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OSU Psychology Faculty Research in the News 2010

Psychologist recognized for career achievement

Russ Fazio, the Harold E. Burtt Professor of Psychology, is the 2010 recipient of the Donald T. Campbell Award for Distinguished Contributions to Social Psychology by the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, the largest organization of social and personality psychologists in the world. The award, the highest honor bestowed by the society, is given to a social psychologist for career achievement in research.

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Changing thoughts key to battling even severe depression

Moderate to severely depressed clients showed greater improvement in cognitive therapy when therapists emphasized changing how they think rather than how they behave, new research has found. The results suggest cognitive therapists should concentrate, at least during the first few sessions, on using cognitive techniques to help those with more severe depression to break out of negative thought patterns and to see events in their lives more realistically. Daniel Strunk, assistant professor of psychology at Ohio State, is co-author of the study.

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Five Ohio State faculty part of American Academy of Arts and Sciences 2010 Class. Five Ohio State faculty are among the 229 leaders in the sciences, the humanities and the arts, business, public affairs, and the nonprofit sector who have been elected members of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. The 2010 Fellows and Foreign Honorary Members, announced on Monday (4/19), include:

- John Warren Wilkins, Ohio Eminent Scholar and professor, Biological Sciences/Math & Physical Sciences
- Carlo M. Croce, director, Institute of Genetics; director and chair, Human Cancer Genetics Program; chair, Department of Molecular Virology, Immunology & Medical Genetics; professor of Internal Medicine - Richard Edward Petty, Distinguished University Professor; chair, Department of Psychology
- Henri Cole, poet; professor of English
- David Schmeidler, professor of Economic Theory

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OSU Psychology Faculty Research in the News 2009

OSU study: Legal drug similar to marijuana could curb Alzheimer's disease. "It's not that everything immoral is good for the brain. It's just that there are some substances that millions of people for thousands of years have used in billions of doses, and we're noticing there's a little signal above all the noise," said Gary Wenk, professor of psychology. Wenk's work has already shown that THC-like synthetic drug can improve memory in animals. Now his team is trying to find out exactly how it works in the brain.

Intervention Program Boosts Survival In Breast Cancer Patients. "The results suggest that we can help breast cancer patients make positive steps that may help them live longer and make recurrence less likely," said Barbara Andersen, lead author of the study and a member of Ohio State's Comprehensive Cancer Center and professor of psychology.

OSU Psychology among top 10

Professor Harry P. Bahrick named 2007 Psychology Distinguished Alumnus. Professor Bahrick's influence on his students cannot be overstated. He has encouraged and inspired students at all levels to pursue their interest in psychology. In a recent article in the APS Observer he estimates that "over 100 people" were motivated enough in his classrooms to go on to earn psychology doctorates. Many of his students and post doctoral researches have gone on to have exemplary careers due to his mentoring.

Jennifer Kaminski and her colleagues Vladimir M. Sloutsky and Andrew F. Heckler did something relatively rare in education research: Study Suggests Math Teachers Scrap Balls and Slices

"Powerful people have confidence in what they are thinking. Whether their thoughts are positive or negative toward an idea, that position is going to be hard to change," said Richard Petty, co-author of the study and professor of psychology at Ohio State University. When People Feel Powerful, They Ignore New Opinions.

President Gordon Gee presents Psychology Faculty with two Prestigious University Awards

OSU Psychology Faculty Research in the News 2008

Luc Lecavalier has been named recipient of two Early Career Awards. He will be presented with the AAIDD 2008 Early Career Award at the 132nd American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Annual Meeting in May. Luc has also been named the first APA Division 33 Early Career Award winner. Luc will receive this award and make a presentation at the APA convention in August. Congratulations Luc! The department is very excited that you have been recognized for your achievements.

New York Times, Jan. 17.  Lisa Libby, assistant professor of psychology.  Article mentioned a new book chapter she co-authored which discusses how the transition to parenthood, increased responsibility and physical aging all tend to contribute to people’s perceptions of the moral decline of younger people.

Boston Globe, Jan. 6.  Marilynn Brewer, professor of psychology.  Quoted in article about how a lack of negativity toward certain groups of people may not translate into positive feelings toward these groups – the two are completely separate. Research Story
January 2008