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Symposium Seeks to Start a Conversation About Addiction

Mon, 12/03/2018 - 2:24pm -- yountj
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To ignite a comprehensive conversation about the grand challenge of addiction, the University of Missouri will host The Science of Addiction Symposium featuring keynote speakers of national prominence, as well as thought leaders from a range of disciplines across the University of Missouri.

The University of Missouri will host The Science of Addiction Symposium Dec. 6 at the Bond Life Sciences Center to launch a broader collaboration among researchers and professionals focusing on addiction. A primary goal is to chart a path forward for addiction-related work at the university. Professor Jamie Arndt, chair of the Department of Psychological Sciences at MU, emailed Professor Denis McCarthy and Curators’ Professor of Psychological Sciences Kenneth J.

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Patients Prefer to Have Cancer Screenings Despite Risks and Warnings, MU Researchers Find

Wed, 06/13/2018 - 10:12am -- yountj
Asst. Professor Laura Scherer

Laura Scherer and her team determined that patients may want cancer screenings even if the potential harms outweigh the benefits. Researchers believe that clinicians and oncologists could develop better communications tools and provide reassurance to their patients in better ways.

COLUMBIA, Mo. – A large proportion of the American public opts to receive cancer screenings with the hope that testing will reduce their chance of cancer death. Now, a team led by University of Missouri psychological science researchers has determined that patients may want cancer screenings even if the potential harms outweigh the benefits. Researchers believe that clinicians and oncologists could develop better communications tools and provide reassurance to their patients in better ways.

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Branding on the Brain

Wed, 10/25/2017 - 10:06am -- yountj
Professor Bruce Bartholow

Prof. Bruce Bartholow and his colleagues at the University of Colorado wondered whether pairing beer brands with logos from their universities would increase students’ brain responses to those brands, and whether the magnitude of these brain responses might predict students’ alcohol use.

Marketers and advertisers routinely try to affiliate their products with U.S. colleges and universities. For instance, cellular network providers strike deals that allow them to become the “official wireless carrier” of some university or other. New research from Professor Bruce Bartholow of the University of Missouri’s Department of Psychological Sciences suggests that marketing campaigns that affiliate beer brands with universities might make those brands more appealing to underage students, creating a potential for those students to be attracted to those brands and, thus, drink more.

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Sex Determines Effect of Exercise on Diet Preference

Thu, 08/24/2017 - 1:50pm -- yountj
Jenna Lee

 “I think this research draws attention to the importance of studying men and women in research, especially in studies of exercise and physiology,” says Jenna Lee, a fourth-year doctoral candidate in the Department of Psychological Sciences.

New research from the Department of Psychological Sciences suggests physical activity can change diet preferences in males, but not females. Jenna Lee, a fourth-year doctoral candidate in the lab of associate professor of psychological sciences Matt Will, says she was curious why we eat for pleasurable purposes instead of nutritional need. She says researchers have begun to look at how exercise might influence how males eat, though very little attention has been paid to the impact of physical activity on female diet preferences. Lee and Will set out to correct that oversight.

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