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The Science Behind Kindness featuring Dr. Stephen Lippi

The Science Behind Kindness featuring Dr. Stephen Lippi

When we are kind to one another, the dopamine surges in our brain, telling us that we've done something good. When you drop something, and I pick it up for you, and I see a smile on your face, I get a surge of reward," Dr. Stephen Lippi, a behavioral neuroscientist at Angelo State University, said.

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Curiosity Is the Secret to a Happy Life

Curiosity Is the Secret to a Happy Life

The more that experts examine curiosity, the more they find evidence to suggest that it’s the secret sauce in a happy, fulfilling life. “If you take the fundamental things that people tend to want out of life — strong social relationships and happiness and accomplishing things — all of these are highly linked to curiosity,” says Todd Kashdan, a professor of psychology at George Mason University and author of Curious?

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GMU Alumnus Joins Tennessee Tech Running Staff

GMU Alumnus Joins Tennessee Tech Running Staff

Prior to her coaching career, Accaiya Evans double-majored at George Mason University, earning a Bachelor of Arts in psychology, alongside a Bachelor of Arts in integrative studies in 2010. Evans was a member of the Patriots women's track and field program from 2006-08.

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Four Ways Music Can Make Exercise Less of a Sufferfest

Four Ways Music Can Make Exercise Less of a Sufferfest

James Maddux, who was not involved in the recent (2020) meta-analytic investigation on music and exercise, reviewed and summarized the findings. Maddux is a professor emeritus in the department of psychology and senior scholar at the Center for the Advancement of Well-Being at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia.

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How Does Wearing Yoga Pants Affect Women's Success at Work?

How Does Wearing Yoga Pants Affect Women's Success at Work?

To help guide you in such clothing crises in the future, consider the findings of a new study by George Mason University’s Veronica Gilrane and colleagues investigating what happens to women in the male-dominated fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) as they attempt to manage the impressions they make on their colleagues.

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Maintaining Peace on Earth (and at Home)

Maintaining Peace on Earth (and at Home)

Returning to normalcy as often as possible can preserve a family’s well being during the holiday season, suggests Jerome Short, Ph.D., professor of psychology at George Mason University. “Maintain household routines leading up to holiday events, such as regular meal, play, and bed times for children,” he said. “Plenty of sleep, including naps, helps children with their attention spans, mood regulation, and self-control of their behaviors,”

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When Thankfulness Can Hurt Us

When Thankfulness Can Hurt Us

In his 11 years of research on gratitude, Kashdan and others have found overwhelming support for its benefits. Among them are findings that gratitude boosts happiness, reduces anxiety and depression, and makes us healthier by strengthening the immune system and encouraging better self-care. It’s even been shown to improve sleep and strengthen relationships.

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New grant to investigate an Alternative Licensure Program

New grant to investigate an Alternative Licensure Program

Tim Curby, Applied Developmental Psychology associate professor, is part of a team of researchers and teacher preparation professionals (PI: Main) who secured five years of funding from the US Department of Education to implement and evaluate an Alternative Licensure Program.

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Dr. Keith Renshaw wins the David W. Rossell Quill Award

Dr. Keith Renshaw wins the David W. Rossell Quill Award

This award recognizes individuals whose efforts exemplify the leadership and dedication of David W. Rossell, who retired from George Mason University in 2007 with over 20 years of loyal service. His devotion to the Mason community focused on leadership, teaching and fulfilling Mason’s mission.

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HFAC Alum's Ted Talk: The Brain Benefits of Deep Sleep and How to Get More

HFAC Alum's Ted Talk: The Brain Benefits of Deep Sleep and How to Get More

Dr. Daniel Gartenberg, HFAC alum is working on tech that stimulates deep sleep, the most regenerative stage which (among other wonderful things) might help us consolidate our memories and form our personalities. Find out more about how playing sounds that mirror brain waves during this stage might lead to deeper sleep -- and its potential benefits on our health, memory and ability to learn.

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How Studying for Exams Prepared Me For the Real World

How Studying for Exams Prepared Me For the Real World

As midterm season approaches, most students are starting — or are in the process of — the frantic craze of studying for yet another multiple-choice exam. Graduating students are especially excited to get closer to being able to say “I’ll never have to take another test again!”

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Dr. Todd Kashdan's Research featured in Psychology Today Article

Dr. Todd Kashdan's Research featured in Psychology Today Article

In the words of psychologist Todd Kashdan, the ability to, "recognize and adapt to various situational demands; shift mindsets or behavioral repertoires when these strategies compromise personal or social functioning; maintain balance among important life domains; and be aware, open, and committed to behaviors that are congruent with deeply held values

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Come to the Psychology Department Welcome Event

Come to the Psychology Department Welcome Event

New to Mason Psychology? We're so glad that you're here! Come talk to department faculty and returning Psychology students. We'll answer your questions about classes, research, and getting involved. We look forward to seeing you!

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Now Hiring for Non-Tenure Track Assistant Professor in Forensic Psychology

Now Hiring for Non-Tenure Track Assistant Professor in Forensic Psychology

he George Mason University Department of Psychology invites applications for a non-tenure-track Assistant Professor position, ideally beginning in the Fall 2019 semester. The position is to support the forensic psychology program, which currently offers a minor for non-psychology majors and a concentration for psychology majors. This program is our fastest-growing program. Started just 3 years ago, it now has nearly 300 students.

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Now Hiring for Term Psychology Faculty

Now Hiring for Term Psychology Faculty

The George Mason University Psychology Department invites applications for a full-time, 12-month, non-tenure-track Assistant Professor position, ideally beginning in the Fall 2019 semester. The position will support the undergraduate psychology program in two primary ways: (1) to teach a variety of undergraduate courses consistent with the faculty member’s expertise, and (2) to instruct and supervise doctoral student instructors of undergraduate courses, who are teaching for the first time.

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Dr. Thalia Goldstein Named the Society for Research in Child Development 2019-2020 Scholar-in-Residence

Dr. Thalia Goldstein Named the Society for Research in Child Development 2019-2020 Scholar-in-Residence

The Scholar-in-Residence program, launched in 2018, is designed to provide researchers time and space in SRCD’s Washington, D.C. office while on academic leave or sabbatical to complete a project, all the while exploring the Society and local scholarly, policy, or government connections. Scholars-in-residence receive funds to supplement existing sabbatical/leave support during their period of residence.

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Dr. Justin Ramsdell is the Recipient of the 2019 University Teaching Excellence Award

Dr. Justin Ramsdell is the Recipient of the 2019 University Teaching Excellence Award

Outstanding teaching is an integral part of Mason’s mission and is deserving of significant recognition. The Teaching Excellence Awards are both institutional recognition and a monetary acknowledgment of the significant work that faculty members devote to course planning and preparation; curriculum development; and innovative teaching, advising, and undergraduate and graduate mentoring.

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Dr. Christianne Esposito-Smythers Awarded the Earle C. Williams Presidential Medal for Excellence in Social Impact

Dr. Christianne Esposito-Smythers Awarded the Earle C. Williams Presidential Medal for Excellence in Social Impact

George Mason University aspires to be the best university for the world. As an institution, it is fully engaged with its community and acts as a catalyst for economic and cultural vitality. The Williams Medal is presented to a faculty member whose commitment to community service improves the quality of life in our region or around the world and serves as a model to the entire Mason community.

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Moving Forward with Mason ADVANCE Prorgram

Moving Forward with Mason ADVANCE Prorgram

Almost 3,000 NOVA students transfer to Mason each year. ADVANCE aims to boost that number by giving those students the support they need to earn a bachelor's degree within four years. We are proud to be one of the departments that offer this process!

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Dr. Goldstein's Research Featured on Child Trends

Dr. Goldstein's Research Featured on Child Trends

In the space of just a few minutes, your child can go from being an architect constructing the tallest building in the world, to a pirate digging for buried treasure, to an explorer looking for new countries to discover. Now, new research by Dr. Thalia Goldstein shows pretend play can have real social and emotional advantages for kids.

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IIR Releases New Report on Immigrant Teachers

IIR Releases New Report on Immigrant Teachers

While immigrants comprise 13 percent of the U.S. population, they make up only 11 percent of all teachers. This paper and infographic provide a statistical and demographic portrait of immigrant teachers in the United States and highlight differences between native- and foreign-born teachers as well as between postsecondary and non-postsecondary teachers.

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GradImpact: Leader of the Pack

GradImpact: Leader of the Pack

"Leadership is the byproduct of our interaction during operations," is what Lawrence Minnis boldly declares at the top of his LinkedIn profile. For Minnis, a second year PhD student in cognitive and behavioral neuroscience at George Mason University, leadership is primal, a fundamental part of human social interaction.

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HFAC Alumna Melissa Smith Recieves Award

HFAC Alumna Melissa Smith Recieves Award

Melissa Smith received the Evelyn Kamen Rising Star Award for her dedication to continuing to live the FIRST ethos in a way that is inspiring the next generation of FIRST participants. Smith is a senior user experience researcher at Google, working on improving the YouTube video-watching experience

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Pathways to your Future Press Release

Pathways to your Future Press Release

George Mason’s Department of Communication and the Insight Committee host the annual communication forum, Pathways to your Future, on Tuesday Oct. 23, 2018. The venue is Dewberry Hall in the Johnson Center on Mason’s Fairfax campus. Sports broadcaster, Lindsay Czarniak, gives the keynote address. All students are welcome to attend.

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Why didn't you report? Shame, shame, shame...

Why didn't you report? Shame, shame, shame...

A look at 'shame' from a clinical psychologists' perspective on the Kavanaugh case. June takes a look at and explains that "shame is a central feeling, sexuality is a central piece of identity, which may be why sexual assault survivors feel shame so profoundly."

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Jennifer Green on Degrees of Freedom in SEM!

Jennifer Green on Degrees of Freedom in SEM!

Are we testing the models that we claim to test? Jennifer dives into structural equation modeling, degrees of freedom, questionable research practices and the current reporting standards in scholarly articles.

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Share Your Story

Share Your Story

Well-being is more than just a concept – it’s a way of living. At Mason, we aim to thrive together. A vital part of that is inspiring each other. Have you screwed up? We all do sometimes. Tell us your rebound resilience story. Do you enjoy a certain well-being practice? Let us know.

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Clinical PhD Student Rachel Shor Receives 2018 Wilbert J. McKeachie Teaching Excellence Award

Clinical PhD Student Rachel Shor Receives 2018 Wilbert J. McKeachie Teaching Excellence Award

Rachel Shor is the recipient of the 2018 Wilbert J. McKeachie Teaching Excellence Award given by the Society for the Teaching of Psychology (Division 2 of the American Psychological Association). The Wilbert J. McKeachie Teaching Excellence Award is presented in recognition of an outstanding graduate instructor who has demonstrated influence in interesting students in the field of psychology, developed effective teaching methods, exhibited outstanding performance as a classroom teacher, and maintains a professional identity as a teacher of psychology.

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Our Spring Newsletter is Up!

Our Spring Newsletter is Up!

This spring’s issue is dedicated to our wonderful alumni and their connection to current students who hope to follow in their footsteps. There are great opportunities for students and alumni to get involved, build professional development skills, and put them into practice to establish a career.

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Goldstein's Santa study cited in Salt Lake news In The Media

Goldstein's Santa study cited in Salt Lake news

Psychology faculty member Thalia Goldstein's study on parental promotion of Santa's helpers during the holiday season is cited in a Deseret News article examining the role of Santa in Christian holiday observances.

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GMU CPS Participates in the "Out of the Darkness" 5K

GMU CPS Participates in the "Out of the Darkness" 5K

The GMU Center for Psychological Services was proud to raise almost $700 for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) in the past week. Eight team members (and one dog) walked the Out of the Darkness 5K on Saturday, September 16th to help raise awareness for suicide prevention.

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GMU Clinical Psychology Evaluations

GMU Clinical Psychology Evaluations

GMU Clinical Psychology students administer evaluations through the Center for Psychological Services that help veterans with PTSD struggling with obtaining benefits. One of the vets who we evaluated, went to the paper in Richmond to describe his experience. Of note, this veteran was eventually awarded full service-connected benefits based on our independent evaluation.

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GMU CPS Inaugural Fundraiser

GMU CPS Inaugural Fundraiser

The George Mason University Center for Psychological Services held its Inaugural Fundraiser this past Saturday, June 3, at the Krasnow Institute on Mason’s Fairfax campus.   Over 50 attendees came together to raise more than $5,000 to provide critical mental health services to serve our lowest income clients in the community. 

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Celebrating success

Celebrating success

The mood in EagleBank Arena was lively on May 18 and 19, as the College of Humanities and Social Sciences held its degree celebration ceremonies. Congratulations again to all of our graduates! We are pleased to welcome you to an impressive community of alumni, made only stronger by the class of 2017.

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Congratulations to Our Spring 2017 Graduates

Congratulations to Our Spring 2017 Graduates

Last week we had many wonderful students graduate from the Psychology Department! Congratulations to all of our talented and bright graduates, we are so proud of you! Please feel free to take a look at a few pictures from our graduation celebration!

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The 2017 Department Awards Ceremony

The 2017 Department Awards Ceremony

Last week the Psychology Department Awards Ceremony took place in Dewberry South! It was a great night of fellowship, food and recognizing all of the hard work our students have put into their studies!

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Psychology Honors Showcase 2017

Psychology Honors Showcase 2017

Last Thursday the honors students, class of 2017, showcased their final research projects in David King Hall! Make sure to take a look at some of the pictures from the event!

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The college welcomes Edward Lengel and Lt. Col. Suzanne Devlin to the 2017 degree celebrations

The college welcomes Edward Lengel and Lt. Col. Suzanne Devlin to the 2017 degree celebrations

The College of Humanities and Social Sciences is pleased to announce the May 2017 degree celebrations will be led by two outstanding alumni: chief historian for the White House Historical Association, Edward Lengel, and Lt. Col. Suzanne Devlin, a former acting chief of police for the Fairfax County Police Department and the current supervisor of safety and security for Loudoun County Public Schools.

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A route to senior leadership in government

A route to senior leadership in government

Psychology alumna, Charlotte Brock MA '16, discusses how the Presidential Management Fellowship program accelerated her career in government, concluding "If someone wants to work in government and is getting their master’s, there’s no reason not to apply.”

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Workplace Well-Being – Indeed, love has a lot to do with it:  A spotlight on the research of Dr. Mandy O’Neill

Workplace Well-Being – Indeed, love has a lot to do with it: A spotlight on the research of Dr. Mandy O’Neill

Dr. O’Neill, a Senior Scientist for the Center for the Advancement of Well-Being (CWB) and Assistant Professor of Management in the George Mason University School of Business, along with faculty in the Industrial-Organizational (I-O) Psychology program - ranked 10th in North America - contribute to this unique body of knowledge. Dr. O’Neill’s work has been featured in Harvard Business Review, Wall Street Journal, as well as numerous prestigious academic journals.

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Psychology Alumni Share Their Experiences at the Alumni Panel

Psychology Alumni Share Their Experiences at the Alumni Panel

Psychology alumni gathered to share their post-graduation experiences with the undergraduate students at the Alumni Panel. They discussed topics such as the skills and knowledge that they have used from their undergraduate course work, their current positions, advice that they would give to undergraduate students and they held a Q&A time at the end!

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Two college faculty members featured on With Good Reason

Two college faculty members featured on With Good Reason

This week college faculty members will bring their expertise to two important issues affecting teen health today. Associate professor of neuroscience, Nadine Kabbani, and professor of psychology, Adam Winsler, will both appear on the public radio broadcast of With Good Reason.

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Tangney's research on shame cited in Washington Post In The Media

Tangney's research on shame cited in Washington Post

A 2014 study co-authored by University Professor June Tangney, faculty member in the Department of Psychology, which considers shame and its role in predicting recidivism, is mentioned in a Washington Post article on the societal benefits of shame.

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Dr. Carryl Baldwin Discusses Autonomous Vehicle Concerns

Dr. Carryl Baldwin Discusses Autonomous Vehicle Concerns

"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."

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Dr. Eden King Named Mason Presidential Fellow

Dr. Eden King Named Mason Presidential Fellow

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."

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Innovation through Interdisciplinarity

Innovation through Interdisciplinarity

The provost’s multidisciplinary research initiative, now in its second year, gives interdisciplinary teams from Mason faculty, staff, students, and/or community partners an opportunity to showcase their creativity as they respond to important challenges facing the region, nation, or world.

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Promoting Advancement In and Out of the Classroom

Promoting Advancement In and Out of the Classroom

Eden King’s research and teaching ideology are both rooted in a similar goal—advancing the careers of others. Having experienced the positive effect of a strong mentor herself, King says she always teaches with the intention to provide the best mentoring she can in order to elevate her students’ research and ideas.

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New Programs in Forensic Pyschology

New Programs in Forensic Pyschology

Forensic psychology is where the science of the mind meets criminal justice. This aptly describes the new forensic psychology minor and concentrations being offered at George Mason University in fall 2016.

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Guardian Website: Kashdan Regards "Rage Rooms" In The Media

Guardian Website: Kashdan Regards "Rage Rooms"

Todd Kashdan, faculty member in the Department of Psychology and senior scientist with the Center for the Advancement of Well-Being, speaks about channeling anger in a Guardian article about “rage rooms,” where clients pay to vent anger and frustration through demolition.

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Dr. Todd Kashdan Featured in The Guardian

Dr. Todd Kashdan Featured in The Guardian

Facilities across the US are offering angry people the chance to smash things to their heart’s delight. Mason psychology professor Todd Kashdan believes that anger can be useful if channelled into something positive, but has his doubts about so-called "destructotherapy.”

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Mason Researchers Helping Military Couples Battle PTSD

Mason Researchers Helping Military Couples Battle PTSD

Led by Keith Renshaw, faculty member in the Department of Psychology, a team of George Mason University researchers is working toward developing new treatments for those with PTSD, aimed at helping to keep military couples’ relationships on solid ground.

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Understanding Change from Many Perspectives

Understanding Change from Many Perspectives

History, business, psychology, sociology, and conflict analysis all contribute to an understanding of cultural shifts: their meaning and significance, how they happen, and how people can affect change in their own lives.

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Cultivating Resilience

Cultivating Resilience

The Center for the Advancement of Well-Being is thrilled to announce that Early-Bird Registration is now open for the 2016 Leading to Well-Being: Cultivating Resilience Conference. Now in its seventh year, this conference gathers the nation’s top experts in organizational leadership for deep and substantial learning.

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Dr. Raja Parasuraman Receives 2015 Jack A. Kraft Innovator Award

Dr. Raja Parasuraman Receives 2015 Jack A. Kraft Innovator Award

The late Dr. Raja Parasuraman is the well deserved but, sadly, posthumous, recipient of the Jack A. Kraft Innovator Award for 2015. He linked the fields of neuroscience and ergonomics, creating the emerging field of neuroergonomics to enhance the understanding of brain function and behavior.

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Dalal Weighs Decision-making Apps In The Media

Dalal Weighs Decision-making Apps

In a television news feature, psychology department chair and professor Reeshad Dalal discusses the usefulness (or lack thereof) of apps that help people make small and large decisions.

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Dr. Boehm-Davis Book Release: APA Handbook of Human Systems Integration

Dr. Boehm-Davis Book Release: APA Handbook of Human Systems Integration

This APA Handbook of Human Systems Integration is a practical tool for both students and professionals. It is intended to sensitize readers to basic design issues, enhance their understanding of the influence of these issues, and guide them in appropriately combining human performance with a system's numerous interacting components.

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Human Factors Award Winner, Spencer Kohn, Looks to Bright Future

Human Factors Award Winner, Spencer Kohn, Looks to Bright Future

Spencer Kohn recently won the HFES "Mobile Health Applications for Consumers" student design competition with an app, Hermes, that allows patient-controlled medical record sharing. HFES called the app "intuitive and simple to use," citing sharing settings that can be created in moments with little information required from the user.

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Cyrus Foroughi wins OSCAR Graduate Student Mentoring Award Accolades

Cyrus Foroughi wins OSCAR Graduate Student Mentoring Award

This special award, new this year, recognizes and rewards outstanding Mason graduate students who mentor undergraduate students on their research and creative activities, and who help to foster a culture of student scholarship in support of Mason's Students as Scholars initiative

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Online Course Helps Psychology Students Master Material

Online Course Helps Psychology Students Master Material

Dr. Jennifer Sontag Brielmaier, who teaches courses in behavioral neuroscience and biological psychology at George Mason University, enjoys the challenge of getting her students interested in the relationship between behavior and biology in her course titled Physiological Psychology, or PSYC 372.

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HFES Bulletin: Raja was a True Philosopher and Heroic Scientist

HFES Bulletin: Raja was a True Philosopher and Heroic Scientist

Over the years, Raja has been a flawless exemplar of the very best of our discipline and a role model for scientists in general. Whenever one was in Raja's presence, there was a quiet and yet highly charged sense that he was someone very special and yet at the same time approachable, helpful, and always willing to learn.

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Leading to Well-Being Conference 2015: Early Bird Rate Extended

Leading to Well-Being Conference 2015: Early Bird Rate Extended

Mason's Center for the Advancement of Well-Being is looking forward to its Leading to Well-Being conference scheduled for March 26-27. Learn how you can be a part of this exciting event, designed to inspire new ways for workplaces, organizations, and communities to be transformed through principles of well-being.

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Interruptions Negatively Affect Quality of Work

Interruptions Negatively Affect Quality of Work

When was the last time you were interrupted in the middle of an important conversation or writing an email, completely derailing your train of thought? This was the basis for a new line of research being explored by Cyrus Foroughi, a doctoral student at George Mason University – how do interruptions affect performance beyond time and error?

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Maddux: Sense of Purpose Keeps Older Adults Healthier In The Media

Maddux: Sense of Purpose Keeps Older Adults Healthier

James Maddux, University Professor, emeritus faculty member in the Department of Psychology, and senior scholar in the Center for the Advancement of Well-Being, commented on the Health.com website on the connection between older adults' sense of purpose and their likelihood to receive regular health screenings.

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Maddux Wins Fulbright to Help Lithuanian University

Maddux Wins Fulbright to Help Lithuanian University

University Professor James Maddux, an emeritus faculty member in the Department of Psychology and a senior scholar in the Center for the Advancement of Well-Being, has won a Fulbright Specialist grant to work with Lithuania's Klaipeda University, where he will help develop and teach in its new master's degree program in counseling psychology.

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Media Spotlight on 'Dark Side'

Media Spotlight on 'Dark Side'

Significant attention in the popular press for 'The Upside of Your Dark Side,' the recent book by Todd Kashdan, faculty member, Department of Psychology and senior scientist, Center for the Advancement of Well-Being (co-authored with Robert Biswas-Diener).

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Tagney Discusses Guilt vs. Shame in Self Magazine In The Media

Tagney Discusses Guilt vs. Shame in Self Magazine

On Self Magazine's website, June Tagney, University Professor in the Department of Psychology, discusses the difference between guilt and shame, and identifies the circumstances where guilt can actually be productive.

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The Right Way to Get Angry

The Right Way to Get Angry

Dr. Todd Kashdan discusses the value of both expressing and controlling anger, and tips on how to manage negative emotions for the Greater Good.

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GMU's Human Factors and Applied Cognition Program Receives HFES Accreditation

GMU's Human Factors and Applied Cognition Program Receives HFES Accreditation

The purpose of the HFES accreditation program is to enhance and maintain the quality of graduate education in human factors/ergonomics. HFES accreditation serves the public by helping to ensure that accredited HF/E educational programs appropriately prepare students for entering their careers in the field, whether in research or practice.

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College Celebrates Alumni at Two Special Events

College Celebrates Alumni at Two Special Events

The College of Humanities and Social Sciences rolled out a red carpet for its alumni over the course of two evenings during the university's Alumni Weekend. The Distinguished Alumni Reception recognized some of the contributions made by college alumni, and a social event, open to all college alumni, combined scholarship and relaxing fun.

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Kashdan Explores the Positive Side of Negative Emotions

Kashdan Explores the Positive Side of Negative Emotions

Todd Kashdan, faculty member in the Department of Psychology, has co-authored, with Robert Biswas-Diener, The Upside of Your Dark Side: Why Being Your Whole Self -- Not Just Your "Good" Self -- Drives Success and Fulfillment. The book argues for the necessity of recognizing and celebrating even "negative" emotions.

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Say 'No' to Interruptions, 'Yes' to Better Work

Say 'No' to Interruptions, 'Yes' to Better Work

“People don’t realize how disruptive interruptions can be,” said Cyrus Foroughi, coauthor of “Do Interruptions Affect Quality of Work?” Foroughi, with coauthors Nicole Werner, Erik Nelson, and Deborah Boehm-Davis, designed a study assessing how varying levels of interruption affected writing quality in an essay project.

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Media Interest in Mason Study on the Danger of Interruptions In The Media

Media Interest in Mason Study on the Danger of Interruptions

Fast Company, the New Republic, and ScienceCodex.com are reporting on the study by Mason PhD candidate Cyrus Foroughi (along with co-authors Nicole Werner, Erik Nelson, and college dean Deborah Boehm-Davis), that measures the impact of interruptions on the quality of work.

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Undergraduate Office's Advising Tip of the Week!

Undergraduate Office's Advising Tip of the Week!

These weekly advising tips will include advice from our psychology advisors, faculty, and staff to help you succeed and excel! Have a tip you think we should include? Like "Department of Psychology @ George Mason University" on Facebook and message us your tip!

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GMU Faculty Involved in Fairfax County Public School Summit

GMU Faculty Involved in Fairfax County Public School Summit

The Fairfax County Public School Summit was organized to address the significant increase in suicides in the high schools this year, and had an initial goal of suicide prevention education. We were thrilled that our Center and faculty were sought out to contribute to this unprecedented event.

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James Maddux Travels to Portugal

James Maddux Travels to Portugal

Center for the Advancement of Well-Being (CWB) Senior Scholar and Department of Psychology University Professor Emeritus James Maddux recently returned from a CWB-sponsored trip to Portugal that included visits to psychology programs at three institutions of higher learning in northern Portugal.

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Alumnus Ricardo Prada: How to Get a Job at Google X

Alumnus Ricardo Prada: How to Get a Job at Google X

Psychology alumnus Ricardo Prada leads the user experience team at Google X, Google’s semi-covert laboratory where it develops products from the innovative to the truly far-out. In an interview with the online industrial design magazine Core77, he discusses Google X’s process for hiring designers.

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Dr. Parasuraman, Chief Guest at Conference in India

Dr. Parasuraman, Chief Guest at Conference in India

"Physical exercise, nutritious diet, meditation and cognitive stimulation can enhance mental function in older adults as these activities have a positive effect on brain," opined professor Raja Parasuraman from George Mason University, Virginia, USA while speaking at the International Conference on Recent Advances in Cognition and Health.

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APA Recognizes Mason-based Summer Program Headlines

APA Recognizes Mason-based Summer Program

The American Psychological Association's Science Agenda page highlights its Summer Science Fellows program, where undergraduate psychology students are paired with faculty mentors from Mason's psychology department.

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Interdisciplinary Team Develops Fleet App, Wins FAA Recognition

Interdisciplinary Team Develops Fleet App, Wins FAA Recognition

Robert Youmans, assistant professor of psychology, put together a team of students from the Department of Psychology, the college's bachelor of individualized study program, Mason's School of Art, and the Department of Computer Science, to design an app geared towards making flying more enjoyable.

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The Faculty Senate  approved a resolution of appreciation honoring Jim Sanford for his service on the Senate for almost 30 years. Accolades

The Faculty Senate approved a resolution of appreciation honoring Jim Sanford for his service on the Senate for almost 30 years.

Dr. Rob Youmans was selected by the Students as Scholars QEP Leadership Council to receive a 2013 OSCAR Mentor Excellence Award. Accolades

Dr. Rob Youmans was selected by the Students as Scholars QEP Leadership Council to receive a 2013 OSCAR Mentor Excellence Award.

College Prepares for May 2013 Convocations

College Prepares for May 2013 Convocations

This May, the College of Humanities and Social Sciences plans to host three convocations: one each for its graduate students, undergraduate humanities and interdisciplinary programs students, and undergraduate social sciences students.

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Community Engagement Class Inspires Students to Effect Change

Community Engagement Class Inspires Students to Effect Change

Psychology 427 combines classroom lectures and real life volunteer opportunities to engage students in a deeper way to social issues such as poverty and homelessness.

Happy and Learning at Any Age

Happy and Learning at Any Age

Mason English professors Don Gallehr and Terry Zawacki, and psychology professor Lou Buffardi, joined a discussion on the PBS NewsHour about academics working beyond the typical retirement age.

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Congratulations to Dr. Deborah Boehm-Davis on being appointed as the Dean of CHSS

Congratulations to Dr. Deborah Boehm-Davis on being appointed as the Dean of CHSS

Dr. Deborah Boehm-Davis has been appointed as the next Dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. Congratulations from the Psychology Department!

King, Lum Win Emerging Researcher Awards

King, Lum Win Emerging Researcher Awards

Two college faculty members - the Department of Psychology's Eden King and the Department of Criminology, Law and Society's Cynthia Lum - have been recognized as Emerging Researcher/Scholar/Creators for 2012. The award recognizes the very best of the university’s younger scholars.

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Psychology Professor Works to Design Better Designers

Psychology Professor Works to Design Better Designers

Dr. Robert Youmans, Human Factors and Applied Cognition faculty, is committed to innovation in all areas of his research.

Alumni Open Cause D.C. Philanthropub Alumni News

Alumni Open Cause D.C. Philanthropub

Raj Ratwani, MA '04 and PhD '08, psychology, and Nick Vilelle, MA '04, psychology, are in the process of opening the first philanthropub, Cause D.C. Proceeds from purchases at the venue will go to charity.

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Welcome New Faculty Member Robert Youmans

Welcome New Faculty Member Robert Youmans

Please welcome Robert Youmans to the HFAC faculty. He joins us from California.

Psychology's Arch Lab Enters National Video Contest

Psychology's Arch Lab Enters National Video Contest

The Human Factors and Ergonomics Society is holding a contest for a video describing what human factors/ergonomics is in a fun and informative fashion. George Mason University's Arch Lab, housed in the psychology department, entered the competition.

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Psychology Doctoral Students Create Safe Speedometer

Psychology Doctoral Students Create Safe Speedometer

Five psychology doctoral students created a speedometer that informs drivers of safe speeds during hazardous conditions. The speedometer's safety features are based off of two years of studying drivers' habits. The projected was covered in the Washington Post.

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Mehlenbeck Named CPS Director

Mehlenbeck Named CPS Director

Robyn Mehlenbeck is the new Director of the Center for Psychological Services. Robyn earned her PhD from the University of Memphis and was a Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. She specializes in clinical work with adolescents experiencing chronic illness, including diabetes and eating disorders.

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2010 Convocations Celebrate Students

2010 Convocations Celebrate Students

At the annual convocations, the College of Humanities and Social Sciences marked the graduation of a high-achieving group of students. To the applause of record-breaking audiences,3,000 graduate and undergraduate students crossed the stage to receive their degrees in early May 2010.

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Psychology Graduate Wears Family Heirloom

Psychology Graduate Wears Family Heirloom

Psychology major Daniel Brooks Jr. wears a 100-year-old black wool graduation robe at the 2010 Convocation of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences and Commencement of George Mason University. Following a sacred family tradition, Brooks is the 30th family member to wear the gown. The first was his great-great-grandmother, who graduated from Wellesley College on June 21, 1910.

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Student Award Recipients

Student Award Recipients

Each year, departments and programs present awards to their outstanding students. The college is proud to announce the recipients of these awards for 2009-2010. Congratulations to all the department's students for their outstanding achievements.

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Parasuraman, Thompson, and Shaw receive Nickerson Award Accolades

Parasuraman, Thompson, and Shaw receive Nickerson Award

Dr. Raja Parasuraman received the Inaugural Raymond S. Nickerson Award for Best Paper in the 2009 issue of the Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied with coauthors James Thompson and Tyler Shaw, as well as graduate students Ewart de Visser, Ellen Clarke, Ryan McGarry, and Liz Hussey.

Kashdan Publishes Second Book

Kashdan Publishes Second Book

Oxford University Press publishes Todd Kashdan's second book, Designing the Future of Positive Psychology: Taking Stock and Moving Forward. The first, from William Morrow, was Curious? Discover the Missing Ingredient to a Fulfilling Life.

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Psychology Faculty Funded

Psychology Faculty Funded

Christy Esposito-Smythers, Jerome Short, and Patrick McKnight have received funding from NIAAA in the amount of $344,613 for the first year of the project titled: Alcohol, Suicide & HIV Prevention of Teens in Mental Health Treatment. The period of performance is 09/30/2008 through 08/31/2012.

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Oxford Press Publishes Parasuraman's Book In The Media

Oxford Press Publishes Parasuraman's Book

Parasuraman, R. and Rizzo, M. Neuroergonomics: The Brain at Work. New York: Oxford University Press. 2008.

Zaccaro Named APA Fellow Accolades

Zaccaro Named APA Fellow

Professor Stephen Zaccaro named fellow for Military Psychology division of the American Psychological Association, 2008.

Perez-Edgar Named Jacobs Foundation Young Scholar Accolades

Perez-Edgar Named Jacobs Foundation Young Scholar

Professor Koraly Perez-Edgar named the 2008 Jacobs Foundation Conference Young Scholar in Zurich, Switzerland.

Naglieri Named APA Fellow Accolades

Naglieri Named APA Fellow

Professor Jack Naglieri named fellow of Educational Psychology Division of the American Psychological Association Division at the 2008 APA Convention.

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Robert Smith Chapter in Psychopathology Textbook In The Media

Robert Smith Chapter in Psychopathology Textbook

Smith, Robert F. "Biological Bases of Psychopathology" in Psychopathology: Foundations for a Contemporary Understanding. Edited by J.E Maddux and B.A. Winstead. Lawrence Erlbaum. 2008

Rojahn Co-Authors Book on Self-Injurious Behavior In The Media

Rojahn Co-Authors Book on Self-Injurious Behavior

Rojahn, J., Schoreder, S.R. and Hoch, T.A.. Self-injurious Behavior in Intellectual Disabilities New York: Elsevier. 2008.

Psychology Honored for Service Accolades

Psychology Honored for Service

On October 14, 2007, the Department of Psychology received the "Culture of Service" departmental award from the American Psychological Association. This included a cash award in recognition of faculty and student service to the profession, university, and community.

Parasuraman Recognized by National Academy of Sciences Accolades

Parasuraman Recognized by National Academy of Sciences

Professor Raja Parasuraman was recognized for his Distinguished Service by the National Research Council, National Academy of Sciences, Washington, DC.

Raja Parasuraman Studies Aging

Raja Parasuraman Studies Aging

Within the next 30 years, the number of residents 65 and older in this region will more than double. Currently, Psychology's Parasuraman is engaged in research that will help agencies deal with the health and social issues involving the aging population.

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Parasuraman Work Honored  by Human Factors and Ergonomic Society Accolades

Parasuraman Work Honored by Human Factors and Ergonomic Society

Professor Raja Parasuraman's article "Humans and Automation: Use, Misuse, Disuse, Abuse" chosen as a "pivotal article" for review in the 50th (Golden) Anniversary Special Issue of the Human Factors and Ergonomic Society, 1997.