Neurodivergent thinkers – individuals who, for example, may be on the autism spectrum or experience conditions such as Attention-Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), dyslexia or mental disorders such as depression and anxiety – are an untapped human resource in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) fields. The… Read more
Department of Psychological Sciences
A major consensus report co-authored by Heidi Wayment, chair of the Department of Psychological Sciences at Northern Arizona University, provides recommendations for increasing concussion symptom disclosure in collegiate athletic departments and military service academies. The report was recently published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine (BJSM).
The report, pending co-publishment in the Journal of Special Operations… Read more
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Now in its 31st year, the award-winning annual Festival of Science—the longest-running event of its kind in the Western Hemisphere—continues to be a cornerstone event for the Flagstaff community, with Northern Arizona University playing a key role in the festival’s success. Through active participation by NAU scientists, artists and educators, as well as through a robust sponsorship commitment, the university contributes to the Flagstaff community through the festival in… Read more
In addition to combat-related health risks such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), military personnel face ongoing stressors such as separation from family and frequent relocation. When coping resources fall short, they are at risk for negative personal and occupational health outcomes such as sleep disturbance, health behaviors and anxiety.
Improving the quality of… Read more
This summer, associate professor Chad Woodruff and his colleagues concluded another successful Neuroscience of Compassion Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program. Sponsored by Northern Arizona University’s College of Social and Behavioral Sciences and Department of Psychological Sciences, the program trains eight students each summer how to conduct research into the cortical, physiological and psychosocial underpinnings of compassionate behavior.
The elite REU program—offered… Read more