Department of Psychology

FSU psychologist awarded $9M to expand ‘gamified’ treatments for pediatric ADHD

Millions of children are diagnosed each year with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD. When untreated, or undertreated, children with ADHD face challenges focusing, managing time, and practicing self-control, and these difficulties can persist into adulthood. A Florida State University researcher who previously developed “gamified” treatments targeting central deficits of ADHD in children 8-13 has received two […]

RESEARCH SPOTLIGHT: FSU psychologist works to combat loneliness in older adults

An estimated 30 percent of American adults aged 70 and older report experiencing heightened loneliness, according to research published in the Clinical Psychology Review, and increasing evidence suggests that perceived social isolation is a major risk factor for physical and mental illness in later life. Now, a Florida State University psychologist is working to find […]

FSU researchers explore how tech can support older adults through $14.7-million consortium grant

Florida State University researchers are part of a consortium that has been awarded a $14.7 million grant from the National Institute on Aging to work with emerging and existing technologies to promote the well-being, quality of life and independence of older adults and provide support for older adults with cognitive impairments. Initially funded in 1999, […]

FSU researcher receives NSF grant to investigate shooter bias

A Florida State University researcher has received a grant from the National Science Foundation to study the role of threat in what is termed shooter bias. Assistant Professor David March from the Department of Psychology — part of the College of Arts and Sciences — is focused on how processes often operating outside of our […]

Learning Systems Institute awarded $1.5M grant to develop math anxiety intervention for children

Math can make students anxious, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Using strategies from cognitive behavioral therapy, faculty members with the Learning Systems Institute (LSI) at Florida State University will develop a school-based intervention for second- and third-graders with math anxiety. A three-year $1.5 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) will […]

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 […]