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One hundred years of solitude? Try 15 minutes instead

Tue, 21 Nov 2017

In a series of experiments, Rochester psychologists found that people who sat alone without devices for 15 minutes and chose what to think about experienced the positive effects of solitude: feeling calmer and less anxious, without feeling lonely or sad.


At-risk families find research-driven services at Mt. Hope Family Center

Wed, 04 Oct 2017

The Mt. Hope Family Center sits on a two-way street. Its researchers and clinicians have provided evidence-based services to at-risk families, while training the next generation of clinicians and research scientists.


Does guilt make good parenting?

Tue, 22 Aug 2017

There isn’t much Judith Smetana doesn’t know about parenting teenagers. Her latest study in a nearly 40-year career as a professor of psychology, looks at the effect of using guilt as a parenting tool.


Rafael Klorman, ‘elegant’ scientist and ADHD expert, dies at 71

Tue, 15 Aug 2017

A professor of psychology in the Department of Clinical and Social Sciences in Psychology, Klorman also served as the director of clinical training for the doctoral program in clinical psychology, fostering the development and careers of countless students.


Down to the wire for Team Meliora in $1M competition

Thu, 10 Aug 2017

The four 2017 graduates on Team Meliora are days away from learning if their project to build refugee housing from recycled plastic bricks will go from wildcard winner to finalist in the Hult Prize.


Six new faculty books for summer reading lists

Mon, 26 Jun 2017

The hostess of a popular Parisian salon, the role of presidential power, and bullying and aggression among teenage girls are among the topics examined in new books by Rochester faculty. Here’s a selection of recent work.


What really motivates us

Wed, 14 Jun 2017

Is it money, power, and fame? Or rather fear and punishment? For nearly 40 years Richard Ryan and Edward Deci, the founders of self-determination theory, have sought to answer the question of human motivation.


Team Meliora back in running for $1M Hult Prize

Thu, 25 May 2017

After being eliminated in the regionals, four international students have been chosen as wild cards for the Hult Prize, the largest social entrepreneurship competition in the world, with a reward of $1 million seed money.


Feeling blue? Grab your friends and have fun, say researchers

Fri, 07 Apr 2017

For those suffering from dysphoria­—general unhappiness or elevated depressive symptoms—a Rochester study has found that experiencing or even just anticipating uplifting events in daily life was related to feeling less depressed that same day.


Tis better to give—to your spouse

Mon, 13 Feb 2017

A new study has found that partners felt an emotional benefit when they put aside their own needs for the sake of their spouse, even if their acts of compassion were not explicitly noticed by their spouse.