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Thought-Provoking Research on How Kids Learn Science
People Behind the Science interviewed David Klahr on his research about why thinking scientifically does not come naturally to some children and what we can do about it.


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Scientific American: Scientists Bring New Rigor to Education Research
This article on the science of learning features Sharon Carver, Anna Fisher, Karrie Godwin and the CMU Children's School.


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Only 25 Minutes of Mindfulness Meditation Alleviates Stress
Published in the journal "Psychoneuroendocrinology," the study investigates how mindfulness meditation affects people's ability to be resilient under stress and is the first to show that as little as 25 minutes of mindfulness meditation for three consecutive days can alleviate stress.


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Can Stress Really Make Us Sick?



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Announcing the Inter-college Program in Neuroscience
Neuroscience is an exciting and growing field, and CMU is at the forefront of research in neurobiology, cognitive neuroscience, and computational neuroscience. Beginning in the Fall of 2014, freshman in the Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences will have the opportunity to join this field by declaring the new inter-college neuroscience major. This major will provide Dietrich students with an opportunity to take advantage of the many exciting neuroscientific research opportunities within the Department of Psychology, as well as taking advantage of expertise from other disciplines including biology, computer science, and chemistry.

The neuroscience degree features a common core for all majors, primarily focused on providing a rigorous scientific background via courses in psychology, biology, chemistry, mathematics, and computer science. In addition, students will have the opportunity to specialize within the major, choosing to focus on one of three concentrations within the major: Cognitive Neuroscience, Neurobiology, or Computational Neuroscience.

Many of the faculty in the Department of Psychology have neuroscientific research interests, and offer relevant courses. Students who are interested in taking advantage of these opportunities, or finding out more about the major, should contact Dr. Erik Thiessen or Dr. Lori Holt. More information about the degree can also be found on the Neuroscience major website:

Neuroscience Major






Rethinking the Colorful Kindergarten Classroom
When kindergarteners were taught in a highly decorated classroom, they were more distracted, and their test scores lower, than when they were taught in a room that was comparatively spartan, a new study found.


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Hooked on a Feeling
Award shows, like the Tony Awards ®, are a time when actors put their poker faces to the test.

At Carnegie Mellon University, art meets technology as actors put their emotions on display to help researchers map where feelings - such as happiness and sadness - reside in the brain...

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How Students Make Progress in Learning
Robert Siegler's "Overlapping waves" theory of intellectual development is featured in this article.


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Carnegie Mellon Researchers Discover Social Integration Improves Lung Function in Elderly
Published in the American Psychological Association's Health Psychology journal, this study also rebuffs the popular notion that marriage is the only social role that benefits health.


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Negative Social Interactions Increase Hypertension Risk In Older Adults
The study by Rodlescia Sneed and Sheldon Cohen was published in the American Psychological Association's Health Psychology Journal and provides some of the first concrete evidence that negative social interactions not only influence psychological well-being but also physical health - in this case, blood pressure levels.


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Heavily Decorated Classrooms Disrupt Attention and Learning In Young Children
Published in Psychological Science, CMU's Anna V. Fisher, Karrie E. Godwin and Howard Seltman looked at whether classroom displays affected children's ability to maintain focus during instruction and to learn the lesson content. They found that children in highly decorated classrooms were more distracted, spent more time off-task and demonstrated smaller learning gains than when the decorations were removed.


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Making the Most of Science, In and Out of the Classroom



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