Jacksonville State University Department of Psychology

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American Psychological Association
12/09/2019
American Psychological Association

American Psychological Association

Shopping for your friends or loved ones may be fun or exciting, but the pursuit of the “perfect” holiday gift can also be a source of stress.

Lots of our students are interested in sports psychology. Here is some info.
12/06/2019
American Psychological Association

Lots of our students are interested in sports psychology. Here is some info.

Former snowboarder Dave Botsford, PsyD, has carved out a career by helping student athletes perform at their peak. Here he talks about the everyday challenges and rewards associated with life as a sport psychologist.

American Psychological Association
11/24/2019
American Psychological Association

American Psychological Association

For college students, rooming with someone suffering from mental illness can be a new and uncomfortable experience. APA member Lisa Damour, PhD, suggests some healthy ways to assess the situation and act responsibly for the safety and well-being of all involved.

Interesting discussion about how student evaluations are colored by gender bias.
11/21/2019
Chronicle of Higher Education

Interesting discussion about how student evaluations are colored by gender bias.

A professor who created a tool to mine student evaluations says he hopes it can take the sting out of negative feedback. “There is this really strong structural thing about the way that language is used to describe people.”

Psi Chi Initiation — Fall 2019
11/15/2019

Psi Chi Initiation — Fall 2019

I wrote an article about this for a local newspaper a few years ago.
10/31/2019
American Psychological Association

I wrote an article about this for a local newspaper a few years ago.

From haunted houses to horror movies, why do many of us enjoy a good scare? A recent study published in the journal Emotion examines “voluntary arousing negative experiences” and why we willingly subject ourselves to frights.

Something useful to know.
10/29/2019
American Psychological Association

Something useful to know.

From sweaty hands to a full-on panic attack, our physical reactions to stress can range from uncomfortable to terrifying. APA Associate Director of Practice, Research and Policy Lynn Bufka, PhD, explains the relationship between the mind and body in these situations, and how we can manage the symptoms.

Another good article...
10/26/2019
American Psychological Association

Another good article...

Resilience isn’t a trait that people either have or do not have. It involves behaviors, thoughts, and actions that can be learned and developed in anyone.

I strongly advise everyone to get your flu shots as soon as possible. It is difficult to keep up in classes if the flu t...
10/26/2019
NPR

I strongly advise everyone to get your flu shots as soon as possible. It is difficult to keep up in classes if the flu takes you down for a week. Additionally, if you think you might have the flu and be contagious, please DON’T come to class. I know you are afraid to miss classes, but please just email professors to let them know what is going on and stay home and in bed. You will get well faster and keep it from being spread to everyone else in class.

Thanks! Dr. Dempsey

The flu season is here.

The advice from health officials remains clear: Get your flu shot ASAP, especially if you're pregnant or have asthma or other underlying medical conditions.

Apparently we need rats with tiny cars instead pigeons playing ping pong!
10/26/2019
Washington Post

Apparently we need rats with tiny cars instead pigeons playing ping pong!

Scientist knew the rats were more chill and less anxious when they got to drive the cars by testing their excrement for stress hormones.

For students who want an international experience without ever leaving home, consider living in the a International Hous...
10/23/2019

For students who want an international experience without ever leaving home, consider living in the a International House next year. It’s Cultural Psychology in action!!!!

In October 1964, fifty-five (55) years ago this month, a building unlike any before on the JSU campus was dedicated by Dr. Woodrow Wilson Sayre, grandson of former President Woodrow Wilson with over 1,400 in attendance. The International House was built jointly with JSU and Endowment Foundation funding and has stood on the highest point on campus, predating most buildings at the university. The House provided a family environment and home to 40 International and American students each year, building on the diversity and hope for humankind that “Knowing one Another can lead to Loving one Another!” During the past 73 years, the House and program has attracted governors, US Senators and prominent international scholars and statesmen who have spoken to the need for peace and understanding with those IH students. After departing JSU, alumni of the program would then return to their homes around the world and spread the knowledge learned from each of their fellow members, professors and others they have met in the little corner of Alabama known as Jacksonville. Each October, the UN Day Tea reminds us that there is hope, and seeing the current members of the House pour out their culture and their love to those gathered, can renew the hope that this “Window on the World,” this experimental program started so long ago, can survive and endure.

Another example of how psychology is useful...
10/23/2019
American Psychological Association

Another example of how psychology is useful...

By working together across and outside our discipline, we can help employees and organizations thrive today and prepare for tomorrow.

12th Annual Southeast Regional ADHD Conference in Tuscaloosa January 23-24, 2020https://training.ua.edu/adhd/adhd-agenda...
10/14/2019
ADHD Conference Agenda

12th Annual Southeast Regional ADHD Conference in Tuscaloosa January 23-24, 2020
https://training.ua.edu/adhd/adhd-agenda.php

View our lineup of great speakers who will present on important topics related to ADHD at the Annual Southeast Regional ADHD Conference held at the Bryant Conference Center on The University of Alabama campus in Tuscaloosa Alabama.

Psi Chi, the International Honor Society in Psychology
10/11/2019
Psi Chi, the International Honor Society in Psychology

Psi Chi, the International Honor Society in Psychology

Happy World Mental Health Day! A new study suggests that living near the coast is linked to better mental health. Do you use nature to boost your mental health?

Awww—who’s a good boy?
10/05/2019
Association for Psychological Science

Awww—who’s a good boy?

What makes dogs remarkable is not their smarts, but their capacity to form affectionate relationships with other species — in short, to love, says psychological scientist Clive Wynne.

Congratulations to JSU Psychology's two newest full professors, Heidi Dempsey and Todd McKerchar! We are proud of all of...
10/01/2019

Congratulations to JSU Psychology's two newest full professors, Heidi Dempsey and Todd McKerchar! We are proud of all of your achievements, and we hope your students continue to benefit from your expertise.

I can totally relate to this!
09/28/2019
American Psychological Association

I can totally relate to this!

Are you an introvert dreading that next work happy hour? Just showing up and making small talk might be enough to boost your mood, according to new research published in the Journal of Experimental Psychology.

This will have interesting implications for our field...
09/04/2019
Addiction now defined as brain disorder, not behavior issue

This will have interesting implications for our field...

Addiction is a chronic brain disorder and not simply a behavior problem involving alcohol, drugs, gambling or sex, experts contend in a new definition of addiction, one that is not solely related to problematic substance abuse.

The Psychology Babes
08/28/2019

The Psychology Babes

Omg 😂😂😂

This is interesting. I hadn’t thought about this being a research or treatment problem.
08/26/2019
American Psychological Association

This is interesting. I hadn’t thought about this being a research or treatment problem.

Though cannabis and tobacco are frequently used together, little is known about their combined effects on co-users. New research examines data from users of both substances with an eye toward treatment strategies.

Interesting....
08/11/2019
NPR

Interesting....

Researchers found that seemingly trivial encounters with the minor characters in our lives — the random person at the dog park or the barista at your coffee shop — can affect feelings of happiness and human connection on a typical day.

Interesting results
07/31/2019
A New Study Reveals How Crying Actually Helps You Deal With Stress

Interesting results

If you've ever attempted to hold back tears, then you know that trying to stop yourself from crying can be more difficult than letting the tears flow. While there can be an unnecessary stigma around crying, new research found that crying is actually…

Many of our students struggle with anxiety and depression. If this is the case for you, please know that you aren’t alon...
07/26/2019
American Psychological Association

Many of our students struggle with anxiety and depression. If this is the case for you, please know that you aren’t alone. Don’t be afraid to let your professors know what is going on, especially if it is causing you to miss class or deadlines. Most will try to work with you to be successful and get back on track. Seek help from JSU’s counseling center. Our therapists are really great and can help with these issues and other academic issues such as picking majors and careers.

In the last year, more than 41% of college students reported feeling so depressed that it was "difficult to function," while 63% felt "overwhelming anxiety."

APA member Jeffrey Nalin, PsyD and fellow Heather Lyons, PhD lend some insight into five common causes of college-age depression and anxiety.

Interesting read for those who are told by the older generation that iPhones are the root of all their problems!
07/13/2019
American Psychological Association

Interesting read for those who are told by the older generation that iPhones are the root of all their problems!

Can the rise in mental health issues among young people really be attributed to the prevalence of smartphones?

APA members Ramsey Kasho, PsyD, and Doug Styles, PsyD, explain why it's not that simple.

Great intersection of law and psychology...
06/18/2019
American Psychological Association

Great intersection of law and psychology...

Conventional wisdom suggests that people don't confess to crimes they didn't commit. APA fellow Saul Kassin, PhD, has spent his career using psychological science to challenge this notion.

And if you’d like to go out hiking, here is an interesting story about how one local hiking trail was built...
06/09/2019
RootsRated

And if you’d like to go out hiking, here is an interesting story about how one local hiking trail was built...

On a six-mile out-and-back hike along the trail, you’ll encounter the thundering Cheaha Falls and wood and stone walkway that provides a bird’s-eye view of Devil’s Den Gorge.

I know this works well for me...
06/09/2019
American Psychological Association

I know this works well for me...

Have you been outside lately? A 2018 study published in the journal Emotion says that the awe-inducing experiences we have during outdoor activities may single-handedly predict lower stress and positive emotions.

Another interesting career path...
06/06/2019
American Psychological Association

Another interesting career path...

From sources of work stress to workplace safety, Occupational Health Psychology can play a major role in improving the quality of work life.

Dr. Todd McKerchar presenting his research during his guest lecture to a group of graduate students at Brock University,...
06/06/2019

Dr. Todd McKerchar presenting his research during his guest lecture to a group of graduate students at Brock University, Ontario, Canada -- Thanks for sharing!

Other disciplines have been doing this for a long time. It’s only recently that psychology has begun branching out from ...
05/20/2019
American Psychological Association

Other disciplines have been doing this for a long time. It’s only recently that psychology has begun branching out from the experimental “gold standard”.

Once upon a time, psychologists considered it poor form to use data collected by other scientists – but now the way researchers gather data is changing.

This is important info...
05/14/2019
American Psychological Association

This is important info...

Research has shown that a lack of social connection heightens health risks as much as smoking 15 cigarettes a day or having alcohol use disorder.

Last chance for a free film, free food & drinks, and excellent company! Gather your friends and neighbors, and bring the...
04/16/2019
The Pushouts Longleaf Studios | Jacksonville, Alabama

Last chance for a free film, free food & drinks, and excellent company! Gather your friends and neighbors, and bring them out to Longleaf Studios :)

“I was in prison before I was even born.” So begins the story of Victor Rios a high school dropout, gang member and three-time felon by 15. When a teacher’s quiet persistence, a mentor’s moral conviction, and his best friend’s murder converge, Rios’ path takes an unlikely turn. Two decad...

Positive psychology at work!
04/11/2019
American Psychological Association

Positive psychology at work!

Are you at one with the world? New research indicates that those who believe in oneness may have greater life satisfaction than those who don’t.

APA position...
04/10/2019
American Psychological Association

APA position...

Based on psychological science and practice, there is no evidence of a relationship between being transgender and one’s ability to serve in the military.

We had a great time presenting research at SEPA and had lots of fun on our nights out!  The students did a great job!
03/23/2019

We had a great time presenting research at SEPA and had lots of fun on our nights out! The students did a great job!

JSU PSI CHI and Psychology Club students successfully escaped from the Bank Heist room while taking a break from SEPA ac...
03/22/2019

JSU PSI CHI and Psychology Club students successfully escaped from the Bank Heist room while taking a break from SEPA activities...

Don't miss the opportunity for free food and a film!
03/21/2019

Don't miss the opportunity for free food and a film!

Tomorrow night is on Longleaf Studios. Great film, Q & A with the filmmaker and free drinks with pizza. Thursday night in Jacksonville – come join us!

You are not alone if you have panic attacks. Here are some helpful tips to take control of and shorten your attacks.
03/19/2019
American Psychological Association

You are not alone if you have panic attacks. Here are some helpful tips to take control of and shorten your attacks.

When a panic attack strikes at work, the results can range from embarrassing to terrifying. Here are five helpful steps you can take during an attack, supported by experts like APA member Chloe Carmichael, PhD.

Good advice...
03/19/2019
American Psychological Association

Good advice...

How do you know if it's time to "break up" with your therapist? APA members Tamar Chansky, PhD, and Marni Amsellem, PhD, give advice on how to make the process as painless as possible.

“If you’re going to declutter, don’t touch the item. Don’t pick it up,” he said. “Have somebody else hold the pair of bl...
03/19/2019
The New York Times

“If you’re going to declutter, don’t touch the item. Don’t pick it up,” he said. “Have somebody else hold the pair of black pants and say, ‘Do you need this?’ Once you touch the item, you are less likely to get rid of it.”

The clutter in your home may be stressing you out more than you realize and may be negatively impacting your mental well-being, new research finds.

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