Gordon Burghardt spoke to National Geographic about the play behavior of walruses. New research shows walruses are playful creatures and like to toy with bird carcasses.
Department of Psychology News
Spectral bats, also called false vampire bats for their imposing size—a wingspan of over three feet—are the largest bats in the Americas and typically roost in trees in lowland forests. Vladimir Dinets, UT research assistant professor of psychology, has discovered evidence that the species also can live in caves and is more adaptable than previously thought, thanks to personal observation and information gleaned from social media accounts of tourists.
The Washington Post quoted Patrick Grzanka, assistant professor of psychology, in a story exploring the changing ethnic and racial diversity in the United States.
Healthy Pets recently featured the research of Vladimir Dinets, a research assistant professor of psychology, which examines the hunting behavior of crocodiles.
The New York Times interviewed Patrick Grzanka, assistant professor of psychology, about hostile acts campuses have faced following the presidential election and win of Republican Donald Trump.
Todd Moore, associate professor of psychology, and collaborators have developed a scale to assess the five stages they believe characterize the ending of close relationships. Psychology Today featured the research.
The Boston Globe highlighted the research of Garriy Shteynberg, assistant professor of psychology, that examines how the knowledge that other people are watching debates polarizes our view of politicians.
Kristina Gordon, UT professor of psychology and a relationship expert, spoke to NewsTalk 98.7 about what it takes to build or re-build a good relationship.
Dawn Szymanski, professor of psychology, and Chandra Feltman, a graduate teaching associate in psychology, examined the emotional toll of working in what they dub “breastaurants”–restaurants that feature scantily clad waitresses–in an article on Raw Story.
Interested in birding or wildlife photography? Enjoy playing Pokémon Go and catching imaginary creatures? If so, you may simply be expressing your inner hunter. So says a new study from Vladimir Dinets, a research assistant professor of psychology at UT. Dinets used himself as a case study to demonstrate that at least some humans do have a hunting instinct—or, more precisely, an innate interest in finding and catching prey.