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What’s behind baby’s smile?

 

Baby in a blue hoodie

Study of U.S. and Dutch infants finds cultural norms influence temperament.

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  • WSU Vancouver to present three top awards at 2017 commencement May 6

    Washington State University Vancouver will present its 2017 awards for research, student achievement and teaching at this year’s commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 6. The following three individuals in the College of Arts and Sciences will each receive a Chancellor’s Medallion:

    Chancellor’s Award for Research Excellence–Candice Goucher, professor of history

    Chancellor’s Award for Student Achievement– Julian Rivas, B.A., social sciences, with a concentration in human resources administration and a certificate in case management

    Students’ Award for Teaching Excellence– Enrique Brouwer, instructor of psychology, and foreign languages and cultures.

     

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  • Graduate students win NSF research fellowships

    Three Washington State University College of Arts and Sciences students have been chosen for National Science Foundation graduate research fellowships. The prestigious awards have trained generations of American scientists and engineers, including Nobel laureates.

    The College of Arts and Sciences’ honorees are:

    Avery Anne Lane, an anthropology student from Tucson, Ariz., who is working on a master’s in Courtney Meehan’s biocultural anthropology lab.

    Shawn Trojahn, a biology master’s student from Virginia Beach, Va., who is looking at the global decline in biodiversity in the vulnerable mangrove forest, a habitat affected by logging and water pollution.

    Lindsey Marie Lavaysse, a psychology master’s student from San Francisco, … » More …

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  • Sahlin awards honor outreach, teaching, leadership, research

    Two members of the College of Arts and Sciences are among the four WSU faculty to receive the 2016-17 Sahlin awards at the Showcase Celebrating Excellence Recognition Banquet on March 31.

    Julie Kmec, Edward R. Meyer Distinguished Professor of Sociology, will receive the Sahlin Faculty Excellence Award for Instruction; and Craig Parks, professor of psychology and assistant vice provost, will receive the Sahlin Faculty Excellence Award for Leadership.

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  • John Wick Suffers Extreme Workplace Rage, Psychologist Says

    Revenge is a dish best served cold, and movie character John Wick has an ice cold touch. In both Keanu Reeves revenge films, Wick keeps getting pulled back into an underground world of organized crime despite his desires to live a normal life. This internal tug of war is at the core of Wick’s convictions, but it’s also at the root of the people who seek different kinds of revenge every day.

    “People want to teach somebody a lesson,” Thomas Tripp, a professor in the department of psychology at Washington State University, told Inverse. “If we don’t believe we’ve taught someone a lesson, we don’t … » More …

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  • How you perceive intelligence could affect your confidence

    What do you think about your own intelligence? Can you make yourself smarter over time, or are you stuck with the smarts you were born with? Your answer could reflect a key personality trait — namely, self-confidence — and whether you might want to help yourself to a big slice of humble pie.

    It turns out, if you view your brainpower as a fixed, innate capacity, you’re also more likely to be … overconfident. This was suggested in a recent three-part study led by Joyce Ehrlinger of Washington State University. It found that students with a so-called “fixed mind-set” were more likely to … » More …

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