Virtual Reality, Real Jealousy

Learning to handle jealousy can be especially beneficial because it’s so easy for a partner, intentionally or not, to induce the feeling in us. Just how easy? A virtual-reality experiment conducted at the University of Arizona offers some insights.

A study by Assistant Professor Mary-Frances O'Connor, Graduate Student Austin Grinberg and Jesus Serrano Careaga (BS Psychology) is featured in the November issue of Psychology Today!  

Published Date: 
11/02/2016 - 12:57

Do you believe in ghosts? UA researcher explains the science of spirits

Gary Schwartz, director of the laboratory for advances in consciousness and health, has been looking into the existence of ghosts for 18 years.

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Published Date: 
10/31/2016 - 11:31

Study Links Athletic Performance to Mortality

UA doctoral students Colin Zestcott and Uri Lifshin conducted two studies showing that athletes are subconsciously motivated by reminders of death.

It's not the locker room pep talk you'd expect, but new research from the University of Arizona suggests that athletes might perform better when reminded of something a bit grim: their impending death.

Published Date: 
11/01/2016 - 09:33

Diversity in Psychology

The Department of Psychology at the University of Arizona is strongly committed to supporting diversity in all areas including but not limited to age, socioeconomic background, race/ethnicity, culture, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, language, disabilities, and the intersection of multiple underserved identities. We strive to foster a respectful and affirming climate in which all students, staff, and faculty are valued and feel inspired to achieve their full potential. 

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How Your BMI Might Affect Your Brain

There are plenty of reasons it's important to maintain a healthy weight, and now you can add one more to the list: It may be good for your brain.

Researchers from the University of Arizona have found that having a higher body mass index, or BMI, can negatively impact cognitive functioning in older adults.

How? They say inflammation is to blame.

Published Date: 
10/18/2016 - 13:36


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