psychology

Bill Chopik photo
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An MSU professor says if your spouse is happy, you will be healthy. Current State’s Brooke Allen follows up on the research with MSU researcher Bill Chopik.


MSU club basketball coach teaches valuable lessons beyond hoops

Mar 15, 2016

EAST LANSING, Mich. – Sean Hankins loves basketball. But it’s what he’s able to teach through basketball that he loves even more.

Christopher Hopwood photo
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Does irritating, boorish behavior get on your nerves? If you’re a woman, you’re more likely to answer that question with a “yes” than a man is, according to a recent study led by an MSU psychology professor. We speak with professor Christopher Hopwood, who headed the study.


Are you born with the glass half full?

Apr 16, 2014
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Do you tend to see the glass half full or half empty? A new study in the Journal of Abnormal Psychology is the first to show that brain activity is actually different between positive and negative thinkers, so just telling someone to try and see the glass as half-full isn’t going to help them do it.

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Ariel Castro, the man who was recently convicted for holding three women captive in his Cleveland home for nearly a decade, was found hanged in his cell earlier today. Prison officials are calling it a suicide.

Practice makes perfect, perhaps not

May 28, 2013

A new study finds that practice is not enough to explain gaps in skill levels. The study, led by Michigan State University associate professor of psychology Zach Hambrick, focused on skill levels in chess and music. Hambrick explains that while practice is highly important, it may not be enough.