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June 18, 2013

readings in psychology for 18 june 2013 @PsychScience

Research never stops with a team member in Dalian, China. My daughter Karen was an invited speaker!

Research and presentations never stop with a team member in Dalian, China. My daughter Karen is an invited speaker!

Here are my readings for today:

“”Head circumference is an indicator of brain volume, so a greater increase in head circumference in a newborn baby suggests more rapid brain growth,” says the lead author of the study, Dr Lisa Smithers from the University of Adelaide’s School of Population Health.

“Overall, newborn children who grew faster in the first four weeks had higher IQ scores later in life,” she says.”

“”Our findings raise concerns since, depending on the pollutant, 20% to 60% of the women in our study lived in areas where risk of autism was elevated,” said lead author Andrea Roberts, research associate in the HSPH Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences.

The study appeared online June 18, 2013 inEnvironmental Health Perspectives.”

“Dr Cristina Dye, a lecturer in child language development, found that two to three- year-olds are using grammar far sooner than expected.

She studied fifty French speaking youngsters aged between 23 and 37 months, capturing tens of thousands of their utterances.

Dr Dye, who carried out the research while at Cornell University in the United States, found that the children were using ‘little words’ which form the skeleton of sentences such as a, an, can, is, an, far sooner than previously thought.”

“This study supports the idea that subjective sleepiness is influenced by the quality of experiences right before bedtime. Are you reluctantly awake or excited to be awake?” said Dr. Masashi Yanagisawa, professor of molecular genetics and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator at UT Southwestern. He is principal author of the study published online in May in theProceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.”

“The latest addition to the growing field of fast four-legged robots is no bigger than a housecat, yet it can tackle more realistic terrain than its larger predecessors. Three years in the making, “Cheetah-cub” runs about 5 kilometers per hour and can descend steps up to 20% its leg length. For its size—23 centimeters long and 1 kilogram in weight—it may be a record-holder among other robo-quadrupeds, its developers say, attaining speeds seven times its body length per second. It even has an advantage over real cats: It runs with no brain telling it what to do.”

“BOSTON, MA–(Marketwired – Jun 18, 2013) – Lazy, self-absorbed and entitled? Practical, heads-down and resourceful might be more accurate descriptors for today’s College Millennial Consumers (CMCs), according to a new survey of 1,600+ U.S. college students. The survey was conducted May 13-20, 2013 by fluent, a Boston-based College Millennial Consumer marketing agency (

Specializing in “translating brands for the college world,” fluent works with clients who want to understand and engage College Millennial Consumers (CMCs) nationwide, both on- and off-campus. Clients have included major brands such as Microsoft, Macy’s, PacSun, Zipcar, Sun Drop, Kotex, Dove and L’Oreal. Building on an exclusive affiliation with the National Association for Campus Activities (NACA), fluent has insider access to nearly 1,000 colleges and universities and engages students in a variety of brand experiences that complement everyday college life.”





May 26, 2013

Research interview at APS #aps2013 #aps2013dc



Here is our APS interview on our research!

Discussing “family” research partners!



April 26, 2013

Western Psychological Science Conference #wpa13 @PsychScience

Filed under: a current story,Conventions,on-line education — Laura Freberg @ 11:26 am

My presentation on “Be the Scientist”.


My student Nate Honeycutt has an interest in Political Psychology and presented an interesting project involving over 700 faculty participants!


New and old friends from College of the Canyons!

Conferences are great places to make connections and test you research ideas before venturing into publication!

May 27, 2012

Celebrating Psychology! #aps2012


We are celebrating the launching of our new textbook: “Discovering Psychology: the Science of Mind”! Great food and wonderful conversations punctuated Friday evening at the historic and picturesque Adler Planetarium.


A wonderful time was had by all!

May 18, 2012

readings for 18 May 2012 #aps2012

"The Family that Researches Together" -- a nice article appearing on this year's APS convention web site! CLICK on the picture to read more!

Here is what I am reading today!:

“One of life’s simple pleasures just got a little sweeter. After years of waffling research on coffee and health, even some fear that java might raise the risk of heart disease, a big study finds the opposite: Coffee drinkers are a little more likely to live longer. Regular or decaf doesn’t matter.”

“Common variants of the ApoE gene are strongly associated with the risk of developing late-onset Alzheimer’s disease, but the gene’s role in the disease has been unclear. Now, researchers funded by the National Institutes of Health have found that in mice, having the most risky variant of ApoE damages the blood vessels that feed the brain.”

“What can a fish tell us about human brain development? Researchers at Duke University Medical Center transplanted a set of human genes into a zebrafish and then used it to identify genes responsible for head size at birth.”

“In an ongoing clinical trial, a paralyzed woman was able to reach for and sip from a drink on her own – for the first time in nearly 15 years – by using her thoughts to direct a robotic arm. The trial is evaluating the safety and feasibility of an investigational device called the BrainGate neural interface system. This is a type of brain-computer interface (BCI) intended to put robotics and other assistive technology under the brain’s control.”

“Among adults of all ages, 82% say it’s harder for today’s young adults to find a job than it was for their parents’ generation. Only 5% say it’s easier now to find a job, and 12% say finding a job is about the same as it was a generation ago.”


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