Jennifer Sango, a Social Ecology undergraduate, has won the 2017 Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Research. The award, given by the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program, recognizes the research accomplishments of one student per school. Her Honor's advisor and research mentor is Susan Charles, professor of psychology and social behavior.
John Hipp, professor of criminology, law and society, has won the 2017 Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Fostering Undergraduate Research. The award is a recognition of his outstanding work in mentoring undergraduate students engaged in research. Hipp is the director of the Metropolitan Futures Initiative.
Former FBI Director James Comey started recording detailed memos of his interactions with President Donald Trump immediately after their first one-on-one meeting -- a fact that came up during his testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee June 8.
An FBI agent's contemporaneous notes are widely considered reliable evidence of conversations, but there is a downside to such a memory archiving method, says Elizabeth Loftus, distinguished professor of psychology and social behavior. Replaying events to write them down is a form of "rehearsal," or a way to better retain memories. While that rehearsing can help strengthen recollection of some details, it actually allows other non-rehearsed details to fade faster, a process known as retrieval-induced forgetting.
Spending some time alone and away from you partner can be a good thing, says Jessica Borelli, an associate professor of psychology and social behavior. A day, a weekend or even a whole week can enrich the relationship, though too much time alone can allow a person to ruminate on negative thoughts.
A record 234 million people are expected to fly this summer -- crammed into aluminum cylinders with uncomfortable seats and a host of strangers. The crowded conditions on commercial airplane flights contribute to stress that can lead to altercations and dysfunctional behavior, according to Dan Stokols, Chancellor's professor emeritus.
"People are like cattle being squished together, to get as many people on that plane," Stokols told the Washington Post. "And so tempers can flare. It’s a situation where people feel vulnerable."
Experiencing awe can reduce your preoccupation with yourself, and allow you to lose yourself in something much bigger. This, according to research by Paul Piff, assistant professor of psychology and social behavior, helps lead a person to seek what's best for the collective interest and breaks the cycle of us-versus-them thinking.