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News 2004

OSU Psychology Faculty Research in the News 2004

Baltimore Sun, December 17th, reported on Associate Professor Delwin Lindsey, along with his colleague, Angela Brown, both at the Mansfield Campus. Their research suggests why some languages may not have a specific word for the color blue. They said these languages tend to occur around the equator, where high levels of ultraviolet B exposure damage the eyes of residents, making them unable to perceive the color blue.

Health, December 2004; Newsweek, September 27th; Rocky Mountain News, September 7th; reported on Professor Barbara Andersen's research that found that regular psychological counseling for breast cancer patients may result in a stronger immune system. Research Story

United Press International, October 19th, reported on Assistant Professor Keith Payne's research that found people are more likely to misidentify tools as guns when they are first linked to African Americans, at least under extreme time pressure. Research Story

The Times of London, October 4th, reported on Professor Richard Petty's research that identified a personality trait that seems to predict whether people will vote or engage in politics. A test for it might be used to improve opinion polls or increase voter turn out.

Health, September 2004, discussed Professor Steven Reiss's theory of human motivation that states 16 basic desires guide nearly all meaningful behavior. Research Story

United Press International, September 30th, reported on Associate Professor Courtney DeVries's study that suggests survivors of severe heart attacks may have a difficult time with some learning tasks. Research Story

Chicago Sun-Times, September 23rd; London Guardian, September 22nd; reported on Professor James Todd's research which explains why the eyes of people portrayed in some paintings seem to follow viewers around the room. Research Story

New York Times, September 28th; USA Weekend, September 17th - 19th; Ottawa Citizen, September 6th; St. Louis Post-Dispatch, August 30th; Los Angeles Times, August 2nd; Detroit News, August 1st; Baltimore Sun and Seattle Times, August 15th; Long Times, August 7th; Scripps Howard News Service, July 30th; UPI, August 2nd; Copley News Service, August 2nd; MSNBC, July 30th; Associate Professor Joseph Green, Lima Campus, received international attention this month about his study that found that men who try hypnosis to help them quit smoking are more likely to be successful than women who use the same treatment. Research Story

Newsweek, September 27th; Newsday, June 15. Quoted Associate Professor Charles Emery in an article mentioning his research that found people who showed physical and mental gains as a result of a regular exercise program lost their gains soon after they stopped exercising. Research Story

September, Womens Health & Fitness; Toronto Sun, August 26th; Chicago Tribune, July 28th; Washington Post, July 6; New York Daily News, June 23; United Press International, June 15. Assistant Professor Tracy Tylka, of the Marion campus was quoted in an article about her research that found women are most at risk for eating disorders when they combine body dissatisfaction with a tendency to obsessively examine their bodies and think about how they appear to others. Research Story

St. Louis Post-Dispatch, August 16th; Toronto Star, August 6th; United Press International, August 5th; all reported on Associate Professor Courtney DeVries' research finding that companionship helps wounds on animals heal faster. Research Story

Washington Post, September 5th; Portland Oregonian, September 1st; USA Today, August 24th; Chicago Tribune, August 30th; Baltimore Sun, August 30th; Toronto Star, August 27th; Calgary Sun, August 24th; Reuters News Service, August 23rd; reported on research by Zeynep Benderlioglu, Professor Randy Nelson's post-doctoral researcher. Her research found that scientists can get some indication of how aggressively an angry person will react when provoked by measuring the size relationship between a persons ears, as well as other body parts. Research Story

AARP Magazine, July/August 2004;Newsday, June 15. London Guardian, July 20. Distinguished Professor of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Randy Nelson was quoted in articles about the possibility of new drugs that could help control impulsive violence and aggression in certain people.

Assistant Professor James McNulty, of the Mansfield campus, received widespread coverage this month for his research. His latest study found that, for some newlywed couples, it may be better to expect difficult times rather than anticipate a rosy future of wedded bliss. Coverage included: Calgary Herald, June 13; Chicago Tribune, May 30; Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, May 25; Montreal Gazette, May 24; Toronto Star, May 22; Los Angeles Times, May 17; Washington Post, May 16; New York Post, May 14; United Press International, May 11. Research Story

Calgary Herald, June 13; Chicago Tribune, May 30. Referred to Associate Professor Charles Emery's research that found people who exercise to music may actually improve mental performance as well as physical performance. Research Story

Washington Post, June 8; Toronto Globe and Mail, May 31. Professor Steven Reiss, was quoted in an article about his recent paper that suggests people are not drawn to religion just because of a fear of death or any other single reason. He says there are actually 16 basic human psychological needs that motivate people to seek meaning through religion. Research Story

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