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Sep
17
2020
WACO, Texas (Sept. 17, 2020) – What takes place inside a person when they encounter beautiful pieces of art? While most people would acknowledge being moved by aesthetic and artistic beauty, the changes sparked by such an engagement seem beyond the realm of measurement. Two Baylor psychology and neuroscience researchers, however, are working to change that.
Sep
4
2020
It’s Dr. Annie Ginty’s job to study stress — a subject we can all relate to. In fact, when she tells people her area of expertise, they generally joke that they’d be excellent subjects for her research because of all of the pressures they face. More specifically, Ginty seeks to better understand the links between …
Aug
30
2020
WACO, Texas (Aug. 31, 2020) — People who did not have a large heart rate response to a stress task surprised researchers later — after the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic — when they showed more symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder related to the crisis than others who also did the stress task and COVID-19 stress ratings.
Aug
21
2020
WACO, Texas (Aug. 21, 2020) - An interdisciplinary team of Baylor University scientists and engineers has been awarded a nearly $600,000 grant to study the effectiveness of a horseback-riding simulator as a treatment for children with autism.
Jul
8
2020
WACO, Texas (July 8, 2020) – Psychiatric inpatients with major depressive disorders who increased in the virtue of patience during hospitalization also showed fewer symptoms of depression, according to a Baylor University study.
Jun
22
2020
WACO, Texas (June 22, 2020) – People felt less gratitude when they read about receiving a favor along with many other individuals, as opposed to a favor that was only given to themselves, according to a Baylor University psychology study.
Jun
15
2020
WACO, Texas (June 15, 2020) – A new treatment for stress which combines mindfulness with hypnotherapy has shown positive results in a Baylor University pilot study.
May
11
2020
Earning the designation as a Master Teacher is a rare honor — one of the highest a Baylor professor can receive. In March, President Linda Livingstone announced that three Baylor professors have earned the title, increasing the roll of Master Teachers who had earned this designation to 29 since the honor was first bestowed almost …
Mar
31
2020
WACO, Texas (March 31, 2020) – Baylor University President Linda A. Livingstone, Ph.D., announced today that the designation of Master Teacher – the highest honor granted to Baylor faculty members for sustained excellence in teaching – has been conferred on Professor Robert F. Darden III, Dr. Anne-Marie Schultz and Dr. Charles A. Weaver III.
Mar
6
2020
Autism researchers know they’re in it for the long run. Even as more attention has been focused on autism nationally, little is still known about the roots of the disorder. Frustrated families often end up sorting through a mix of rumor and speculation for guidance. Dr. Joaquin Lugo, BS ’99, is looking to change that. …
Jan
3
2020
Making a few small changes to your daily life could bring you a surprising amount of joy in the new year. Here are six suggestions from Baylor experts: 1. When it comes to vacation memories, focus before Facebook. Want to preserve your memories? Process the experience and save posting the photo for later, says Baylor …
Dec
9
2019
WACO, Texas (Dec. 09, 2019) – Preventing serious medical conditions typically requires patients to follow treatment plans, which may involve taking medication, exercising or following a diet. Although the effectiveness of these plans often depends on patients adhering to their treatment plan, around 50 percent of patients fail to adequately use those plans, studies show.
Nov
12
2019
This fall, Baylor welcomed nearly 100 new faculty members to campus. It’s an impressive group, full of men and women who came to Baylor from such universities as Yale, Duke, Princeton, USC and Ohio State, as well as a variety of research institutes, laboratories and medical organizations. What brings such top scholars to Baylor? We …
Oct
9
2019
For Dr. Sara Dolan, research is felt most deeply in the context of community. Dolan’s nationally-recognized research has aided communities, both in Central Texas and beyond, since she came to Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences in 2007. An associate professor of psychology, Dolan often finds research leading her away from campus borders and into places where people experience trauma. Her approach is distinct. Dolan often helps those who help others, such as firemen, soldiers or other psychologists, which leads to meaningful insights and research that is magnified.
Oct
2
2019
Sept. 26, 2019
VIDEO: Michael K. Scullin, Ph.D., assistant professor and director of Baylor’s Sleep Neuroscience and Cognition Laboratory, shared tips for sleeping healthily and efficiently, especially through prioritizing sleep and avoiding factors that negatively affect typical sleep patterns.
Sep
20
2019
Over the last decade, scientists have recognized a strong relationship between autism and epilepsy. Baylor neuroscientist Joaquin Lugo is at the forefront of researching those conditions and their impact on the developing brain.
Sep
12
2019
Coming up at 11 a.m. Friday on KWBU-FM, Baylor Connections will feature a conversation with APA “Citizen Psychologist” Sara Dolan, Ph.D., associate professor of psychology and neuroscience at Baylor, who will share experiences working with first responders, soldiers and citizens dealing with trauma and examine themes of community, scholarship and resilience. Baylor Connections is a weekly radio program/podcast that introduces the people behind Baylor’s teaching, research and distinct role in higher education.
Aug
27
2019
Community. For Sara Dolan, a nationally-recognized Baylor professor, researcher and "Citizen Psychologist," it’s the place where her research finds its deepest meaning. When communities experience trauma, she partners with others to illuminate paths to recovery.
Aug
23
2019
WACO, Texas (Aug. 23, 2019) — Caregivers of people with dementia lose between 2.5 to 3.5 hours of sleep weekly due to difficulty falling asleep and maintaining sleep — a negative for themselves and potentially for those who receive their care, Baylor University sleep researchers say.
Aug
20
2019
Aug. 19, 2019
Annie Ginty, Ph.D., assistant professor of psychology and neuroscience in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences, and a University of California-Irvine collaborator used a grant from AXA Research to produce three short videos to help students and the general public understand what stress is, what it does to our bodies and how to handle it. Ginty researches the relationship between biological responses to stress and adaptation during a stressful life transition.
Aug
2
2019
Aug. 2, 2019
AUDIO: On the latest episode of Baylor Connections, host Derek Smith interviews Sarah Schnitker, Ph.D., associate professor of psychology and neuroscience, who was inspired to join the Baylor faculty last year by the Illuminate vision of a preeminent Christian research university. Earlier this year, she was awarded a $2.6 million grant from the John Templeton Foundation to galvanize widespread development of virtue interventions for adolescents. In this Baylor Connections, she shares what that looks like and examines how individuals can better develop virtues like patience in their own lives. Baylor Connections is a weekly radio program/podcast that introduces the people behind Baylor’s teaching, research and distinct role in higher education.
Jun
3
2019
WACO, Texas (June 3, 2019) — In this digital age, what's more important when you're on vacation — the experience itself or the selfie that proves you were there?
If you want to preserve the memories, it's best to process the experience before you post the photo — a modern-day twist on the adage “think before you speak,” says a Baylor psychologist.
May
7
2019
WACO, Texas (May 7, 2019) – It’s final exam season for college students across the country. And final exams often come with all-night study sessions and gallons of coffee. But do such things really help?
Mar
18
2019
WACO, Texas (March 18, 2019) – Sara L. Dolan, Ph.D., associate professor of psychology and neuroscience in Baylor University’s College of Arts & Sciences, has been awarded a five-year grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) – a branch of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services – for a project aimed at improving clinical practice for children who have been victims of abuse and trauma.
Mar
4
2019
WACO, Texas (March 4, 2019) – The Score, a flagship newsletter for the American Psychological Association (APA) Division 5, the Division for Quantitative and Qualitative methods, dedicated a recent issue solely to Roger E. Kirk, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Statistics and Master Teacher at Baylor University, in celebration of 60 years in the statistics field and his formal retirement at the end of this spring semester.
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