The Academic Minute

Weekdays, 7:34am and 3:56pm

The Academic Minute features researchers from colleges and universities around the world, keeping listeners abreast of what's new and exciting in the academy.

Hosted by Dr. Lynn Pasquerella, President of Mount Holyoke College, The Academic Minute features a different professor each day, drawing experts from top research institutions. You'll enjoy updates on groundbreaking scientific research, an explanation of the accidental discovery of chocolate and an analysis of how social media is transforming the workplace, to name a few.

The Academic Minute airs each weekday at 7:34 a.m and 3:56 p.m.  You can also stay connected by following us on Twitter and liking us on Facebook.

If you have a pitch for a segment, or any questions or comments about the segment, please e-mail us.

The Academic Minute opens with a selection by WAMC contributor and renowned cellist Yehuda Hanani, who appears on Classical Music According to Yehuda during WAMC's Roundtable program. The piece is Bach's Suite No. 2 in D Minor.

Production support for The Academic Minute comes from Newman's Own, giving all profits to charity and pursuing the common good for over 30 years, and from Mount Holyoke College.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Mon January 13, 2014

Dr. James Coan, University of Virginia – The Human Brain and Empathy

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. James Coan of the University of Virginia reveals evidence that our brains are wired for empathy.

James Coan is an associate professor of clinical psychology and Director of the Virginia Affective Neuroscience Laboratory at the University of Virginia. His research examines the neural systems supporting social forms of emotion regulation. His work has appeared in numerous peer-reviewed journals and been featured in the popular press.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Fri January 10, 2014

Dr. Minna Huotilainen, University of Helsinki – Lullabies and Fetal Memories

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Minna Huotilainen of the University of Helsinki explains why it may never be too early to introduce a baby to music.

Minna Huotilainen is a researcher in psychology and cognitive science in the Cognitive Brain Research Unit at the University of Helsinki. Her research interests include the development of human cognition, auditory processing and memory functions, and developmental disorders.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Thu January 9, 2014

Dr. Wing Yee (VerBon) Cheung, University of Southampton - Nostalgia and Optimism

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Wing Yee (VerBon) Cheung of the University of Southampton explains why how we think about the past can influence attitudes about the future.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Wed January 8, 2014

Dr. Brody Sandel, Aarhus University – Topography and Forest Clearing

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Brody Sandel discusses why forests are becoming increasingly restricted to sloped terrain.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Tue January 7, 2014

Dr. James Stanford, Dartmouth College - Receding New England Accent

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. James Stanford of Dartmouth College reveals why the iconic New England accent is become more geographically isolated. 

James Stanford is an assistant professor of linguistics and cognitive science at Dartmouth College. His research interests include the sociolinguistics of less commonly studied languages, language variation and change, and the dialects of English in New England. He earned his Ph.D. at Michigan State University.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Mon January 6, 2014

Dr. Sean Lane, Louisiana State University – Liars and Lying

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Sean Lane of Louisiana State University explains how the truth can become murky once a lie becomes part of the narrative. 

Sean Lane is an associate professor of psychology at Louisiana State University where his research seeks to understand how memory and cognitive processes are deployed in complex real-world events. His research has been widely published and he holds a Ph.D. from Kent State University.

About Dr. Lane

Dr. Sean Lane – Liars and Lying

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Fri January 3, 2014

Dr. Micah Berman, Ohio State University – Social Butterfly

This week we’ll be featuring five winners of The Academic Minute’s Third Annual Senior Superlatives.

Dr. Micah Berman of Ohio State University generated a real online buzz and won the Social Butterfly award for calculating the hidden costs an employer can expect to incur when hiring a smoker. 

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Thu January 2, 2014

Dr. Lars Hinrichs, The University of Texas at Austin – Best Smile

This week we’ll be featuring five winners of The Academic Minute’s Third Annual Senior Superlatives.

Dr. Lars Hinrichs of the University of Texas at Austin won in the Best Smile category with this Academic Minute that explains why many features of Texas-English are disappearing.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Wed January 1, 2014

Dr. Andrew Francis, Emory University – Most Likely to Blow Your Mind

This week we’ll be featuring five winners of The Academic Minute’s Third Annual Senior Superlatives.

Dr. Andrew Francis of Emory University was awarded the Most Likely to Blow Your Mind prize for offer a new take on which pill actually ushered in the Sexual Revolution. 

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Tue December 31, 2013

Dr. John Broich, Case Western Reserve University – President's Award

This week we’ll be featuring five winners of The Academic Minute’s Third Annual Senior Superlatives.

Dr. John Broich of Case Western Reserve University took the President’s Award for teaching us about the contentious history of the municipal water supply. 

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