Department of Psychology News

BBC: Is the Himalayan Yeti a Real Animal?

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The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) recently featured Vladimir Dinets, assistant research professor in the Department of Psychology, in a story about the Yeti, a mythical creature described as an enormous, shaggy ape-man with huge feet and aggressive sabre-like teeth. Scientists suggest various theories about what the creature is, ranging from a bear to an ape. “There are

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Another World-Renowned Scientist Joins Neuroscience Program

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World-renowned neuroscientist Subimal Datta joined the faculty this spring. He comes to UT from the Boston University School of Medicine, where he was a professor of psychiatry, neurology, and behavioral neuroscience and director for the Sleep and Cognitive Neuroscience Research Laboratory.

UT Study: Crocodiles Just Wanna Have Fun, Too

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Turns out we may have more in common with crocodiles than we’d ever dream. According to research by a UT psychology professor, crocodiles think surfing waves, playing ball, and going on piggyback rides are fun, too.

Learning From Animal Friendships

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A New York Times article about unlikely animal pairings featured Gordon Burghardt. The Alumni Distinguished Service Professor in the Departments of Psychology and Ecology and Evolutionary Biology studies animals at play. Burghardt defines play as a repeated behavior that should not contribute to survival. It is spontaneous and voluntary, performed when the animal is healthy

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Anesthesia: States Of Consciousness

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Our brains undergo all kinds of states of consciousness… But how? And what are those states? WUOT’s Chrissy Keuper interviewed Helen Baghdoyan, Beaman Professor, and Ralph Lydic, Robert H. Cole Endowed Professor of Neuroscience. The couple teaches anesthesiology and psychology at the University of Tennessee. They spoke about their research on how the brain regulates various

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UT study finds gratitude is the key to happiness

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‘Tis the season to be grateful. And being grateful for what you have may be the key to happiness, according to research by a UT professor that was featured by WATE-TV. Jeff Larsen, associate professor of psychology, investigated whether the maxim “it’s more important to want what you have than to have what you want”

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