Psychology

Intoxication Increases Risk For Heavy Drinkers To Commit Violence Against Intimate Partner, Study Finds

ATLANTA—Intoxicated, heavy drinkers have a tendency to act rashly in response to negative emotions, which can intensify the risk for intimate partner aggression, according to a study by Georgia State University and Purdue University.

The researchers examined the link between risk-promoting factors, such as impulsivity and problematic drinking, and intimate partner aggression among… more »

Student and School Variables Can Predict High School Dropout, Georgia State University Study Finds

The gap in the high school dropout rate among students of different racial and demographic backgrounds narrows when certain variables, such as socioeconomic status and school size, are the same, according to a Georgia State University study.

The researchers looked at the characteristics of students and schools that are often associated with dropout. Unlike… more »

Recent Faculty Publications (Psychology)

Tricia Zawacki King, Professor: Hecht, E.E., Robins, D.L., Gautam, P., & King, T.Z. (2017). Intranasal oxytocin reduces social perception in women: Neural activation and individual variation. Neuroimage, 147, 314-329. doi: 10.1016/j.neuroimage.2016.12.046.

King, T.Z., Smith, K., Burns, T., Sun, B., Shin, J., Jones, R., Drossner, D., Mahle, W. (2017). FMRI investigation of working memory in… more »

Three Arts and Sciences Professors Named Regents’ Professors

The College of Arts and Sciences is pleased to announce Rose Sevcik of psychology, Paul Katz of the Neuroscience Institute and Jenny Yang of chemistry have been awarded Regents’ Professorships. 

Regents’ Professorships, the University System of Georgia’s highest honor, recognize faculty whose research efforts and achievements have been acknowledged both nationally and internationally as trailblazing.

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Treating social anxiety with virtual reality

First-year college students arrive on campus with tremendous excitement – and in some cases, tremendous worry. When students confront an entirely new social scene, without the support of the friends and family they left at home, they may develop social anxiety, or the fear of being negatively evaluated or humiliated.

Social anxiety affects up… more »

New Grant Prepares Undergraduate Students for Biomedical Careers

Walking through the hallways of the Petit Science Center this summer you might pass a classroom or laboratory filled with a rare group of students, students excited to be spending their summer break immersed in scientific research. 

Thanks to a new five-year grant awarded to Kyle Frantz and Geert de Vries of Neuroscience along… more »

Georgia State Student, Hardly Home But Always “Reppin’”

Walter Williams grew-up overwhelmed by pressure. Pressure to fit in. Pressure to overcome. Pressure to make ends meet.

The Georgia State University psychology student spent his childhood surrounded by negative influences in a high-crime neighborhood. But thanks to an overwhelming amount of love and a scholarship to one of Georgia’s top high schools he was… more »

Socially Meaningful Sounds Can Change Ear, Improve Hearing, Georgia State Research Study Finds

Hearing socially meaningful sounds can change the ear and enable it to better detect those sounds, according to researchers at Georgia State University who studied the phenomenon in green treefrogs. 

The findings are published in the Journal of Experimental Biology.

“The ear is modifiable,” said Walter Wilczynski, a professor in the Neuroscience… more »

Imagery an Effective Way to Enhance Memory, Reduce False Memories, Psychology Study Finds

Using imagery is an effective way to improve memory and decrease certain types of false memories, according to researchers at Georgia State University. 

Their study examined how creating images affected the ability to accurately recall conceptually related word lists as well as rhyming word lists. People who were instructed to create images of the… more »