Noted and Quoted, November 2015

Posted 2 years 2 months ago

In new stories about history, art, climate, psychology and the environment, Franklin faculty provided key insights in media from around the world. A sample from the past month:

Examining Hurricane Patricia. Marshall Shepherd, professor of atmospheric sciences, was asked if the storm’s media coverage was over-hyped. “Are you kidding me? How can you over-hype a record-shattering hurricane, packing EF-5 tornado winds, and approaching a major country?” Articles filed in, Washington Post and Mexico News Daily.

Different strokes: Artists debate value of college – R&B...

Amazing Student Miller Singleton

Posted 2 years 2 months ago

Franklin College double major Miller Singleton (biology & psychology) strives to make service and study abroad the hallmarks of her UGA experience:

Since my freshman year, I have volunteered as a mentor with Shop with a Bulldawg, an organization whose mission is to serve Athens by bringing joy and hope to children during the holidays. I currently volunteer with Affinis Hospice in which I have the opportunity to serve as a companion and listen to the incredible stories of my patients. My idea of service transcends borders, and UGA has afforded me numerous opportunities to travel...

Processing visual information: flicker fusion

Posted 2 years 3 months ago
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Psychology researchers have linked sensory function to congnitive function in an interesting new study:

researchers from UGA's Neuropsychology and Memory Assessment Laboratory and Vision Sciences Laboratory collaborated to use a method based on measuring processing speed through sight. Catherine Mewborn, a doctoral candidate in UGA's Franklin College of Arts and Sciences department of psychology, led the study.

"We knew that sensory function is important for cognitive function, and we had a unique opportunity with this collaboration," said Mewborn, who works in the...

How humans become tool users

Posted 2 years 4 months ago

Dorothy Fragaszy's sustained investigations have made her one of the world's foremost experts on tool use by capuchin monkeys and chimpanzees. A new paper from her research group provides a unique glimpse at how humans develop an ability to use tools in childhood while nonhuman primate remain only occasional tool users:

Fragaszy, a psychology professor in the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences and director of the Primate Behavior Laboratory at UGA, created two studies to look at how nonhuman primates and human children differ in completing simple spatial reasoning tasks.


Americans and narcissistic perceptions

Posted 2 years 4 months ago
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Americans believe we are the most narcissistic people on Earth, and we may be, though not nearly so much as we believe:

Americans consistently reported a perception of the typical U.S. citizen as highly narcissistic—even meeting diagnostic criteria for the psychiatric disorder, according to studies conducted by University of Georgia psychologists in collaboration with colleagues from around the world.

The reality is that fewer than one in 100 individuals meets the diagnostic criteria for the narcissistic personality disorder in most epidemiological surveys, marking it as a...