Department of Psychology

Ozark Biomedical Initiative to hold Research Symposium Sept. 14

Posted by on September 9, 2019

Researchers from Missouri S&T and Phelps Health, as well as other institutions, will present their research at an annual symposium hosted by the Ozark Biomedical Initiative (OBI) on Saturday, Sept. 14. The event is open to the public. The event will be held 9 a.m.– 1 p.m. in the St. Pat’s Ballroom of the Havener […]

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Missouri S&T welcomes 19 new faculty members

Posted by on August 14, 2019

With expertise ranging from environmental ethics to internet security and privacy, 19 new and promoted faculty will be welcomed to Missouri S&T this fall.

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Employees’ proactive behaviors can be risky business, psychologists find

Posted by on July 29, 2019

Organizations often expect their employees to show initiative through proactive behavior, and at the same time, expect them to work well with their co-workers to achieve goals. But proactive approaches may not always be welcome by other team members, according to new psychological research. The research, now published in the European Journal of Work and […]

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Psychology pioneer

Posted by on July 25, 2019

Dixie Finley is a trailblazer. When the retired middle school counselor crossed the stage to receive her diploma in 1968, she became Missouri S&T’s first psychology graduate. Finley was part of a significant academic expansion in S&T’s history. When S&T became a standalone university in 1964, its curriculum was expanded to include programs in liberal […]

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Missouri S&T Renaissance Student Awards granted to graduates for mastery in diverse fields

Posted by on May 7, 2019

Alexandra Garland, a graduating senior in geological engineering from Breese, Illinois, has earned Missouri S&T’s 2019 Renaissance Student Award. Missouri S&T’s College of Arts, Sciences, and Business and the arts, languages and philosophy department presented the award, which included a $1,000 prize, in a ceremony on campus May 6 at the Havener Center.

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Increasing ‘grit’ personality trait is possible, predicting college students’ improved academic success

Posted by on April 26, 2019

Current psychological studies suggest that the personality trait of “grit,” or strength of character, is a better predictor of academic success among college students than more commonly used measures such as a standardized test scores and demographic indicators.

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Your brain on art: neuroscientists define the aesthetic experience

Posted by on December 20, 2018

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Imagine you are looking at Van Gogh’s “Starry Night” painting for the first time. What do you experience? Perhaps the first thing you notice is the large amount of blue. Then you might zoom in on details to notice the stars and the rings of paint around them, and then details of the village below, while still examining the blue sky. As you explore the painting, your understanding changes, and so do the pleasurable feelings you receive from the experience.

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Missouri S&T researcher finds another good reason to trust your gut — and your ear

Posted by on July 16, 2018

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Within seconds, we make personal choices daily, such as what clothes to wear or what music to play in the car on the way to work. A cognitive neuroscientist at Missouri University of Science and Technology says gut-level decisions are important, and that intuition tends to be accurate for revealing our true preferences.

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Researcher identifies ways to break the bias of STEM stereotypes

Posted by on February 21, 2018

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Women who consider careers in the physical sciences, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields are deterred by stereotypes that impose barriers on the recruitment, retention and advancement of women in STEM, according to a researcher at Missouri S&T.

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Research offers insight into poetry’s aesthetic appeal

Posted by on December 1, 2017

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New psychology research points to the factors that explain why we find particular poems aesthetically pleasing—results that enhance our understanding of “why we like what we like.”

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