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Psychologist Darcia Narvaez Researches Child Development and Violence

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Though isolated acts of violence rarely can be attributed to a single cause, there is one trait common to many perpetrators, according to University of Notre Dame Psychology Professor Darcia Narvaez: as children, often they were neglected or exposed to traumatic violence, both of which raise the risk for the development of schizophrenia or other psychotic symptoms later in life.

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Psychologist James Brockmole Focuses Research on Eyes and Cognition

Author: Kevin Clarke

Categories: General News, Research, and Faculty News

The eyes may be a window to the soul as far as philosophers are concerned; to Notre Dame Associate Professor James Brockmole they are roving indicators of attention and memory—“the keystones on which human experience is built.” Brockmole’s research in the Department of Psychology looks at how eye movements influence what we pay attention to and how that visual attention translates into useful information and memories.

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Love of Appalachian Literature Inspires Student Research

Author: Joanna Basile

Categories: General News, Undergraduate News, and Research

Pride in his cultural heritage and a love of literature prompted Matthew Coyne—a Notre Dame senior majoring in English—to delve into the origins of the Appalachian literary journal Cold Mountain Review. “My professors encouraged me to study what I love,” says Coyne, who was raised in Parkersburg, W.Va., a small town located in the heart of Appalachia. “So I did—and I haven’t looked back since.”

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Shared Interest in Mind-Brain Connection Sparks Collaboration

Author: Mike Weiler

Categories: General News, Research, and Faculty News

A new initiative in the Department of Psychology is uniting faculty from across the University of Notre Dame who study various aspects of the mind’s connection to the brain. Assistant Professors Michelle Wirth and Jessica Payne—who both joined the department last year—created the group called Conversations on Brain, Mind and Behavior as a platform for faculty to share ideas in their various areas of expertise and to inspire new research collaborations.

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Notre Dame Professor Explores Historic St. Nicholas

Author: Kate Garry

Categories: General News, Research, Catholicism, and Faculty News

Though many know the Christmas lore surrounding jolly old St. Nicholas—the snowy-bearded saint whose legendary generosity morphed into America’s secular Santa Claus figure—few are familiar with the origins and details of his acts of kindness. Rev. Nicholas Ayo, C.S.C., professor emeritus in the Program of Liberal Studies at the University of Notre Dame, is author of Saint Nicholas in America: Christmas Holy Day and Holiday, in which he takes a closer look at the saint whose feast the Catholic Church celebrates on December 6.

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Center for Philosophy of Religion Receives $1.3 Million Grant

Author: Kate Cohorst

Categories: General News, Research, Centers and Institutes, Internationalism, and Faculty News

The University of Notre Dame’s Center for Philosophy of Religion (CPR) has received a $1.3 million grant from the John Templeton Foundation to promote research at the intersection of philosophy and theology. The award is part of a four-year, $5.7 million initiative called Analytic Theology: The Convergence of Philosophy and Theology.

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Shattering Ceilings and Crossing Divides

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Categories: General News, Research, Centers and Institutes, Internationalism, Catholicism, and Faculty News

The tensions inherent in being at once Catholic and American have been palpable and familiar features in the life of the University of Notre Dame from sporadic outbreaks of fisticuffs on campus in the years preceding the Civil War to the controversy which swirled about the 2009 Commencement ceremony at which President Obama received an honorary degree.

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Political Scientist Benjamin Radcliff Studies Unions and Happiness

Categories: General News, Research, Internationalism, and Faculty News

It’s no coincidence that American workers have never been more dissatisfied with their jobs, and labor unions’ membership keeps dropping, according to a new study co-authored by University of Notre Dame political scientist Benjamin Radcliff. Based on a study of unions in 14 nations, Radcliffe found that people who live in countries in which labor union membership was robust were happier—regardless of whether or not they belonged to a labor union themselves.

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Psychologist Darcia Narvaez Studies Violent Video Games' Impact on Kids

Categories: General News, Research, and Faculty News

The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments this week from some 12 states, urging it to uphold a law that bans the sale of violent video games to children younger than 18. The states, including California and Texas, say that banning sales to minors would provide moral and psychological protection. University of Notre Dame Psychology Professor Darcia Narvaez agrees.

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New Book Reevaluates Work of Theologian Hans Frei

Author: Joan Fallon

Categories: General News, Research, Centers and Institutes, and Faculty News

In his new book Toward A Generous Orthodoxy: Prospects for Hans Frei’s Postliberal Theology, just released by Oxford University Press, Jason A. Springs, assistant professor of religion, ethics, and peace studies at the University of Notre Dame’s Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies and the Department of Sociology, reevaluates the work of American theologian Hans Frei.

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Notre Dame Symposium to Address Early Human Experience

Categories: General News, Research, Centers and Institutes, and Faculty News

The University of Notre Dame’s Center for Children and Families is hosting a symposium, Human Nature and Early Experience: Addressing the ‘Environment of Evolutionary Adaptedness,’ October 10 to 12 (Sunday to Tuesday) at McKenna Hall on Notre Dame’s campus. An international collection of renowned scholars from several disciplines will present research on the psychological, anthropological, and biological conditions related to the optimal brain and body system development in human beings.

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Katherine Zieman Awarded National Humanities Center Fellowship

Author: Kate Cohorst

Categories: General News, Research, and Faculty News

Assistant Professor of English Katherine Zieman has been awarded a National Humanities Center Fellowship for work on her next book, Richard Rolle and His Readers: Defining the Literary in the Fifteenth Century. She is one of just 36 fellows selected to spend the 2010-2011 academic year working at the North Carolina-based center.

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