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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 | 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.

Campus News | May 1, 2019

UNLV faculty and students honored with Service-Learning, Community-Based Research, Faculty/Staff Outreach, and Student Service awards.

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People | April 11, 2019

Here's why the one-time temp worker was snatched up full time within a month of stepping on campus.

Psychology In The News

Psychology Today
July 8, 2019

A number of bloggers have asked us to discuss sport performance optimization exercises that are supported in science. In answering this call, we’d like to report the results of a study that compared the effectiveness of 3 exercises that were designed to improve running performance (systematic motivational exchanges, yoga, discussion about competitive running), and show how this information can be used to assist athletes immediately prior to competitive events.

Chicago Tribune
July 1, 2019

On the list of top 10 complaints parents have to listen to, “I don’t want to go to school today” probably ranks right up there with “He’s bugging me” and “I just want to text my friends!”

Associated Press
June 3, 2019

Pardeep Singh Kaleka has surveyed the landscape of an America scarred by mass shootings.

Dazed & Confused Magazine
May 28, 2019

The human brain has more possible neurological connections than there are atoms in the known universe – between ten quadrillion vigintillion, and one-hundred thousand quadrillion vigintillion – that’s quite a lot. So why does it come as a surprise to hear that most people don’t convert this immense computing power into words?

KSNV-TV: News 3
May 28, 2019

Physical exhaustion, negative emotions and reduced effectiveness with your job. We're talking about burn-out. The World Health Organization is updating its definition in the latest version of their handbook of diseases.

Medicine news line
May 22, 2019

Following their study in rats, scientists have broken new ground in memory research. The finding concerns how the brain retrieves long-term memory and should open new avenues for investigating and treating Alzheimer’s disease and other causes of dementia.

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Recent Psychology Accomplishments

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...
April 25, 2019
Nicole Espinosa (Interdisciplinary, Ethnic, and Gender Studies), Amber Williams (Psychology), and Erika Abad (Interdisciplinary, Ethnic, and Gender Studies) presented during ClexaCon's first Academic Lab earlier this month. Espinosa, a gender and sexuality studies student and 2017-18 McNair Scholar, and Williams, a master's student, presented...
April 19, 2019
Simone Beasley (Hospitality Management), Kajuana Hollis (Psychology), and Kennady Wright (Hospitality Management) hosted a panel discussion to explore the impact of stereotypes on people within the African Diaspora.  The panelists were Tatiyana Gilbert (Kinesiology), Aaliyah Galwey (Education), Deshawn Johnson (Sociology), Mary Whitehead (Student...
March 18, 2019
Patricia Heisser Metoyer (Psychology and Interdisciplinary, Gender, and Ethnic Studies) is the author of “ Mixedness” and “Ancestral Race Trauma”: The Monster Has No Name, which is a selected publication in the Journal of Intercultural Disciplines and in the Journal of Science and Exploratory Studies. Both journals publish scholarly contributions...
March 15, 2019
Jennifer Rennels (Psychology) gave a presentation for the Southern Nevada Society for Human Resource Management earlier this month on implicit and explicit biases, how those impact individuals in the workplace, and what can be done to decrease negative outcomes of bias.
February 27, 2019
Jennifer L. Rennels and Andrea J. Kayl (both Psychology) and their Sweden collaborators, Joshua Juvrud, Gustaf Gredeback, and Agneta Herlitz, recently published, "Attention During Visual Preference Tasks: Relation to Caregiving and Face Recognition" in Infancy. The research examined how having a female primary caregiver only versus having...