Department of Psychology

FSU researchers discover brand-new brain pathway to fear

Florida State University researchers have identified a new pathway in the brain that plays an important role in our response to fear. Scientists have long considered the amygdala, an almond-shaped structure in the center of the brain, to be the “center of fear” and believed it to be largely responsible for how an individual responds […]

FSU psychologist receives 1.8M NIH grant to study eating disorders, obesity

When it comes to treating eating disorders and tackling obesity, scientists know the brain holds the keys to unlocking answers to the most intriguing questions. Now, with help from a new National Institutes of Health grant, a Florida State University researcher is studying occurrences in specific regions of the brain that motivate us to reach […]

Florida State researchers identify link that plays a role in regulating neuropsychiatric brain disorders

Florida State University researchers have identified a link between two key parts of the brain that play significant roles in conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease, post-traumatic stress disorder, schizophrenia and depression. Associate Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience Wen Li and psychology doctoral candidate Kevin Clancy found that stimulating the system in the brain that deals […]

Ditching cigarettes in the new year? FSU psychologist weighs in on popular resolution

With a new year comes New Year’s resolutions. New Year’s resolutions provide a way to begin the year with a fresh start and individual goals to improve life in a variety of ways — from health and wellness to finances to education. One popular resolution is the goal of quitting smoking. A Florida State University psychology […]

Campus community seeks to inspire with ‘Why I Mask FSU’ campaign

Faculty, staff and students at Florida State University are using social media to let the world know why they wear a mask — and hopefully prompt others to follow suit. “Why I Mask FSU” began as a grassroots effort in the Department of Psychology, with faculty and graduate students creating posters conveying their personal reasons for masking and encouraging others to join in the effort to mitigate COVID-19 […]

FSU social psychologist awarded U.S. Army grant to study military couples

America’s military servicemembers are often asked to put their personal lives on hold to serve their country at home and abroad, a sacrifice that can strain marital relationships. Now, a Florida State University social psychologist has received a grant from the U.S. Army to investigate interventions that may help these families cope with the stressors […]

FSU neuroscientist collaborates on international obesity research

The World Health Organization confirms that the worldwide obesity rate has tripled since 1975, with 39 percent of adults considered overweight and 13 percent considered obese as of 2016. Now, a Florida State University professor is teaming up with researchers from across the pond to answer some of the most pressing questions surrounding obesity and its available […]

FSU researcher awarded $2.2M NIH grant to study impact of Alzheimer’s disease on sleep-related brain function

A Florida State University researcher has been awarded a $2.2 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to study sleep-related brain function in Alzheimer’s disease, a progressive disorder that affects memory and behavior in millions of Americans. Assistant Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience Aaron Wilber will receive the grant, awarded through the NIH’s National Institute […]

Florida State University and Apalachee Center to partner in new outpatient behavioral health center

Florida State University and Apalachee Center opened a new medical clinic today that will provide assessment and evidence-based treatment for mood and anxiety disorders. FSU BehavioralHealth at Apalachee Center is the clinical arm of the FSU Mood and Anxiety Center of Excellence — a member of the National Network of Depression Centers. “We are one […]

FSU researchers uncover new insights into Alzheimer’s disease

A new study by Florida State University researchers may help answer some of the most perplexing questions surrounding Alzheimer’s disease, an incurable and progressive illness affecting millions of families around the globe.  FSU Assistant Professor of Psychology Aaron Wilber and graduate student Sarah Danielle Benthem showed that the way two parts of the brain interact during sleep […]

Two FSU graduate students win state’s only P.E.O. scholarships

Only two graduate students in the entire state of Florida were awarded prestigious Scholar Awards from the Philanthropic Educational Organization (P.E.O.), and they’re both enrolled in programs at Florida State University. Jessi Thomsen, a doctoral candidate in the English Department with a specialization in Rhetoric and Composition, and Brittany Mathes, a doctoral candidate in the […]

FSU Research: For better emergency management planning, consider stress and frustration

When a hurricane is dangerous enough to prompt evacuations, thousands of people find themselves fleeing at once. Emergency planning officials want to know the best ways to safely and quickly evacuate their residents. That’s often meant focusing on a single objective, like moving people out of danger in the fastest way possible. But researchers at […]