2011 Psychology Department in the Media
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Joe Tecce in the news: All About Fear
Joe discussed with Hiran Ratnayak (The News Journal in Wilmington, DE) the psychophysiology of fear, including causes, benefits, and harmful effects. Posted 1/3/12.
Michael Moore in the news: Parents can’t stay on the sidelines
Michael is quoted in a Boston Herald article about parents taking their kids' sports games to extremes. Posted 12/21/11.
Elizabeth Kensinger in the news: 13 pearls of wisdom for the early career set
Elizabeth Kensinger is quoted on p. 63 of the December issue of the American Psychological Association’s Monitor on Psychology as one of several “seasoned psychologists” (including Philip Zimbardo, Steven Pinker, and Jerome Kagan) talking about lessons that helped them succeed in their careers. She advises students to “find a research problem that keeps you up at night.” Posted 12/12/11.
Liane Young in the news: Personalities
Liane Young is featured on p. 88 of the December issue of the American Psychological Association’s Monitor on Psychology as the winner of the Society for Social Neuroscience’s 2011 Early Career Award for Distinguished Scientific Contributions to Social Neuroscience. Posted 12/12/11.
Elizabeth Kensinger in the news: A Few Minutes With Elizabeth Kensinger
Associate Professor Elizabeth Kensinger is interviewed in the December 3, 2011 Boston College Chronicle. Posted 12/6/11.
Liane Young in the news: Can Companies, Political Groups or Organizations Have a Single Mind?
Assistant Professor Liane Young appears in a press release from Psychological Science. Posted 12/6/11.
Sean MacEvoy in the news: A New Perspective on Brain Function
Assistant Professor Sean MacEvoy is featured in the Boston College Chronicle. Posted 10/11/11.
Liane Young in the news: Psychology's Liane Young Earns Early Career Award
Assistant Professor Liane Young is featured in the Boston College Chronicle. Posted 10/11/11.
Gene Heyman in the news: Addiction: A Disorder Of Choice?
A new review of Gene Heyman's book, Addiction: A Disorder of Choice, has appeared on NPR. Posted 9/19/11.
Sean MacEvoy in the news: If that’s a TV, this must be the den
Sean's Nature Neuroscience paper on how the brain builds scenes out of objects is talked about in Science News. Posted 9/8/11.
Joe Tecce in the news: Dealing with the stress of unexpected earthquake tremors
Joe discussed with Deborah Kotz why earthquake tremors in the Boston area caused stress and how to deal with it. Posted 8/24/11.
Joe Tecce in the news: Cheaters and Lying
Joe discussed with Anthony Everett (WCVB TV) the use of eye movements, especially eyeblinks, in the detection of lying. Posted 7/5/11.
Sara Cordes in the news: Infants take a rational response to "broken" toys
Sara was interviewed by New Scientist magazine about a new paper being published in Science on infants' understandings of the cause of a problem. Posted 6/28/11.
Alexa Veenema in the news: Chemically dependent: Tracking the effects of childhood stress
Alexa's research on childhood stress is featured in Boston College Magazine. Posted 6/20/11.
Joe Tecce in the news: Why are so many "boomerang kids" coming home?
Joe discussed with Kathryn Farrelly of WGBH TV the advantages and disadvantages of children returning to live with their parents after having left home to live on their own. Posted 6/15/11.
Joe Tecce in the news: Weiner's sexting: psychological disorder?
Joe discussed with Deborah Kotz of the Boston Globe possible causes of risk-taking by Rep. Anthony Weiner when he apparently sent sexually explicit photos of himself over the internet. Posted 6/15/11.
Ellen Winner in the news: The Child as Artist
Ellen Winner has a letter in the New York Times commenting on the phenomenon of children marketed as abstract expressionist prodigies. Posted 6/14/11.
Joe Tecce in the news: Dr. Joe Tecce Talks Oprah
Joe discusses the "Empty Oprah Syndrome" by pointing out the psychological value of her show over 25 years but the likelihood that people will find satisfying alternatives. Posted 5/31/11.
Joe Tecce in the news: Worldwide travel alert in effect for Americans around the globe
Joe discusses with John Moroney the psychological reactions of Americans to the death of Osama bin Laden. Posted 5/5/11.
Joe Tecce in the news: Royal Wedding Fever: Trigger for Happiness or the Blues?
Joe discusses with Deborah Kotz of the Boston Globe the positive and negative psychological effects on those who are caught up in the coming British royal wedding between Prince William and Kate Middleton. Posted 4/28/11.
Joe Tecce in the news: Useless Information?
Joe discusses with Clint Conley the functional significance of biological and psychological factors associated with yawning as a type of body language. Posted 4/28/11.
Joe Tecce in the news: Coping with the stress of rising gas prices
Joe discusses with Deborah Kotz of the Boston Globe how to cope with stress caused by the rise in gasoline prices. Posted 4/28/11.
Elizabeth Kensinger in the news: “A Secret History of the Brain - Broken Brains”
Elizabeth discusses the pioneering research conducted with the amnesic patient H.M. as part of the BBC series. Posted 4/19/11.
Joe Tecce in the news: Where Doomsday Fears Come From
Discussed with Greg Wayland (NECN-TV) how religious cults can use natural disasters, such as the Japan earthquake, as a warning to disbelievers in our society. Posted 3/17/11.
Angelina Hawley-Dolan in the news:
- Abstract Art Isn’t So Inscrutable, Study Finds
- “My monkey could have painted that.” Really?
- How to tell a masterpiece from a painting by a monkey
- A Chimp Couldn’t Have Created That Painting
- How Psychologists and a Team of Monkeys, Babies, and Elephants Proved That Abstract Art Takes Talent
- Who painted this? A famous artist? A monkey? An elephant? Charlie Sheen?
- People can tell the difference between abstract art and paintings by chimps
- People can tell the difference between abstract art and paintings by chimps (alternate link)
- Auch Laien unterscheiden Kunst von Kinderbildern
- Abstrakte Kunst oder nur Gekritzel?
The New York Times, Psychology Today, and other blogs write about findings by Angelina Hawley-Dolan and Ellen Winner about abstract art. Posted 3/10/11.
Angelina Hawley-Dolan in the news: Taste Test
Boston College Magazine writes about their findings coming out in Psychological Science. Posted 3/7/11.
Joe Tecce in the news: Charlie Sheen: The psychology of his erratic behavior
Discussed with Deborah Kotz of the Boston Globe motivational factors that are likely involved in Charlie Sheen's recent unusual behavior. Posted 3/7/11.
Joe Tecce in the news: Analyzing addiction: Where Charlie Sheen can go from here
Discussed with Bridget Blythe and Steve Aveson of NECN psychological factors involved in Charlie Sheen's social problems and use of drugs. Posted 3/7/11.
Joe Tecce in the news: Most People Aren't Very Good At Multi-Tasking
Discussed the disadvantages of multitasking with Paula Ebben, WBZ-TV. Posted 2/24/11.
Joe Tecce in the news: Watson's humility—and humanity
Discussed with Joanna Weiss of the Boston Globe why we tend to humanize computers. Posted 2/22/11.
Alexa Veenema in the news: Psychology Professor Wins Grant from the Brain and Behavior Research Fund
Interviewed on research and NARSAD grant. The Observer at Boston College. Posted 2/15/11.
Liane Young in the news: Adults With Autism May Not Understand Others' Intentions
Discussed moral judgments by autistic adults vs. normally functioning adults. U.S. News & World Report. Posted 2/4/11.
Liane Young in the news: Understanding the Autistic Mind
Further discussion of the study mentioned above. Science Daily. Posted 2/4/11.
Liane Young in the news: Perception of morality different when you have autism
Further discussion of the study mentioned above. MSNBC. Posted 2/4/11.
Sara Cordes in the news: Even young babies know who's boss
Quoted in a NewScientist article on size and perceiving social dominance. Posted 2/1/11.
Joe Tecce in the news: NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams
Discussed how repetitive snow storms produce chronic stress that can result in unhealthy effects on the body. Posted 1/28/11.
Joe Tecce in the news: Have we become a bunch of weather wimps?
Discussed with Patriot Ledger how people can deal with snow storms by using available resources to reduce the two main effects of stress—uncertainty and loss of control. Posted 1/13/11.