Tag: psychology

Researchers Design Interactive Software to Target Teen Alcohol Use

Monday, November 18th, 2013 | Tags: , , , ,

If you want teens to avoid risky behavior, you can’t just give teenagers the facts – you have to get them to engage with the information, feel motivated to change, and have the confidence and skills to keep themselves safe. That’s the idea behind a project under way at NC State and the University of

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The 21st Century Professor: Evaluating the Future of Instruction in Higher Education

Wednesday, September 25th, 2013 | Tags: ,

Editor’s Note: This is a guest post by Jeff Braden, dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences and professor of psychology at NC State. Braden is leading a study, funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, to determine whether computer-based instruction is as effective as conventional classroom instruction in higher education. What

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LEGO Robot Builders Form Emotional Bond to Their Creations

Thursday, September 19th, 2013 | Tags:

Psychology researchers have found that people who build robots form an emotional bond to their creations – though the bond is different from the sort of attachments people form with other people or pets. The researchers surveyed 16 undergraduates who built robots out of LEGOs as part of a robotics education course. All of the

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Seniors Who Play Video Games Report Better Sense of Emotional Well-Being

Tuesday, March 5th, 2013 | Tags: ,

New research finds that older adults who play video games report higher levels of emotional well-being. It’s correlation, not causation, but it is interesting. Researchers at NC State’s Gains Through Gaming lab asked 140 people aged 63 and older how often they played video games, if at all. The study participants then took a battery

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Efforts to Help Homeless Kids Gaining Traction

Thursday, May 10th, 2012 | Tags: , ,

Homeless children are at higher risk for mental health problems than other kids, but one researcher from NC State is taking action to give these kids a better chance for a healthy life. Last year, we told you about Mary Haskett’s work with a program called Project CATCH, which aims to provide homeless children with

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