Last Friday students presented 12 posters to the faculty and fellow psychology students at the Fall 2014 Psychology Research Symposium. Thank you to all the students who presented!
I have always admired Jonathan Haidt as a researcher, writer and person. His character is marked by courage, compassion and common sense. You will see these traits in his latest work on morality, the brain and political attitudes. Have a look and a read:
Oct 08, 2014 |
Dr. Charles Walker, professor of psychology, and 2014 computer science graduate Brandon Kowalski presented the results of their latest research on the unobtrusive observation of eudaimonic and hedonic happiness at the Canadian Positive Psychology Conference held recently in Ottawa.
They shared the results of three studies then showed attendees how to use their website to assess the happiness manifested in groups, organizations and communities. To have a peek and give their system a test run, please go to http://www.happyobservation.org.
Walker also gave a talk last summer on the "Art of Teaching Positively" at the Incredible Children's Art Network in Santa Barbara, Calif. (http://icansbc.org/), and more recently he facilitated a discussion on "What Science Can Tell Us About Happiness" at the Olean Meditation Center.
A recent meta-analysis in JAMA suggests that meditation can be an effective treatment for depression and anxiety. http://archinte.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=1809754
Check out this link on a dog helping to diagnose stress through odor and then help to relive that stress. http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/10/22/stressed-this-dog-may-help/?_php=true&_type=blogs&_php=true&_type=blogs&ref=health&_r=1&
To learn more, follow this link to a recent NPR story Halting Schizophrenia Before it Starts
"...in a culture that values productivity and goal-directed behavior, daydreaming is looked at, at best, as a momentary distraction--and at worst, irresponsible loafing. But it turns out that daydreaming, zoning out, and spacing out--collectively called "mind wandering" by psychological researchers--is a mixed bag, with both benefits and costs."
Check out this interesting article from Scientific American Mind: