is a doctoral student in the SMU Clinical Psychology program. Her research poster won an SMU Research Day award and an APS conference award which led to an invitation from the Association for Psychological Science to be highlighted in the Observer feature, Up-and-Coming Voices. https://www.psychologicalscience.org/observer/clinical-talks#adolescents

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Want to be less selfish, manipulative or impulsive?

SMU News A new study has found that tasks designed to make someone more agreeable also effectively reduce a trio of negative personality traits known as the “Dark Triad” – Machiavellianism, narcissism, and psychopathy. SMU psychology professor Nathan Hudson’s study showed that practicing activities like “donating money to a charity that you would normally spend on yourself” […]

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A surprising way to tamper ugly ‘Dark Triad’ personality traits

SMU News Want to be less selfish, manipulative or impulsive? A new study has found that tasks designed to make someone more agreeable also effectively reduce a trio of negative personality traits known as the “Dark Triad” – Machiavellianism, narcissism, and psychopathy. SMU psychology professor Nathan Hudson’s study showed that practicing activities like “donating money to a […]

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Research shows the role empathy may play in music

SMU News The link could pave the way for future research exploring the benefits of socially engaged, active music listening on social cognition Can people who understand the emotions of others better interpret emotions conveyed through music? A new study by an international team of researchers suggests the abilities are linked. The study’s results provide […]

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Michael Lindsey, Department of Psychology, elected to the Dallas Symphony Orchestra Board of Governors

Congratulations to Dr. Michael Lindsey, a visiting lecturer in the SMU Department of Psychology. He was recently elected to serve on the Board of Governors for the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. According to the DSO website, “the Dallas Symphony Orchestra is the largest performing arts organization in the Southwest United States and committed to inspiring the broadest possible […]

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Psychology professor Priscilla Lui lends expertise on teen addiction

Science News for Students: Researchers need to study how social and cultural factors affect addiction-related behaviors, psychology expert Priscilla Lui told Science News for Students. That will allow doctors to better tailor treatments. Risk factors, such as racism or income may point to which treatment might work best in particular individuals, she said. READ MORE  

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I gave myself three months to change my personality

The Atlantic A writer for The Atlantic wanted to change her personality. She contacted SMU’s Nathan Hudson to begin her transformation. Hudson is an assistant professor of psychology and has written many studies on personality change. One morning last summer, I woke up and announced, to no one in particular: “I choose to be happy today!” […]

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Personalities Can Change Even When People Are Unmotivated To Change, Say Psychologists

Forbes Originally Posted: December 8, 2021 A new paper appearing in the Journal of Research in Personality bolsters the argument that personality is more changeable than previously thought — even suggesting that personality can be changed when people aren’t necessarily committed to change. “A growing body of research suggests that personality traits can be changed through intervention,” say the […]