Why do we do what we do? How do our brains enable us to make the choices that we do? How do we learn? What are emotions and how do they influence our behavior?


Editor's note: This story is part of a series of profiles of 

Editor's note: This story is part of a series of profiles of 

On Monday, May 3, The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Arizona State University will recognize its highest achieving students from the social sciences, natural sciences and humanities divisi

Editor's note: This story is part of a series of profiles of 

George Floyd, the man whose death in police custody launched a thousand protests in 2020, has reignited a critical conversation about systemic racism and social injustice around the world.

Building a baby lab is no small feat, though its subjects may have some (small feet, that is).


How effective is clicker training? Do field trips reduce stress in shelter dogs?

Arizona State University graduate Julie Roberts recently won first place in the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) student e-poster compe

This year, the Arizona State University Department of Psychology is getting creative with their participation in Sun Devil Giving Day.

Almost a year has passed since the last Arizona Psychology Undergraduate Research Conference was altered from an in-person event to a virtual conference, and Psi Chi at ASU Tempe is now accepting s

Sleep has only gotten worse for many people as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, and sleep neurologists have dubbed this reduction in quality sleep “COVID-somnia.”

Arizona State University Associate Professor and Developmental Psychology Area Head Leah Doane was recently selected by the ASU Graduate


A decade ago, Preeti Lather learned her daughter was at risk of not being able to talk because of an autism diagnosis.

A woman’s body shape — not only the amount of fat — is what drives stigma associated with overweight and obesity, according to a new study.

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Arizona State University has awarded a Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) seed grant to the

Romance can be part of the college social experience, and it has looked very different this year.

The Arizona State University School of Life Sciences was recently awarded Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (JEDI) seed grants from

More than 6 million children in the United States have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).


In response to the protests over the death of George Floyd in May 2020, graduate students in the Arizona State University Department of Psychology found themselves asking how they could enact meani

Alma Alyssa Manzo was hooked the first time she saw a scientist holding a human brain in their hands.

Human females rely on aids like charting, test strips or wearable tech to identify periods of fertility, while some animals, like baboons, undergo obvious physical changes during ovulation.

Arizona State University's School of Earth and Space Exploration was recently awarded four Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) seed grants from

Conflict between divorced or separated parents increases the risk of children developing physical and mental health problems.

The Department of Psychology at Arizona State University is working to provide students from underrepresented populations with opportunities for hands-on research experience, which can be the first



Three Arizona State University Department of Psychology graduate students are the newest recipients of the Sharon Manne Award, a scholarship that provides seed funding to allow students to co

Nancy Eisenberg has been a trailblazer in developmental psychology for over 40 years.

Editor's note: This story is part of a series of profiles of 

More than half of the human body is not actually human: The body hosts approximately 100 trillion microbes.

The cerebellum ranks among the least understood brain structures and for decades was thought to contribute to movement and coordination.

Editor’s note: This story is being highlighted in ASU Now’s year in review. 


Five outstanding Arizona State University faculty spanning the physical sciences, psychological sciences and science policy have been named as Fellows of the American Association for the Advancemen

Valeria Gutierrez is a sophomore majoring in psychology who conducts research as part of the Arizona Twin Project.

Koop Bills is an Arizona State University senior in neuroscience and psychology who wants to pursue a PhD in cognitive neuroscience after graduation.

Arizona State University has named four faculty members 2020 President’s Professors — a prestigious designation bestowed upon


Nearly 1 in 5 Americans believe human beings have always existed as they appear now, despite more than 100 years of scient

Editor's note: This story is part of a series from The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences for National Book Month.

An ensemble of scientists, with expertise in psychology, biology, neuroscience and medicine, has authored a paper that uses an evolutionary perspective to interpret and assess the COVID-19 pandemic

CareerCast named this the top job for 2020. It reigned for four years as Glassdoor's Best Job In America and topped the LinkedIn Emerging Jobs List.

After battling on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic most of the year, Arizona’s health care community paused on Oct.

The Arizona State University Child Study Lab shifted its fall and winter curriculum to be an entirely online experience to help children learn


Among high school students in the United States, cigarette smoking is down over 20% compared to the mid-1990s.

Editor's note: This story originally appeared in the fall 2020 issue of ASU Thrive magazin

Thirteen new faculty members joined The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences natural sciences division at Arizona State University this fall, bringing a wealth of knowledge on a range of topics inc

What do cellular systems in the human body and social behaviors of people have in common with zombies? 

Each year, the Arizona State University Alumni Association celebrates the achievements of alumni who own or lead successful, fast-growing, innovative businesses across the globe with the Sun


Eric Knott, a lecturer in the W. P.

The third year of graduate school in a doctoral program usually includes some coursework and a lot of data collection. For HyeJung Park it included all that — and a deployment with the Army.

Arizona State University offers more than 800 fully accredited undergraduate and graduate degree programs — not to mention more than 270 minors and c

Thao Ha, assistant professor of psychology in Arizona State University's Department of Psychology, has been recognized by both


Working with at-risk youth in the juvenile correction system led Arizona State University’s Tristan Lyle to enroll in the Department of Psychology's 

A generous gift from Arizona State University alumna Sharon Manne has funded an annual fellowship that will allow three psychology graduate students to pursue their own research projects on h

Scientists worldwide are working overtime to understand the myriad impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

For a long time, Matthew Broussard has wanted to understand how childhood trauma can lead to substance abuse in adults. 


For some children, screen time before bed translates to less sleep.

The COVID-19 pandemic has led to widespread unemployment, remote working, school closures, business closures and overwhelmed health care systems.

Before the threat of the novel coronavirus sent us all home to shelter in place this spring, limiting our face-to-face interactions to just a few members of our immediate household (if we were that

Editor’s note: While this article attempts to shed light on how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting members of the disabled community, it is by no means intended to be comprehen

ASU experts on the economy, anxiety, tourism and more share their insights in a new video series on how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting a variety of aspects of our lives.

Since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, life has changed dramatically. Social distancing and the stay-at-home guidelines have been especially difficult for kids.

What happens in the hippocampus even before people attempt to form memories impacts whether they remember.


Do you want to get ahead in your degree? Are you debating graduate school?

What to do. You're a dog. Your owner is trapped in a box and is crying out for help. Are you aware of his despair? If so, can you set him free? And what’s more, do you really want to?

Each year, students in the Arizona State University Department of Psychology compete for the title of most outstanding undergraduate research thesis.

When it comes to helping understand cancer, Athena Aktipis wants to get her point across — not just to other researchers, but to anyone who will listen.

Imagine two children, Lucas and Gabby. They are both 4 years old and come from bilingual households. Lucas’ parents read to him every night. They talk about the books they read together often.

People in midlife can be parents, grandparents, caregivers for aging parents and breadwinners — all at the same time.

Editor's note: This story is part of a series of profiles of notable

For many, attending a university is a chance to explore topics and passions and improve future career prospects.


On Monday, May 11, The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Arizona State University will recognize its highest achieving students from the social scien

Editor's note: This story is part of a series of profiles of notable

Editor's note: This story is part of a series of profiles of notable

In college, Kelsey Lucca became obsessed with how animals think. Now, she spends her days working to understand how people think. 

Virtual lab meetings, journal clubs and research conferences are just part of the adjustments made by the Arizona State University Department of Psychology in response to the COVID-19 pandemi

Are the social and interpersonal problems associated with opioid addiction reversible?

Athena Aktipis could be called a Renaissance woman. After all, she’s a psychologist, evolutionary biologist, cancer biologist and studies conflict and cooperation.

Succeeding in politics or organizing a campaign requires a specific skill set.


During a high school psychology class, Arizona State University student Shane Marohnic remembers watching instructional videos from Doug Kenric

The American economy lost between $57 and 109 billion in 2016 from c

Cooperation is essential during a pandemic.

Presenting research is a valuable skill that is essential for graduate school or a career in academia and research, and yet most students don’t know how to gain that experience.

What does the behavior of ground squirrels tell us about how people act in different societies? 

Nobody is immune to stress, and chronic stress can have serious physical and mental consequences.

For students in The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Arizona State University, spring break is an opportunity to get ahead both in academics and in their personal lives.

Determining custody arrangements after divorce can be one of the most important decisions made about a child.


Each day, 130 Americans die from opioid or prescription drug abuse.

This Valentine’s Day, Arizona State University’s Athena Aktipis wants you to think about how love can turn you into a zombie.

Arizona State University is on track to eliminate all greenhouse gas emissions from building and waste-related sources by 2025.

As the largest college at Arizona State University, The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is home to more than 25,000 students.


If Arizona State University’s Michael Edwards had a slogan for his research, it would be a statement made popular by the British statistician

At age 4, Michael Varnum sat on his front porch wondering why he liked his best friend and chocolate ice cream.

They might not yet speak in complete sentences, but 18-month-olds are savvy when it comes to deciding when and how to try.

Mimi Fina thinks it's fun to charge into a pile of rugby players wrestling for the ball.

The approximately 4 million Arab Americans living in the United States are rarely included in psychological research.

Flying saucers, little green men, alien abductions: They are the fabric of science fiction and the mysteries surrounding the cosmos.



It’s not easy being teen. Negative images of adolescents populate the media and are associated with words like moody, selfish, impulsive, disrespectful and even dangerous.

Becoming a new mother can be exciting, but it is also one of the most stressful and vulnerable times in the lives of many women.

Editor’s note: This is part of a series of profiles for fall

Roaring '20s-era physicist Ernest Rutherford is purported to have said, “It should be possible to explain the laws of physics to a barmaid,” which is said to be the antecedent to Albert Einstein’s

There is now a device for almost everything, like smartwatches that ensure you never miss a text message and thermostats capable of learning how warm you like your living room.

The X-Men’s Professor Charles Xavier uses Cerebro to read minds. Arizona State University’s Gi-Yeul Bae “reads minds” by decoding the brain’s electrical activity.

Across the globe, caring for loved ones is what matters most. But for decades this has not been the focus of many social psychology studies.


College admissions ask a lot: a standout essay, a high grade point average and stellar standardized test scores.

With 23 boundary-spanning departments and schools, The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Arizona State University offers some of the most interdiscipl

Added sugar is one of the most common ingredients in the American diet and is featured in most processed foods, fruit drinks, sodas, cookies and candy.

College might last four years, but the Arizona State University Department of Psychology remains committed to students for much longer.

Air Force Master Sgt. Duane Gregory can go into the wilderness with little more than a knife and a map and come out just fine weeks later.

What do a pen and the string of a hooded sweatshirt have in common? 

Both can discreetly deliver cannabis products such as marijuana, and both are popular with teenagers.


It’s been more than 25 years since Clinton Ang graduated from Arizona State University, yet he can recall with ease the feeling of arriving on campus and walking down Palm Walk f

This October, the Houston Astros and the Washington Nationals face off in the World Series.

When something boosts your mood, your brain releases neurotransmitters like serotonin, dopamine and oxytocin.

Arizona State University psychology graduate student Victoria Woner is traveling to Chicago this week as a winner of the prestigious Society for Neuroscience Trainee Professional Development Award.

A recent study published in “Circulation,” the journal of the American Heart Association, concludes that having a dog is associated with a lower risk of death in humans, especially in humans who ha


During her senior year of high school, with an appointment to West Point, Katie Richardson thought her plans were set. However, a severe concussion that year quickly changed those plans.

Knowing someone who has been deported could make children more than twice as likely to be diagnosed with or screened for a developmental disorder, according to the findings of an interdiscipl

Imagine being fully aware of the present moment, all of your sensations, feelings and thoughts, and being OK with it.

Suicide, which is responsible for more than 800,000 deaths annually worldwide, is now the second leading cause of death among young adults, ahead of homicide, drugs and alcohol, cancer and heart di

Suicides are up across the board in America, according to a recent national study showing a 33% increase since two decades ago, the highest since World War II.

How important is mom? What about dad?

In today’s health conscious community, kombucha is all the rage.


How are people’s political beliefs organized, and what leads them to subscribe to certain beliefs?

Nearly 1 in 4 Arizona teens have used a highly potent form of marijuana known as marijuana concentrate, according to a new study by Arizona State University researchers.

Everyone wants to be appreciated at work, and inclusive and culturally diverse workplaces are

Editor's note: Aug. 11 marks the end of "the dog days of summer," the most sweltering days of the year.


Editor's note: This story is being highlighted in ASU Now's year in review. 

When diagnosing and treating illnesses, traditional medicine looks to the ailment itself. But what about the biological, environmental and evolutionary factors that paved its way?

Most cases of anxiety and depression among school-age children are untreated. Among those receiving treatment, prescriptions and counseling for pediatric anxiety are only 60% effective.

Drinking alcohol alone can be a warning sign of alcohol abuse. But drinking in stimulating group environments can put p

Most Americans believe science and religion are incompatible, but a recent study suggests that

Editor's note: July 3 marks the start of "the dog days of summer," the most sweltering days of the year.


Do happy, well-functioning families benefit the economy?

Look! Up in the sky! It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s …

OK, maybe we don’t know what it is.

When recent graduate Lyndsay Campbell transferred to Arizona State University in 2017, she also started a part-time job.

Advances in technology make modern living easier, from improving communication to creating new tools such as the internet and smartphones; these technological improvements are now being applied to

Athena Aktipis wants brains. Not because she’s a zombie but because she’s been zombi-fied. And so have you.

Being named an Association for Psychological Science Rising Star and receiving two early career awards, one from the American Educational Research Association and one from the American Psychologica


The rates of mental, emotional and behavioral disorders in American youth are all on the rise.

Each day, more than 1,000 Americans are treated in emergency rooms for opioid use, and

Having a conversation is something most of us take for granted. For people with autism, especially children, talking with family or friends can be challenging.

In the United States, obesity rates among children ages 2 to 19 years old have skyrocketed from 10% in 1999 to over 18.5% in 2

Xochitl Arlene Smola, a first-generation college student in Arizona State University’s Department of Psychology, was recently awarded the Smith Marshall Sc

It doesn’t take special insight to recognize dog owners love their dogs. A lot.

Editor’s note: This is part of a series of profiles for

Editor’s note: This is part of a series of profiles for spring

Being elected to the National Academy of Sciences is one of the highest honors for a scientist, but it also means that members are qualified to inform the president and Congress about issues relate


The shot clock reads 0:05 in Game 7. Two players — one in yellow, the other red — hurtle towards the edge of the court, hands outstretched, chasing the ball.

This Tuesday, April 23, marks the inaugural Arizona State University Undergraduate Research P

Editor’s note: This is part of a series of profiles for spring 2019 commen

On Tuesday, May 7, The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Arizona State University will recognize its highest achieving students fro

On Tuesday, May 7, The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Arizona State University will recognize its highest achieving students fro

This coming football season, the Arizona Cardinals will take social media breaks every 20 minutes during meetings.

On April 27, 1994, just four years after spending nearly three decades in prison, Nelson Mandela became South Africa’s new leader in the first all-racial democratic election in its history.

Of the estimated more than 4 million dogs that end up in animal shelters each year, about half a million are euthanized.


Does instant access to huge amounts of information help or hinder how we determine what is real? What impact does social media have on how we distinguish truth from deception?

Some 1.7 billion people are speaking or learning English around the world today, a number expec

Nietzsche and Kelly Clarkson have it wrong: What doesn’t kill you might not make you stronger.

The combination of “data” and “statistics” might not sound exciting, but careers relying on data and statistics are projected to grow by 30 percent through 2024.

Avid hikers know to be cautious of plants with leaves made up of three leaflets if they are red in the spring or fall.


Sunlight passing through a glass prism makes a rainbow, but the rainbow colors we see are more than just red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet.

Editor's note: This story is part of an ASU Now series celebrating the centennial of the Gr

Robert Cialdini’s work in fusing social psychology and marketing led to a new way of thinking about consumer behavior and launched a best-selling book.

The Graduate College Outstanding Faculty Mentor Awards bring attention to a crucial component of graduate education — the many hours faculty invest in nurturing and developing the academic identiti

Behind Greg Chase's bright, helpful smile is an Arizona State University psychology student who is determined to make a difference.

Hispanic and Latino youth are more likely to drink alcohol at a younger age than their African-American and non-Hispanic Caucasian peers, but they are less likely to receive treatment for substance

When Arizona State University alumna Lynn Robinson had the chance to give back to her alma mater, her first thought was William Fabricius and the

"Animal House" and "Van Wilder" are fictional accounts of college, yet the role alcohol plays in these two film comedies is rooted in reality and can have consequences that are far from funny

Each year at Arizona State University’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, alumni, community members and other supporters cont


As many as 30 to 50 percent of adults experienced abuse or neglect when they were children. Such abuse can lead to physical and mental health problems and even cognitive deficits in adulthood.

Wanting to lose weight or get the best deal are not the only influences on what people buy at the grocery store: Religious and moral beliefs also impact the food choices people make.

In his human development theory, the late psychoanalyst Erik Erikson called the seventh of eight life stages the generativity phase, a term he coined to describe the drive to impact society a

Why does your co-worker drive a flashy car? Why do people make art? Are there any common threads in what makes people fall in love or feel happiness?

Knowing who needs to be where, on what day and at what time. Buying a bigger pair of pants before a child outgrows what is currently hanging in the closet.

If a scientific finding cannot be replicated, can it be true?

Editor’s note: This is part of a series of profiles for fall 2018 commencement. 

Music or a painting that catches your breath and makes you see the world in a new way.



Arizona State University has no shortage of students who are passionate about changing the world, and many have launched startups and formed nonprofits to make a difference.

Each year, millions of Americans commit to changing something in the New Year, like making better financial decisions, improving their fitness or simply enjoying life more.

Just two years ago, 31 teenagers died by suicide in the East Valley. Teen suicide is not just localized to large cities like Phoenix; it is a problem throughout Arizona and nationally.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics, there are 2,220,300 Americans in U.S. federal and state prisons and county jails.

Over the past 65 years, global literacy has increased by 4 percent every five years, but the poorest countries still have large percen

Though holiday traditions may vary between countries and cultures, no festive gathering would be complete without that most ubiquitous imperative of human life: food.

Editor’s note: This is part of a series of profiles for fall 2018 commencement. 

By age 60, one in three American women have had a hysterectomy.


In addition to coursework, Thato Seerane, a senior in the Arizona State University Department of Psychology and a student in Barret

Editor’s note: This is part of a series of profiles for fall 2018 commencement. 

Imagine feeding your pigs, tending your cabbage and collecting your eggs — all before heading to class.

Halloween and its abundance of candy for most people signals a months-long slide into "I can eat whatever I want" and calories be damned until the New Year.

Each year, over 4 million dogs enter animal shelters in the United States.

Five Arizona State University faculty members have been named President’s Professors, an honor that recognizes faculty who have made substantial contributions to undergraduate education.


Three accomplished individuals are being recognized for bringing honor to their alma mater, Arizona State University.

Words do matter, especially to adolescents.

Melanie Katzman was born curious and said she always planned to study psychology.

What causes some adolescents to thrive while other teenagers struggle with substance abuse and mental health?

The game of baseball unfolds slowly, over nine innings and over the course of three hours or more — and yet it can reach a critical junction in a blink of an eye.

Things we learned at the first day of the Zombie Apocalypse Medicine Meeting:

Starting college is exciting and liberating, but sometimes it can be overwhelming or stressful. Many college students end up feeling depressed or anxious.


The office shelves of Arizona State University scientists are usually lined with books related to their research.

It’s not easy being a kid, especially in middle school (sixth and seventh grade), when fitting in and finding place among your peers can be daunting.

Six years ago, a doctor told Stephanie Cahill that she most likely wouldn’t graduate high school, and that college was definitely out of the question.

Between 25 and 30 percent of children under the age of 18 in the United Stat

Editor's note: This story is being highlighted in ASU Now's year in review. 

Sun Tzu, the general of ancient China, wrote in his enduring military treatise “The Art of War” of the importance of knowing one’s enemy.

One of the best ways to learn if you should study psychology in college is to go and experience psychology in action.

Imagine walking into your high school physics classroom only to be handed a surprise quiz on angular momentum.


Alzheimer’s disease is a devastating and progressive illness that affects almost 6 million Americans and their families.

Death as a punishment is an ancient concept. It is also controversial. Worldwide, over 140 countries have outlawed the death penalty, yet in over 50 it remains the law of the land.

Editor's note: This story is being highlighted in ASU Now's year in review. 

The first few years of a child’s life are crucial for learning language, and though scientists know the “when,” the “how” is still up for debate.

To say the town of Miami, Arizona, is small is an understatement — it covers less than a square mile with a population just under 2,000.

Adversity is part of life: Loved ones die. Soldiers deploy to war. Patients receive terminal diagnoses.

Faculty in the Arizona State University Department of Psychology have recently been elected to leadership positions in several prominent professional associations including three divisions of the A

A baby girl sits on the floor, crying. A man picks up the child and attempts to soothe her by patting her back and quietly singing in her ear. The baby sighs and stops crying.


Parenting is challenging and important, and it doesn't come with an instruction manual.

Each year, approximately 10–15 percent of postpartum women suffer from postpartum depression, which translates into almost 1 million women.

While the policies for separating children from their parents or guardians at the U.S.-Mexico border have recently changed, there are still many concerns about the short- and long-term effects suff


Researchers in Arizona State University’s Department of Psychology received a five-year grant for just under $2.5 million from the USDA to implement an intervention program that targets childhood o

The Arizona State University Department of Psychology has a history of research supporting children and adolescents experiencing crisis, anxiety or tra

With more than 2,000 children currently separated from their parents as a result of recent border policies, the U.S. is in the midst of a humanitarian crisis.

American flag bunting, barbecues, Bomb Pops and John Philip Sousa: We all know the trappings of a great July Fourth celebration.

Andres Munoz, a doctoral student in the Arizona State University Department of Psychology, studies cooperation from an evolutionary perspective and wh

Time seems to stand still during a cross-country flight, but then it flies while you're reading a good book.

Drug addiction is complex, and Arizona State University neuroscientist Foster Olive has spent his career working to unravel why

Arizona State University has lost a luminary in the field of prevention science: Thomas Dishion died June 1.

The promotion from assistant to associate professor is a trying endeavor during which researchers have to establish a reputation as a leader in their field over a period of five to seven years.

Each day in the United States, 116 people die from an opioid-related drug overdose. Opioid addiction has reach epidemic levels and is estimated to have cost the country $1 trillion since 2001.


Arizona State University Department of Psychology undergraduate Ashley Thompson's to-do list probably looks different than her peers'.

Starting college is exciting, but it also can be stressful, especially for minority students.

The Department of Psychology at Arizona State University promoted Virginia Kwan to full professor this year. Kwan joined ASU in 2009 and directs the Culture and Decision Science Lab.

Psychology is the study of human behavior, but not all psychologists directly study people.

The popular meme proclaiming that

The Arizona State University Department of Psychology won big at the 2018 Pitchfork Awards, netting the ASU Changemaker Entrepreneurship Team of the Year and Outstanding Graduate Student Organizati


Since arriving on the Arizona State University campus in 1971 as a new assistant professor, Robert Cialdini has been giving to the Department of Psychology — through his ground-breaking research, c

As another academic year winds down, Arizona State University’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is awarding faculty members who have gone far beyond expectations to facilitate scholarly

Leena Bui, a graduate student in the Department of Psychology at Arizona State University, is a recipient of the National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program.

Folding towels. Peeling fruit. Scratching microphones. Hearing sweet nothings whispered in your ear.

The American Academy of Arts and Sciences elected three Arizona State University faculty members to its Class of 2018.

Blake Elliott, a graduate student in the Department of Psychology at Arizona State University, has received a Graduate Research F

Arizona State University Department of Psychology undergraduate students showed off their research findings to their peers, faculty and family at the annual Psychology Honor These

Adolescence is a time when biological changes in the body happen faster than psychological changes, a mismatch that creates challenges for teenagers that can lead to problem behaviors, depression o

Dogs — they’re our best friends but there’s still a lot we don’t know about them: what they daydream about, if they’re really smiling, why they’re scared and how we can help.

Arizona State University’s Department of Psychology promoted Adam Cohen to full professor effective at the start of the 2017–18 academic year.

Think of someone you trust. What is it about them that makes them trustworthy?

Making a difference is a shared goal among Arizona State University graduates.

On Tuesday, May 8, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Arizona State University will recognize its highest achieving students from the social sciences, natural sciences and humanities


According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, tobacco use is still one of the top preventable causes of death in the United States, and the research of one Arizona State University u

The legal drinking age in the United States might be 21 years, but teenagers and pre-teens drink over 10 percent of all alcohol consumed in the country.

Considering the innovative research, sustainability-designed campuses, and the sheer size of graduating classes that result from Arizona State University, it can be hard to imagine the univer

If you were a divorced parent, wouldn't you wish for a pill that would ensure your kids were less likely to experience depression, substance abuse and behavioral problems?

When you have free time in your schedule, what do you do?

Most of us enjoy meeting a friend for a cup of coffee and a chat, but few of us pause to think about how we learn to have a conversation.


Last Saturday, Feb 24, Arizona State University’s Department of Psychology brought research from the laboratory to the sidewalk for the final installm

“Thank you for your service” is a wonderful sentiment, and it can be a nice thing for civilians to say to active military personnel and veterans.

Arizona State University’s Danielle McNamara was named an American Educational Research Association (AERA) Fellow for 2018.

As humans reach out technologically to see if there are other life forms in the universe, one important question needs to be answered: When we make contact, how are we going to handle it?

Are you in need of some fitness alignment in your mateship? Do you see potential pair bonding in your future? Or are you just looking for good, old-fashioned love?

Screams of excitement and nervous laughter echo across a high school food court.

When Thomas Dishion began his career in psychology in the 1980s, “intervention was a pipe dream.”

On the first floor of the Children’s Museum of Phoenix, an Arizona State University scientist from the Department of Psychology sits across a table from a 2-year-old child.

Entrepreneurs see the world in a different light, capitalizing on opportunity and balancing incredible risk with the chance of a massive reward.


Prepare to exercise your brain: National Puzzle Day is Jan. 29.

In June 1967, The Beatles released a song that would go on to be covered more than 50 times, no doubt because it proclaimed a universally appealing truism: “I get by with a little help from my frie

When you meet Maryglory Moshi, a junior in the Department of Psychology at Arizona State University, you first notice a giant smile and an eagerness to help.

Editor’s note: This is part of a series of profiles for fall 2017 commencement.



Social networking sites have dominated our culture and the way people spend their time. We are constantly plugged in, checking the news, our feed, stories and snaps.

After 10 years, three changes of major and two children, Ashley Pitman graduated from college this week — the first in her family to earn a degree.

Editor’s note: This is part of a series of profiles for fall 2017 commencement.

On Tuesday, Dec.12, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Arizona State University will recognize its highest achieving students from the social sciences, n

Every entrepreneur wants to make money, but essentially what they’re working to create is a better life for humanity.


Five graduate students in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Arizona State University received the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowsh

Regents’ Professors are the elite of the academic world.


Halloween is an occasion to let loose, have a little fun and get out of your comfort zone.  

A college education can be like an all-you-can-eat buffet. With so many options, what is a diner to do? 

Death is a part of life.

For some people — 10-20 percent, according to the American Psychiatric Association — it’s much too big a part of life.


What is it about dogs that make them so cool? Why are they so friendly with humans?

Editor's note: This story is being highlighted in ASU Now's year in review.

Editor's note: This story is being highlighted in ASU Now's year in review.

Hurricanes Harvey and Irma have displaced scores of humans, many of whom have equally frightened pets.

Arizona State University is a key player in a new health research initiative designed to harness the expertise of scientists across the state to treat diseases like cancer and address such problems


Grocery shopping while hungry is a bad idea, often leading to regrettable surrender to momentary cravings.


Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell’s body was discovered by a bodyguard in a posh Detroit hotel room following a May 17 concert. 

As human beings, what drives us to higher levels of existence? Once we have satisfied the basics — food, shelter, a mate, children — then what?


The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Arizona State University welcomes five new administrators into leadership ranks.

Editor's note: This story is being highlighted in ASU Now's year in review.

One in five adults cannot read above a fifth-grade level, according to a study from the U.S. Department of Education and the National Institute of Literacy.


They have what most would want — affluent upwardly mobile parents, living in comfortable homes in the suburbs, going to an elite high school and being groomed for the nation’s best colleges.

Hope you were nice to your mom on Mother’s Day, because it turns out she was right all along: Hanging out with the wrong crowd can lead you to make bad decisions, and for the first time an ASU rese

There are nearly 200 countries in the world today. In those countries there are various religions, age groups, social interests and economic classes, which themselves can be considered cultures.

Arizona State University alumna DeAnn Davies always wanted to be a pediatrician, but gaining more insight into the profession lead her down a different path. 

Like many children growing up, Clive Wynne had a cherished, but not always so well-behaved dog. In fact, Benji was sometimes downright naughty.


On Tuesday, May 9, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Arizona State University will recognize its highest achieving students from the social sciences, natural sciences and humanities at th

Mothers who work as health care professionals — such as physicians, physician assistants and nurse practitioners — can reduce their stress levels and burnout significantly by participating in close

Imagine you’ve devoted years and years, even decades, gathering knowledge and insights in your given fields of study.


Editor's note: This story is being highlighted in ASU Now's year in review.

Electricity, cellphones and the internet are just a few examples of tools we use every day that have become indispensable to modern life.

Arizona State University psychology professor and neuroscientist Heather Bimonte-Nelson recently found herself surrounded by hundreds of students examining brains, which wouldn’t have been unusual


From visiting one of the most beautiful Nordic cities, to exploring interpersonal relationships on beaches in Fiji, to understanding the integration of science and humanities in Italy, Arizona Stat

It’s 7 a.m. on a school day and little Susie’s got a stomach ache.

For five evenings over the course of February, the public was invited onto Arizona State University's campuses for Night of the Open Door to see what each ha

The guy at work who contributes squat to a team project. The one who develops alligator arms every time the check arrives.

Big cities with lots of people usually garner images of a fast-paced life, where the hustle and bustle of the city is met, and at least tolerated, by those who live there.

Sometimes during a trial a lawyer will get angry, a witness will speak out of turn or a defendant will have an outburst.

In the aftermath of a separation or divorce, there are real choices that need to be made about where the kids will spend the night.

Growing up is hard enough, even under ideal circumstances.


A study published Monday by ASU psychology professor Gary Ladd found that contrary to popular assumptions, bullying is mor



Whether it’s family tradition, the smell of fresh pine or the convenience of buying a reusable tree at a big-box store, each person has a Christmas tree of choice.

The old adage “what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger” has become a sort of cultural trope we rely on when things don’t go our way, but is it true?

Editor’s note: This is part of a series of profiles for fall 2016 commencement.


An ancient history professor with an upcoming lecture at ASU says it’s important to remember the past as we deal with mental health care in the present.

An ASU researcher has helped hit on a new reason to fight infectious diseases: Reducing their prevalence can be linked to an increase in gender equality.


On a Monday evening in June 2015, 12 individuals gathered in the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina.

Summer is often a time to take a break from academic studies.

A large lecture hall on Arizona State University’s Tempe campus filled with anxious chatter as dozens of first-year students filed into row after row of seats.


Human well being often flourishes under conditions of cooperation with others and flounders during periods of external conflict and strife.

As states increasingly legalize the use of marijuana, the debate surrounding its benefits vs. risks wages on. There is still much unknown about the effects of cannabis.


Editor's note: This is part of a series of profiles for spring 2016 commencement.

Every person in the world is gifted with a complex interaction of several kinds of intelligence, and universities must recognize that each student is unique, according to Howard Gardner, who develo

Editor's note: This is part of a series of profiles for spring 2016 commencement.

Editor's note: This is part of a series of profiles for spring 2016 commencement.


On Tuesday, May 10, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Arizona State University will recognize its highest-achieving students from the social sciences, natural sciences and humanities at t

Having a hard time recalling where you put those tax forms? Blame it on stress.


No bones about it: Pit bulls get a bad rap.

Arizona PBS investigates the biology, genetics and social and learned behaviors behind why people experience foods and eating differently, with the premiere of the new original series, “Eating Psyc

When someone goes through a rough period, say a divorce or losing a job, the common thought has been that this is a test of the person’s ability to bounce back — and most psychological studies have


Declarations of love will be everywhere this Valentine’s Day weekend, from sappy cards to bombastic displays of affection.

To get an idea of how increasingly diversified the United States has become, all one has to do is look to the current occupants of the polestar of American iconography: the White House.


Three Arizona State University psychology professors have been named as “Rising Stars” by the largest international psychological association in the world.

Why help someone when you’ll receive nothing in return? How have groups of people cooperating together ensured group survival?

Ask 10 people what the most taxing years of motherhood are and there’s a good chance the consensus will be “children’s infancies,” when distressed babies adjusting to the world are too young to exp

The Family Check-Up, a highly successful family-counseling program, is currently being offered at a reduced cost to families with children between the ages 2 and 18 at the Arizona State University

It's the middle of January. How are those New Year's resolutions going?

Late Monday night it was announced that Tonya Couch, mother of the infamous “affluenza” teen Ethan Couch, had posted bail after her bond was lowered from $1 million to $75,000.

Mayo Clinic-ASU Obesity Solutions has announced the 2016 winners of its seed funding competition.



Recent race-related events — in Ferguson, Missouri; St.

Editor's note: This story is part of a series of student profiles that are

Aside from warm family gatherings and coma-inducing feasts, the holidays often go hand-in-hand with something much less pleasant: stress.

Editor's note: This story is part of a series of student profiles that are


On paper, Candance Lewis seems to have it all — including a Bisgrove fellowship and a Fulbright scholarship.

Man's best friend might prove an unexpected ally in the fight against Alzheimer's.

Children experience anxiety just like the rest of us, whether they’re too nervous to raise their hand in class or to ask a crush out on a date.

Driven by a burning desire to succeed in a competitive workforce, four remarkable alumni from Arizona State University have gone above and beyond in their professional careers to create positive ch

Most people have had times in their life when they’ve been too nervous to raise their hand in class or ask a crush out on a date.