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At peak fertility, women who desire to maintain body attractiveness report they eat less

SMU, Meltzer, ovulation, weight loss, women, attractivenessBiology isn’t the only reason women eat less as they near ovulation, a time when they are at their peak fertility.

Three new independent studies found that another part of the equation is a woman’s desire to maintain her body’s attractiveness, says social psychologist and assistant professor Andrea L. Meltzer, Southern Methodist University, Dallas. Continue reading

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Outside Magazine: Inside the Effort to Crack the Sub-Two Hour Marathon

A bold, scientist-backed effort to achieve the impossible within the next five years may benefit all runners—even if the goal remains a moonshot. The work of SMU physiologist and biomechanics researcher Peter G. Weyand was featured in an article in … Continue reading

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Public News Service: Hug it out — experts warn against physically punishing children

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Public News Service quoted SMU Psychology Professor George W. Holden, psychology, as an expert source in the article “Hug it Out: Experts Warn Against Physically Punishing Children” about a new study from Duke University that warns against resorting to physical punishment.

Holden is a leading expert on parenting, discipline and family violence. He strongly advocates against corporal punishment and cites overwhelming research, including his own, that has demonstrated that spanking is not only ineffective, but also harmful to children, and many times leads to child abuse. Continue reading

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Newsweek: Virtual Reality Training for Sexual Harassment?

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Newsweek covered the research of SMU clinical psychologist Lorelei Simpson Rowe and her co-authors Ernest N. Jouriles and Renee McDonald.
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$2.5 million awarded to Retina Foundation and SMU Lyle to study macular degeneration

SMU, Retina foundation, macular degenerationThe Retina Foundation of the Southwest and SMU’s Bobby B. Lyle School of Engineering will collaborate to create the Clinical Center of Innovation for Age-Related Macular Degeneration.

Supported by a $2.5 million grant award from the W. W. Caruth, Jr. Foundation at Communities Foundation of Texas (CFT), the center will be housed at the Retina Foundation in Dallas. Continue reading

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Raw Story: Teaching girls to say ‘no’ in virtual reality cuts sexual victimization by half — study

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Blogger Scott Kaufman on the Internet news site Raw Story covered the research of SMU clinical psychologist Lorelei Simpson Rowe and her co-authors Ernest N. Jouriles and Renee McDonald. Continue reading

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Teen girls report less sexual victimization after virtual reality assertiveness training

Simpson Rowe, SMU, victimization, sexual coercion, virtual reality, Jouriles, McDonaldTeen girls were less likely to report being sexually victimized after learning to assertively resist unwanted sexual overtures and practicing resistance in a realistic virtual environment, finds a new study.

The effects persisted over a three-month period following the training, said clinical psychologist Lorelei Simpson Rowe, lead author on the pilot study from Southern Methodist University, Dallas. Continue reading

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Daily News: Women’s body image tied to what they think men like: study

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New York’s Daily News reported on the research of SMU social psychologist Andrea L. Meltzer led a series of studies that found that telling women that men desire larger women who aren’t model-thin made the women feel better about their own weight.

Findings suggest a woman’s body image is strongly linked to her perception of what she thinks men prefer.

The researchers found that how women perceive men’s preferences influenced each woman’s body image independent of her actual body size. Continue reading

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Huffington Post: Women’s Body Image Relies On Men’s Opinion, Study Finds

Meltzer, SMU, women, body image, men, self esteemThe popular news site Huffington Post reported on the research of SMU social psychologist Andrea L. Meltzer led a series of studies that found that telling women that men desire larger women who aren’t model-thin made the women feel better about their own weight.

Findings suggest a woman’s body image is strongly linked to her perception of what she thinks men prefer. The researchers found that how women perceive men’s preferences influenced each woman’s body image independent of her actual body size. Continue reading

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