Meta-analysis on cannabinoid and pain featured on JAMA Psychiatry

Recent work by Martin De Vita, graduate student in the lab, Dr. Emily Ansell, and colleagues in the Department of Psychology was accepted by JAMA Psychiatry and featured on the front page of JAMA Psychiatry website. In their systematic review and meta-analysis, they examined the association between cannabinoid administration and experimentally-induced pain outcomes. This research contributes to the understanding of analgesic effects of cannabinoid.

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Dr. Emily Ansell to host the 6th Society for Ambulatory Assessment Conference

We are pleased to announce that the 6th biannual conference of the Society for Ambulatory Assessment will be held at Syracuse University, June 19-22, 2019. More details will be shared soon. We look forward to seeing you in Syracuse next summer!


Emily B. Ansell

Conference Host

Department of Psychology

Syracuse University


Research on prosocial behaviors featured on NPR, Forbes, Der Standard, and Newser

A collaboration between Dr. Ansell and colleagues, Elizabeth Raposa and Holly Laws, on prosocial behaviors and stress has attracted media attention internationally, including the NPR, Forbes, Der Standard, and Newser. In the study, participants tracked their prosocial behaviors and stress. Results showed that on a stressful day, a gesture of kindness was often followed by reduced level of stress.

Read the news coverage here:

NPR: Be Kind, Unwind: How Helping Others Can Help Keep Stress In Check

Forbes: Study: Helping Others Even In Small Ways Takes The Edge Off Daily Stress

Der Standard: Study: Helping Makes You Happy

Newser: Helping Others Could Be Good for Your Mental Health




Dr. Ansell’s research on stress featured in HuffPost and Reader’s Digest

Dr. Ansell and colleagues’ research on stress’s impact on brain gray matter was featured on the Huffington Post and the Reader’s Digest. In the study, compared to healthy control, individuals who had a traumatic stressful events showed reduced gray matter in certain brain regions.

Read the articles here:

Huffington Post: Extreme Stress Could Shrink the Brain

Reader’s Digest: Effects of stress: Your Brain Shrinks