Psychology

Apr 18, 2017 | NC State News

Study Offers Hope, Sheds Light on How Vets Respond to Trauma

Research from NC State psychologists finds that veterans who have post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can also experience “post-traumatic growth” — such as an increased appreciation of life, awareness of new possibilities and enhanced inner strength.

Apr 7, 2017 | The Atlantic

How to Mourn a Space Robot

Doug Gillan, a psychology professor at North Carolina State University who studies human interaction with technology, makes sense of the emotion surrounding NASA's Cassini probe. The probe is ending its 13-year mission to Saturn, triggering a wave of grief among scientists, engineers and an adoring public.

Apr 4, 2017 | NC State News

Pilot Project Offers Blueprint for Addressing Mental Health Needs of Homeless Children

Research from NC State outlines the lessons learned from a five-year pilot project designed to meet the mental health needs of children in homeless families — and could serve as a blueprint for similar efforts around the country.

Apr 3, 2017 | College Town

Student’s Documentary Captures ‘Common Link’ Between Us: Humanity

Laila Knio, a senior psychology major who is graduating in May, has completely maximized her four years at NC State. Between her responsibilities as a Park scholar, avid traveler and pre-med student, she managed to create an entire film. "The Common Link" is a 45-minute documentary that chronicles the tales of eight different Lebanese people.

Apr 3, 2017 | Here and Now

For Some Vets, a PTSD Diagnosis Comes Along With Personal Growth

New research by psychologists at North Carolina State University shows that post-traumatic stress disorder among military veterans can lead to increased appreciation of life and enhanced inner strength. The findings add new context to the disorder that also often leads to tremendous suffering — and even suicide — among veterans. Jessica Morgan, a doctoral student in psychology, featured.

Mar 27, 2017 | The Huffington Post

This College Class On ‘Historical Frauds’ Is Fighting Pseudoscience Head-On

A historian and a psychologist from North Carolina State University decided to investigate whether teaching students tools for critical thinking, based on lessons from history, could help them to avoid being duped by pseudoscience outside the classroom.

Mar 21, 2017 | International Business Times

From Atlantis to fake news: People question pseudoscience if they’re taught critical thinking

Teaching critical thinking skills in a humanities course significantly reduces student beliefs in “pseudoscience” unsupported by facts, according to new research from NC State's Anne McLaughlin (psychology) and Alicia McGill (history). "This drives home the importance of teaching critical thinking, and the essential role that humanities can play in that process,” McGill says. “This is something that NC State is actively promoting as part of a university-wide focus on critical thinking development.”

Mar 21, 2017 | NC State News

How Critical Thinking in the Humanities Reduces Belief in Pseudoscience

Teaching critical thinking skills in a humanities course significantly reduces student beliefs in “pseudoscience" unsupported by facts, according to new research from NC State.

Feb 27, 2017 | Sustainability News

Psychology Students Design Campus Composting Solution

As a project for a human factors psychology course, graduate students Jenna Darrah, Xing Huang and David Feltner researched, designed and tested a system to divert Talley Student Union’s estimated 34,000 pounds of annual paper towel waste from trash cans to compost bins.

Feb 22, 2017

Celebrating the Extraordinary: Honoring Our Scholarship Recipients, Donors

Humanities and Social Sciences scholarship recipients got to meet the donors who make their awards possible at the college's annual luncheon honoring both groups on Feb. 16.