Having a positive role model is key when developing as a young adult. Dr. Ashley Payne, assistant professor of psychology at Missouri State University, understands the importance of having good role models to look up to. That is why she created a mentoring program for Black girls in local high schools. “The program is called Black Girl Talk,” Payne said. “What we do is we pair … [Read more...] about Setting an example
To better explore religion’s role in mental health and overall well-being, Missouri State University has created a new interdisciplinary Undergraduate Certificate in Mental Health and Spirituality. This 15-hour program began this fall. It will help students to gain an awareness of the effects of spiritual reflection and practices on mental health and self-understanding. Dr. … [Read more...] about How do religion and beliefs affect mental health?
A couple of years ago, Dr. Adena Young-Jones, psychology professor at Missouri State University, conducted a study of bullying victims. The study revealed these now college-aged students showed significantly lower academic motivation, lower levels of autonomy and reduced academic competence. This inspired her to change her focus to how microaggressions affected college … [Read more...] about Get to know microaggressions to better combat them
Science has helped us understand our world better and improve our quality of life. It can also be used for understanding human behavior and trying to influence it to benefit society. That’s the goal of the Humans Understanding Behavior (HUB) Research Lab at Missouri State University. Dr. Jordan Belisle, associate professor of psychology at Missouri State, oversees the lab. He … [Read more...] about Using science to understand human behavior
Human behavior is responsible for some of the best and worst moments in history. So, how can we use science to make sure humans act in ways that are beneficial to society and the planet? How can we influence and manipulate human behavior? Using the Humans Understanding Behavior (HUB) research lab, Dr. Jordan Belisle, associate professor of psychology at Missouri State … [Read more...] about What makes a choice bad or good?