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Jacqueline Woolley, Professor of Psychology (Developmental Area)

Imagining the Impossible at Christmas Time

Believing (and disbelieving) in Santa Claus may benefit cognitive development

Wed, Dec 19, 2012

Dr. Jacqueline Woolley writes about how parents talk to children about Santa Claus in an article in Psychology Today.


Psychology professors well represented on Top 23 list of Texas psychology faculty

Wed, Dec 19, 2012

Over a third of the professors on the list are from the Department of Psychology at the University of Texas at Austin.


Michael Telch, Professor of Psychology (Clinical Area)

Connecticut school survivors face psychological burden

PTSD researcher discusses the tragedy with KVUE News.

Tue, Dec 18, 2012

Like most Friday, Dr. Michael Telch was shocked by the tragedy in Connecticut.


Dr. Charles Holahan (foreground) talking with student at the Psychology Department Honors Poster Session for Fall 2012

Psychology honors students' Fall 2012 poster presentation showcases research

Tue, Dec 11, 2012

Students in Dr. Charles Holahan's honors class gathered in the Seay library on December 7, 2012 to present posters and discuss the results of their research.


Psychology undergraduate students receive David Ivey Scholarship

Tue, Dec 11, 2012

The David Ivey Scholarship is a memorial endowed scholarship that is designed to reward Psychology undergraduate students who spend time doing community service while enrolled at UT.


Carey Pulverman

Carey Pulverman receives Prize Essay Award

Fri, Dec 7, 2012

Clinical psychology graduate student Carey Pulverman has received the Prize Essay Award from the International Society for the Study of Women's Sexual Health (ISSWSH) for her paper, "Linguistic Changes Predict Increased Sexual Satisfaction".


Kathryn Paige Harden, Assistant Professor of Psychology

Casual teen sex linked to higher depression rates

Wed, Dec 5, 2012

Dr. Paige Harden is one of a team of researchers involved in a study of sexually active teens for whom casual sex may be an indicator of depressive symptoms or clinical depression.


Sam Gosling; photo by Marsha Miller

Research on animal behavior affected by closure of TSA facility

Tue, Dec 4, 2012

Social psychology professor Sam Gosling has been working with the Transportation Security Administration’s Canine Breeding and Development Center at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio for several years, studying ways to develop explosives-detecting dogs.


Psychology alumna to be inducted to Texas Sports Hall of Fame

Fri, Nov 30, 2012

After getting her degree in psychology in 2007, Cat Osterman went on to become become one of the university's top athletes.


Art Markman

Believing the Mind and Body Are the Same Promotes Healthy Behavior

Fri, Nov 30, 2012

In his most recent Huffington Post blog, Art Markman talks about studies involving the relationship between people's beliefs about mind and body and their health-related behaviors.


Writing about the health benefits of keeping a diary, psychologist cites Pennebaker research

Thu, Nov 29, 2012

Dr. James Pennebaker’s research on the beneficial effects of writing about one’s feelings has inspired much commentary in recent years.


Top row: Drs. Cristine Legare and Juan Dominguez; Bottom row: Drs. Alison Preston and James Pennebaker

Psychology professors featured in "Life & Letters"

Mon, Nov 26, 2012

The latest edition of “Life & Letters” is out and, happily, the Department of Psychology is well represented by feature stories on the research of Drs. Cristine Legare, Juan Dominguez, and Alison Preston.


from left: Jack de la Torre, Francisco Gonzalez-Lima

Silver Tsunami

Psychology researchers target vascular disease to prevent the coming flood of Alzheimer's patients.

Fri, Nov 16, 2012

It's called the "Silver Tsunami" - the swelling number of baby boomers surpassing age 65. As medical advancements extend their lives, they're expected to live well into their 80s and 90s - outlasting any generation in American history.


David Buss interviewed on NPR's "On Point" in "The Way of the Affair"

Wed, Nov 14, 2012

There is nothing new under the sun, they say. Marital infidelity included.


Dr. David Collins; Photo Credit: Becca Gamache | Daily Texan Staff

Clinical psychologist David Collins talks about meditation and science in the Daily Texan

Wed, Nov 14, 2012

David Collins, administrative associate for the Clinical Psychology Program, was interviewed this week in the Daily Texan.


Michael Telch, Professor of Psychology (Clinical Area)

Some Soldiers May Be More Prone to PTSD

Wed, Nov 7, 2012

Studies of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) by psychology researchers, including Dr. Michael Telch, have found that some soldiers deployed to war zones seem to be more vulnerable to development of the disorder.


Russell Poldrack delivers keynote address at Neuroinformatics 2012.

Keynote Lecture by Russell Poldrack now online

Wed, Nov 7, 2012

A video of Dr. Russell Poldrack's keynote lecture at Neuroinformatics 2012 is now available on YouTube.


from left: Jack de la Torre and Francisco Gonzalez-Lima

Controlling Vascular Disease May Be Key to Reducing Prevalence of Alzheimer's Disease

Psychology professors review the latest thinking in a special issue of the "Journal of Alzheimer's Disease" (2012, Vol. 32, No. 3)

Thu, Nov 1, 2012

Over the last 15 years, researchers have found a significant association between vascular diseases such as hypertension, atherosclerosis, diabetes type 2, hyperlipidemia, and heart disease and an increased risk of Alzheimer's disease.


Psychology professors use technology to encourage student participation

Wed, Oct 31, 2012

Psychology professors Sam Gosling and James Pennebaker have been encouraging student involvement in class by offering online discussions.


Art Markman interviewed by Keri Bellacosa on Good Day Austin on October 29, 2012

Success through failure

Wed, Oct 31, 2012

Art Markman was interviewed on KTBC's "Good Day" morning show on using failure as a way to teach employees.


When you negotiate, don’t argue

Thu, Oct 25, 2012

Read Art Markman's latest blog entry on his Smart Thinking website.


Cristine Legare interviewed in German magazine

Thu, Oct 25, 2012

Dr. Cristine Legare has been interviewed in the German magazine, Psychologie Heute.


Gosling quoted in BloombergBusinessweek

Thu, Oct 25, 2012

Sam Gosling weighs in on the subject of contemporary office spaces and how identity is conveyed in the arrangement of personal objects.


Sam Gosling interviewed on the MSN's Today show

Thu, Oct 25, 2012

Dr. Sam Gosling was interviewed by the Today Show's Jenna Bush Hager on the subject of one's preferences for cats or dogs.


Dr. Cristine Legare with anchor Keri Bellacosa on FoxTV’s “Good Day Austin” morning show

Good Day News interviews Cristine Legare

Wed, Oct 24, 2012

Dr. Cristine Legare talks about new research that shows adults rely on supernatural beliefs for major life events just as much as children.


Research by Paige Harden discussed on major news sites

Wed, Oct 24, 2012

Dr. Paige Harden’s recent study on the beneficial aspects of waiting longer to experience sex are discussed on several major news sites.


Gosling research cited in article

Wed, Oct 24, 2012

Why do we hate Facebook?


Harden study featured in Brazilian newspaper

Tue, Oct 23, 2012

A study authored by Dr. Paige Harden is featured in a Brazilian newspaper


Election 2012: What the candidates' words say about their personalities

Tue, Oct 23, 2012

In this video, Dr. James Pennebaker tells us what the candidates’ speech patterns in the debates tell us about their personalities and how they differ from past presidents.


Hamilton Book Awards Winners at UT Austin Announced

Tue, Oct 23, 2012

Psychology Department Chair James Pennebaker this week was named the Grand Prize winner of the University Co-op Robert W. Hamilton Book Awards for his work, “The Secret Life of Pronouns: What Our Words Say About Us.”


Study by Marie Monfils paves way for further research on the possibility of erasing "emotional memories"

Fri, Oct 12, 2012

A new study by researchers in Sweden supports previous research by psychology professor Marie Monfils.


From left: Kim Fromme, Paige Harden

Psychology Researchers Receive $2.3 Million NIAAA Grant to Study Genetics of Alcohol Abuse

Fri, Oct 12, 2012

Two psychology professors at The University of Texas at Austin have received a $2.3 million grant from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) to study genetic influences on drinking and other risky behaviors.


Psychology Undergraduate Students Win Rapoport-King Scholarships

Thu, Oct 11, 2012

Two Psychology undergraduate students were awarded a Rapoport-King Thesis Scholarships in October 2012.


David Buss and former student, Carin Perilloux

Revealing the unexamined costs of rape

Tue, Oct 9, 2012

A new study by psychology professor David Buss and former student Carin Perilloux (now a visiting assistant professor at Union College in New York) is to be published in the journal Archives of Sexual Behavior.


David Yeager receives dissertation award

Mon, Oct 8, 2012

A dissertation by Dr. David Yeager was selected by the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (SPSSI) to receive the SPSSI Social Issues Dissertation Award's second prize.


Mitzi Gonzales receives Helmreich Presidential Endowed Fellowship

Fri, Oct 5, 2012

The Psychology Department's Fellowship and Awards Committee (Becky Bigler, Marlone Henderson, and Rebecca Neal) has selected Mitzi Gonzalez as a recipient of a $7,000 Ralph and Caroline Helmreich Endowed Presidential Fellowship.


The first Romney – Obama Debate: Off to the races

Fri, Oct 5, 2012

Dr. James Pennebaker and postdoctoral fellow Cindy Chung analyze the election debate.


Patrick Quinn receives Helmreich Presidential Endowed Fellowship

Thu, Oct 4, 2012

The Psychology Department's Fellowship and Awards Committee (Becky Bigler, Marlone Henderson, and Rebecca Neal) has selected Patrick Quinn as a recipient of a $7,000 Ralph and Caroline Helmreich Endowed Presidential Fellowship.


New Research by Dr. David Buss and students featured in "Huffington Post" blog

Thu, Oct 4, 2012

New psychological research just published in the academic journal 'Personality and Individual Differences' has investigated those aspects of male personality which might predict sexually exploitative strategies towards women.


"Kids Learn About Ownership Early on"

Thu, Oct 4, 2012

Ownership is an interesting concept. Unlike many other aspects of objects, ownership depends on the history of the object rather than its features.


Andreana Haley interviewed in "Journal of Psychosomatic Medicine" podcast

Wed, Oct 3, 2012

Dr. Andreana Haley discusses body fat and associations with brain structure and function in a podcast for the journal of Psychosomatic Medicine Special Series on Neuroscience in Health and Disease.


New Master’s Degree Trains Business Leaders in Understanding Human Behavior

Mon, Oct 1, 2012

A new Master of Arts degree at The University of Texas at Austin draws on the liberal arts, technology programs and other disciplines to train business and nonprofit leaders who want a better understanding of how human behavior and experience relates to today's global marketplace.


Ask a UT Psychologist: Dr. Alison Preston

Ask a UT Psychologist features Dr. Alison Preston

Wed, Sep 26, 2012

Dr. Alison Preston featured on Knowledge Matters video series


Sound and sexuality: An interview with Dr. Dennis Mcfadden

Thu, Sep 20, 2012

Dr. Dennis Mcfadden will be speaking at Michigan State University next Monday, September 24.


Fromme, Harden awarded 5-year Grant from National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)

Wed, Sep 19, 2012

Drs. Kim Fromme and Paige Harden were awarded a $2.3 million grant from NIAAA to study the “Genetic mechanisms of change in trajectories of drinking and other deviant behaviors.”


Should AISD Pursue All-Boys School?

Tue, Sep 18, 2012

In an interview on KUT public radio, Rebecca Bigler questions the benefits of separating boys and girls in the classroom.


Jonathan Pillow recieves NSF Career Award

Mon, Sep 17, 2012

Jonathan Pillow been selected for an NSF CAREER Award for his proposal entitled "CAREER: Unlocking the neural code with spikes, currents and conductances."


Andreana Haley study featured in Runner's World

Wed, Sep 5, 2012

According to a new study by UT researchers, including Dr. Andreana Haley, the brains of endurance-trained middle-aged people show evidence of greater plasticity and metabolic efficiency than the brains of healthy but sedentary middle-aged people.


Kim Fromme, Professor, Clinical Area

Both early alcohol use and early intoxication can herald trouble for college students

Wed, Sep 5, 2012

Dr. Kim Fromme has co-authored a study which will be published in the November 2012 issue of Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research.


Francisco Gonzalez-Lima appointed founding chair of Texas Academy of Science, Neuroscience section

Thu, Aug 30, 2012

Behavioral Neuroscience Professor Francisco Gonzalez-Lima has been appointed as the Founding Chair of the new Neuroscience section approved by the Board of Directors of the Texas Academy of Science.


Sam Gosling awarded Dads' Association Centennial Teaching Fellowship

Mon, Aug 27, 2012

Sam Gosling, professor of psychology, is one of four University of Texas at Austin faculty members to be awarded a Dads' Association Centennial Teaching Fellowship during the 2012-13 fall semester.


Russell Poldrack is keynote lecturer at NeuroInformatics 2012

Tue, Aug 21, 2012

Dr. Russell Poldrack is scheduled to give the keynote lecture at NeuroInformatics 2012.


Juan Dominguez appointed member of BRLE Study Section at NIH

Tue, Aug 21, 2012

Assistant Professor Juan Dominguez has been appointed as a permanent member of the Biobehavioral Regulation, Learning and Ethology (BRLE) Study Section at the National Institutes of Health (NIH).


Jonathan Pillow, Alex Huk awarded NIMH research grant

Thu, Aug 16, 2012

Jonathan Pillow and Alex Huk are recipients of an R01 Grant through the joint Collaborative Research in Computational Neuroscience (CRCNS) initiative of the National Institutes of Health and National Science Foundation.


Peter Clasen

Are Some People Vulnerable to More Persistent Sad Moods Than Others?

Thu, Aug 16, 2012

A study by graduate student Peter Clasen has been published in the Journal of Abnormal Psychology.


CPS awarded an NIH Institutional Training Grant

Thu, Aug 16, 2012

The Center for Perceptual Systems has been awarded an NIH Training Grant.


David Liu

David Liu joins UT Psychology for 2012-2013

Mon, Aug 6, 2012

Dr. David Liu will be joining the Department of Psychology for the 2012-2013 academic year.


Cindy Meston, Ph.D.

Cindy Meston receives Distinguished Visiting Professor Award

Thu, Aug 2, 2012

Clinical psychology professor Cindy Meston is a recipient of a Distinguished Visiting Professor Award by the Canadian Research Foundation.


Juan Dominguez in his lab; Photo by Marsha Miller

The Pleasure Principle

Fri, Jul 27, 2012

With a $1.5 million grant from the National Institutes of Health and the National Institute on Drug Abuse, Juan Dominguez, assistant professor of psychology and neuroscience, is investigating the brain’s response to the euphoric effects of cocaine.


Dr. Cristine Legare, author of study

Repetitious, Time-Intensive Magical Rituals Considered More Effective, Study Shows

Fri, Jul 27, 2012

Even in this modern age of science, people are likely to find logic in supernatural rituals that require a high degree of time and effort, according to new research from The University of Texas at Austin.


Psychology professors employing cutting-edge tools in the classroom

Fri, Jul 27, 2012

James Pennebaker and Sam Gosling participated in the Course Transformation Program last spring, an experience Pennebaker says was "thrilling" and "transformative" for them.


Art Markman on why gun control is so controversial

Mon, Jul 23, 2012

Art Markman was asked by LiveScience to give his thoughts on the subject of gun control in the United States and why it can be such a polarizing and controversial issue.


Do psychopaths tweet differently than other people?

Wed, Jul 18, 2012

The Online Privacy Foundation recently held a competition to determine if psychopathy can be assessed from Tweets.


Alison Preston

Memories Serve as Tools for Learning and Decision-Making, New Study Shows

Thu, Jul 12, 2012

When humans learn, their brains relate new information with past experiences to derive new knowledge, according to psychology research from The University of Texas at Austin.


Neuroscience: The mind reader

Tue, Jul 10, 2012

Russell Poldrack comments on recent research that uses brain scans to communicate...


Author and writing coach inspired by Pennebaker research

Tue, Jul 10, 2012

The writings of Professor James Pennebaker have inspired the work of Ronni Miller...


Robert Helmreich

In Memorium: Robert Helmreich, Professor Emeritus 1937-2012

Tue, Jul 10, 2012

Robert Helmreich, Professor Emeritus of Psychology and pioneer of air safety research, died on Saturday, July 7, 2012.


The Psychology Behind Why Creative People Cluster

Sat, Jul 7, 2012

A study by social psychology professor Sam Gosling and colleague Jason Rentfrow of Cambridge University has led to new insights on the geographic clustering of creative, or "open-to-experience" people.


The Burnham family, from left: Ralph, Victoria, Joan, Scott, Thomas

Celebration marks launch of Clarke A. Burnham Memorial Excellence Endowment

Mon, Jun 25, 2012

The family of Clarke Burnham attended a celebration marking the launching of the Clarke A. Burnham Memorial Excellence Endowment


Careers in Psychology: An interview with Art Markman

Thu, Jun 21, 2012

Very few people get to say that they have no regrets about their career path...


Psychology junior writes about study on perceptual fluency

Tue, Jun 19, 2012

Psychology junior Katrina Kennedy has had a feature article published in "Student Pulse".


The case against single-sex schooling

Fri, Jun 15, 2012

Dr. Rebecca Bigler co-authored an article, recently published in a Washington Post education blog.


The evolutionary origins of optimism

Thu, Jun 14, 2012

Our inbuilt optimistic bias is associated with better health and well-being, as well as longevity.


New CPS training program funded by NIH

Fri, Jun 8, 2012

Psychology professors Mary Hayhoe and Wilson Geisler are principal investigators of a group of researchers from the Center for Perceptual Systems who are recipients of a CPS Training Grant from the National Institutes of Health, National Eye Institute.


Why we like round numbers

Mon, Jun 4, 2012


On the burden of secrets

Mon, Jun 4, 2012


Who will get PTSD?

Mon, Jun 4, 2012


From left: Francisco Gonzalez-Lima, Timothy Schallert

Psychology faculty team with researchers to develop new method to speed repair of damaged nerves

Mon, Jun 4, 2012

Drs. Tim Schallert and Francisco Gonzalez-Lima are part of a team of researchers engaged in an exciting new study which holds the promise of restoring a degree of mobility to victims of paralysis.


from left: Francisco Gonzalez-Lima, Timothy Schallert

Psychology faculty team with researchers to develop new method to speed repair of damaged nerves

Sat, Jun 2, 2012

Drs. Tim Schallert and Francisco Gonzalez-Lima are part of a team of researchers engaged in an exciting new study which holds the promise of restoring a degree of mobility to victims of paralysis.


Review paper by Cristine Legare published in Child Development

Title: "The Coexistence of Natural and Supernatural Explanations Across Cultures and Development"

Fri, Jun 1, 2012


The young and the reckless

Thu, May 31, 2012







David Yeager on Bullying

Thu, May 17, 2012




Hidden Health Benefits of Sex

Mon, May 14, 2012


Finding peace in Jerkville

Mon, May 14, 2012











Brain imaging: fMRI 2.0

Thu, Apr 5, 2012
















The Secret Life of Language

Fri, Mar 9, 2012








New book by Dr. Russell Poldrack

Handbook of Functional MRI Data Analysis

Thu, Feb 2, 2012














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