psychology

Researcher Looks at Link Between Intelligence, Health, and Aging

Wed, 05/08/2019 - 9:14am -- yountj
Curators’ Distinguished Professor of Psychological Sciences David Geary

Curators’ Distinguished Professor of Psychological Sciences David Geary says his approach may be useful for identifying genetic and environmental influences on the development of intelligence and the rate of age-related declines in cognition.

Curators’ Distinguished Professor of Psychological Sciences David Geary’s research focuses on sex differences and sex-specific vulnerabilities. For example, prenatal exposure to toxins and other stressors can affect girls differently than boys, or vice versa. He says his research led him to develop a model about general biological differences and sensitivity to environmental and social stressors that focused on mitochondria—little organelles inside cells that produce adenosine triphosphate (ATP) or cellular energy.

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mitochondria
intelligence
health
aging
cognition
psychology

Nature vs. Nurture

Tue, 09/05/2017 - 10:02am -- yountj
Associate Professor of Philosophy Phillip Robbins

Associate Professor of Philosophy Phillip Robbins has been working in the area of experimental philosophy, which employs the tools of empirical social science to investigate how ordinary people, with no special training in philosophy, think about philosophical issues.

Anyone who has seen an episode of Law & Order knows that if the defense attorney can successfully portray his client as a victim, jurors may be less inclined to assign blame to the defendant or may reduce the severity of the defendant’s punishment. Research confirms this is more than just a television trope—casting the perpetrator of a transgression as a victim tends to make them seem less blameworthy.

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philosophy
psychology
law
genetics
crime and punishment
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