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Department of Psychology News

The psychology department provides a broad foundation in psychology, with further specialty courses and opportunities for undergraduates to be involved in research and various applied settings. The curriculum meets the needs of students intending to pursue advanced training in psychology, education, medicine, or related fields.

Current Psychology News

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People | September 5, 2019

Amber Williams, a martial artist set to earn her doctorate in psychology at 23, studies stereotypes and breaks them. Here's how she got to UNLV.

Business and Community | August 11, 2019

UNLV helps students overcome their math anxiety.

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People | June 26, 2019

The UNLV Medical School and its students have been among the beneficiaries.

Pete Reyes poses next to a bookshelf.
People | May 28, 2019

A two-time UNLV alum, Pete Reyes is studying for a third degree while working full time and making indie-electronic albums.

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Research | May 21, 2019

New research unveils the anterior cingulate cortex’s role in memory retrieval and potential implications for dementia treatment.

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People | May 1, 2019

Noelle Lefforge helps a UNLV mental health clinic reach into rural Nevada while giving graduate students vital training.

Psychology In The News

Romper
September 20, 2019

Because moms in cis hetero relationships are often painted as "default" parents, who are inherently more important and therefore stuck shouldering the majority of the parenting responsibilities, the question, "Do babies miss their dad?" exists. As a culture that has laid the majority of the burden on child-rearing on women, the vital role dads other non-birth parents can and do play in the care of children is often overlooked.

KSNV-TV: News 3
September 20, 2019

Las Vegas has clubs, music events, even people coming together to "see them, aliens." However, is Las Vegas the right place to find your perfect person? Why is dating such a struggle here?

Yahoo!
September 19, 2019

In a survey conducted by the American Psychological Association, 75 percent of Gen Z youth - who already suffer from symptoms of anxiety and depression in greater numbers than any previous generation - cited mass shootings as a significant source of stress.

PopSugar
September 19, 2019

It was a relatively quiet evening of dining and theatre-going in New York City when Times Square suddenly erupted into chaos.

FOX 21 Delmarva
September 12, 2019

Rapid Dose Therapeutics Corp. (“RDT”)(CSE: DOSE) announced today that the results of a research study conducted by the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (“UNLV”) was published in the high impact journal, Frontiers in Pharmacology, on September 10, 2019.

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September 11, 2019

The beginning of fall is a perfect time to reflect on how our year has gone so far, and how we want the last few months of it to look. Our mindset is an integral part of how we experience life, and if we’re feeling stuck in a rut or dissatisfied in any way, sometimes giving our mindset a refresh can help.

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Recent Psychology Accomplishments

September 5, 2019
Shane W. Kraus (Psychology) and John A. Sturgeon of the University of Washington Medical Center published a commentary, “Resilience in Women’s Sexual Pain After Female Genital Cutting: Adaptation Across Time and Personal and Cultural Context," in Archives of Sexual Behavior.
August 29, 2019
Barb Brents (Sociology) co-authored the article "EXPOsing Men’s Gender Role Attitudes as Porn Superfans," which recently was published in Sociological Forum. The authors found that pornography fans were no less supportive of gender equality than the population as a whole and actually more supportive on a couple of questions. The results are...
August 19, 2019
Shane Kraus (Psychology) published a paper in American Journal on Addictions, "Psychopathology and Hypersexuality among Veterans with and without Histories of Alcohol‐use Disorders." The paper examined differences among U.S. military veterans with lifetime alcohol use disorder compared with those without on select measures of psychopathology,...
August 16, 2019
Christopher Kearney (Psychology) published his fourteenth book, and eighth with Oxford University Press, "Helping Families of Youth with School Attendance Problems: A Practical Guide for Mental Health and School-Based Professionals." The book is the first in a special series by the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (the ABCT...
July 22, 2019
Jefferson Kinney (Integrated Health Sciences) and James Hyman (Psychology) received a $601,576 grant from the National Institute on Aging of the National Institutes of Health for the research project "Aging and Hyperglycemia Alter Molecular Mechanisms and Hippocampal Oscillations Consistent with Alzheimer's Disease."
May 22, 2019
Ryan A. Wirt and James M. Hyman (both Psychology) have published an article in Cell Reports. Over time, contextual memories become dependent on the anterior cingulate cortex (ACC) for retrieval. Wirt and Hyman found that theta-mediated interactions between ACC and CA1 increase for remote recall. Communication from the ACC to CA1 modulates neural...