Department of Psychology News

The Badness of Crowds: Pick Your Peers Wisely

Wall Street Journal

Research by a psychology professor was included in The Wall Street Journal. According to the article, research by assistant professor Garriy Shteynberg helps explain how financial contagion spreads and how to protect yourself against it. Paying attention to the right people turns out to be hugely important, according to the article. Several recent experiments led

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World Cup Fever: Study Shows Group Fervor Stems from Shared Experiences

The 2014 World Cup has captured the attention of billions of viewers around the globe. New research from UT suggests that it is the shared attention that makes these games so emotionally compelling. Assistant Professor Garriy Shteynberg and Associate Professor Jeff Larsen from the Department of Psychology conducted the study, which showed that emotional events are more intense when viewed simultaneously with other group members.

Faculty Recognized for Teaching at Annual Honors Banquet


Last week, Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek celebrated faculty, staff, and students for their accomplishments throughout the past academic year. Debora Baldwin, associate professor of psychology; Bruce MacLennan, associate professor of electrical engineering and computer science; Anthony Nownes, professor of political science; and Marianne Wanamaker, associate professor of economics, each received the Alumni Outstanding Teacher Award.

UT Expert: “Spring Forward” Time Change Can Wreak Havoc on Mood, Health

Theresa Lee

This weekend, we turn our clocks forward an hour. It’s a shift of only sixty minutes, but it’s enough to disrupt the body’s internal clock. The “spring forward” time change is often more difficult than the “fall back” change because it means an hour less sleep. Theresa Lee, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, says even an hour change in your routine can leave you feeling temporarily sleep deprived. And if you’re already sleep-deprived, the one hour could compound the problem.

WUOT: Internal Clocks and Bright Lights From Above

Ahead of Daylight Saving Time on March 9, WUOT’s Brandon Hollingsworth interviewed College of Arts and Sciences Dean Theresa Lee about the mental and physical effects of the twice-yearly time shift for the station’s series, The Method. The Method is a series that explores the intersection of science and society. Then Matt Shafer Powell finds

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The Christian Science Monitor: Look up. Is that a crocodile?

The Christian Science Monitor, along with several other national and international news outlets, have covered a UT study that has found that crocodiles can climb trees. The study by Vladimir Dinets, published in the journal Herpetology Notes, finds that certain species of crocodiles are adept at climbing trees. In fact, the reptiles could climb more than

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WBIR: Study links alcohol use & domestic violence

Gregory Stuart, a psychology professor, was interviewed by WBIR-TV’s Robin Wilhoit about his research which shows that use of alcohol, not marijuana, leads to violence between partners. The research among college students found that men under the influence of alcohol are more likely to perpetrate physical, psychological, or sexual aggression against their partners than men

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