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Tag: Department of Psychology

Parents aren’t powerless when it comes to sleep-deprived teenagers

Parents aren’t powerless when it comes to sleep-deprived teenagers

January 8, 2020

Teenagers in the US don’t get enough shut eye, and the consequences of this epidemic of sleep deprivation are extensive. But researchers at the University of Rochester have found that a simple solution yields solid results: setting a bedtime and sticking to it.

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When do alcohol-dependent mothers parent harshly?

When do alcohol-dependent mothers parent harshly?

November 18, 2019

New Rochester research makes considerable progress towards understanding what triggers mothers with substance use disorders to treat their children harshly, and how parents and medical care providers can predict parenting difficulties.

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How much do we lie when sex is on the brain?

How much do we lie when sex is on the brain?

November 1, 2019

A new study shows the extent to which people will change their own opinions to conform to a stranger’s, or lie about their number of past sexual partners, when the sexual systems of the brain have been activated.

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Do open relationships work?

Do open relationships work?

October 29, 2019

Past studies have attempted to gauge the success of nonmonogamous relationships. Now a Rochester team has studied the distinctions and nuances within various types of nonmonogamous relationships and found that solid communication is key.

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Teenagers’ ability to describe negative emotions protects against depression

Teenagers’ ability to describe negative emotions protects against depression

June 27, 2019

A Rochester study shows that teenagers who can describe their emotions in precise and nuanced ways—saying ‘I feel ashamed’ instead of simply saying ‘I feel bad’— are better protected against depression than their peers who can’t.

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Would you eat genetically modified food if you understood the science behind it?

Would you eat genetically modified food if you understood the science behind it?

May 24, 2019

The short answer is “yes,” according a new study from researchers in Rochester, Amsterdam and Wales, who set out to discover whether more information about genetically modified foods could change consumers’ attitudes.

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Applying psychology to online dating

Applying psychology to online dating

March 19, 2019

“There’s the old saying that you have to kiss a lot of frogs to find a prince—and I think that really applies to online dating,” says professor Harry Reis in an NBC News post on how to be better at online dating, according to psychology.

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Ice cream and entrepreneurship in Manhattan’s Chinatown

Ice cream and entrepreneurship in Manhattan’s Chinatown

March 13, 2019

Christina Seid ’02 mixes it up at the Chinatown Ice Cream Factory, bringing new flavors to her family’s deep Chinatown roots.

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Does awe lead to greater interest in science?

Does awe lead to greater interest in science?

March 6, 2019

In a recent study, participants who watched awe-inducing nature videos or virtual reality simulations consistently reported greater interest in science and greater awareness of gaps in their knowledge.

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When parenting teens, keep calm and don’t carry on

When parenting teens, keep calm and don’t carry on

February 19, 2019

In a new study, Rochester psychologists found that mothers and fathers who were less capable of dampening down their anger are more likely to resort to harsh discipline aimed at their teens, and that fathers in particular were not as good at considering alternative explanations for their teens’ behavior.

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