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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

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

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.

New Year Resolutions

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

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. 
Professor Angus MacDonald

Under UMN Prof's Direction, a Name Change for the Journal of Abnormal Psychology

Angus MacDonald advocated for removing the word "abnormal" from the journal's title, noting that its negative connotations contribute to the very stigma the journal's research aims to address. "Hopefully, steps like this serve as a reminder to scholars about the importance of this work—which is to help people who are traditionally marginalized."

Eating When Stressed - Even Ice Cream - Does Not Help

Many may notice that when times begin to get stressful, they tend to reach for comfort foods like pizza or ice cream. In an AARP article titled, “Tame Your Stress Eating,” researchers have found that two-thirds of Americans have been eating more feel-good foods since the start of the pandemic. When facing long-term stress, cortisol levels stay elevated, triggering a craving for high fatty and sugary foods.

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