Archive for the ‘Research that Changed Research’ Category

DiSH Research in a Special Feature on Informing Policy Initiatives!

“Psychology has so much to offer policymakers, so I’m beyond excited to be part of this super exciting lineup designed to read like Memos to the President.” – Dr. T. This week, Perspectives on Psychological Science published a special section on “Council of Psychological Science Advisors”. A selection of papers (including one from Dr. T & DiSH […]

Research that Changed Research: Anti-Fat Bias Among Obesity Specialists

In honor of the fact that Dr. T, Angela, and Laura traveled to  Atlanta last week to attend the Obesity Society’s Annual meeting at Obesity Week 2013, today’s article covers a study performed there over a decade ago. Weight bias and discrimination has been found in many professional settings, especially with regards to employment, salary, […]

Research that Changed Research: Is Food is the New Drug?

Since Halloween just past, I’m sure many of us are now struggling with an over-active (or re-instated) sweet tooth. But why is it that even not close to Halloween, when we have cravings, we usually prefer foods that are sugary, high in fat, and salty? Davis and colleagues were wondering the same thing! But, they […]

Research that Changed Research: Who will live longest: Underweight, Overweight, or Obese?

The prevalence of obesity and its association with health issues has been a growing concern in the United States. Many people are aware that obesity and overweight increases the risk of cardiovascular diseases and disabilities. However, is the hype about obesity distracting us from health outcomes at other BMI levels? Katherine M. Flegal, Ph.D, and […]

Research that Changed Research: General Adaptation Syndrome

When we face immediate danger, our bodies go through a physiological reaction to help us handle stress very quickly. This reaction is known as your “fight or flight” stress response. The stress response not only increases your heart rate and blood pressure, but also slows down digestion, growth, and reproduction while it numbs pain and […]

Research That Changed Research: Does Rejection Hurt?

“Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” We learn from a young age that the phrase above is not completely true. Words do hurt, especially when others are teasing and calling you names. Perhaps, it is not what people say that really hurts you, but the feeling of being […]

Research that Changed Research: Stress and Telomere Length

Take a look at the United States Presidents (See photos). From the start of their term to the end, their appearances change dramatically. This is a perfect demonstration of how in just 4 to 8 years, chronic stress contributes to years of aging on the skin, gray hairs, drooping eyes, wrinkles, and even balding spots. […]

Research that Changed Research: The Minnesota Starvation Experiment

Have you ever been so hungry that you felt like you were starving? Even though you ate just a few hours ago, but it felt like it has been days since your last meal? And you probably experience the physical as well as psychological effects of hunger such as stomach cramps and grumpiness. Well, the […]

Research that Changed Research: Restrained and Unrestrained Eating

We know that everyone has different eating habits. Some people eat very little to feel full while others eat a lot. And considering the spectrum of disordered eating, we know that some people eat less than or more than they should. However, is there something different about the eating behavior of people of different sizes, […]

Research that Changed Research: Bottomless Soup Bowl

When do you stop eating? Most people would say that they’ll stop when they feel full. A classic experiment called the Bottomless Soup Bowl found that most people today are not very good at detecting when they feel full. Why is that? Well, people rely on different cues to help make certain judgments. With regards […]