Department of Psychology

According to Ideastream®, a black infant in one Ohio county is more than three times more likely than a white baby to die before his or her first birthday. As part of a continuing series, “Zip Code: the Hidden Vital Sign,” Ideastream talks with Kent State University Professor Angela Neal-Barnett about the relationship between racial stress in...

It’s called the Acting White Accusation (AWA). Researchers say it arises when a Black adolescent's racial identity is perceived by other Black adolescents as being not Black enough. Researchers also say the accusation of Acting White can cause anxiety and isolation. Angela Neal-Barnett, Ph.D., professor in the Department of Psychological...

When someone suffers a stroke, traumatic brain injury, or brain tumor, one of the common symptoms is aphasia, a disorder that arises from damage to portions of the brain, usually the left side, that are responsible for language. It impairs the expression and understanding of language as well as reading and writing.  About 1 million people in the...

Losing inches around your waist could help improve your memory. John Gunstad, an associate professor in Kent State University's Department of Psychology, and a team of researchers have discovered a link between weight loss and improved memory and concentration. This includes losing weight with the help of surgery. The study shows that bariatric...

Kent State University will host the annual 2013 European Society for Research on Adolescence (EARA)/Society for Research on Adolescence (SRA) Summer School from June 16-22. The summer school brings together established researchers, who are recognized for their expertise and teaching abilities, and doctoral students from around the globe for six...

A Kent State University faculty member whose research found that weight loss after bariatric surgery can improve brain functioning will speak at the Cleveland Clinic’s 2013 Medical Innovation Summit in October. John Gunstad, Ph.D., associate professor in Kent State’s Department of Psychology, will speak at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 15, on a...

Kent State University Professor of Psychology Mary Ann Parris Stephens, Ph.D., has been selected to receive the 2013 Developmental Health Award by the Aging and Health Committee of the American Psychological Association. Stephens will receive the award and give an invited address at the association’s 121st annual convention taking place from July...

Students everywhere, put down those highlighters and pick up some flash cards! Some of the most popular study strategies – such as highlighting and even rereading – do not show much promise for improving student learning, according to a new report authored in part by two Kent State University researchers. Kent State’s John Dunlosky,...