Department of Psychology

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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New text highlights application of psychology in design

Posted by on October 6, 2017

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In order to design a user-friendly world, you have to understand how humans use, think about and react to things in their environment, says Dr. Nancy J. Stone, a Missouri University of Science and Technology psychological science professor who recently co-authored a new textbook focused on the field of human factors. Introduction to Human Factors: […]

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S&T industrial-organizational psychology program ranked second in the nation

Posted by on September 27, 2017

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The online master of science degree program in industrial-organizational psychology at Missouri University of Science and Technology is ranked second in the nation by the website AffordableColleges.com.

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Missouri S&T receives federal support for early-stage research into tapping “citizen scientists” to collect water quality data

Posted by on September 21, 2017

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Picture teams of smartphone-toting citizen scientists, poised to collect water samples and test for contaminants thanks to a user-friendly app that can crowdsource rapid responders to mobilize the next time a public water system is at risk.
Researchers from Missouri University of Science and Technology and the University of South Florida are tapping National Science Foundation seed money set aside for “potentially transformative research” to advance the technology and hone the social mobilization efforts needed to summon trained, trusted teams of everyday water watchers.

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DeLUX Lab to focus on user experience

Posted by on September 19, 2017

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Students and faculty at Missouri University of Science and Technology will soon have a new resource for learning about how people interact with information technology.

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Energy efficiency takes a ‘village’

Posted by on August 7, 2017

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The city of the future could start with a village – Missouri S&T’s Solar Village, to be exact. S&T researchers will study the Solar Village and its residents as their living laboratory over the next three years thanks to an $800,000 grant from the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, funded as part of the […]

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Helping make a difference

Posted by on July 26, 2017

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Counseling others can be a weighty service, even if it’s just listening to a friend or family member. The difficulty ramps skyward when you help guide children living in foster care, living with autism or adjusting after parents’ divorce proceedings. Tim Hakenewerth saw a need for greater mental health and decided to help where he could.

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