Academic Minute

Academic Minute
5:00 am
Thu May 16, 2013

Dr. Claudia Buchmann, Ohio State University – Higher Education Gender Gap

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Claudia Buchmann of Ohio State University explains the growing gender gap that exists on college campuses.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Wed May 15, 2013

Dr. Frank Elgar, McGill University – Psychological Health and Family Meals

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Frank Elgar of McGill University explores the psychological benefits of making time for family meals.

Frank Elgar is an associate professor of psychiatry and Canada Research Chair in Social Inequalities in Child Health at McGill University. His research explores social and behavioral determinants of child mental health and well-being. He holds a PhD in psychology from Dalhousie University.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Tue May 14, 2013

Dr. Aaron Sachs, Cornell University – Graveyards and Urban Parks

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Aaron Sachs of Cornell University reveals how many of America’s iconic urban parks had first lives as cemeteries.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Mon May 13, 2013

Dr. Natalie Spillman, Washington University in St. Louis – Killing Malaria

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Natalie Spillman of Washington University in St. Louis explains research that points to an effective way to kill the microorganism that causes malaria.

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Academic Minute
9:18 am
Fri May 10, 2013

Dr. Michael Poulin, University at Buffalo – Psychological Benefits of Giving

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Michael Poulin of the University at Buffalo reveals that while offering a helping hand to others, you may also be helping yourself.

Michael Poulin is an assistant professor of psychology at the University at Buffalo. His research seeks to understand why people engage in prosocial behavior as well as what factors influence a person’s response to stress and adversity. His work has been published in a number of peer-reviewed journals and he holds a Ph.D. from the University of California, Irvine.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Thu May 9, 2013

Dr. Zlatan Krizan, Iowa State University – Envy and Narcissism

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Zlatan Krizan of Iowa State University explains the role played by envy in creating a narcissistic personality. 

Zlatan Krizan is an assistant professor of psychology at Iowa State University where his research is focused on the basic emotional, motivational, and personality processes relevant to understanding the human condition. More specifically, his work asks how social comparisons play into self-perception and how social context influences the psychological processes underlying social judgments. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Iowa.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Wed May 8, 2013

Dr. Jeffrianne Wilder, University of North Florida – Skin Color and Racism

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Jeffrianne Wilder of the University of North Florida explains the continued existence of colorism and skin tone bias within minority communities.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Tue May 7, 2013

Dr. Jacob Hirsh, University of Toronto – Spirituality and Political Ideology

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Jacob Hirsh of the University of Toronto explores the connection between a person’s spirituality and political ideology.


Jacob Hirsh is an assistant professor of organizational behavior and human resource management at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management. His teaching and research interests include emotion, self-regulation, and decision-making, as well as social neuroscience. He earned his Ph.D. at the University of Toronto.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Mon May 6, 2013

Dr. Matthew Goodwin, Northeastern University – Autism Studies and Wearable Technology

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Matthew Goodwin of Northeastern University reveals how wearable technology is improving the quality of autism studies.


Matthew Goodwin is an assistant professor of health informatics at Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts. His current research project seeks to improve the understanding of minimally verbal children with autism spectrum disorder. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Rhode Island.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Fri May 3, 2013

Dr. Natalie Phillips, Michigan State University – The Brain and Reading

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Natalie Phillips of Michigan State University explores how the brain functions while reading literature.

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