Research Center for Group Dynamics

 

In the News

  • Research conducted by Ethan Kross (RCGD Faculty Associate) was highlighted in an article in the May 2015 issue of Psychology Today The Voice of Reason
  • The American Psychological Association just announced that Eric Dubow (Research Professor, RCGD and Professor of Psychology at Bowling Green State University) will be the next Editor of Developmental Psychology succeeding Jacque Eccles on January 1, 2016!
  • James Jackson spoke at the Resource Centers for Minority Aging Research conference in April at the University of California, Davis. His comments were noted in The June 9, 2015 New America Media: Elders titled Older Black Lives Matter - Says Top Researcher
  • Oscar Ybarra, RCGD Faculty Associate, Professor of Psychology and an entrepreneur whose startup company helps people maintain cognitive health and mental sharpness, will become the director of Innovate Blue, the University of Michigan's campuswide entrepreneurial effort. Read more in the University Record
  • Elizabeth Moje (Associate Dean for Research & Community Engagement in the School of Ed and RCGD Faculty Associate) was recently honored by being elected to the National Academy of Education.
  • Rich Gonzalez was recently featured in The University Record.
  • Stanford spotlights compassion, innovation at technology conference. Sara Konrath quoted here.
  • Sela Panapasa was recently honored with a 2013 Stars of Oceania Award.
  • Mapping Mindsets: The World of Cultural Neuroscience, by Shinobu Kitayama.
  • Research conducted by Jeffrey Sanchez-Burks (RCGD Faculty Associate and Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management), and colleagues, was highlighted in the UM Online Record. See the article "Study suggests it's best to keep it professional at office cube". The research paper is set for publication in the Journal of Organizational Behavior. The other co-authors are Susan Ashford, Michael & Susan Jandernoa of the UM, Eric Luis Uhlmann of HEC Paris, Emily Heaphy of the Boston University School of Management, and Luke Zhu of the Sauder School of Business at the University of British Columbia.
  • Pamela Davis-Kean and Richard Gonzalez (RCGD faculty members) are members of a new model of institutionalizing interdisciplinary research. See complete new story here.
  • James S. Jackson, Robert J. Taylor, and Linda Chatters (RCGD faculty members) were referenced in a Gerontoligist article entitled A Review of Our Roots: Blacks in Gerontology. The article is a historical review and homage to the contributions of significant African American researchers who laid the th eoretical and conceptual framework and foundation for today's research. PRBA and NSBA are also credited for providing cultural insight in the field of gerontology.
  • Richard E. Nisbett (RCGD Research Professor) was complimented in the following article Malcolm Gladwell: By the Book (The New York Times, Oct. 3, 2013). The most influential thinker, in my life, has been the psychologist Richard Nisbett. He basically gave me my view of the world. Years ago, he wrote a book called "The Person and the Situation" with Lee Ross. If you read that book, you'll see the template for the genre of books that "The Tipping Point" and "Blink" and "Outliers" belong to. That book changed my life. A few years ago, I learned that it was out of print and had been out of print for some time which broke my heart. (Thankfully there's a new edition.)"
  • Jerome Johnston was appointed director of the Research Center for Group Dynamics.
  • Phoebe Ellsworth (RCGD Faculty Associate) is noted in Detroit Free Press article, Holdout juror in Bobby Ferguson trial didn't tell the whole truth.
  • Emily Falk (RCGD Faculty Associate) was selected as a 2012 NIH Director's New Innovator Award recipeint.
  • Denise Sekaquaptewa (RCGD Faculty Associate) is noted in article, Overtly ‘girly’ scientists alienate potential students! published in New Scientist.
  •  Jacque Eccles (RCGD Research Professor). Jacque has been selected to receive the 2012 American Psychological (APA) Award for Distinguished Service to Psychological Science. This award recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions to psychological science through their commitment to a culture of service.  She has also been elected as the next President of APA Division 7 (Developmental Psych Division).
  • Research conducted by Pamela Davis-Kean (RCGD Research Associate Professor) and published in Psychological Science is highlighted in CBS Detroit article, Fractions are key to math success.
  • Sean Joe (RCGD PRBA Associate Director of Research & Training) was selected by the Society of Social Work and Research to serve as a fellow at the Roundtable on Science in Social Work. The purpose of the roundtable is to set an intellectual agenda for the social work profession in the 21st century.
  • Sara Konrath (RCGD Research Asst Professor)  is pleased to announce that two of her students–Adam Sitzmann and Ian Clark–won the top research award at the Stanford Undergraduate Psych Conference.  This is the first time someone from the University of Michigan has won this award. They were the top team out of over 150 presenters.
  • Scott Atran (RCGD Adjunct Research Scientist) posted “What’s Really the Matter with Kansas and Cairo?” in the Huffington Post.
  • Daphna Oyserman (RCGD Research Professor) has been elected to the Michigan Society of Fellows.
  • Rowell Huesmann (RCGD Director and Research Professor) and Eric Dubow (RCGD Adjunct Research Scientist) along with their colleagues researching Video Game Violence were cited in an Oakland Press article, Do video games, movies make our children aggressive?.
  • Research by Emily Falk (RCGD Faculty Associate) is sited in the Huffington Post, Do anti-tobacco ads work? Ask a ‘neural focus group.’
  • Shinobu Kitayama (RCGD Research Professor) has been elected to one of the nation’s most prestigious honorary societies - the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
  • Sela Panapasa (RCGD Research Assistant Professor) was the key note speaker at the “Transforming Knowledge Focus of HRC Pacific Health Research” conference hosted by the Health Research Council of New Zealand.
  • Israel Liberzon (RCGD Faculty Associate) was interviewed by ABC News Radio Sgt. Robert Bales-PTSD Link at Odds with Research.
  • esearch about preference conducted by Ed O’Brien (Graduate Student in Psychology) and Phoebe Ellsworth (RCGD Faculty Associate) was highlighted in several media outlets including NPR, Why the best chocolate is the one you eat last. 
  • Jeffrey Sanchez-Burks (RCGD Faculty Associate) co-authored an article for the New York Times, When Truisms are True.
  • Randy Nesse (RCGD Research Professor) is featured in Univ. of Michigan News Service article, Psychiatric diagnoses: Why no one is satisfied.
  • Denise Sekaquaptewa (RCGD Faculty Associate) will receive The Sarah Goddard Power Award.  This award is presented annually by the Univ. of Michigan's Academic Women's Caucus to individuals who have distinguished themselves through their leadership, scholarship and sustained service on behalf of women.
  • Several media outlets have published articles about recent research conducted by Sara Konrath (RCGD Assistant Research Scientist) and her colleagues: CNN Narcissistic men have higher levels of stress hormone; Huffington Post Men's Health: Narcissism may be bad news and Michigan Today Big head, bad health.
  • Sean Joe (RCGD Faculty Associate and PRBA Director for Training and Research) is quoted in a Huffington Post article, A hope that Don Cornelius' apparent suicide opens door on taboo topic, about the recent death of Don Cornelius and the stigma of suicide. 
  • The New York Times cites a study on intelligence by Richard Nisbett (RCGD Research Professor) and Igor Grossmannon, A Sharper Mind, Middle Age and Beyond.
  • The LIFE Interdisciplinary Graduate Training Program has been selected as the recipient of the APA Board of Educational Affairs Award to Advance Interdisciplinary Education and Training in Psychology!  The award recognizes education and training programs in psychology that advance interdisciplinary, multidisciplinary, or inter-professional teaching, research or practice in psychology at the K-12, undergraduate, and graduate and postdoctoral levels. 
    The LIFE Program was originally initiated by Jacque Eccles and Paul Baltes, in collaboration with Randy Nesse and Dick Nisbett.  Several RCGD faculty have also been leaders in the developing of the program including James Jackson, Randy Nesse, Dick Nisbett, Rowell Huesmann, Pamela Davis-Kean, Rich Gonzalez, and Shinobu Kitayama.  The program is now directed by Toni Antonucci and Patricia A. Reuter-Lorenz.  It involves graduate students from several areas in Psychology. Sela Panapasa (RCGD Assistant Research Scientist) received the 2011 Health Disparities Research Leadership Award in recognition of her contributions to improving Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander health.The UM Record Update Online highlights Norbert Schwarz (RCGD Research Professor) and Stephen Garcia (RCGD Faculty Associate), who provide research advice when it comes to gift giving.
  • Sela Panapasa (RCGD Assistant Research Scientist) received the 2011 Health Disparities Research Leadership Award in recognition of her contributions to improving Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander health.
  • Jacque Eccles, RCGD Research Professor, is appointed interim director of IRWG (the Institute for Research on Women and Gender), effective October 1, 2012.  Jacque will serve in this role for one year.  The Institute for Research on Women and Gender communicates important advances in empirical and theoretical scholarship on gender and women to the public.
  • The New York Times quotes Randolph Nesse, professor of psychiatry and psychology, and research professor for the Research Center for Group Dynamics, on the effect Richard Dawkins' book “The Selfish Gene” had on evolutionary science.
  • The National Coalition for Literacy (NCL) presented its 2011 NCL Literacy Leadership Awards on Sept 14, 2011 at a ceremony in Washington, DC to Jere Johnston (RCGD Research Professor).  The awards recognize individual and/or organizations that have made extraordinary national contributions to improving adult literacy and English language learning in the United States.  Professor Johnston is recognized for his work with John Fleischman to create USA LEARNS, the online interactive English language learning site.  This site is free to learners who wish to improve their literacy skills and English language proficiency through independent study.  It receives more than 11,000 visitors each day.
  • The Times of India and other media quoted Sara Konrath, research assistant professor at the Research Center for Group Dynamics and adjunct assistant professor of psychology, about her study into the effects that motivations behind volunteering can have on a person's lifespan.
  • Beverly Strassmann research with the Dogon Tribe in Africa is the topic of "Raising a Child Doesn't Take a Village" published in the Toronto Star. Strassmann also speaks about her work in this video.
  • Research conducted by Richard Nisbett (RCGD Research Professor) is highlighed in MSN article, "For Men, 'Culture of Honor' Can be Deadly."
  • Teach Yourself to be Wiser, a video highlighting research by Ethan Kross (RCGD Faculty Associate), is highlighted in Michigan Today article.
  • The TV Program “Out of the Blue” produced by the University of Michigan’s Office of Communications, broadcast an episode on Emily Falk's (RCGD Faculty Associate) research, "Neuroscience Communications Lab."
  • Jacque Eccles (RCGD Research Professor) was recently recognized with two awards: 1. The 2012 APA Division 7 "Urie Bronfenbrenner Award for Lifetime Contribution to Developmental Psychology in the Service of Science and Society." This award will be presented at the 2012 APA Convention in Orlando Florida where Jacque will give an invited address. 2. The Shavelson Award for Life Time Contributions to the Study of the Self from the International Self Research Society based at the University of Sydney, Australia.
  • Ryan Bremner (RCGD Grad Student)  was mentioned in UM Online Record.  Research on prayer that he and Brad Bushman (RCGD Adjunct Faculty Associate and OSU Professor) conducted is highlighted in the online “National Post.”  The study was also covered by the APA Monitor and Reuters along with several other media outlets.
  • The UM Record Online noted that Richard Nisbett (RCGD Research Professor) was quoted in an article entitled “What Does IQ Really Measure” in ScienceNOW
  • Research conducted by Shinobu Kitayama (RCGD Research Professor) and Jinkyung Na (DSRA) has been highlighted in a recent Psychological Science press release. Live Science also highlights the research in "Culture Influences Judgement of Others."
  • Daphne C. Watkins (RCGD Faculty Associate and Assistant Professor, School of Social Work) has been elected Vice-President of the American Men’s Studies Association.  The American Men’s Studies Association mission is to advance the critical study of men and masculinities by encouraging the development of teaching, research, and clinical practice in the field of men’s studies.   Daphne is  the first women ever elected to serve in this capacity in the organization’s 20 year history.   
  • Jeffrey Sanchez-Burks (RCGD Faculty Associate) is key note speaker at the March Michigan Diversity Council meeting.
  • Why War is Never Really Rational” by Scott Atran (RCGD Adjunct Research Scientist) is published in The Huffington Post. A related article, "The Sacred Rules of War", is published at The National Interest.
  • Ethan Kross (RCGD Faculty Associate) is mentioned in today’s UM Record Online for an article appearing in USA TODAY about the link between social rejection and physical pain. At least 400 news outlets covered this story including BBC radio and Reuters.
  • Article about Japanese and American reactions to tsunami and nuclear disaster in the LA Times quotes, Profesor Shinobu Kitayama.
  • Distinguished University Professor lecture, Two Roads Diverged in a Yellow Wood, given by Jacque Eccles, is discussed in an article in the Univ. Record.
  • The Economist published a piece with Jonathon P. Schuldt, Sara Konrath, and Norbert Schwarz on beliefs about climate change; forthcoming in the scholarly journal, Public Opinion Quarterly
  • Michael Varnum, graduate student in psychology, and Shinobu Kitayama, professor of psychology and faculty associate of the Research Center for Group Dynamics, told LiveScience about their study showing that regional cultures in the U.S. influence the names that parents give their children.
  • RCGD Research Scientist, Scott Atran's views on violent extremism, events in Egypt, etc. are discussed on American Public Radio's and National Public Radio's Krista Tippett, "On Being: Demonstrations, Hopes and Dreams". His book, Talking to the Enemy, is reviewed in The Guardian and the London Review of Books. Along with Jeremy Ginges, Scott Atran was featured in the article, "Science Says: War is the Irrational Choice", in AAAS Science.
  • James Jackson (ISR Director & RCGD Research Professor) will be awarded the Pearmain Prize for Excellence in Research on Aging from the University of Southern California.  The Pearmain Prize for Excellence in Research on Aging honors scholars who best exemplify outstanding contributions to the field of translational aging research and its import to issues directly relating to older people.    
  • The New York Times published Scott Atran's op-ed, "Egypt's Bumbling Brotherhood".
  • Emily Falk's research is featured in NSF video, "Brain Scan Can Tell if a Smoker Will Quit".
  • Research conducted by Professor Colleen Seifert,  RCGD Faculty Associate, was recently highlighted in a USNews & World Report article, "Careful Actions Can Lead to Good Luck."
  • Scott Atran, RCGD Adjunct Research Scientist, is cited in the Monitor on Psychology’s article, “Reason to Believe.”
  • Shinobu Kitayama, RCGD Research Professor, was interviewed about his work on cultural neuroscience by FPR.
  • James Jackson was given a Lifetime Achievement Award in Biomedical Sciences from the New York Academy of Medicine at a ceremony held on November 16.   The award is the academy's oldest, since 1929, and has been received by Nobel Laureates and other eminent scientists in biomedicine. James is the first social scientist to receive this award.
  • Research conducted by Thomas Fuller-Rowell (Post-doc Scholar in Achievement Research) is highlighted in Science Daily article, “Social Costs of School Success are highest for blacks.”
  • The article, “Your Brain on Culture,” in the Monitor on Psychology highlights the  work at RCGD’s Center for Culture, Mind, and the Brain, directed by Shinobu  Kitayama (RCGD Research Professor). 
  • Research conducted by Oscar Ybarra (RCGD Faculty Associate), Gene Burnstein (RCGD Research Scientist), Piotr Winkielman and Irene Yeh  showing that conversation can boost brain power made news.  A few of the several outlets for this story are: the Wall Street Journal, AOL News, Science Daily, Bloomberg Business Week, CBC News and US News & World Report.
  • Sara Konrath, RCGD Research Assistant Professor, was interviewed on MSNBC TV about her research on empathy.
  • Research conducted by Sean Joe (RCGD Faculty Associate and PRBA Associate Director of Teaching & Training) was highlighted in a recent Our Weekly article, "African American Males & Suicide:  Changing Attitudes Require a New Look."
  • Scott Atran, RCGD Adjunct Research Scientist, newly published book is entitled, “Talking to the Enemy: Faith Brotherhood, and the (Un)Making of Terrorists.”  He also discusses the breeding of terrorism in Muslim communities from Indonesia to Morocco on MSNBC ‘s Morning Joe program.
  • Research conduct by Joshua Rabinowitz (RCGD Assistant Research Scientist) and colleague Terri Conley was highlighted in the UM News Service article, "15 years later: O.J. Simpson still divides or connects people."
  • Work by Norbert Schwarz and Spike Lee that finds people need to clean the body part that lies is highlighted by several news sources, the U-M News Service, The Globe and Mail, Full Frontal Psychology, and AOL Health.  The study was published in the October 2010 Psychological Science journal.
  • Research by Sela Panapasa in the article, “Native Hawaiians: Vulnerability to early death at all ages” is distributed by the UM News Service.  She is also cited in the Time magazine article, “Paradise Paradox: Why Life in Hawaii Leads to Early Death.”
  • Research done in a study led by Rowell Huesmann and Eric Dubow, which studies the effects of exposure to violence on Israeli and Palestinian children, is highlighted by the Univ. of Michigan news service, “How Palestinian and Israeli children are being psychologically scarred by exposure to war: U-M study”.
  • Newsweek article, "Why Islamists Love the World Cup: Jihadist are some of the most artdent fans of the world's most popular sport," quotes Scott Atran, who has studied the interplay between terror groups and soccer.
  • The American Psychological Association's journal, Developmental Psychology, has named Jacque Eccles as editor and Eric Dubow as associate editor.
  • Emily Falk, incoming RCGD Faculty Associate, commented about a study she and colleagues did involving interpreting “real time” brain images in a Reuters’ article titled, “Now scientists read your mind better than you can.
  • Dara Greenwood, published an article in Scientific American, "Grand Theft Auto is good for you? not so fast..." discussing what research reveals about video game violence and its consequences for children.
  • Scott Atran, adjunct research scientist at the Research Center for Group Dynamics and visiting professor of public policy, spoke to the Associated Press about the attack by Israeli naval commandos on a Turkish aid vessel headed for Gaza, saying that "[t]he attack on a humanitarian mission...will only further alienate the international community and isolate Israel while granting added legitimacy to Hamas' claim to represent the plight of the Palestinian people.”
  • UM Record Podcast interview, “Why Empathy is Declining Among College Students,” highlights research by Sara Konrath (RCGD Asst. Research Professor), Ed O'Brien (UM Grad Student) and Courtney Hsing (UM student), all working with the RCGD Aggression Research Group. The Washington Post featured this same research in a May 31 article, "College students losing their sensitvie side and the New York Times followed it up June 29 with, "From student, less kindness for stranger?"
  • Rowell Huesmann spoke with the Los Angeles Times about the influence of video games on violent behavior in an article titled, “Effects of violent video games.”
  • The FABBS Foundation (formerly the Foundation for the Advancement of Behavioral and Brain Sciences) honored RCGD Faculty Associate and current RCGD Executive Committee Member Phoebe C. Ellsworth as a profiled scientist.
  • Jacque Eccles is featured in the Spring 2010 Michigan Engineer article, "Women in Engineering."
  • The APA Monitor highlighted research by Emily Falk (incoming RCGD faculty associate) and Matt Lieberman (UCLA) in the article "More powerful persuasion"
  • Articles by RCGD Research Scientist Scott Atran discuss monotheism, fanatisicsm and the Times Square bomber in " Times Square bomber: another of the dangerous disillusioned" (the Guardian) and " Understanding how the privileged become violent fanatics" (Huffington Post).
  • Sela Panapasa, (RCGD Research investigator) addressed a conference titled "Health Concerns and Disparities Among America's Fastest Growing Populations" at the National Press Club in Washington D.C.
  • Research by Norbert Schwarz (RCGD Research Professor) and Spike Lee created a buzz with the paper, "Washing Away Postdeciscional Dissonance" published in Science magazine. This is a link to coverage by NPR, ABC, National Geographic and other media sources following up on the article.
  • Research conducted by Daphna Oyserman (RCGD Research Professor) and Mesmin Destin (LS&A Pscy GSRA) was recently highlighted in the Miller-McCune online magazine in the article "Motivating Students Via Mental Time Travel". This research was also covered in the Vancouver Sun, "Show them the money: But keep kids career expectations realistic," and the Boston Globe "How to get Johnny to study."
  • Research conducted by Brad Bushman and Jody Whitaker is cited in article "The ignorant and the furious: video and catharsis" by Wray Herbert in True/Slant.
  • Shinobu Kitayama was interviewed for the article "To Choose or Not to Choose", which is in the Chronicle Review.
  • Richard Nisbett, the 2010 Henry Russel Lecturer, speaks on the topic of his 2009 book, "intelligence and How to Get It" on March 9th in the Rackham Amphitheater.
  • Randy Nesse is featured in the New York Times article "Depression's Upside".
  • Shinobu Kitayama has won a Guggenheim Fellowship.   This is a coveted national honor recognizing distinguished achievements in many fields and, in this case, Shinobu’s research on Culture and Psychology.  Established in 1925 by former United States Senator and Mrs. Simon Guggenheim, in memory of seventeen-year-old John Simon Guggenheim, the elder of their two sons, who died April 26, 1922, the Foundation has sought from its inception to "add to the educational, literary, artistic, and scientific power of this country, and also to provide for the cause of better international understanding.”  Fellows are awarded through rigorous national competition on the basis of distinguished achievement in the past and exceptional promise for future accomplishments. 
  • Norbert Schwarz has been elected to the German Academy of Sciences "Leopoldina" - the oldest academy in the world.  Elected members are scientists recognized by the academy to have distinguished themselves by demonstrating academic excellence.
  • Sara Konrath received the 2010 UROP outstanding research mentor award. The award recognized contributions to the mentorship and developemnt of future young researchers.
  • Norbert Schwarz's fifteen year old book on cognitive aspects of survey research, entitled “Thinking About Answers” (Jossey-Bass 1996) and co-authored with the late Seymour Sudman and Norman Bradbum, will receive the 2010 BOOK AWARD of the AMERICAN ASSOCIATION for PUBLIC OPINION RESEARCH in May 2010.   The book award recognizes books (of any age) that have had an impact and influence on the field.
  • James Jackson has been elected to the American Academy of the Arts and Sciences, one of the nation's oldest and most pretigious onorary societies. The AAAS is an independent policy research center that conducts studies of complex and emerging problems. Elected members are considered leaders in the academic disciplines, the arts, business, and public affairs.
  • Minzheng (Mike) Hou, Sara Konrath’s Honors Thesis Student, has been awarded the Marshall Sahlins Social Science Award in the Goldstein Honors prizes.  This honor recognizes overall excellence in various fields of endeavor and is not just solely a thesis prize.  The social science prize is awarded to the most academically outstanding student in all the social sciences for the academic year.  Mike’s honor thesis was also nominated for the Pillsbury Award for top thesis in Psychology, and won top poster for the Psychology Undergraduate Research Conference.  His work has been presented at several conferences, including one upcoming national conference (APS), and Mike and Sara are now pursuing its publication.  Mike has expressed his appreciation to RCGD for allowing him to use the RCGD Robert B. Zajonc Experimental Labs.  Mike was able to collect data from over 140 participants this past year while using the labs.
  • Robert Sellers (RCGD Faculty Associate) has received the 2010 Harold R. Johnson Diversity Service Award from the Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs.  Recipients of the award “demonstrate an exemplary commitment to diversity throughout the University of Michigan.”
  • Study by Norbert Schwarz and Spike W.S. Lee is highlighted in Miller-McCune article, "Sneezing Changes Minds on Health Care".
  • Norbert Schwarz's article, "If it's east to read, it's easy to do, pretty, good, and true", in the Psychologist discusses some fascintating findings on how fluency affects judgement, choice and processing style. The findings are also highlighted in the Boston Globe article, "Easy=True"
  • Research by Stephen Garcia, Faculty Associate, and his colleague Avishalom Tor (Haifa University) is highlighted in a Newsweek article, "Taking the SAT in a Crowded Room Means Lower Scores".
  • U. S. News & World Reports article, "Health Fears are Nothing to Sneeze At", cited work done by Spike W. S. Lee and RCGD resercher Norbert Schwartz.
  • Dara Greenwood, Faculty Associate, is cited in Globe and Mail article, "Office Blonde Jokes No Laughing Matter."
  • Randy Nesse, Director of the Evolution and Human Adaptation Program and RCGD Research Professor, is quoted in Yahoo News article, "'Darwinian medicine' in focus at World Health Summit".
  • Ethan Kross, RCGD Faculty Associate, is quoted in a feature article, "How to Cope: Step Back and Get Some Distance", in Oprah Magazine.
  • Dynamic Directions - 2009-2010 issue of the RCGD newsletter  September 2009
  • Daphna Oyserman's paper "Fitting in Matters", which was published in Psychological Science is cited in Newsweek Blog post, "Tell Them, 'You're Acting Obama' (A personal essay)
  • Pamela Davis-Kean featured in University Record podcast,
    "Helping children succeed".
  • Daphna Oyserman research on culture was cited in the July Miller-McCune Report article entitled "Not Just Another Word: Definitions of 'Freedom' Vary".  The Miller-McCune journal is focused on, "Turning research into solutions."   Daphna's piece cites her culture research, focusing on questions of what freedom means in Iran.
  • Scott Atran's wrote The Moral Failure of our National Intelligence,” for the Huffington Post:7/11/2009
  • Steven Garcia's research is featured in the The Economist: Psyched Out,” 7/9/2009
  • The Univ. of Michigan News Service features Brad Bushman's research in article "Playing video games for better, not worse" and podcast.
  • Dick Nisbett has been named the 2010 Henry Russel Lectureship winner.  This award is one of the highest honors that the University gives to senior members of the faculty.  The Henry Russel Lecturership was established in 1925 with a bequest from Henry Russel of Detroit who received three degrees from the University of Michigan. 
  • In anticipation of President Obama's middle east trip, the following article appeared in Newsweek magazine. It refers to research by Scott Atran (RCGD Adjunct Research Scientist).
  • The University of Michigan has awarded Jacque Eccles a Distinguished Univ. Professorship.
  • Stephanie Brown's article, "Caregiving Behavior is Associated with Decreased Mortality Risk", was recently published in Psychological Science (April 2009).
  • RCGD's Norbert Schwarz, along with research Peter Ubel, recently spoke with Parenting Magazine about how mothers can increase their happiness by reconsidering priorities and getting enough sleep.
  • Jim Wessel, ISR Assistant Director from 1969-1995, passed away on Sunday, April 12, 2009.
  • Research by Randy Nesse is highlighted in Science Magazine article, "Darwin Applies to Medical School."
  • Researchers Mary Rigdon and Shinobu Kitayama's soon to be published work is highlighted in an article, "Brother Can You Spare a Dime?" at Scientific Blogging. Their research article will be appear in Journal of Economic Psychology.
  • Norbert Schwarz recently received the Wilhelm Wundt-Williams James Award for 2009.
  • Jacque Eccles is one of the featured speakers – along with the Dalai Lama, Marian Wright Edelman, Martin Brokenleg, Dan Goelman, Less Shulman, and others – at the “Educating World Citizens for the 21st Century” conference to be held October 8-9 in Washington, D. C.
  • Research conducted by Stephen Garcia (RCGD Faculty Associate) is featured in the Ann Arbor News in article entitled "Larger field dulls the drive to compete".
  • Published in the New Scientist, Daphna Oyserman and Richard Nisbett's article titled "Beyond east and west: How the brain unites us all". Note the statement: "Psychologists have conducted a wealth of experiments that seem to support popular notions that easterners have a holistic world view, rooted in philosophical and religious traditions such as Taoism and Confucianism, while westerners tend to think more analytically, as befits their philosophical heritage of reductionism, utilitarianism and so on. However, the most recent research suggests that these popular stereotypes are far too simplistic. It is becoming apparent that we are all capable of thinking both holistically and analytically - and we are starting to understand what makes individuals flip between the two modes of thought” refers to Daphna’s 2008 review of the state of the literature published in the Psychological Bulletin.
  • Jacque Eccles served on a United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs panel. Topic was "Learning to be a Girl: Care Giving in the Context of HIV/AIDS." The event was organized and sponsored by the Permanent Mission of Canada to the United Nations and co-sponsored by Working Group on Girls of the NGO Committee on UNICEF, Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues and Bahá'í International Community.  Panel presenters offered recommendations derived from case studies and diverse practices from all around the world.
  • Jere Johnston’s Project IDEAL collaboration with the Sacramento County Office of Education in California is highlighted in UMich News Service: “USA Learns Helps Immigrants Learn English”
  • Richard Nisbett's new book, Intelligence and How to Get it: Why Schools and Cultures Count, was published by W.W. Norton and reviewed in the New York Times book review in March 2009.
  • A study published in Psychological Science by Norbert Schwarz and Hyunjin Song is highlighted in a February  24, 2009 TIME Magazine article.
  • Norbert Schwarz is quoted in The New York Times article, "Reinvent Wheel? Blue Room. Defusing a Bomb? Red Room."
  • Norbert Schwarz will receive the Distinguished Scientific Achievement Award of the Society for Consumer Psychology (APA Division 23) in San Diego. 
  • New York Times publishes op-ed piece by Dick Nisbett, RCGD Research Professor.,
  • Colleen Seifert (Professor, LS&A Department of Psychology) has joined RCGD as a new Faculty Associate.  Professor Seifert’s research interests include cognitive modeling (computer models of human thought); intelligence; knowledge of representation; memory retrieval; problem solving; case based reasoning; judgment and decision-making; naturally situation cognition.  Don’t miss Seifert’s research recently highlighted in The Oprah Magazine in an article by Ben Sherwood (“How to Get Lucky”)
  • Sean Joe (RCGD Faculty Associate) is the 2009 recipient of the Edwin Shneidman Award from the American Association of Suicidology for outstanding contributions in research to the field of suicide studies. Sean will give an address after he is presented with the award at the April 2009 42nd American Association of Suicidology Conference in San Francisco. 
  • Research by Jacqui Smith (RCGD & SRC research professor) cited in UMich News Service: “Old as you want to be: Study finds most seniors feel younger”
  • Teen self-esteem research by Jennifer Crocker cited in on-line article by KiVi-TV.
  • Newsweek article, "Black Men and Suicide", cites research by Sean Joe.
  • CNN article describes aggression and violent video game link found in research by Rowell Huesmann.
  • Science News quotes Paul Boxer, co-PI in CDC funded Aggression Research study about media violence and aggression.
  • Podcast of the 2008 Katz-Newcomb lecture, Affective Adaptation and the Pleasure of Uncertainty presented by Professor Timothy Wilson from the Univ. of Virginia now available online.
  • Daphna Oyserman is the recipient of the 2009 Society for Social Work Research Excellence in Research Award for her article entitled “Identity-based Motivation and HealthJournal of Personality and Social Psychology, 93 (6) 1011-27.  Daphna will receive the award at the Presidential Awards Ceremony on Friday, January 16, at the 2009 SSWR Conference in New Orleans. 
  • Discussing research about the age at which children make connections between what they know is wrong and their behavior, the Star Ledger and Michigan Today quotes RCGD researcher Pamela Davis-Kean.
  • The "2008 Best Article Award" from the Association for Consumer Research is "How Warnings about False Claims Become Recommendations" by Ian Skurnik, Carolyn Yoon, Denise C. Park, and Norbert Schwarz. When the research was done, Ian Skurnik was a post-doc in RCGD working with Norbert, Denise (former Research Professor in RCGD), and Carolyn.
  • RCGD concludes Self-Assessment, a process undertaken every ten years. In addition to a Self-Assessment Report, the center is visted by external and internal review committees of distinguished social scientists selected by the provost.
  • "How to Get a College Roommate You Can Live With", University News Service article & podcast, highlights research by Jennifer Crocker and Amy Canevello.
  • Jennifer Crocker has been elected president of the Society for the Personality and Social Psychology. Jenny will serve as President-elect in 2009, President in 2010, and Past-President in 2011.
  • Jacque Eccles received the Distinguished Lifetime Career Award from the Society for the Study of Human Development. She also delivered an invited address at the biennial meeting of the International Society for the Study of Behavioural Development.
  • Grand Theft Summer", an article in the July 1, 2008 Detroit Free Press, highlights work by Brad Bushman.
  • Scott Atran featured in Huffington Post article, June 25, 2008.
  • A unique research study by Hyunjin Song and Norbert Schwarz was highlighted in the Ann Arbor News on June 10, 2008
  • The April 21, 2008 University Record highlights research by RCGD researchers Linda Chatters, Robert Taylor and James Jackson in an article entitled, "Divine Intervention: Blacks use Prayer to Cope with Stress".
  • An article, "Unequal Perspectives on Racial Equality", published March 24, 2008 in the Washington Post highlights research conducted by Amanda Brodish, a Research Fellow in RCGD’s “Achievement Research Lab”.
  • Research recently highlighted in a New York Times article, "East & West Part ways in Test of Facial Expressions", came from work conducted right here at Michigan by Takahiko Masuda (former Ph.D. student), Phoebe Ellsworth (RCGD Faculty Associate), Batja Mesquita (former Visiting Scholar), and Jan Leu (former Ph.D. student) as well as Shigehito Tanida and Ellen Van de Veerdonk.
  • Salon.com sites Norbert Schwarz, RCGD Research Professor, in article entitled, "Rumor's Reason".
  • Jacquelynne Eccles, RCGD Research Professor & McKeachie Collegiate Professof Psychology, Women's Studies, and Education, gives the 29th Distinguished Senior Faculty Lecture "Right Where I Belong" April 2, at 4:10 p.m. in the Rackham Amphitheater (4th floor).
  • Research conducted by Pam Davis-Kean (RCGD Research Asst Professor) and Justin Jager (Post-Doc Fellow) is highlighted on the University of Michigan’s Home Page in an article titled "Achievement Gaps within Racial Groups Identified for First Time”
  • Congratulations to Amy Canevello, newly appointed RCGD Research Investigator. Amy has worked as a postdoc scholar for Jenny Crocker's program area.
  • An obituary for Len Eron, written by Rowell Huesmann and Eric Dubow appears in Feb-Mar 2008 issue of the American Psychologist. Earlier obituaries include this one published in the New York Times (May 2007).
  • Research conducted by Jeffrey Sanchez Burks (RCGD Faculty Associate) is highlighted in the University Record (2/11/08), “Do Co-Workers Engage or Estrange After Hours?”.
  • Brad Bushman's research highlighted on ABC News "20/20" program entitled Anger In America: Myths and Truths About the Emotion We Love to Hate. January 2008
  • Carmen R. Green, M.D., RCGD Faculty Associate, is working in the hospital room and the corridors of power to make pain treatment work for everyone. Jan. 2008
  • The Guardian Weekly, a publication for the English language teachering community, references work by Jere Johnston in an article entitled "Migrants Offered Portal to Lanugage". December 2007
  • New York Times publishs op-ed piece, "All Brains Are the Same Color", by Richard Nisbett. December 2007
  • Media Violence study led by Rowell Huesmann gains widespread attention: Ann Arbor News, Science Daily, University Record, University of Michigan podcast.
  • National Science Foundation highlights CAPCA research: Children's Bad Behavior Gives Insights to Academic Achievement and Later Career Success
  • Sean Joe (RCGD Faculty Associate) received the 2008 Society for Social Work and Research Deborah K. Padgett Early Career Achievement Award. This award recognizes Sean's "innovative scholarship, a rigorous approach to social work research, and work that exhibits an emerging influence in the field". It will be presented at the upcoming Presidential Awards Ceremony on Friday, January 18th, at the 2008 SSWR Conference in Washington, DC.
  • Oscar Ybarra's research highlighted in the LA Times and U.S. News & World Report. 2007-11-07
  • Jeffrey Sanchez-Burks talks about his research in "Too many office trinkets? Professional image may suffer" 2007-09-18
  • Dynamic Directions - Inaugural issue of the RCGD newsletter (pdf)2007-09-15
  • Norbert Schwarz quoted in the Washington Post regarding the myth and memory 2007-09-04
  • Resolution of quarrels arising from conflicting sacred values, as in the Middle East, may require concessions that acknowledge the opposition's core concerns (Scott Atran, Bob Axelrod and Rich Davis published in Science Magazine - pdf) 2007-08-24
  • Study shows father's influence can sway daughters toward math and science (Pam Davis-Kean's research highliged in Ann Arbor News). 2007-06-17 (pdf)
  • Beverly Strassman study highlighted in ABC story, Gender Bender: Redefining the Curse of Menstruation--Women Rexamine their Identities as They Embrace the New Pill. May 2007
  • Leonard Eron, renowned research scientist is dead at 87 (pdf) 2007-05-12
  • Research conducted by Daphna Oyserman was highlighted in OVPR's Spring 2007 "Search & Discovery" Magazine (pdf) Spring, 2007