Convention Video Blog: Violence Exposure During Childhood Is Associated With Telomere Erosion
The cameras are rolling at the APS 24th Annual Convention in Chicago, Illinois. Idan Shalev of Duke University presented his research "Violence Exposure During Childhood Is Associated With Telomere Erosion: A Longitudinal Study" at Poster Session V on Friday May 25. Idan Shalev Duke University Terrie E. Moffitt Duke University and King’s College London, United Kingdom Avshalom Caspi Duke University and King’s College London, United Kingdom Using a longitudinal design we tested the effects of violence exposure during childhood on telomere erosion rate. We assessed childhood adversity prospectively and measured telomere length at two time-points, at age-5 and at age-10 years.
Convention Video Blog: When Chaos Comes Home
The cameras are rolling at the APS 24th Annual Convention in Chicago, Illinois. Alexander P. Kempe of Metropolitan State University presented his research "When Chaos Comes Home" at Poster Session I on Thursday, May 24. Alexander P. Kempe Metropolitan State University Kasandra Danielson Metropolitan State University Kerry S. Kleyman Metropolitan State University Soldiers have always struggled with readjusting to life after war. The current study evaluated over 400 soldiers using Zuckerman’s Sensation Seeking Scale and Courbasson’s Reflective Activity Scale. As expected, results indicated significantly higher sensation seeking for combat versus non-combat soldiers.
Convention Video Blog: How Can Wii Help?
The cameras are rolling at the APS 24th Annual Convention in Chicago, Illinois. Jessica A. Stansbury of Towson University presented her research "How Can Wii Help? Video Gaming Increases Course Knowledge and Engagement" at the Teaching Institute Poster Session Thursday, May 24. The effectiveness of video gaming to supplement instruction of descriptive statistics and factorial designs in a research methods course was evaluated. Students designed studies involving their scores from two Wii video games. Students’ actual knowledge increased significantly, and they reported high levels of engagement with the material.
Growing Over Showing in Math Education
In case you missed it, the cameras were rolling at the APS 23rd Annual Convention in Washington, DC. Watch Matthew G. Mandelbaum from Fordham University present his poster session research on “Mastery, Need for Cognition, and Self-Efficacy Promote Long-Term Math Achievement in Adolescent Females.” Mandelbaum’s research shows that “growing” is better than “showing” when it comes to learning math.
HPA Activation Leads to Sex Differences in Spatial Attention
In case you missed it, the cameras were rolling at the APS 23rd Annual Convention in Washington, DC. Watch Melissa VanderKaay Tomasulo from St. Michael's College present her poster session research. Stressors in your life, such as navigating traffic or doing a public presentation, activate two main biological stress systems: The HPA axis (hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis) and the SAM axis (sympatho-adrenomedullary axis). Stress research in humans has generally focused on verbal learning and memory. But Melissa M. VanderKaay Tomasulo of Saint Michael's College, along withAnthony E.
How to Beat Bad News
There’s a lot of bad news out there, and sometimes it’s hard not to assume that the next flu pandemic, terrorist attack, or natural disaster is just around the corner. If remembering frightening, high-profile events makes you feel bad, APS Fellow David Barlow suggests that you confront your negative feelings head on. Ten years after the September 11 attacks, Barlow said that ramped-up airport security and color-coded threat assessments from the Department of Homeland Security serve as constant reminders that something terrible could happen at any moment. The consequence, he says, has been an increase in anxiety among Americans.