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Praising middle school students improves on-task behavior by up to 70%, BYU study finds

August 19, 2021
The study found that when middle school teachers praised students at least as often as they reprimanded them, class-wide on-task behavior improved by 60–70%. Students at high risk for emotional and behavioral disorders were also more likely to be on task, and their classroom marks went up by a full letter grade, compared to high-risk students in classrooms where teachers rarely offered praise.
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BYU research finds social support key to increasing medical patient survival rates

May 18, 2021
Support interventions such as group meetings and family sessions that promoted healthy behaviors resulted in a 29% increased probability of survival over time.
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Award-winning BYU research makes strides in improving autism diagnoses

January 13, 2021
In studies published over the last year, BYU’s interdisciplinary research group Autism Connect has outlined ways to change these norms by improving the accuracy, timeliness and helpfulness of autism diagnoses.
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Women “camouflaging” autistic traits suffer severe mental health challenges, BYU study finds

June 26, 2020
A new study shows a strong correlation between how much women with autistic traits camouflage—hide or compensate for autistic qualities to fit in—and the severity of their mental health concerns.
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Praising students in a classroom setting has big impact on their behavior

January 29, 2020
The number of times a teacher compliments or recognizes a student’s good behavior, compared to how often the teacher reprimands the student, the more likely that student is going to stay focused on the task at hand.
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Love for a sister leads to passion for special education research

April 21, 2019
Bruna Goncalves, a student graduating with a bachelor’s degree in special education, found her passion for behavioral research through the love she has for her best friend and older sister, Barbara.
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‘A way cool way to be’: BYU team gains insights into understudied group of children with autism

January 01, 2019
It’s a challenging proposition for anyone: Lie flat on your back, helmet covering half of your face, in a tight-quartered MRI capsule that would make even the non-claustrophobe jittery. Then try not to move for 45 minutes. For children and adolescents with autism and low verbal and cognitive performance (LVCP), that proposition has been nearly impossible without sedation — until now.
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New study links brain stem volume and aggression in autism

February 08, 2017
New research from BYU’s autism experts is providing clues into the link between aggression and autism — clues the team hopes will eventually lead to more effective intervention.

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BYU school psychology program honored nationally for quantity and quality of research

December 14, 2016
Faculty in the BYU school psychology program do more, high-quality research than any other group of school psychology professors in the US, as stated by academic journal Research and Practice in the Schools.

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