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School of Psychology

Psychology Science Minute

Psychology Science Minute shares brief (one minute long) summaries of current psychological science research and its importance to your life. 

Why present one minute spots for psychological science?

  1. There’s been exciting progress in psychology.  It has made a difference in our lives, as have other scientific discoveries in the past 50 years.
  2. People really don’t know many ideas are based on psychological research. They may be surprised to learn about the varying specialties of expertise within our field.
  3. People may benefit from consulting a psychologist but do not do so because:
    • There is still a stigma at seeing a psychologist, unlike other professionals such as auto mechanics, medical doctors, lawyers, plumbers, and other professionals providing expertise
    • They don’t know what psychologists do differently from counseling, social workers, psychiatrists, and other mental health professionals
    • They do not understand that there is a science of psychology that is the basis for the profession.
  4. There are many myths about psychology that people should know are untrue.
  5. There are many small bits of scientific based facts that would be helpful in everyone’s daily lives and thus implemented by many if we dispersed them more widely.
  6. Messages can be timely...Health care, violence, sexual abuse, conflict, torture, politics of opinion polls, basis for laws and new policies...are periodically in the news.
  7. We have a responsibility to educate the public about our science.
<>Psychology Science Minute Podcasts

427 Lethal Force & Biases
Research by Hehman, E., Flake, J. K., Calanchini, J. (2018) Written by Shannon Cantalupo, M.S. Recent news highlights specific police officer’s inappropriate use of lethal force. What is the extent and reasons why some police engage in excessive lethal force? In 2018, psychologists examined the factors and psychological characteristics of people in specific geographical living …

426 Crisis & Resilience
Research by Fredrickson, BarbaraL., Tugade, MicheleM., Waugh, ChristianE., & Larkin, GregoryR. (2003) Written by Robin N. Fatovic B.S. Why do we study psychology? Maybe we can learn something to help us with COVID-19 or any crisis! Researchers assessed whether positive people are more resilient, or can bounce back easier, during crises. In early 2001, college …

425 Vaping & Marketing
Research by Basáñez, Tatiana, Majmundar, Anuja, Cruz, Tess Boley, & Unger, Jennifer B. (2018) Written by Robin N. Fatovic B.S. Why has vaping or e-cigarettes become so popular among our youth?Initially producers promoted e-cigarettes as a replacement for harmful cigarettes. Yet,research found vaping caused inhalation of dangerous metals that damaged DNA and caused cancer. Significant …

424 Effectiveness of Teletherapy
Research by Mohr, David, Ho, Joyce, Duffecy, Jenna, Reifler, Douglas, Sokol, Lesile, Burns, Nichelle, Jin, Ling, Siddique, Juned (2012) Written by Robin N. Fatovic B.S. Therapy can be helpful in handling the financial, health-related, and daily stresses due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, due to social distancing guidelines, in-person therapy may be unsafe. Therefore, teletherapy, …

423 Bilingual Infants and Attention
Research by D’Souza, Dean, Brady, Daniel, Haensel, Jennifer X., & D’Souza, Hana Written by Robin N. Fatovic B.S. Speaking multiple languages aids communication when visiting other countries or even in our multi ethnic country. Bilingual speakers and pre-language infants raised in bilingual homes also show other mental benefits, too. Why is that? Psychologist Dean D’Souza …

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