College of Arts and Sciences Department of Psychology


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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Psychology News

  • How a joking phrase builds rapport … no kidding

    The phrase “just kidding” is more than a way to escape a failed attempt at humor. Research by Nancy Bell, WSU associate professor of English, and colleagues found the expression serves at least four distinct functions and plays an important role in maintaining relationships.

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  • Connections in the Chaos

    In this unprecedented age of connectivity, we’ve gained virtually limitless access to people, ideas and information regardless of geography. Humans have never been more interconnected than now. Ironically, we’ve also never been more socially isolated.

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  • Device prompts elderly to remember next task

    Being able to remember a simple daily routine can mean the difference between independent living and life in a nursing home for people with memory loss associated with aging and other forms of cognitive decline.

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  • Profs to share active-learning success stories

    Two WSU professors are getting remarkable results as they reinvent the traditional classroom—and will share their experiences at the next faculty-led workshop.

    Clinical Associate Psychology Professor Dee Posey is the undergraduate program director for psychology, a member of the WSU Teaching Academy, and a winner of the 2014 CAS Excellence in Teaching by a Clinical Faculty Member award.

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  • Vampires, ghosts and demons: the nightmare of sleep paralysis

    It’s known as “Ghost Depression” in China, “Kanashibari” in Japan, meaning to be bound or fastened by metal strips, and “Karabasan” or ‘The Dark Presser’ in Turkey. The latter sounds oddly like a 1980s metal band, but these three terms all refer to the same thing – the often terrifying and little understood ordeal of sleep paralysis, which is believed to have left various imprints on our culture throughout the millennia, from tales of ghosts in the night to visits from aliens.

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