All posts by K. Kelly Meine

Welcome to Fall 2017!

A hearty welcome to our new and returning students! We will be posting our meeting schedule soon, but we do have a couple of events upcoming that we’d like as many people as possible to participate in.

The first is the Weeks of Welcome Day of Service. This event, hosted by the University, is one which helps give back to our surrounding community. There are two shifts available, and a number of volunteer opportunities. We’d love for Psi Chi and Psychology members to participate. If you’re interested, find out more and sign up on this page. Once you’ve signed up, please contact us and let us know that you’ve done so, so that we can arrange to check-in together, and work together as a team. If you have a preferred task (e.g. neighborhood community clean ups, gardening projects, preparing and packaging meals for the elderly, and other beautification projects), please let us know when you contact us.

Our other event is our 1st Bake Sale of the Semester! It will be on September 12th, from 9 AM – 4 PM in the Student Center South. This fundraiser will help us afford to attend academic conferences, get snacks for club meetings, and fund our induction ceremonies. You can volunteer, donate baked goods, or both.  If you are going to volunteer, please consider RSVPing on Get Involved so we have an idea of how many volunteers we should be expecting, and also plan to wear a Psi Chi t-shirt if you have one!

Website submissions

Hello all!

We are always looking for website submissions! Want to give a summarize of an interesting paper you’ve read? Have a paper for a former class you are particularly proud of?  Took a great picture at one of our events? Want to make a video explaining why you like Psi Chi and Psychology Club? Any of these can be submitted for points (if the submission is accepted). Please follow these sign up instructions to get the ball rolling.

Caveats:

  • We do not accept submissions of papers that were submitted for a class you are currently enrolled in, unless the professor gives written permission to do so.
  • Pictures of other students must have written permission from those in the picture.
  • If writing a summary of a paper you’ve read, please include a link to the abstract. If you’re not sure how to do so, or want to know how to prevent plagiary, these are some good guidelines.  While this may seem like a lot of work, it helps to develop good writing skills, which will help you with classes.

NAMI Walks

Vanessa Rathway was a former member of Psi Chi and Psychology Club and joined us on our last SWPA trip. Vanessa lived with bipolar disorder, and so we are walking in her honor, to end the stigma and to give hope to others living with bipolar disorder and other mental illnesses. Vanessa will be deeply missed and Psychology Club was so grateful to have her as a member. Let’s end the stigma!
The 5-km (3-mile) walk will be held Saturday, 6 May 2017 in Sam Houston Park (1000 Bagby St, Houston, TX 77002). Check-in starts at 8 am, and the walk starts at 9 am.

Join our Event page on Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/events/1907218449510316/

For more information about Vanessa and the walk:
http://www.namiwalks.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=donorDrive.team&teamID=11600

http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/name/vanessa-rathway-obituary?pid=1000000184290906

Recent News in Psychology

Here’s some recent news in Psychology, Neuroscience, and Cognitive Science from around the internet.

We Need a Deeper Psychology of Men
A better understanding of men can help us better respond to men…

Identifying genes key to human memory: Insights from genetics and cognitive neuroscience
Researchers have identified more than 100 genes important for memory in people. The study is the first to identify correlations between gene data and brain activity during memory processing, providing a new window into human memory…

Statspeak: Embracing artificial intelligence
Artificial intelligence is taking a central role in consumers’ lives…

Love at First Sight: New Research on Who’s Attracted to Whom
What we can learn about the laws of attraction from new speed-dating research…

Belief in Sexual Compatibility Can Sour Your Sex Life
The antidote? Endorsing a “sexual growth” perspective…

A New Direction for Artificial Intelligence?
OpenAI will describe a new machine-learning approach at MIT Technology Review’s EmTech Digital conference…

What Elon Musk Really Thinks of Artificial Intelligence–and Why You Should Care
A new Vanity Fair profile of Musk offers some revelations about the entrepreneur’s battle against A.I…

Sometimes ‘Introspection’ Is You Just Making Stuff Up
Carl Jung once said that “in each of us there is another whom we do not know.” A shorter, more modern version of that might be the “introspection illusion,” a term coined by Princeton psychologist Emily Pronin to describe the cognitive bias that essentially makes the same point as Jung: You don’t always know your own thoughts and feelings as well as you think you do…

Syrian Refugee Crisis Damages Education, Psychology
“This is just not a normal environment for a child … Think about what children are feeling under those circumstances”

From the Classroom to the NICU: Real-World Neuroscience Opening New Avenues
When going to the movies with a group of friends, one small action can make a big difference when it comes to being on the same page after the movie: eye contact…

Psychology Says Humor Can Improve Success (If You Do This 1 Thing)
Research shows you have to use humor carefully if you want it to get you ahead…

Neuroscience: This Is How Meditation Changes Your Brain for the Better
The incredible science of how even a little meditation significantly alters your brain…

Research Assistant Position

The Sleep and Anxiety Center of Houston at the University of Houston, under the direction of Dr. Candice Alfano, is now accepting applications from undergraduate students who will be in their Junior or Senior year and are interested in gaining research experience.

Responsibilities will include: recruitment phone calls/emails/flyers, data entry, behavior data observation, equipment and data management, and appointment coordination.
3.00 cumulative GPA
4-8 hours a week

Scholarships

Visit the Psychology Scholarships page for more information

Laurie T. Callicutt Scholarship
The scholarship of $2000 each is awarded annually to one of four outstanding junior psychology majors for use in their senior year based on academic and research excellence.
Lee and Beverley Martin Scholarship

This scholarship is based on need, no merit-based information is requested as part of the application.

Requirements:
Financial need.

Research Assistant Position

Anxiety and Health Research Laboratory

Looking for a hard-working research assistant to assist with protocol of project that seeks to examine the validity of a novel measure of anxiety using a motion controlled game prototype.

Requirements:
3.25 cumulative GPA
10 hours a week

If you are interested in working in the laboratory, please contact Kara Manning, Laboratory Coordinator (kfmanning3@gmail.com ).

*May result in paper and/or poster publications

Recent News in Psychology

Here’s some recent news in Psychology, Neuroscience, and Cognitive Science from around the internet.

Neuroscience: Coffee Can Protect Your Brain Against Alzheimer’s
Love coffee? You might be in luck. Although the fresh, aromatic bean has long been lauded for its many uses and benefits, it can be difficult to see a real use for coffee outside of its primary function — keeping us awake when we don’t have the energy to ourselves…

The psychology of privacy in the era of the Internet of Things
Are we prepared for ubiquitous computing and its evil twin, ubiquitous surveillance?
Foreseeing such a future, the Helsinki Privacy Experiment explored the long-term psychological consequences of surveillance in the home. Though participants responded to the constant intrusion of a camera in their private space by changing their behavior to gain control of when they might be recorded, over time, most simply got used to it…

March Madness: The sports psychology behind a winning team
With the NCAA Women’s & Men’s Basketball Tournaments continuing, now is a great opportunity to try to understand the psychology of excellence. It is one thing to attain, and it’s another thing to sustain success. In other words, from a sport psychology point of view, there is one set of traits necessary to be No. 1, and there’s another set of traits necessary to stay there…

Is Your Self-Esteem Too High to Be Successful?
You probably rely too much on self-esteem for your success. This is a mistake. High self-esteem has several problems. This includes the potential for violence and a fear of failure. If success is your goal, forget self-esteem and embrace self-compassion…

New psychology study finds pronoun use can be an indicator of a strong, healthy relationship
Published in the journal Personal Relationships, “Everyday Emotion Word and Personal Pronoun Use Reflects Dyadic Adjustment Among Couples Coping with Breast Cancer,” Robbins and graduate students Alex Karan and Robert Wright analyzed 52 couples coping with breast cancer. The couples went home with an “Electronically Activated Recorder”, or “EAR,” that recorded 50 seconds of sound every nine minutes. Except for sleeping hours, they wore the EAR for a weekend (Friday-Sunday). Researchers analyzed conversations that did not concentrate on cancer – otherwise called “normal conversations,” which made up 95 percent of couples’ daily conversations…

Long-Sought Research Deregulation Is Upon Us. Don’t Squander the Moment.
It has been a 40-year labor: Regulatory systems are not easy to undo. Nevertheless, in January the federal government opened the door for universities to deregulate vast portions of research in the social sciences, law, and the humanities. This long-sought and welcome reform of the regulations requiring administrative oversight of federally funded human-subject research on college campuses limits the scope of institutional review board, or IRB, management by exempting low-risk research with human subjects from the board’s review…
Reply: Research Deregulation in Psychology Not Cause for Celebration

“They’re turning the frogs gay”: The psychology behind internet conspiracy theories
We seem to be living in an era where conspiracy theories are booming. From Hillary Clinton’s paedophile pizza parlour, to Russian hackers, Red Pillers, Obama’s communist coup and Trump’s 4D Chess – the internet has been flooded with conspiracies from both the Left and Right. Dr Robert Bartholomew, a sociologist who specialises in mass delusions, believes that social media has exacerbated conspiracy culture…

Is Mental Illness the Rule Rather than the Exception?
When we hear about the number of people who struggle with psychiatric disorders, the most common quote is 1 in 5 for any given year. This statistic comes from several reports over the years issued by the Surgeon General’s office and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSA)…

A Dietary Treatment for Depression
A randomized controlled trial shows the right diet can improve depression…

Organic Food and Psychology: How Perception Makes Us Spend 47% More
People may find that organic foods taste better than conventionally grown produce but evidence shows our perception of food goes beyond what our sense of taste dictates. Considering the cost of organic food might want us to evaluate our perception of food in general…

Have a news item you think would interest the club members? Contact the website administrator to submit interesting news articles.

Journal Club

Have you ever been assigned an article to review, and just are not sure what that entails? Want to meet fellow Psi Chi and Psychology Club members? You can now do both by joining the Journal Club. This club has been created to help you get the most out of journal articles. It helps to hone valuable skills that will assist you throughout your academic career.

This week, the Journal Club will be meeting at 4 PM on Thursday the 23rd, in the Psi Chi office (105 Heyne). The club will be reviewing the article titled, “Beyond the Usual Suspects: Positive Attitudes Towards Positive Symptoms Is Associated With Medication Noncompliance in Psychosis”. Please read it ahead of time so that you can have the background knowledge before attending the meeting.

Hope to see you there!