In collaboration with Dr. Todd Kashdan, pharmaceutical company Merck & Co., Inc. has published the first international study on curiosity, defining the dimensions of curiosity and promoting its development in the workplace.
"Extensive studies have shown for decades that humans don’t do well “monitoring” situations. Studies on radar operators show their attention often is compromised within 15 minutes by external factors such as conversation or internal factors such as daydreaming."
Dr. King, an industrial and organizational psychologist, will assist university president Dr. Ángel Cabrera on "projects related to campus and workplace dynamics, with a specific interest in diversity and inclusion."
Scientific American reports on changes to the marketing of Lumosity's brain training site following a report from George Mason researchers questioning its efficacy, along with FTC refunds to its customers. Faculty and students from the Department of Psychology found evidence of a placebo effect on the brain-training games' results.
In a Washington Post article, Robinson Professor of Public Affairs Steven Pearlstein describes the challenge of convincing incoming students' parents of the value of liberal arts education. The college's senior associate dean Robert Matz contributes, leading the effort to promote humanities and social sciences degrees.