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2018

November

Imagine feeding your pigs, tending your cabbage and collecting your eggs — all before heading to class.

Each year, over 4 million dogs enter animal shelters in the United States.

Halloween and its abundance of candy for most people signals a months-long slide into "I can eat whatever I want" and calories be damned until the New Year.

Five Arizona State University faculty members have been named President’s Professors, an honor that recognizes faculty who have made substantial contributions to undergraduate education.

October

Three accomplished individuals are being recognized for bringing honor to their alma mater, Arizona State University.

Words do matter, especially to adolescents.

Melanie Katzman was born curious and said she always planned to study psychology.

What causes some adolescents to thrive while other teenagers struggle with substance abuse and mental health?

The game of baseball unfolds slowly, over nine innings and over the course of three hours or more — and yet it can reach a critical junction in a blink of an eye.

Things we learned at the first day of the Zombie Apocalypse Medicine Meeting:

Starting college is exciting and liberating, but sometimes it can be overwhelming or stressful. Many college students end up feeling depressed or anxious.

September

The office shelves of Arizona State University scientists are usually lined with books related to their research.

It’s not easy being a kid, especially in middle school (sixth and seventh grade), when fitting in and finding place among your peers can be daunting.

Six years ago, a doctor told Stephanie Cahill that she most likely wouldn’t graduate high school, and that college was definitely out of the question.

Between 25 and 30 percent of children under the age of 18 in the United Stat

The mission of the Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University started with the desire to replicate a single blade of grass.

One of the best ways to learn if you should study psychology in college is to go and experience psychology in action.

Sun Tzu, the general of ancient China, wrote in his enduring military treatise “The Art of War” of the importance of knowing one’s enemy.

Imagine walking into your high school physics classroom only to be handed a surprise quiz on angular momentum.

August

Alzheimer’s disease is a devastating and progressive illness that affects almost 6 million Americans and their families.

Death as a punishment is an ancient concept. It is also controversial. Worldwide, over 140 countries have outlawed the death penalty, yet in over 50 it remains the law of the land.

Imagine meeting a potential roommate for coffee but instead of questions that gauge how compatible you both would be living together, you were asked about the ancestry of your parents’ families.

The first few years of a child’s life are crucial for learning language, and though scientists know the “when,” the “how” is still up for debate.

To say the town of Miami, Arizona, is small is an understatement — it covers less than a square mile with a population just under 2,000.

Adversity is part of life: Loved ones die. Soldiers deploy to war. Patients receive terminal diagnoses.

Faculty in the Arizona State University Department of Psychology have recently been elected to leadership positions in several prominent professional associations including three divisions of the A

A baby girl sits on the floor, crying. A man picks up the child and attempts to soothe her by patting her back and quietly singing in her ear. The baby sighs and stops crying.

July

Parenting is challenging and important, and it doesn't come with an instruction manual.

Each year, approximately 10–15 percent of postpartum women suffer from postpartum depression, which translates into almost 1 million women.

While the policies for separating children from their parents or guardians at the U.S.-Mexico border have recently changed, there are still many concerns about the short- and long-term effects suff

June

Researchers in Arizona State University’s Department of Psychology received a five-year grant for just under $2.5 million from the USDA to implement an intervention program that targets childhood o

The Arizona State University Department of Psychology has a history of research supporting children and adolescents experiencing crisis, anxiety or tra

With more than 2,000 children currently separated from their parents as a result of recent border policies, the U.S. is in the midst of a humanitarian crisis.

American flag bunting, barbecues, Bomb Pops and John Philip Sousa: We all know the trappings of a great July Fourth celebration.

Andres Munoz, a doctoral student in the Arizona State University Department of Psychology, studies cooperation from an evolutionary perspective and wh

Time seems to stand still during a cross-country flight, but then it flies while you're reading a good book.

Drug addiction is complex, and Arizona State University neuroscientist Foster Olive has spent his career working to unravel why

Arizona State University has lost a luminary in the field of prevention science: Thomas Dishion died June 1.

Each day in the United States, 116 people die from an opioid-related drug overdose. Opioid addiction has reach epidemic levels and is estimated to have cost the country $1 trillion since 2001.

The promotion from assistant to associate professor is a trying endeavor during which researchers have to establish a reputation as a leader in their field over a period of five to seven years.

May

Starting college is exciting, but it also can be stressful, especially for minority students.

Arizona State University Department of Psychology undergraduate Ashley Thompson's to-do list probably looks different than her peers'.

The Department of Psychology at Arizona State University promoted Virginia Kwan to full professor this year. Kwan joined ASU in 2009 and directs the Culture and Decision Science Lab.

Psychology is the study of human behavior, but not all psychologists directly study people.

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The Arizona State University Department of Psychology won big at the 2018 Pitchfork Awards, netting the ASU Changemaker Entrepreneurship Team of the Year and Outstanding Graduate Student Organizati

April

Since arriving on the Arizona State University campus in 1971 as a new assistant professor, Robert Cialdini has been giving to the Department of Psychology — through his ground-breaking research, c

As another academic year winds down, Arizona State University’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is awarding faculty members who have gone far beyond expectations to facilitate scholarly

Leena Bui, a graduate student in the Department of Psychology at Arizona State University, is a recipient of the National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program.

Folding towels. Peeling fruit. Scratching microphones. Hearing sweet nothings whispered in your ear.

The American Academy of Arts and Sciences elected three Arizona State University faculty members to its Class of 2018.

Blake Elliott, a graduate student in the Department of Psychology at Arizona State University, has received a Graduate Research F

Arizona State University Department of Psychology undergraduate students showed off their research findings to their peers, faculty and family at the annual Psychology Honor These

Adolescence is a time when biological changes in the body happen faster than psychological changes, a mismatch that creates challenges for teenagers that can lead to problem behaviors, depression o

Arizona State University’s Department of Psychology promoted Adam Cohen to full professor effective at the start of the 2017–18 academic year.

Dogs — they’re our best friends but there’s still a lot we don’t know about them: what they daydream about, if they’re really smiling, why they’re scared and how we can help.

Think of someone you trust. What is it about them that makes them trustworthy?

Making a difference is a shared goal among Arizona State University graduates.

On Tuesday, May 8, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Arizona State University will recognize its highest achieving students from the social sciences, natural sciences and humanities

March

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, tobacco use is still one of the top preventable causes of death in the United States, and the research of one Arizona State University u

The legal drinking age in the United States might be 21 years, but teenagers and pre-teens drink over 10 percent of all alcohol consumed in the country.

Considering the innovative research, sustainability-designed campuses, and the sheer size of graduating classes that result from Arizona State University, it can be hard to imagine the univer

When you have free time in your schedule, what do you do?

Most of us enjoy meeting a friend for a cup of coffee and a chat, but few of us pause to think about how we learn to have a conversation.

If you were a divorced parent, wouldn't you wish for a pill that would ensure your kids were less likely to experience depression, substance abuse and behavioral problems?

February

Last Saturday, Feb 24, Arizona State University’s Department of Psychology brought research from the laboratory to the sidewalk for the final installm

“Thank you for your service” is a wonderful sentiment, and it can be a nice thing for civilians to say to active military personnel and veterans.

Arizona State University’s Danielle McNamara was named an American Educational Research Association (AERA) Fellow for 2018.

As humans reach out technologically to see if there are other life forms in the universe, one important question needs to be answered: When we make contact, how are we going to handle it?

Are you in need of some fitness alignment in your mateship? Do you see potential pair bonding in your future? Or are you just looking for good, old-fashioned love?

Screams of excitement and nervous laughter echo across a high school food court.

When Thomas Dishion began his career in psychology in the 1980s, “intervention was a pipe dream.”

On the first floor of the Children’s Museum of Phoenix, an Arizona State University scientist from the Department of Psychology sits across a table from a 2-year-old child.

Entrepreneurs see the world in a different light, capitalizing on opportunity and balancing incredible risk with the chance of a massive reward.

January

Prepare to exercise your brain: National Puzzle Day is Jan. 29.

In June 1967, The Beatles released a song that would go on to be covered more than 50 times, no doubt because it proclaimed a universally appealing truism: “I get by with a little help from my frie

When you meet Maryglory Moshi, a junior in the Department of Psychology at Arizona State University, you first notice a giant smile and an eagerness to help.

Editor’s note: This is part of a series of profiles for fall 2017 commencement.

2017

December

Social networking sites have dominated our culture and the way people spend their time. We are constantly plugged in, checking the news, our feed, stories and snaps.

After 10 years, three changes of major and two children, Ashley Pitman graduated from college this week — the first in her family to earn a degree.

Editor’s note: This is part of a series of profiles for fall 2017 commencement.

On Tuesday, Dec.12, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Arizona State University will recognize its highest achieving students from the social sciences, n

Every entrepreneur wants to make money, but essentially what they’re working to create is a better life for humanity.

November

Five graduate students in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Arizona State University received the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowsh

Regents’ Professors are the elite of the academic world.

October

Halloween is an occasion to let loose, have a little fun and get out of your comfort zone.  

A college education can be like an all-you-can-eat buffet. With so many options, what is a diner to do? 

Death is a part of life.

For some people — 10-20 percent, according to the American Psychiatric Association — it’s much too big a part of life.

September

What is it about dogs that make them so cool? Why are they so friendly with humans?

Editor's note: This story is being highlighted in ASU Now's year in review.

Editor's note: This story is being highlighted in ASU Now's year in review.

Hurricanes Harvey and Irma have displaced scores of humans, many of whom have equally frightened pets.

Arizona State University is a key player in a new health research initiative designed to harness the expertise of scientists across the state to treat diseases like cancer and address such problems

August

Grocery shopping while hungry is a bad idea, often leading to regrettable surrender to momentary cravings.

July

Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell’s body was discovered by a bodyguard in a posh Detroit hotel room following a May 17 concert. 

As human beings, what drives us to higher levels of existence? Once we have satisfied the basics — food, shelter, a mate, children — then what?

June

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Arizona State University welcomes five new administrators into leadership ranks.

Editor's note: This story is being highlighted in ASU Now's year in review.

One in five adults cannot read above a fifth-grade level, according to a study from the U.S. Department of Education and the National Institute of Literacy.

May

They have what most would want — affluent upwardly mobile parents, living in comfortable homes in the suburbs, going to an elite high school and being groomed for the nation’s best colleges.

Hope you were nice to your mom on Mother’s Day, because it turns out she was right all along: Hanging out with the wrong crowd can lead you to make bad decisions, and for the first time an ASU rese

There are nearly 200 countries in the world today. In those countries there are various religions, age groups, social interests and economic classes, which themselves can be considered cultures.

Arizona State University alumna DeAnn Davies always wanted to be a pediatrician, but gaining more insight into the profession lead her down a different path. 

Like many children growing up, Clive Wynne had a cherished, but not always so well-behaved dog. In fact, Benji was sometimes downright naughty.

April

On Tuesday, May 9, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Arizona State University will recognize its highest achieving students from the social sciences, natural sciences and humanities at th

Mothers who work as health care professionals — such as physicians, physician assistants and nurse practitioners — can reduce their stress levels and burnout significantly by participating in close

Imagine you’ve devoted years and years, even decades, gathering knowledge and insights in your given fields of study.

March

Editor's note: This story is being highlighted in ASU Now's year in review.

Electricity, cellphones and the internet are just a few examples of tools we use every day that have become indispensable to modern life.

Arizona State University psychology professor and neuroscientist Heather Bimonte-Nelson recently found herself surrounded by hundreds of students examining brains, which wouldn’t have been unusual

February

From visiting one of the most beautiful Nordic cities, to exploring interpersonal relationships on beaches in Fiji, to understanding the integration of science and humanities in Italy, Arizona Stat

It’s 7 a.m. on a school day and little Susie’s got a stomach ache.

For five evenings over the course of February, the public was invited onto Arizona State University's campuses for Night of the Open Door to see what each ha

The guy at work who contributes squat to a team project. The one who develops alligator arms every time the check arrives.

Big cities with lots of people usually garner images of a fast-paced life, where the hustle and bustle of the city is met, and at least tolerated, by those who live there.

Sometimes during a trial a lawyer will get angry, a witness will speak out of turn or a defendant will have an outburst.

Growing up is hard enough, even under ideal circumstances.

In the aftermath of a separation or divorce, there are real choices that need to be made about where the kids will spend the night.

January

A study published Monday by ASU psychology professor Gary Ladd found that contrary to popular assumptions, bullying is mor

2016

December

Whether it’s family tradition, the smell of fresh pine or the convenience of buying a reusable tree at a big-box store, each person has a Christmas tree of choice.

The old adage “what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger” has become a sort of cultural trope we rely on when things don’t go our way, but is it true?

Editor’s note: This is part of a series of profiles for fall 2016 commencement.

November

An ancient history professor with an upcoming lecture at ASU says it’s important to remember the past as we deal with mental health care in the present.

An ASU researcher has helped hit on a new reason to fight infectious diseases: Reducing their prevalence can be linked to an increase in gender equality.

September

On a Monday evening in June 2015, 12 individuals gathered in the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina.

Summer is often a time to take a break from academic studies.

A large lecture hall on Arizona State University’s Tempe campus filled with anxious chatter as dozens of first-year students filed into row after row of seats.

June

Human well being often flourishes under conditions of cooperation with others and flounders during periods of external conflict and strife.

As states increasingly legalize the use of marijuana, the debate surrounding its benefits vs. risks wages on. There is still much unknown about the effects of cannabis.

May

Editor's note: This is part of a series of profiles for spring 2016 commencement.

Every person in the world is gifted with a complex interaction of several kinds of intelligence, and universities must recognize that each student is unique, according to Howard Gardner, who develo

Editor's note: This is part of a series of profiles for spring 2016 commencement.

Editor's note: This is part of a series of profiles for spring 2016 commencement.

April

On Tuesday, May 10, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Arizona State University will recognize its highest-achieving students from the social sciences, natural sciences and humanities at t

Having a hard time recalling where you put those tax forms? Blame it on stress.

March

No bones about it: Pit bulls get a bad rap.

Arizona PBS investigates the biology, genetics and social and learned behaviors behind why people experience foods and eating differently, with the premiere of the new original series, “Eating Psyc

When someone goes through a rough period, say a divorce or losing a job, the common thought has been that this is a test of the person’s ability to bounce back — and most psychological studies have

February

Declarations of love will be everywhere this Valentine’s Day weekend, from sappy cards to bombastic displays of affection.

To get an idea of how increasingly diversified the United States has become, all one has to do is look to the current occupants of the polestar of American iconography: the White House.

January

Three Arizona State University psychology professors have been named as “Rising Stars” by the largest international psychological association in the world.

Why help someone when you’ll receive nothing in return? How have groups of people cooperating together ensured group survival?

Ask 10 people what the most taxing years of motherhood are and there’s a good chance the consensus will be “children’s infancies,” when distressed babies adjusting to the world are too young to exp

The Family Check-Up, a highly successful family-counseling program, is currently being offered at a reduced cost to families with children between the ages 2 and 18 at the Arizona State University

It's the middle of January. How are those New Year's resolutions going?

Late Monday night it was announced that Tonya Couch, mother of the infamous “affluenza” teen Ethan Couch, had posted bail after her bond was lowered from $1 million to $75,000.

Mayo Clinic-ASU Obesity Solutions has announced the 2016 winners of its seed funding competition.

2015

December

Recent race-related events — in Ferguson, Missouri; St.

Editor's note: This story is part of a series of student profiles that are

Aside from warm family gatherings and coma-inducing feasts, the holidays often go hand-in-hand with something much less pleasant: stress.

Editor's note: This story is part of a series of student profiles that are

November

On paper, Candance Lewis seems to have it all — including a Bisgrove fellowship and a Fulbright scholarship.

Man's best friend might prove an unexpected ally in the fight against Alzheimer's.

Children experience anxiety just like the rest of us, whether they’re too nervous to raise their hand in class or to ask a crush out on a date.

Driven by a burning desire to succeed in a competitive workforce, four remarkable alumni from Arizona State University have gone above and beyond in their professional careers to create positive ch

Most people have had times in their life when they’ve been too nervous to raise their hand in class or ask a crush out on a date.