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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.
Jan
23
2019
WACO, Texas (Jan. 23, 2019) – The John Templeton Foundation has awarded a $2.6 million grant to Sarah Schnitker, Ph.D., associate professor of psychology in Baylor University’s College of Arts & Sciences, and co-principal investigator Benjamin Houltberg, Ph.D., director of research at the University of Southern California Performance Science Institute. The grant aims to galvanize widespread scientific development of virtue interventions for adolescents across a diversity of contexts – such as athletic teams, religious organizations, youth community centers and online – that attend to spirituality and transcendent purpose.
Dec
10
2018
WACO, Texas (Dec. 10, 2018) – Sara Dolan, Ph.D., associate professor of psychology and neuroscience in Baylor University’s College of Arts & Sciences and director of the doctor of clinical psychology (Psy.D.) graduate program, has been recognized as one of 30 “Citizen Psychologists” by the president of the American Psychological Association.
Dec
3
2018
WACO, Texas (Dec. 3, 2018) — Students given extra points if they met “The 8-hour Challenge” — averaging eight hours of sleep for five nights during final exams week — did better than those who snubbed (or flubbed) the incentive, according to Baylor University research.
Nov
1
2018
WACO, Texas (Nov. 1, 2018) - It is with deep sadness that we share with you the passing of Jim H. Patton, Ph.D., professor of psychology, neuroscience and biomedical studies and the department’s graduate program director. Dr. Patton died last night at home. Services are pending at this time.
Jul
16
2018
WACO, Texas (July 16, 2018) — For anyone who has ever taken a survey after a medical appointment and wondered whether the effort was worthwhile, the answer is probably “No,” says a Baylor University psychologist. But a study of a new tool he developed suggests it works better than others.
Jul
9
2018
If you’re like most people, you’ve skimped out on sleep before. We tell ourselves it’s not a big deal; sacrifice an hour here, two hours there, maybe even an entire night’s sleep if you’re really pressed. Well, there’s a Baylor professor who studies what happens when we do that — and the news isn’t great. …
Jul
3
2018
WACO, Texas (July 3, 2018) — Students soon must gear up for back-to-school hours, leaving behind the more relaxed summer schedules. That won’t come easy for many — especially for adolescents, whose natural sleep pattern tends to be late to bed and late to rise, says a Baylor sleep expert.
Jun
26
2018
WACO, Texas (June 26, 2018) — Refraining from bad behavior toward a significant other during stressful life events is more important than showing positive behavior, according to a Baylor University study.
May
8
2018
WACO, Texas (May 8, 2018) – Alexa Larsen, a senior neuroscience major at Baylor University, has been selected to receive a Fulbright U.S. Student Program award to the United Kingdom in global health. Larsen is among five Fulbright recipients at Baylor this spring and the University’s 56th Fulbright recipient since 2001.
May
3
2018
WACO, Texas (May 3, 2018) – More than 100 Baylor University students were honored recently for their outstanding research presented in March during the 10th annual Undergraduate Research and Scholarly Achievement (URSA) program’s Scholars Week. The undergraduate researchers, along with their faculty mentors and program leaders, received awards for outstanding platform and poster presentations and for significant contributions to URSA and Scholars Week at a reception April 19 on the Baylor campus.
Mar
27
2018
Dr. Hugh Riley, MA ’01, PhD ’04, has an impressive resume. After earning his bachelor’s in philosophy from UT in 1977, he spent two decades in the Air Force, retiring as a major. He then went back to school, earning his master’s and doctorate in neuroscience from Baylor, and he has taught psychology and neuroscience …
Mar
2
2018
WACO, Texas (March 2, 2018) – On average, you will spend about a third of your life sleeping or attempting to sleep. For many, this means more than 25 years of your life will be spent in bed. Given this startling proportion, wouldn’t you like to know more about what helps, hinders and happens while you are asleep?
Jan
19
2018
WACO, Texas (Jan. 19, 2018) — Annie T. Ginty, Ph.D., assistant professor of psychology and neuroscience in the College of Arts & Sciences at Baylor University, has been selected as a "Rising Star" by the Association for Psychological Science (APS), the leading international organization dedicated to advancing scientific psychology across disciplinary and geographic borders.
Jan
11
2018
WACO, Texas (Jan. 11, 2018) — Writing a “to-do” list at bedtime may aid in falling asleep, according to a Baylor University study. Research compared sleep patterns of participants who took five minutes to write down upcoming duties versus participants who chronicled completed activities.
Dec
4
2017
WACO, Texas (Dec. 4, 2017) — Roger E. Kirk, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Statistics and Master Teacher at Baylor University, recently was awarded the Distinguished Lifetime Achievement Award from the Texas Psychological Association.
Dec
4
2017
WACO, Texas (Dec. 4, 2017) – The Office of the Vice Provost for Research at Baylor University has announced the 2017-2018 class of the Rising Stars Fellowship program. Selected from nominations provided by their deans, Rising Stars represent faculty from a range of disciplines, including the sciences, the arts and humanities and the professional schools.
Apr
24
2017
WACO, Texas (April 24, 2017) — Skimping on sleep, followed by “catch-up” days with long snoozes, is tied to worse cognition — both in attention and creativity — in young adults, in particular those tackling major projects, Baylor University researchers have found.
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