UA Researchers Look at Mental Impairment After Heart Surgery

Doctors are beginning to understand a connection between heart surgery and mental impairment some patients experience upon leaving the operating room.

During recovery, some heart bypass patients say they're unable to concentrate on tasks, others report a rash of poor decision-making and some complain of general mental fatigue.

Two University of Arizona researchers are looking at the issue from two directions: coronary medicine and neurology.

Published Date: 
10/12/2017 - 16:24

UA psychologist gives advice on coping with tragedy

UA psychologist Mary-Frances O'Connor appeared on Good Morning Tucson to talk about how to cope with tragedy. Speaking with anchors Pat Parris and Samantha Cortese, O'Connor stressed that it's normal to be unable to sleep or think about much else in the wake of traumatic events. She said people tend to be resilient and that it's important to do something that feels meaningful, whether it be discussing the event with others or giving blood.

Watch the video on KGUN 9

Published Date: 
10/05/2017 - 07:29

In Memorandum: William H. Ittelson

University of Arizona Emeritus faculty member Bill Ittelson passed away after a long and influential career that spanned many of the traditional boundaries within Psychology.  Regarded by many as the founder of the field of Environmental Psychology, much of his work focused on how our environment influences cognition and behavior.  The scope of his work was broad and interdisciplinary, ranging from topics in visual perception (such as why mirrors reverse images along t

Published Date: 
09/20/2017 - 07:09

May 4, 1920 – September 20, 2017

Here's why we're all so obsessed with the end of the world, according to Psychology

Congratulations, we’ve survived yet another failed doomsday prediction. Of course, it’s only a matter of time before we brace for another. It seems that humanity is truly fascinated by End-of-the-World predictions. A closer look inside our own minds may help to explain why this is.

Published Date: 
09/26/2017 - 09:48

Could Limiting Naps Support Learning in Children With Down Syndrome?

Children with Down syndrome tend to nap much later in development than typically developing children.

A robust and growing body of research explores the effects of sleep and napping on learning and memory development in young children. Yet, less work has looked at the cognitive implications of naps for children with Down syndrome — a population that commonly suffers with significant sleep challenges.

Published Date: 
08/21/2017 - 15:56

Kids in High-Stress Environments May Develop Unique Skills

Children who grow up in high-stress environments, such as dangerous neighborhoods or financially insecure households, often are described in scientific literature as being at high risk for learning and behavioral deficits.

Yet, a new research article involving the University of Arizona proposes that greater attention also should be paid to what's right with children who grow up in high-stress environments in order to help them succeed.

Published Date: 
07/10/2017 - 11:12

UA Research: Brains Evolved to Need Exercise

Mounting scientific evidence shows that exercise is good not only for our bodies, but for our brains. Yet, exactly why physical activity benefits the brain is not well understood.

In a new article published in the journal Trends in Neurosciences, University of Arizona researchers suggest that the link between exercise and the brain is a product of our evolutionary history and our past as hunter-gatherers.

Published Date: 
06/27/2017 - 13:23


Congratulations on wanting to return to the UA!

Applying for readmission to the UA and the Department of Psychology, is a two step process that is also dependent on whether or not you left on probation or after being disqualified from the UA. 

Returning after being disqualified/dismissed from the UA: 

NOTE: 12 units of coursework at a 3.0 GPA average, from another institution, is required before completing the readmission application. Please make sure you've done this before applying. 

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Save Yourself From Tedious Small Talk

What seems like banal banter can turn into something more meaningful—and even help your career—if you know how to steer the conversation. 

This Wall Street Journal Article references the research of Matthias Mehl and a replication project by postdoc Anne Milek.

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Published Date: 
05/25/2017 - 13:09


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