School of Psychology

School of Psychology

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

368 Avoidance Behaviors & Mental Health
Research by Thibodeau, Ryan & Principino, Heather M. (2018) Written by Shannon Cantalupo, B.S.  Have you ever moved seats because someone made you feel uncomfortable? Researchers wanted to study these behaviors in relation to mental health and medical stigma. Researchers asked participants to meet a volunteer from a local health organization who would ask questions [...]

367 Parents & Friendship
Research by Dickson, Daniel. J., Huey, M., Laursen, B., Kiuru, N., Nurmi, Jari-Erik. (2018). Written by Shannon Cantalupo, B.S. We all know that parents have considerable influence over the lives of their children, both positively and negatively. But do they influence whether a young child can maintain friends? Researchers investigated whether characteristics of parents would [...]

366 Grief & Physical Difficulties
Research by Fagundes, Christopher P., Brown, R. L., Chen, M. A., Murdock, K. W., Saucedo, L., LeRoy, A…. Heijnen, Cobi (2019). Written by Shannon Cantalupo, B.S.  When we have a great loss, we experience grief and depression. Research indicates depression can bring upon inflammation in the body, as seen in heart difficulties. So, does grief [...]

365 Expert Witness & Credibility
Research by Cramer, Robert. J., Brodsky, Stanely. L., DeCoster, Jamie., (2009). Written by Shannon Cantalupo, B.S.  How do jurors assess an individual’s credibility? What makes them believe one person more? Researchers were interested in what factors could impact perceived credibility of male expert witnesses. They assessed whether the expert witness’ confidence and the personality characteristics [...]

364 Childhood Memories & Health
Research by Chopik, William. J., & Edelstein, Robin. S. (2019). Written by Shannon Cantalupo, B.S. Do our memories of early experiences of being cared for by parents affect our mental and physical health in later life? Researchers studied early caregiving memories, depressive symptoms and physical health in middle-aged and older adults. They used two samples: [...]

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