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Provost Elizabeth Davis Hosts Lecture by New York Times Best-Selling Author, Dr. David Eagleman


Science Daily: What Warring Couples Want: Power, Not Apologies, Study Shows
July 9, 2013
A new Baylor study suggests that in a couple's argument, one party seeks - not an apology - but shared power and control over the relationship. Quoted is researcher Keith Sanford, Ph.D., an associate professor of psychology and neuroscience in Baylor's College of Arts & Sciences.

National Institute of Health: NIH Health Matters
April 12, 2013
Researchers are finding new uses for hypnosis ranging from helping people stop smoking to reducing hot flashes in postmenopausal women. This podcast includes an interview with Gary Elkins, Ph.D., professor of psychology and neuroscience in Baylor's College of Arts & Sciences and director of the Mind-Body Medicine Research Laboratory at Baylor, about his research on the topic. (Link includes option for transcript or direct podcast of the interview, which is Episode 0190.)

Older People May Be at Greater Risk for Alcohol Impairment than Teens, According to Baylor Study


CNN: My Take: How churches can respond to mental illness
April 7, 2013
Commentary about the need for churches to help individuals with mental illness cites a study by Matthew Stanford, Ph.D., professor of psychology and neuroscience in Baylor's College of Arts & Sciences, and Diana Garland, Ph.D., dean of the Baylor School of Social Work, that found a difference in church priorities between families in the congregation with mental illness and those that do not.

Chair of Baylor's Department of Psychology and Neuroscience Is Named Chair of the Council of Graduate Departments of Psychology
WACO, Texas (April 11, 2013) -- Jim Diaz-Granados, Ph.D., chair of the department of psychology and neuroscience in Baylor University's College of Arts & Sciences, has been named chair of the Council of Graduate Departments of Psychology (COGDOP), a national organization.

ASSIST News Service: Media is not alone in need to learn more about mental health
Dec. 23, 2012
Baylor's Matthew Stanford, Ph.D., and professor of psychology, neuroscience, and biomedical studies is quoted on a study he conducted with the dean of the School of Social Work, Diana Garland, Ph.D. about how families with a mentally ill member may leave their church when they don't find the support they need.

Baylor Psychology Professor Helen Benedict Honored with Lifetime Achievement Award
Helen E. Benedict, Ph.D., a professor and director of clinical training in the department of psychology and neuroscience at Baylor University, has been named the recipient of the annual Distinguished Lifetime Achievement Award by the Texas Psychological Association. She will be presented with the award on Nov. 2 at the association's annual awards luncheon.

Actions Don't Always Speak Louder Than Words -- At Least, Not When It Comes to Forgiveness, Baylor University Study Shows
WACO, Texas (July 18, 2012) -- People are more likely to show forgiving behavior if they receive restitution, but they are more prone to report they have forgiven if they get an apology, according to Baylor University research published in the Journal of Positive Psychology.

Anger in Disputes Is More About the Climate of the Marriage Than the Heat of the Moment, Baylor Researcher Finds
WACO, Texas (May 18, 2012) -- How good are married couples at recognizing each other's emotions during conflicts? In general, pretty good, according to a study by a Baylor University researcher. But if your partner is angry, that might tell more about the overall climate of your marriage than about what your partner is feeling at the moment of the dispute.

Juveniles Build Up Physical -- but Not Mental -- Tolerance for Alcohol in Baylor Study


Six Baylor Students, Recent Graduates Selected For Prestigious Fulbright Scholarships
WACO, Texas (May 11, 2012) - Six Baylor University students and recent graduates have been selected to receive the prestigious Fulbright Scholarship - the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government - bringing the number of Baylor students and/or graduates who have received the honor since 2001 to 31.

Roger Kirk Honored With Cornelia Marschall Smith Professor of the Year Award
WACO, Texas (May 7, 2012) - Roger E. Kirk, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Statistics and Master Teacher at Baylor University's College of Arts and Sciences, has been named the 2012 Cornelia Marschall Smith Professor of the Year. The annual award is presented to a faculty member who makes a superlative contribution to the learning environment at Baylor.

Baylor Professor Receives Award for Complementary and Integrative Medicine Research
WACO, Texas (April 27, 2012) - Dr. Gary Elkins, a professor of psychology and neuroscience at Baylor University, has received the 2012 Complementary and Integrative Medicine Investigator Research Award from the Society of Behavioral Medicine. The award was given in recognition of Dr. Elkins' research into an innovative use of hypnosis for reducing hot flashes among post-menopausal women.

Study of Memory in Mice May Offer Clues to Reverse Cognitive Deficits in People with Neurological Disorders, Baylor University Researcher Says
WACO, Texas (April 25, 2012) --The ability to navigate using spatial cues was impaired in mice whose brains were minus a channel that delivers potassium -- a finding that may have implications for humans with damage to the hippocampus, a brain structure critical to memory and learning, according to a Baylor University researcher.

Major media outlets' coverage of BU research carries the Baylor name far and wide
What might seem obvious to some -- that humble people are more likely than arrogant people to give of their time to help someone in need -- wasn't a given for Dr. Jordan LaBouff, BA '05, MA '08, PhD '11. "While it certainly seemed possible that humble people might be more focused on other people's [...]

Yahoo: What to Say When... Your Friend is Depressed
Dec. 9, 2011
Dr. Matthew Stanford, professor of psychology, neuroscience and biomedical studies at Baylor, is quoted in a Yahoo article about depression. Stanford says people with depression need to know they are not alone.

The Medical News: ADHD severity impacts child's health-related quality of life
The Medical News, July 28, 2011
Dr. Christine Limbers, assistant professor of psychology and neuroscience at Baylor, is quoted about her study on children with ADHD and their quality of life.

New Use for Old Drug Could Lead to Treatment for Some Forms of Epilepsy
An immuno- and growth-suppressant drug used to prevent rejection in human organ transplants and to treat some forms of cancer has proven effective in suppressing seizures in mice when used intermittently, says a Baylor University neuroscientist who contributed to research at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston.

Medical News Today: Humility And Honesty Associated With Higher Job Performance
Medical News Today, March 3, 2011 (Dr. Wade Rowatt, associate professor of psychology and neuroscience at Baylor, and study co-author and Baylor student Megan Johnson are quoted about their study into job performance and humility)
The more honesty and humility an employee may have, the higher their job performance, as rated by the employees' supervisor. That's the new finding from a Baylor University study that found the honesty-humility personality trait was a unique predictor of job performance.

New Baylor Study Explores How Partners Perceive Each Other's Emotion During A Relationship Fight
Some of the most intense emotions people feel occur during a conflict in a romantic relationship. Now, new research from Baylor University psychologists shows that how each person perceives the other partner's emotion during a conflict greatly influences different types of thoughts, feelings and reactions in themselves.

Medical News Today: Study Pinpoints Molecular Mechanism That Causes Teens To Be Less Sensitive To Alcohol Than Adults
Medical News Today, December 2, 2010 (article about a new Baylor study on alcohol conducted by Dr. Douglas Matthews, research scientist at Baylor)
Researchers have known for years that teens are less sensitive than adults to the motor-impairing effects of alcohol, but they do not know exactly what is happening in the brain that causes teens to be less sensitive than adults. But now, neuropsychologists at Baylor University have found the particular cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying the age-dependent effect of alcohol in teens that may cause the reduced motor impairment.

Baylor's Doctoral Program in Psychology Receives High Marks in National Survey
In the first detailed survey of doctoral programs in the United States by the National Research Council (NRC) since 1995, Baylor University's Ph.D. program in psychology received strong marks and now ranks among the nation's best programs.

The Biology of Sin: Baylor Researcher Explores the Biological Basis of Sinful Behavior
What causes our sinful behavior? Is there a biological predisposition for biblically defined sinful behaviors? A Baylor University researcher has compiled years of research into a new book called The Biology of Sin (Biblica Publishing, 2010), which discusses sinful behaviors, including adultery, rage and addiction, asking of each: "What does science say, and what does the Bible say about this behavior?"

Team of Baylor profs working to strengthen military families in the face of deployment
With the nation’s largest active duty armored post just 60 miles down the road at Fort Hood, issues surrounding the military are never far from the hearts of many at Baylor. For instance, each class in the School of Social Work’s graduate program typically has at least one or two students who are married or [...]

Baylor Named 'Best Buy' in New Fiske Guide to Colleges
A best-selling college guide for college-bound students and their parents has named Baylor University a "Best Buy." Baylor is one of only 45 public and private colleges and universities in the United States, Canada and Great Britain - and the only Texas Big 12 institution - to earn the designation.

Hypertension: Hot on the Trail of a Silent Killer
Dr. William D. Hillis, found that the hormone angiostensin II also contributes to an increase in aldosterone production.

Experiment on the lasting effects of alcohol exposure to adolescents
Diaz-Granados, who earned his PhD in behavioral neuroscience from the University of Texas at Austin, has long been researching the lasting effects of alcohol exposure to adolescents.

Correlating epilepsy and emotional disorders
While some research being conducted in labs across the nation is focused on finding a distinct solution to a defined problem, Dr. Kevin Klausmeyer's current work is grounded in the purest of academic pursuits: learning for the sake of learning.

Baylor Researcher Finds Genetic Chromosome That Contributes to Stress; Possible Drug-Taking Behavior
A Baylor University researcher has found a set of genes that modulates stress responses that could cause some people to take drugs, specifically alcohol consumption.

Psych Central: Genes May Predispose to Stress and Drinking (In The News)
Recent study by Dr. Doug Matthews, professor of psychology and neuroscience at Baylor, finds genetic region that contributes to stress.

Researcher finds genes that may lead to substance abuse (In The News)
Clinicians and researchers have long known that people often turn to alcohol or drugs in response to stress. But a Baylor University researcher has found that there may be more to the equation than a simple behavioral reaction.

The Art of Medicine
The medical humanities program draws from philosophy and literature to help students understand the nature of illness and suffering from the patient's standpoint.

Blessing Schools: Baptist college's literacy program hopes to spread


Wayland adds classroom faculty


TECEC Study Examines Childhood Life Quality
What is the quality of life for children in McLennan County, and what factors are most important to preparing children to reach their learning potential? The answers start early in life, and a study released examines just that in the Greater Waco area. KWBU will take a continuing look at the report over the coming days, starting with today's story from Derek Smith.

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