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Those moments that induce awe and possibly even guide and shape the rest of one’s life are more than just a curiosity for NIU alum Elliott Ihm. He’s making a name for himself as a researcher of such phenomenon and recently was invited to give his first talk on this innovative area research he’s now...
Imagine getting lost in your own home or neighborhood. Imagine feeling disoriented, unsure of where you are or how you got there. For individuals suffering from Alzheimer’s and other neurological disorders or trauma – and more Americans than ever are diagnosed with these conditions each year – this “spatial disorientation” can be a daily occurrence and...
Creating new knowledge about the subatomic world. Shedding light on how stress alters the response to stimulants. Discovering evidence that cities can spawn thunderstorms. Revealing the risks of traffic-generated air pollution. Faculty at any university would be proud of creating such diverse and impactful research. Amazingly, however, this is the work of NIU students in...
Pamela Waltz
NIU Department of Psychology doctoral candidate Pamela Waltz was selected as a recipient of a 2015 American Psychological Association Dissertation Research Award. “I was definitely excited,” Waltz said. “Winning a competitive national research award is truly a reflection of the exceptional training and mentoring I received as a graduate student at NIU’s Industrial-Organizational (I-O) program.”...
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Northern Illinois University will present the fifth annual conference on “Bullying: How Schools Can Respond” from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 21, in DeKalb and Grayslake. The goal of this professional development conference is to inform and educate administrators, teachers, counselors, staff members and school board members about how they can respond to...
The late Andy Rooney once said that most of us end up with no more than a handful of people who remember us, but teachers have thousands of individuals who remember them for the rest of their lives. This April and May, during Celebrating Excellence, NIU honors four professors who will undoubtedly leave a lasting...
Amanda Durik
Amanda Durik had always considered being a teacher. Raised in La Grange, Ky., she dove into teaching as a 17-year-old swimming instructor for the Red Cross. Considering a career as a primary school teacher, Durik attended Centre College where she was introduced to psychology. Having always enjoyed math, she became amazed by the research involved...
Memory, impressions and social perceptions are among the research specialties of psychology professor John Skowronski, Northern Illinois University’s newly named 2015 Board of Trustees Professor. And NIU students who have taken his courses will tell you the professor certainly is unforgettable. Alumnus Randy McCarthy remembers Skowronski’s “smooth lectures,” the precise way he communicated complex topics...
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The novel “Fifty Shades of Grey” introduced BDSM into polite public discourse – and now the movie version is set to be in theaters by Valentine’s Day. If you’re wondering who in real life does this stuff and what effects it has on people, NIU psychology professor Brad Sagarin has some answers. Sagarin, who conducts...
Gabriela Ruszczak
Earning a college degree is a sense of accomplishment for many students and their families. But for one Northern Illinois University student and her family, it was a celebration over adversity. Gabriela Ruszczak’s journey began in 2009, when she enrolled at NIU as a non-traditional, first-generation student after earning her associate’s degree 20 years earlier....
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Sure, we all know brothers and sisters will squabble from time to time – NIU psychology researchers say sibling conflict is normal. But parents should be aware that the fighting can cross a line and enter bullying territory, with harmful effects. NIU psychology professors Christine Malecki and Michelle Demaray blog on the topic this week...
Telepressure!
[vsw id=”R4c0CO4NmfI” source=”youtube” width=”425″ height=”344″ autoplay=”no”] Here’s a new techno-term that will likely resonate among many modern-day office employees: “workplace telepressure.” Northern Illinois University psychology researchers, who coined the term, define it as an urge to quickly respond to emails, texts and voicemails – regardless of whatever else is happening or whether one is even...
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