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Psychology News

Date: Dec 2014

For those who have read Dr. Ryan Schurtz's piece for the Baltimore Sun, To beard or not to beard, he has also shared his findings with WBAL news radio in a podcast titled How Women Really Feel About Beards. Dr. Schurtz discussed his research on the perception of the beard with Mary Beth Marsden, in which he found two main reasons why adult men should grow beards and how women's biological cycle influences their opinion about their significant other's facial hair.

Stevenson psychology faculty member Ryan Schurtz penned an Op-Ed that ran in The Baltimore Sun titled To beard or not to beard. Here is a short excerpt from the commentary.

Ever the psychology professor, I have looked high and low for a scientific, evidence based, argument to convince my wife that beards are healthy and sexy on men. And lo, my search has not been in vain. Scientists have found two very good reasons that all adult men should grow beards.



The Psychology Department hosted a farewell dinner for the graduates of the Psychology program who partook in the Winter Commencement on December 15, 2014.

Above from the left are graduates Chelsea Bowden, Kathleen Bennett, Cortney Merrit, Chloe Kaslow, Cameron Johnson, and Shaniqua Parrish

From the top left: Dr. Ryan Schurtz, Dr. Virginia Iannone, Dr. Dyer P. Bilgrave, Dr. Jeff Elliott, graduates Shaniqua Parrish and Kathleen Bennett (second row) Dr. Ingrid Tulloch, and graduates Brooke Few, Cameron Johnson, Chloe Kaslow, Chelsea Bowden, and Cortney Merrit.

Congratulations to the Winter Class of 2014!

On December 3rd Psychology students presented over 90 posters regarding experiential learning, independent research, internships, field placement, and class-based research in the St. Paul Companies Pavilion.

Students presented and discussed their work and experiences with guests and faculty from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. with new posters presented every hour. Posters ranged from chemical research to behavioral assessments to personal experiences with institutes such as Sheppard Pratt, Kennedy Krieger, and FairMail.

Student Ryan Durden presents her research on dolphin behavior conducted in the Bahamas

Student Alyssa Henry presents her study on the impact of color on the perception of males

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