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Published: 08/11/2015
Summer 2015

Faculty Focus

Faculty accomplishments in the news

David Barash
David Barash 

In January, David Barash's work on monogamy was mentioned in an article about the purpose of love.

http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2015/01/11/what-if-purpose-love-get-us-out-relationships-not-them

David Barash's evolutionary biology research on jealousy between partners was cited in this January article on insecurity and envy in relationships.

http://www.courierpostonline.com/story/news/health/2015/01/11/insecurity-envy-can-cause-big-rifts-relationships/21586563/

In January, David Barash authored an Op-Ed published in the LA Times on nuclear weapons and the conflict between our biological and cultural natures.

http://www.latimes.com/opinion/op-ed/la-oe-barash-nuclear-weapons-evolution-20150125-story.html

 

Jonathan Bricker
Jonathan Bricker 

In April, Jonathan Bricker gave a TED talk on "the secret to self-control", discussing his work that has uncovered a scientifically sound approach to behavior change that is twice as effective as most currently practiced methods.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tTb3d5cjSFI&feature=youtu.be

Steve Buck
Steve Buck 
In February, Steve Buck's Perceptual and Neural Processing of Dark Colors was awarded a Royalty Research Fund grant, to explore how the visual system processes little-studied colors that are darker than their surroundings differently from bright colors.
Sapna Cheryan
Sapna Cheryan 

Sapna Cheryan's work highlights other factors in classroom design and layout that influence how we learn, featured in a January article.

http://www.fastcoexist.com/3038207/5-ways-classroom-design-can-improve-what-we-learn-and-who-learns-it

In April, a new study by Sapna Cheryan about the role sterotypes play in influencing women's participation in the fields of computer science and engineering was featured in mutiple articles.

Sapna Cheryan detailed the ideal physical classroom learning environment in this April article.

http://qz.com/375894/this-is-what-the-ideal-learning-environment-looks-like-according-to-science/

 

Jaime Diaz
 Jaime

Jaime Diaz presented some of his recent data on incorporating certain technologies into university teaching at the 2015 UW Teaching and Learning Symposium on April 14.

http://www.washington.edu/teaching/innovation/teaching-and-learning-symposium/

Ione Fine
Ione Fine 

A paper by Ione Fine on a man with restored sight provides valuable insight into how vision develops, discussed in this April article.

http://medicalxpress.com/news/2015-04-sight-insight-vision.html

Anthony Greenwald
Anthony Greenwald 

UW Professor of Psychology Anthony Greenwald exposes our hidden biases and questions the extent to which they shape our likes, dislikes, and judgments about people in a Seattle Channel video lecture in December.

http://www.seattlechannel.org/misc-video?videoid=x22212

This January article about implicit bias and employment law draws heavily on work done by Tony Greenwald.

http://www.thelegalintelligencer.com/latest-news/id=1202715873466/Use-of-Implicit-Bias-Evidence-to-Prove-Discrimination?slreturn=20150027143214

An April New York Times opinion piece on racial bias cited Tony Greenwald's UW-developed Implicit Association Test.

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/26/opinion/charles-blow-officer-race-matters-less-than-you-think.html?_r=0

 

James Ha
James Ha 

James Ha gave some insights about animal behavior in a preview of his sold out seminar in April.

http://www.washington.edu/wholeu/2015/03/26/animal_behavior/

Renee Ha
Renee Ha 

Renee Ha and her lab’s research on Mariana crows was featured in Bird Conservation International in June.

http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayAbstract?fromPage=online&aid=9703811&fulltextType=RA&fileId=S0959270914000045

Susan Joslyn
Susan Joslyn 

Susan Joslyn's study on false alarms in extreme weather scenarios was featured in January and February in varioius articles on noncompliance with weather warnings.

Susan Joslyn's expertise on real world decision-making was discussed in this February article in the Seattle Times.

http://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/weigh-decisions-but-often-you-have-to-go-with-your-gut/

 

Cheryl Kaiser
Cheryl Kaiser 

In February, Cheryl Kaiser received the 2014 Gordon Allport Prize from the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues for the best paper of the year addressing intergroup relations.

Kaiser, C. R., Major, B., Jurcevic, I., Dover, T. L., Brady, L. M., & Shapiro, J. R. (2013).Presumed fair: Ironic effects of organizational diversity structures. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 104, 504-519.

Peter Kahn
Peter Kahn 

Peter Kahn's findings were mentioned in an April article about humans' relationship to robots.

http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/lovesick-cyborg/2015/03/15/robot-funerals-reflect-our-humanity/#.VYxJvBtVhHx

Peter Kahn describes "environmental generational amnesia" in this April article on the greater consequences of climate change.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/marianne-krasny/extinction-of-experience-_b_7035252.html

 

Liliana Lengua
Liliana Lengua 

In January, Lili Lengua's work with the UW Center for Child and Family Well-Being was highlighed in an article in which she discussed the changing definition of family, in order to combat neglect and build better families.

http://crosscut.com/2015/01/building-better-family-kathleen-donnelly/

Marsha Linehan
Marsha Linehan 

Marsha Linehan's Dialectical Behavior Therapy was mentioned in an article about radical acceptance surrounding the outcome of the Super Bowl in April.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dr-gregory-jantz-phd/deflated-in-seattle_b_6680156.html

In April, the results of a study by Marsha Linehan showed that a variety of dialectical behavior therapy interventions were effective at reducing suicide attempts.

http://medicalxpress.com/news/2015-03-variety-dbt-interventions-therapists-effective.html

Marsha Linehan delivered a James McKeen Cattell Fellow Award Address at this year's Association for Psychological Science Convention in May.

http://www.psychologicalscience.org/index.php/convention/2015-award-addresses#linehan

Marsha Linehan was recognized for her lifetime of contributions to Psychology and mental health research when she received the Association for Psychological Science James McKeen Cattell Fellow Award in June.

http://www.psychologicalscience.org/index.php/members/awards-and-honors/cattell-award/past-award-winners/linehan

 

John Palmer
John Palmer 

Elizabeth Loftus and John Palmer's 1974 framing study was referenced in an April article from Business Insider about how to capture someone's attention.

http://www.businessinsider.com/proven-ways-to-get-anyones-attention-2015-3

Kate McLaughlin
Kate McLaughlin 

University of Washington Assistant Psychology Professor Kate McLaughlin's work is at the cutting edge of new research on how abuse and neglect shape the human brain, featured in a December four-part podcast series.

http://crosscut.com/2014/12/neglected-brain-podcast-steve-scher/

An April study by Kate McLaughlin shows that children's early environments have a lasting impact on their stress response systems.

http://www.washington.edu/news/2015/04/20/study-shows-early-environment-has-a-lasting-impact-on-stress-response-systems/

http://medicalxpress.com/news/2015-04-early-environment-impact-stress-response.html

Kate McLaughlin’s work suggests that childhood adversity is a bigger risk factor for heart disease and type 2 diabetes than nearly anything else, in this May article.

http://www.healthline.com/health-news/what-if-even-heart-disease-and-dementia-are-your-parents-fault-042415#1

 

Andrew Meltzoff
Andrew Meltzoff 

Andrew Meltzoff helped to conduct a new study about the role sterotypes play in influencing women's participation in the fields of computer science and engineering, featured in April.

http://thejournal.com/articles/2015/02/18/want-to-draw-women-into-cs-and-engineering-broaden-the-stereotypes.aspx

Andrew Meltzoff's work in developmental psychology was featured in an April article on the importance of everyday interactions between parents and children on childrens' cognitive development.

http://health.usnews.com/health-news/health-wellness/articles/2015/02/18/the-benefits-of-bath-time-for-babies

In April, Andrew Meltzoff and the team at I-LABS identified that playing a computer game in sync creates a greater percieved similarity and closeness among children who have just met.

http://www.washington.edu/news/2015/04/08/game-played-in-sync-increases-childrens-perceived-similarity-closeness/

 

Kristina Olson
Kristina Olson 

In February, Kristrina Olson began a landmark study to document the experience of transgender children, the first of its kind in the nation.

Kristina Olson was awarded a Royalty Research Fund grant in February for her work exploring basic gender cognition in a national sample of transgender children, titled "Gender Nonconformity in Middle Childhood".

Kristina Olson's groudbreaking research on gender nonconformity in childhood continues to make news in February.

Kristina Olson's research on gender cognition in transgender children disproves claims about kids "outgrowing" their gender confusion, published in April.

http://www.dailyuw.com/news/article_b1a6a166-c210-11e4-880d-4f6b6b420d81.html

Kristina Olson's work is helping parents support their children to be their truest selves, in a series of April articles.

http://www.hrc.org/blog/entry/new-resources-for-parents-of-transgender-children

http://magazine.good.is/articles/raising-ryland-raises-awareness

http://artsci.washington.edu/news/2015-03/identifying-transgender-childhood

Kristina Olson's exciting new research on transgender and gender non-conforming youth was featured on a May PBS NewsHour "Is gender identity biologically determined?"

http://www.pbs.org/newshour/videos/#143893

 

John Palmer
John Palmer 

John Palmer and Elizabeth Loftus' 1974 framing study was referenced in an April article from Business Insider about how to capture someone's attention.

http://www.businessinsider.com/proven-ways-to-get-anyones-attention-2015-3

Chantel Prat
Chantel Prat 

Chantel Prat was quoted in a January Huffington Post article, "5 Amazing Advances in Brain Research in 2014", discussing University of Washington research in direct brain-to-brain communication.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/12/31/brain-research-2014_n_6334088.html

Ronald Smith
Ron Smith 

In January, Ron Smith's work on coaching styles was mentioned in an article discussing how coaching means different things to different people.

http://www.stack.com/2015/01/13/whats-the-most-effective-coaching-style/?icn=navigation&ici=Navigation_Content

Frank Smoll
Frank Smoll 

Frank Smoll's work was discussed in an April article on the struggles of parent-coaches.

http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865623434/The-delicate-job-of-a-parent-coach.html

Frank Smoll explains how to be a true winner in a May post at Psychology Today.

https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/coaching-and-parenting-young-athletes/201402/how-be-winner

KJR Sports Radio interviewed Frank Smoll about the Professionalization of Youth Sports in May.

http://www.psych.uw.edu/newsattach/media/smoll3.mp3

 

Jessica Sommerville
Jessica Sommerville 

Jessica Sommerville found that humans are capable of altruism earlier than previously thought, discussed in this January Huffington Post article.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/joel-tauber/we-share-more-when-we-fee_b_6457086.html

Andrea Stocco
Andrea Stocco 

Andrea Stocco's work in direct brain-to-brain communication research was discussed in a January Huffington Post article on 2014 advances in brain research.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/12/31/brain-research-2014_n_6334088.html

Andrea Stocco and colleagues research on brain-to-brain communication is discussed in this May article in the Smithsonian magazine.

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/why-brain-brain-communication-no-longer-unthinkable-180954948/?no-ist

 

Wendy Stone
Wendy Stone 

In January, Wendy Stone and UW's Research in Early Austism Detection and Intervention (READi) Lab implemented a new five-year, 3.9 million initiative to expand their work and continue to lead the field in identifying children with special needs.

Wendy Stone's early autism identification research continues to attract attention in April.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vSae0DwyvYY&feature=youtu.be