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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Snakes, although as social as birds and mammals, have long been thought to be solitary hunters and eaters.
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.
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.
Todd Freeberg, associate head of psychology, will present “Do Even the Birds and the Bees Benefit from Diversity?” at this week’s Science Forum, to be held at noon Friday, March 24.
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.
People seeking to improve their problem-solving and survival skills can learn a thing or two from an unlikely source—songbirds.
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.
Scientific findings are awaiting discovery in your backyard. The requirement? A keen sense of observation and patience.
Mindfulness practices could be a key to reducing stress and improving relationships for couples. A UT researcher is launching a home-based mindfulness intervention aimed at helping low-income couples build healthier and stronger relationships.