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Psychology Science Minute

The Psychology Science Minute shares brief (one minute long) summaries of current psychological science research and its importance to your life. To view all of our Psychology Science Minutes, visit our blog.

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

393 TV Shows & Suicide
Research by Bridge, Jeffrey A., Greenhouse, J. B., Ruch, D., Stevens, J., Ackerman, J., Sheftall, A. H., … Campo, J. V. (2019). Written by Shannon Cantalupo, B.S.  Suicide can be prevented. Help is available. Yet, tragically, when a teen commits suicide, it seems contagious. Others follow. Can TV shows impact a person’s behavior? Could a [...]

392 Problem-Solving & Aggressive Kids
Research by Shure, Myrna B. & Spivack, George (1980). (1982). Written by American Psychological Association, adapted by Juanita N Baker, Ph.D. Why are some children more violent than others? What can parents or teachers do to make them more peaceful? Developmental psychologists Myrna Shure and George Spivack suspected that children behave violently because they lack [...]

391 Sleep & Childbirth
Research by Richter, David, Kramer, M. D., Tang, N. K. Y., Montgomery-Downs, H. E., & Lemola, Sakari (2019). Written by Shannon Cantalupo, B.S.  Everyone knows that maintaining a good sleep schedule is important for a variety of reasons! Yet newborns require feeding every 4-6 hours, reducing sleep of parents. How is their sleep schedule impacted?! [...]

390 Military & Caring Texts
Research by Comtois, K. A., Kerbrat, A., Aktins, D. C., & Ries, R. (2019). Written by Shannon Cantalupo, B.S.  Those with suicidal thoughts don’t always reach out for mental health care. This is true among our military population too. How can we reach out to them? Researchers studied an intervention called “Caring Contacts” with active-duty [...]

389 Incarceration & Health
Research by Udo, Tomoko. (2019) Written by Shannon Cantalupo, B.S.  Are those who have been incarcerated in their past at a greater risk for later health concerns?  Psychologist Dr. Udo assessed if there’s a connection between an individual’s incarceration history and chronic medical conditions. She assessed if this risk differs by gender and race among [...]

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