Psychology & Behavior Analysis

419 Cross-cultures Giving & Happiness

Research by Aknin, Lara B. Barrington-Leigh, C. P., Dunn, E. W., Helliwell, J. F., Burns, J., et al., & Norton, Michael I. (2013) Written by Shannon Cantalupo, M.S. How do you feel when you give money to charity? Prosocial spending is that behavior when people use their financial resources to help others. Research suggests that when people engage in prosocial…

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418 Toddlers Giving & Happiness

Research by Aknins, L. B., Hamlin, J. K., Dunn, E. W. (2012). Written by Shannon Cantalupo, M.S Have you ever told a child to share their toys? How does sharing affect a child’s emotions? Often, we adults feel better after engaging in a behavior beneficial to others. Do children feel similarly? Psychologists examined whether children emotionally benefit from sharing with…

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417 Optimistic Bias and COVID-19

Research by Park, Taehwan, Ju, Ilwoo, Ohs, Jennifer, & Hinsley, Amber (2020) Written by Robin N. Fatovic B.S. When you see someone else experiencing a tragedy, have you ever thought “that would never happen to me”? Optimistic bias occurs when people think that their level of risk is lower than others.’ Researchers, through an online survey, studied the impact of…

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416 Gender & Taking Leadership

Research by Chen, Lingnan & Houser, Daniel. (2019) Written by Kayla Bigerton, M.S. Why do smart, skillful women stay in the shadows and avoid leadership roles? Economists designed a psychological experiment to study leadership in small groups to find out why some expert women choose not to lead. Forty participants were divided into small groups composed of different ratios of…

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415 Self-Criticism & Symptoms

Research by Pinto-Gouveia, José, Castilho, P., Matos, M., & Xavier, Anna. (2013). Written by Shannon Cantalupo, M.S. What role do shame-based memories have in psychopathological thinking? We have self-critical thinking like, ‘I’m no good.’ ‘I’m a failure.’ ‘I can’t do this.’ ‘I’ll never be able to (get a job, girlfriend, enough money)’? Paranoid and suspicious thinking like “People are talking…

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Student Wins Prestigious Cooke Foundation Scholarship

Jennifer Tolliver came to Florida Tech in August to study psychology. "It's my life's ambition," she said of her academic pursuit.

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414 Age & Goals

Research by Buhler, Janina, L., Weidmann, R., Nikitin, J. & Grob, Alexander(2019). Written by Shannon Cantalupo, M.S. Having a goal energizes us and gives life meaning and direction.Does the importance and attainability of our goals relate to our life satisfaction across our lifetime? Swiss psychologists examined how goals impact an individual’s life throughout adulthood. They hypothesized participants would rate goal…

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413 Goals & Audience

Research by Klein, Howard, Lount,Jr., R. B., Park, H. M., & Linford, Bryce J. (2019). Written by Shannon Cantalupo, M.S. Do you have difficulty motivating yourself to stick to a goal you’ve set? Have you ever challenged someone to complete a goal, then realized you were more committed to obtaining that goal than they were?! Psychologists examined whether we are…

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Florida Tech Joins Forces with Brevard Zoo to Re-home Endangered Spider Monkey

When a baby monkey was smuggled into the country, likely bound for the illegal pet trade, Florida Tech and Brevard and Dallas zoos stepped in.

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412 Lifetime Partner Selection

Research by Thomas, Andrew G., Blackburn, J. D., Kennair, L. E. O., Lowe, R. Malouff, J. Stewart-Williams, S., Sulikowksi, D., & Li, Norman P. (2019) Written by Shannon Cantalupo, M.S How do we pick our lifetime partner? What traits are more desirable than others? Do cultures differ? UK Psychologists studied whether Eastern and Western cultures prioritize traits similarly. Researchers compared…

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