Thursday, January 21, 2021

Borine Award Fall 2020

Each year, graduating psychology undergraduates are tasked with completing a capstone project to explore an area of interest. The Sharon Borine Capstone Award was created to acknowledge students whose capstone projects were of the highest quality. The award process consists of nomination by section leaders followed by review and selection by an ad hoc panel of faculty members.

Congratulations to the Fall 2020 recipients: Allison Loder, Grace Lindahl, and Amy Schreifels!

Federico on Predictors of Support for Trump

Headshot of Dr. Christopher Federico
A recent study conducted by researchers at Pennsylvania State University found that a preference for male dominance was a predictor for support of Trump as well as prejudiced attitudes. In a CNN Health article titled “Valuing male dominance may predict support for Trump, study says,” it was reported that research was conducted in seven studies over two election periods surveying selected Pennsylvania State University students.

Snyder’s Research Quoted in Psychology Today

Headshot of Dr. Mark Snyder
A major goal and ongoing challenge of social psychology is to use individuals’ attitudes to predict their behavior. In a Psychology Today article titled “When Do Attitudes Predict Behavior?” the way in which attitudes can be strong predictors of behavior are examined. For example, attitudes are better predictors when they are strong and stable, such as holding a political belief rather than having a favorite color. Also, the more specific the attitude is, the better a predictor it will be. Many studies conducted by Mark Snyder, PhD, McKnight Presidential Chair in the Department of Psychology at the University of Minnesota, and his team have found that attitudes are more useful as predictors when the individual is actually aware of their attitudes.

Thursday, January 14, 2021

New Year Resolutions

Headshot of Dr. Traci Mann
With a new year often comes a long list of resolutions. On the top of that list usually lies some type of change in diet. Due to the pandemic, many Americans say their diet has gotten increasingly worse. In a Consumer Reports article titled, “4 No-Fail Diet Resolutions,” researchers discuss how to set yourself up for success when it comes to dieting goals.

Federico Quoted in the New York Times

Headshot of Dr. Christopher Federico
On January 6th the nation watched as a mob incited by President Trump descended on the Capitol. To understand the motivations behind this event, the New York Times interviewed a wide range of experts for their piece "White Riot." Christopher Federico, PhD, professor in the Departments of Political Science and Psychology at the University of Minnesota describes the lack of educational and employment opportunities.