University at Buffalo Psychology Department

University at Buffalo Psychology Department The Department of Psychology at UB reflects a commitment to cutting-edge research and outstanding training of students in psychological science.

Our productive faculty conduct research in four primary areas of psychology: Behavioral Neuroscience, Clinical Psychology, Cognitive Psychology, and Social-Personality Psychology. The undergraduate program combines breadth of exposure to the field with opportunities for specialization. Active engagement in psychological research is at the core of our Masters and Ph.D. programs, and opportunities a

Our productive faculty conduct research in four primary areas of psychology: Behavioral Neuroscience, Clinical Psychology, Cognitive Psychology, and Social-Personality Psychology. The undergraduate program combines breadth of exposure to the field with opportunities for specialization. Active engagement in psychological research is at the core of our Masters and Ph.D. programs, and opportunities a

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From ScienceDaily :  UB Psychology Professor, Eduardo Mercado, PhD, proposes a radically different story from what is co...
09/03/2021
Study shows a whale of a difference between songs of birds and humpbacks

From ScienceDaily : UB Psychology Professor, Eduardo Mercado, PhD, proposes a radically different story from what is commonly accepted about whale songs and presents evidence for a departure from treating whale songs as the underwater analog to bird songs. #UBuffalo #psychology

These findings challenge the results of past studies that vocal variations in humpback whale songs provide information about a singer's reproductive fitness. Instead, the morphing appears to reveal the precise locations and movements of singers from long distances and may enhance the effectiveness o...

08/30/2021

Happy first day of classes and welcome back!

A new paper co-authored by UB psychology professor, Dr. Peter Pfordresher, comparing the ability to match pitch and dura...
08/23/2021
What a song reveals about vocal imitation deficits for autistic individuals

A new paper co-authored by UB psychology professor, Dr. Peter Pfordresher, comparing the ability to match pitch and duration in speech and song is providing valuable insight into vocal imitation deficits for children and adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). #Ubuffalo #psychology

http://www.buffalo.edu/news/releases/2021/08/006.html

Study's findings have broad implications when thinking about the challenges associated with autism, including difficulties when interacting with others and making social connections.

From U.S. News and World Report: Only about 1 in 10 kids with ADHD are likely to have a full and lasting remission of th...
08/20/2021
Only 1 in 10 Kids With ADHD Will Outgrow It

From U.S. News and World Report: Only about 1 in 10 kids with ADHD are likely to have a full and lasting remission of their symptoms according to new research from UB alum and current associate professor at the University of Washington, Dr. Margaret Sibley. #UBuffalo #psychology

https://www.usnews.com/news/health-news/articles/2021-08-18/only-1-in-10-kids-with-adhd-will-outgrow-it

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From HuffPost : UB associate professor of psychology, Shira Gabriel, Ph.D., discusses parasocial relationships (or one-s...
06/03/2021
Wait, What The Heck Is A 'Parasocial Relationship'?

From HuffPost : UB associate professor of psychology, Shira Gabriel, Ph.D., discusses parasocial relationships (or one-sided psychological attachments) that people form with celebrities or fictional characters. #UBuffalo #psychology

There's a deeper reason we're all invested in celebrities like John Mulaney and Bennifer, even when we know it's kind of embarrassing to care.

Volunteers located in the Buffalo area are needed for a paid-study on vocal feedback. Please see the attached flyer for ...
05/25/2021

Volunteers located in the Buffalo area are needed for a paid-study on vocal feedback. Please see the attached flyer for more information:

Volunteers located in the Buffalo area are needed for a paid-study on vocal feedback. Please see the attached flyer for more information:

Congratulations to UB Psychology's Outstanding Senior, Cassondra Lyman, who graduates summa cm laude with a bachelor of...
05/17/2021
UB College of Arts and Sciences honors outstanding 2021 graduates

Congratulations to UB Psychology's Outstanding Senior, Cassondra Lyman, who graduates summa cm laude with a bachelor of science in psychology and a bachelor of arts in statistics!

Graduating students were recognized for their incredible achievements by the College of Arts and Sciences and SUNY.

Please join us in celebrating our 2021 graduates and the many accomplishments of members of the Psychology Department th...
05/14/2021
Class of 2021 Celebration

Please join us in celebrating our 2021 graduates and the many accomplishments of members of the Psychology Department this year!

Please join us in celebrating our 2021 graduates and the many accomplishments of members of the Psychology Department this year! 

“We can go from day to day doing the same thing and life begins to feel boring. And these large group gatherings tend to...
05/13/2021
Large events can be cesspools of germs. Here’s why we ache for them, anyway.

“We can go from day to day doing the same thing and life begins to feel boring. And these large group gatherings tend to make us feel like something special has happened.” - UB Psychology Associate Professor Shira Gabriel, PhD, as quoted in the recent Washington Post article on why we feel compelled to attend large gatherings. #UBuffalo #psychology

Attending a concert, sporting event or festival can promote feelings of connection and strengthen identity.

Volunteers are needed for a study on mindfulness-based cognitive therapy - note that there have been changes to the elig...
05/03/2021

Volunteers are needed for a study on mindfulness-based cognitive therapy - note that there have been changes to the eligibility criteria from our last post regarding this study. Please see the attached flyer for more information:

Volunteers are needed for a study on mindfulness-based cognitive therapy - note that there have been changes to the eligibility criteria from our last post regarding this study. Please see the attached flyer for more information:

From Science Times: A new paper from lead author and UB Psychology associate professor, Michael Poulin, PhD, demonstrate...
04/15/2021
Mindfulness Can Make Independent People Selfish, Study Suggests

From Science Times: A new paper from lead author and UB Psychology associate professor, Michael Poulin, PhD, demonstrates some of the surprising downsides of mindfulness while offering ways to minimize those consequences. #UBuffalo #psychology

A study from the University of Buffalo suggests that mindfulness can increase prosocial behaviors among interdependent individuals but can also make people, who view themselves as independent, selfish.

Volunteers are needed for a study on mindfulness-based cognitive therapy. Please see the attached flyer for more informa...
04/14/2021

Volunteers are needed for a study on mindfulness-based cognitive therapy. Please see the attached flyer for more information:

Volunteers are needed for a study on mindfulness-based cognitive therapy. Please see the attached flyer for more information:

Congratulations to the new UB Psi Chi inductees!
04/14/2021

Congratulations to the new UB Psi Chi inductees!

“These findings floored me. They elevate the value and importance of literacy by showing how reading proficiency reaches...
03/12/2021
Read to succeed ─ in math. Study shows how reading skill shapes more than just reading

“These findings floored me. They elevate the value and importance of literacy by showing how reading proficiency reaches across domains, guiding how we approach other tasks and solve other problems” - quote from UB assistant professor of psychology, Christopher McNorgan, PhD, on his recent research which demonstrates how the cooperative areas of the brain responsible for reading skill are also at work during apparently unrelated activities, such as multiplication.

UB psychologist identifies a connectivity fingerprint suggesting that the brain’s reading network is at work across cognitive domains. “Reading affects everything,” he says.

"Our findings indicate that neither cultural transmission nor social learning contributes significantly to how humpback ...
02/16/2021
Study contradicts belief that whales learn songs from one another

"Our findings indicate that neither cultural transmission nor social learning contributes significantly to how humpback whales change their songs over time" - Eduardo Mercado, PhD, UB psychology professor on his recent study which analyzed songs from groups of humpbacks that were not in acoustic contact with each other yet still produced acoustically comparable songs. #UBuffalo #psychology

From ScienceDaily

A new study is directly contradicting the widely accepted cultural transmission hypothesis suggesting that whales learn their songs from other whales. 'Our findings indicate that neither cultural transmission nor social learning contributes significantly to how humpback whales change their songs ove...

Abstract submissions are now open for UB's 2nd Annual Western New York Undergraduate Psychology Conference. See flyer be...
02/15/2021

Abstract submissions are now open for UB's 2nd Annual Western New York Undergraduate Psychology Conference. See flyer below for more details.

Abstract submissions are now open for UB's 2nd Annual Western New York Undergraduate Psychology Conference. See flyer below for more details.

“We might assume maximizers are having a negative experience in the moment, obsessing over the perfect choice. But it ap...
02/11/2021
The science behind why you make so many snap decisions

“We might assume maximizers are having a negative experience in the moment, obsessing over the perfect choice. But it appears to be the satisficers – and that might be why they’re satisficing.” - UB psychology researcher, Thomas Saltsman, PhD, on his new study which provides insight into why maximizers and satisficers engage in such distinct decision making behaviors. #UBuffalo #psychology

A new study has collected tangible, physical evidence suggesting that when you are overwhelmed by tons of options, you will make a snap decision.

Alumni in the news: Jeffrey Wardell, PhD, UB Clinical Psychology graduate and current assistant professor at York Univer...
02/05/2021
Let’s talk about mental health - Excalibur

Alumni in the news: Jeffrey Wardell, PhD, UB Clinical Psychology graduate and current assistant professor at York University, is featured in a recent Excalibur article discussing current issues surrounding mental health.

We may be reducing the stigma of mental health disorders, but with the pandemic still raging, the issues are on the rise.

UB Psychology professor, Jamie Ostrov, PhD, has received $426,000 from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to examine ...
02/04/2021
UB psychologist receives major grant for pioneering study on school readiness

UB Psychology professor, Jamie Ostrov, PhD, has received $426,000 from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to examine the factors associated with school readiness as children make the important move from pre-k to kindergarten. #UBuffalo

Three-year study will use advanced techniques to measure the nervous system and better understand the role of early family and peer adversity in the development of school readiness.

“It’s by far the highest accuracy rate I’ve seen reported anywhere—it is leagues beyond anything that has come before it...
02/03/2021
Brain connectivity reveals ADHD in kids with 99% accuracy - Futurity

“It’s by far the highest accuracy rate I’ve seen reported anywhere—it is leagues beyond anything that has come before it..." - UB Psychology assistant professor Christopher McNorgan, PhD, on his new study which found that specific communication among different brain regions, known as brain connectivity, can serve as a biomarker for ADHD. From Futurity #UBuffalo #psychology

Researchers have found that specific communication between brain regions is an accurate way to see if a child has ADHD, which is usually tricky to diagnose.

Having a difficult time finding motivation during the COVID-19 pandemic? In a recent article, CNBC quotes UB psychology ...
01/19/2021
How the pandemic killed your motivation, and 6 simple ways to get it back, according to science

Having a difficult time finding motivation during the COVID-19 pandemic? In a recent article, CNBC quotes UB psychology associate professor and director of the Self and Motivation Lab, Lora Park, PhD, on several ways to set up your life and routine so that you feel more motivated about your goals. #UBuffalo #psychology #motivation

These science-backed strategies will give you a motivation boost no matter what your goals are.

UB Psychology associate professor Lora Park, PhD, has received a grant from the National Science Foundation to develop a...
01/13/2021
Boosting student success in STEM-gateway courses

UB Psychology associate professor Lora Park, PhD, has received a grant from the National Science Foundation to develop and implement strategies to improve success for college students in STEM gateway courses, such as introductory calculus.

Findings from the project will provide insights into how feedback is currently given to students in STEM versus non-STEM courses, and will guide development of methods to improve students’ educational experiences in STEM courses.

#UBuffalo #psychology

An NSF grant to UB psychologist Lora Park will focus on feedback strategies that may improve students’ confidence in classes such as intro calculus.

American Psychological Association
12/24/2020
American Psychological Association

American Psychological Association

Although we may dream of having perfect holidays, it’s important to remember—especially in a year like 2020—that things don’t always go according to plan.

Are you feeling stressed, anxious or depressed? UB's Psychological Services Center offers treatments and mental health s...
12/11/2020

Are you feeling stressed, anxious or depressed? UB's Psychological Services Center offers treatments and mental health services for these and other conditions, as well as assessments for ADHD, IQ, diagnoses and personality. See the flyer below for more information:

12/07/2020
PSI CHI Fall 2020 Induction Video

Congratulations to our newest undergraduate PSI Chi inductees! In lieu of our usual induction ceremony, this video has been created and posted to honor these students and acknowledge their excellent academic accomplishments.

From The Hour Newsroom: 10 Benefits of 'Me Time' featuring research from UB Psychology's Julie Bowker, PhD.#Ubuffalo #ps...
11/18/2020
Why You Should Schedule Dedicated 'Me Time' If You Don't Get Enough Right Now

From The Hour Newsroom: 10 Benefits of 'Me Time' featuring research from UB Psychology's Julie Bowker, PhD.

#Ubuffalo #psychology

Humans are a social species. In fact, whether you have realized it or not, we need each other to survive. Because of this, it's no surprise that we really struggled during the Covid-19 pandemic . Instead of going into an office and socializing with your colleagues, you are at home working by yoursel...

"What’s surprising, and particularly striking about our results, is that mindfulness didn’t seem to affect whether peopl...
11/16/2020
Be mindful: Study shows mindfulness might not work as you expect

"What’s surprising, and particularly striking about our results, is that mindfulness didn’t seem to affect whether people had a more positive stress response in the moment” - Thomas Saltsman, a researcher in UB's Psychology department and lead author on recently published article in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin. #UBuffalo #psychology

When it comes to “not sweating the small stuff,” mindfulness has its limitations, say UB researchers.

Congratulations to UB Psychology Assistant Professor, Ann-Marie Torregrossa, Ph.D., on her National Science Foundation C...
10/02/2020
Three UB researchers receive National Science Foundation CAREER awards

Congratulations to UB Psychology Assistant Professor, Ann-Marie Torregrossa, Ph.D., on her National Science Foundation CAREER award!

From the science of taste to transistor technology to understanding plate tectonics and volcanoes, the funded projects will address issues of societal importance.

UB Psychology
09/28/2020

UB Psychology

Calling ALL students majoring in psychology! Dr. Quinton will be hosting a presentation on Wednesday September 30th about the psychology honors program over zoom!

09/28/2020
The career-minded who prioritise wealth are more likely to be lonely

From Daily Mail: "When people base their self-worth on financial success, they experience feelings of pressure and a lack of autonomy," said paper author and psychologist Lora Park of the University of Buffalo. Dr. Park's research was co-authored with current UB doctoral student, Deborah Ward, and was published in the journal of Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin.

Experts from the US explored why basing one's self-esteem around financial success - the so-called 'Financial Contingency of Self-Worth' - can have drawbacks.

Senior psychology major Charles Sanders chalks a reminder that early voting begins Oct. 24. Other chalk messages include...
09/24/2020
Vote!

Senior psychology major Charles Sanders chalks a reminder that early voting begins Oct. 24. Other chalk messages included information about shuttles available on election day, where and how to register to vote in person or by mail, as well as the deadline to register in New York.

Photo: Meredith Forrest Kulwicki

Senior psychology major Charles Sanders chalks a reminder that early voting begins Oct. 24. Other chalk messages included information about shuttles available on election day, where and how to register to vote in person or by mail, as well as the deadline to register in New York. For more informatio...

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I just came across this page, and the articles posted really got me thinking, especially the older post about how having too many choices is stressing Americans out! It makes me think of a movie I just saw called Empathy, Inc. It’s about a man who gets involved in an extreme virtual reality start-up company that creates empathy in a person, something that we could all use when thinking we have too many choices. It’s a thriller movie, so it brings up a lot of psychological issues like the idea of mind versus body. I definitely recommend it for its thought-provoking concepts, and it’s easy to find on Amazon and iTunes.
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