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Preschool Learning Lab Teacher Receives SLO County Award

May 22, 2016


PSYCD Preschool Learning Lab master teacher, Kari Applegate, was a recipient of the San Luis Obispo County's 2016 Hand-on-Heroes Award. The award are given to individuals in our community whose outstanding contributions make a positive difference in the lives of young children.

Read more about Kari Applegate's award.

Professor Smith's work featured in Behavior Genetics

Mar 29, 2016


Dr. Taylor Smith has had four journal articles accepted to a special issue of Behavior Genetics on "Genetically Informed Approaches to the Study of the Prenatal Environment."

Psych Students Win Prestigious Baker/Koob Grant

Mar 29, 2016


Under the supervision of Dr. Carrie Langner, Maddison Montana and Michael Kramer have been funded through the Baker/Koob Endowments. Their p‪‪roposal entitled “Manifestation of implicit biases upon attending a non-racially diverse university” has been selected for funding. The purpose of this study is to investigate the relationship between implicit racial bias and exposure to settings that vary in student and faculty racial diversity. It will have longitudinal and experimental aspects that test changes in implicit bias in response to racial diversity.

Professor Rodgers in Journal of Self & Identity

Mar 7, 2016


The latest issue of Self & Identity includes an article by Professor Julie Rodgers and her colleagues titled, "The power of affirming group values: Group affirmation buffers the self-esteem of women exposed to blatant sexism."  

Student Research Competition

Feb 29, 2016


Congratuations to the following PSYCD students who were selected to compete at the Cal Poly level for the CSU Student Research Competition. 

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Professor Burns Latest in Psychology Today

Feb 29, 2016


Read Professor Shawn Burns' Latest Blog for Psychology Today!

We usually expect our gifts and help to strengthen our relationship . But that doesn’t always happen because good intentions aren’t enough for successful helping and giving. Professor Burn writes about when good intentions are not enough. Read it at Psychology Today!

PSY Student Accepted to UC Davis PhD Program!

Feb 29, 2016


Congratulations to Ryan Manning, PSY Senior, who was recently accepted into a doctoral program at UC Davis!! Ryan will be working in Dr. Leah Krubitzer's Biopsychology lab. 

Professor Burn in Psychology Today!

Nov 30, 2015


Explaining Americans' Reluctance to Accept Syrian Refugees

More than half of the Syrian refugees are under the age of 17. Yet polls suggest that most Americans are against allowing these refugees into the U.S. In her latest blog post for Psychology Today, Shawn Burn considers why Americans are so reluctant.

Elizabeth Barrett Blogs for the Huffington Post

Nov 15, 2015


Elizabeth Barrett writes about the need to make a year of national service a cultural expectation in the US in her article, Millennials: 'We've Sold Our Children a Very Narrow Definition of Success.' 

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