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Remembering Jenny Malin

Tue, Oct 29, 2013

A Tiny Pronoun Says a Lot About You

Dr. James Pennebaker talks about what saying "I" can mean.

Tue, Oct 8, 2013

Dr. Kim Fromme's research is featured in APA

New Insights on College Drinking

Mon, Oct 7, 2013

PSY 301 Pennebaker & Gosling Newsletter Fall 2013

PSY 301 Newsletter Fall 2013

Fri, Sep 27, 2013

Sign up for the world's first SMOC!

Synchronous Massive Online Class

Fri, Aug 16, 2013

Lindsay Graham

The Psychology of Home Decor

Thu, Jun 13, 2013

Art Markman

Disagreeing to agree:valuing dissension in the launch team

Wed, Mar 27, 2013

Art Markman Contributing Writer-Austin Business Journal

Psychology Study Shows Distance Plays Key Role in Gun Control Arguments

Mon, Mar 25, 2013

Study led by Marlone Henderson, assistant professor, and Erin Burgoon, graduate student

(From left) Aletha Huston, Leah Newkirk Meunier HDFS alumna;  Elliot Tucker-Drob; Elizabeth Gershoff. Photographer: Meghan Mullaney, School of Human Ecology, College of Natural Sciences

Elliot Tucker-Drob discusses long-term impact of preschool education

Thu, Mar 21, 2013

Eliot Tucker-Drob, assistant professor of psychology, joined a panel of experts and public policy leaders for a discussion about the long-term effects of high-quality early education at a public event hosted by the United Way for Greater Austin on March 19.

Lindsay Graham's research featured in "Life & Letters"

"Home Sweet Home"

Tue, Mar 19, 2013

Seemingly mundane domestic scenarios may reveal a surprising amount of information about a couple’s relationship, according to a forthcoming study led by Lindsay Graham, a psychology graduate student at The University of Texas at Austin.

How Do We Explain the Unexplainable?

Adults are more likely to appeal to the supernatural than are children

Mon, Mar 18, 2013

Imagine the following scenario: A man, let’s call him Walter, works hard at his job every day, making barely enough money to survive, but still finds time to volunteer countless hours at the local animal shelter.

Wendy Domjan receives 2013 President's Teaching Award

Mon, Mar 18, 2013

Wendy I. Domjan, Distinguished Senior Lecture, Department of Psychology, has won the 2013 President's Teaching Award.

Rebecca Bigler wins Ann L . Brown Award for Excellence in Developmental Research

Wed, Mar 13, 2013

Professor Rebecca Bigler has won the 2013 Ann L. Brown Award for Excellence in Developmental Research from the Psychology Department at University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana.

Smarter Meetings: A Conversation with Art Markman

Mon, Mar 11, 2013

Last year, when Smart Thinking was published, Art Markman, Ph.D., added “book author” to an already impressive resume: editor of the journal Cognitive Science, writer and blogger for Psychology Today, University of Texas professor of psychology and marketing, and consultant to large companies such as Procter & Gamble.

Cristine Legare, Ph.D.

Legare research featured on Richard Dawkins Foundation website

The Richard Dawkins Foundation reports on a study by Dr. Cristine Legare published in the June 2012 issue of Child Development.

Thu, Feb 14, 2013

Reliance on supernatural explanations for major life events, such as death and illness, often increases rather than declines with age, according to a new psychology study from The University of Texas at Austin.

David Yeager, Ph.D.

New research by David Yeager published in “Child Development”

Teaching Teens That People Can Change Reduces Aggression in School

Tue, Feb 12, 2013

Teenagers from all walks of life who believe people can’t change react more aggressively to a peer conflict than those who think people can change.

Psychology faculty and students speak, chair symposia, receive awards at SPSP conference

Fri, Feb 8, 2013

Social psychology professors and students attended the 14th annual meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP) in New Orleans in January 2013.

Art Markman, Annabel Iron Worsham Centennial Professor

"Habits of Leadership": new book by Art Markman

Thu, Jan 31, 2013

Dr. Art Markman has written a new book, "Habits of Leadership", which can now available to order online.

Dennis McFadden, Ashbel Smith Professor Emeritus in Experimental Psychology

Is Sexual Orientation Innate?

Thu, Jan 24, 2013

On November 9, 2012, Dennis McFadden, Ashbel Smith Professor Emeritus in Experimental Psychology (Ret.), authored a blog in the Huffington Post, titled "Is Sexual Orientation Innate?"

Cristine Legare, Assistant Professor of Psychology (Developmental area)

"Nature" article on human rituals covers research by Cristine Legare

"Social evolution: The ritual animal"

Thu, Jan 24, 2013

A news article published online in the weekly journal, “Nature”, covers research on the topic of ritual practices and how they shape group behavior.

Art Markman, Annabel Iron Worsham Centennial Professor

Art Markman interviewed on Austin's Fox 7 news, discusses "Catfishing"

In a video interview on Austin's Fox 7 Art Markman discusses "catfishing", which means starting a relationship with someone online and lying about who you are.

Fri, Jan 18, 2013

David Buss, Professor of Psychology

David Buss on the mating wars

"2013: What *Should" We Be Worried About?"

Tue, Jan 15, 2013

Dr. David Buss, in an essay for the "Edge", an online gathering of scientists and thinkers, writes about the problems that arise in the competition for desirable mates.

Jacqueline Woolley, Professor of Psychology (Developmental Area)

"The All-Important Annual Birthday Party"

Young children may have different ideas about its purpose....

Mon, Jan 14, 2013

Dr. Jacqueline Woolley talks about the reasons we have birthday parties for children, and what it all means to them, in her blog, "What Children Know: How we learn about fantasy and reality" in Psychology Today.

Dr. Gosling interviewed on

Sam Gosling discusses relationships and living arrangements on "Good Day Austin"

Dr. Sam Gosling appeared this week on Austin's Fox 7 News morning show, "Good Day Austin" to discuss his research on relationships and living arrangements.

Fri, Jan 4, 2013

Art Markman, Annabel Iron Worsham Centennial Professor

Art Markman offers insights on New Year's Eve resolutions

A change of mindset is in order, according to the author of "Smart Thinking".

Fri, Jan 4, 2013

In an article published in the Austin American Statesman at the start of the new year, Dr. Markman and other researchers weighed in on how to make successful resolutions.

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