Department of Psychology News

New York Times Talks to UT’s Larsen About Nostalgia

Our way of thinking about nostalgia has turned upside down in recent years. Jeff T. Larsen, a professor of psychology, told the New York Times that research suggests music is also a quick way to spark nostalgia. It can elicit both positive and negative emotions, and sometimes we purposely decide to leverage it when we

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13 Reasons Why a Positive or Negative for Teens? UT Expert Answers

The Netflix series 13 Reasons Why has drawn widespread acclaim and criticism for its portrayal of a teenager’s death by suicide. Caitlin Clevenger, a doctoral student in UT’s Department of Psychology, examines the good and not-so-good aspects of the popular show.

Stuart Study Explores Tie Between Alcohol, Marijuana Use in Teens and Later Use of Synthetic Marijuana

Teenagers who have symptoms of depression and who drink alcohol or use marijuana tend to use synthetic marijuana later in life, according to a new study co-authored by UT researcher Gregory Stuart. The study, published in the journal Pediatrics, is the first of its kind to assess whether marijuana use is predictive over time of the use of synthetic cannabinoids—the group of chemicals that mimic the effects of marijuana.

Science Mag Interviews Grzanka about Toddler Play and Sexual Orientation Study

Science Magazine recently spoke with Patrick Grzanka, assistant professor of psychology, regarding a story about a controversial study that suggests that the objects and people children play with as early as toddlerhood may provide clues to their eventual sexual orientation. Grzanka disputed the study’s methods and significance noting that parents’ own beliefs and biases about gender almost certainly influence how they described their children’s gendered play, which could skew their reporting.

Professors Discuss the Future of Science under Trump

UT’s Gordon Burghardt, professor of psychology, and Nina Fefferman, associate professor of ecology and evolutionary biology, joined Gretchen Goldman from the Union of Concerned Scientists recently on WUOT’s Dialogue.