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Prof. Sam Edwards (environmental studies and animal conservation and care) and prof. Vance Jackson (psychology), with help from Katie Best '17, presented their research "Hashing it Out Through Technology: The Psychological Benefits of Technology Assisted Dispute Resolution" at Cyberweek 2014. Their interdisciplinary research examined the psychological benefits of using technology to communicate and resolve disputes online. Cyberweek is organized by the Werner Institute at Creighton University School of Law. Cyberweek is the annual conference dedicated to the innovations and developments in online dispute resolution.

In her Tech Support column "Relationships in the Digital Age" for Psychology Today, Peg Streep cites research contributed by GMC Prof. Jen Sellers (psychology) showing that personality traits that help advance a relationship in its initial stages may also be the source of its eventual failure. Sellers co-authored a study on the “precarious couple effect” with William B. Swann and Katie Larsen McClarty in 2006 which explores what happens when two potential partners have different styles of disclosure. "At one end of the spectrum is the uninhibited or blurting style; on the other, the verbally inhibited style . . . The problem is that the combination of these two opposite styles in partners facilitates the early stages of relationships but creates real problems in the long-term," Streep writes. The article can be read here.

Michelle McCauley
, Professor of Psychology at Middlebury College, spoke about her research on Thursday, November 7 at 11 a.m. in The Gorge. Her research focuses on applying cognitive, social, and developmental theory to problems across multiple domains. She oversees two applied labs: the Children’s Memory Project and the newly developed Conservation Psychology Lab. She occasionally serves as an expert witness and has edited one book dealing with international perspectives on child maltreatment: Child Abuse: A Global View (2001). She received her BA from the University of Iowa in 1985 and her MS and PhD form Florida International University in 1993 and 1995, respectively. Her talk to the GMC community will focus on the work she does in conservation psychology.

10/16/13: On Wednesday October 16, Prof. Jen Sellers (Psychology) will give her sabbatical report on the psychological influence of testosterone on empathy and leadership. Lunch will be served. The talk is in Terrace 124 at noon. The next colloquium will be on October 30, with Prof. Meriel Brooks (Biology) speaking.

A practitioner of yoga for more than twenty years, Russell Comstock is certified in both Interdisciplinary and Jivamukti Yoga, and makes a public presentation at 1 p.m. in the Bogue Movement Studio Thursday, September 19. He is a founding member of the Green Yoga Association and serves on the Green Yoga Council. With extensive experience directing programs in wilderness, adventure, and experiential education, Russell integrates a steady intention to help humans connect more compassionately with the earth and with each other. He has recently completed a handbook called: Metta Earth Yoga – Contemplative Ecological Practices for a Sustainable Future. The event is Free and open to the public and is sponsored by the College's psychology program.

Prof. Jen Sellers
(Psychology), director of academic support services Christina Fabrey, Wellness Center director Heidie Vazquez-Garcia, and Learning Center associate Svea Miller all presented at the 2012 Vermont Women in Higher Education conference held March 22 – 23 in Killington, Vt. The conference theme was Vermont Strong: Renew, Regrow, Rebuild and was attended by over 100 higher education professionals across the state.

Prof. Sam Edwards
(Environmental studies) and Prof. Vance Jackson (Psychology) recently gave a conference presentation titled “The Effect of Technology on Addressing Emotions in Dispute Resolution: Using the Right Tools for the Job” at the Cyberweek conference sponsored by the National Center for Technology and Dispute Resolution at the University of Massachusetts and Creighton University School of Law’s Werner Institute for Negotiation and Dispute Resolution. Their presentation examined how the various forms of communication affect emotions and gave recommendations for matching technology with types of disputes.

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