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Massachusetts town addressing opioid crisis: How can a psychology degree help mitigate the public health emergency?

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After receiving word in March that the small town of Gloucester, MA had lost their fourth person in three months to a heroin overdose — the killer of over 8,200 people in 2013 alone, a death rate that has quadrupled in the past decade — Police Chief Leonard Campanello took immediate action, announcing to the […]

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December 10th, 2015

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The psychological influence of parents on children

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What if you were to learn that your father was a tyrant, a mass murderer, a monster comparable to Stalin? What would it be like to hold a name synonymous with oppression, cruelty and terror? Recently, Jay Nordlinger, American journalist, author and senior editor of National Review, came to Assumption and spoke about his new […]

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December 1st, 2015

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How to filter reliable from unreliable psychology research

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All Assumption bachelor’s in psychology students gain a foundational understanding of research, taking courses such as PSY 225 Research Methods in Psychology, PSY 265 Statistics and PSY 400 Research Seminar. We also offer a Semi-Annual Psychology Department Poster Session for undergraduates to present their research. Along the way, you may come to better distinguish reliable […]

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October 6th, 2015

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The Psychology of Motivation and Emotion

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Have you ever wondered where human motivation comes from? For instance, what motivates one person to display extreme acts of selflessness and heroism and another to perform acts of terrorism? There is a lot that goes into the science of what drives our decisions and actions, a topic covered by Assumption College’s Associate Professor of […]

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September 29th, 2015

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Special Topics Spotlight: Psychology and Aging

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Assumption College’s  PSY 186 Psychology of Aging explores the issues, special considerations, and methods of providing for an aging population and their effects on society as a whole. The study of aging and the provision of clinical services for older adults is a specialized field within psychology called geropsychology. Geropsychologists research the effects of the […]

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April 28th, 2015

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Prestigious Beck Institute provides unique opportunities for Assumption students pursuing a degree in psychology

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Cognitive therapy, first developed in the 1960s by American psychiatrist Aaron T. Beck, is based on the model that connects thoughts and feelings with behaviors and actions. Cognitive therapy has been shown to be effective for a wide variety of psychological and interpersonal problems, and for some problems (e.g., anxiety), it is the treatment of […]

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April 14th, 2015

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Assumption College’s bachelor’s in psychology program featured in New England Psychologist for strong focus on research

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New England Psychologist, a monthly publication for licensed psychologists in New England, recently featured examples of Assumption student research, and spoke with psychology professor and department chair Dr. Paula Fitzpatrick about the department’s commitment to teaching bachelor’s degree students about research methods, quantitative skills and attention to detail. Every year, psychology students work with a […]

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April 7th, 2015

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Practicing healthy habits regularly helps ease stress during stressful times

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Assumption undergraduate psychology students take courses like PSY 140 Psychology of Personality and PSY 335 Motivation and Emotion as they pursue a bachelor’s degree in psychology. They also study the effect of stress on the body and mind, and how different people respond. Assumption Assistant Professor of Psychology Dr. Sarah Cavanagh researches psychological and biological […]

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March 17th, 2015

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The tasty side of psychology: study of food and the brain

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So much of culture is centered around food — Family gatherings, holidays, festivals devoted to special foods, weddings, dates and sporting events. Food psychology tries to uncover the mysteries behind food and culture and its role in our minds. It’s a broad subject area, and it studies everything from chemical brain triggers of specific foods […]

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February 3rd, 2015

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New psychology research on the positive effects of keeping that smartphone in your pocket

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The 2014 Pearson Student Mobile Device survey found 84 percent of college students own a smartphone. And American smartphone owners spend an average of two hours and 57 minutes a day on their phone. This growth in usage doesn’t seem to be slowing down anytime soon. Their rise in use, in fact, has brought a […]

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January 23rd, 2015

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