Department of Psychology

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 […]

FSU expert available to discuss moral decision-making and social distancing

In the fight against this new coronavirus, some of the most effective tools are a couch and a television in your own home. Public health officials are asking people to avoid socializing with others to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. That means people often have to make tough decisions about how to respond. It’s this […]

Essence Duncan

A first-generation student at Florida State University, Essence Duncan was raised without any expectations of going to college. Now a senior, she couldn’t imagine her life without the experience of higher education. Duncan had plans to follow in the footsteps of her parents and join the military immediately following high school. Then, she discovered Florida […]

FSU researchers offer ideas for New Year’s resolutions

Setting New Year’s resolutions can be a frustrating proposition. It’s disheartening to look back at old resolutions to see they’ve failed to take hold yet again or to struggle creating a new, exciting idea for self-improvement. Let science give you some help. FSU faculty members gave their suggestions for changes that will improve your life […]

FSU professor to be honored for contributions to psychological science

A Florida State University professor is being recognized for his groundbreaking work in psychology, specifically in the areas of eating disorders, depression and suicide. Thomas Joiner, FSU’s Robert O. Lawton Distinguished Professor of Psychology, has been selected as a recipient of the 2020 James McKeen Cattell Fellow Award from the Association of Psychological Science. The […]

FSU professor receives $4.6M grant to establish center focused on older adults with cognitive impairment

A Florida State University psychology professor is leading a team of researchers who have received a $4.6 million grant from the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research to establish a center aimed at developing technologies to improve the lives of older adults. Walter Boot, professor in FSU’s Department of Psychology and a […]

Study: Flirty comments from romantic partner may offer confidence boost for women

Drawing attention to a woman’s sexuality or physical appearance often has negative psychological consequences, but a new study from a Florida State University researcher has found that when the comment comes from the right person, those remarks can be a confidence boost. “This is one of the first studies to demonstrate that when such attention […]

Beliefs about uncommitted sex may put marriages at risk

A group of Florida State University researchers has found that an individual’s pre-marital views about uncommitted sex may make it more difficult to remain blissfully married. In a study published today in the journal Psychological Science, researchers outline several factors that can contribute to a marriage’s long-term happiness or dissolution. One big red flag: An […]