Author Archives: Donna L. Roberts, PhD

About Donna L. Roberts, PhD

Dr. Donna Roberts has been involved in higher education at military bases for over 25 years, including both faculty and administrative positions. She has been with Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University since 2003 and is presently assigned duties as the Discipline Chair for Psychology and Sociology in the Social Sciences and Economics Department of the College of Arts and Sciences. As a faculty member Dr. Roberts has been involved in all aspects of the curriculum – from development to evaluation to delivery. Additionally, she has served as an Officer of the Faculty Senate and on various strategic University committees. Her research interests include media psychology, prison reform, human and animal rights, educational psychology and industrial/organizational psychology. Her background is in education and the social sciences with educational qualifications including: • Ph.D. in Psychology (Northcentral University) • MAS/MBA in Aviation (ERAU) • M.Ed. in Adult & Higher Education (University of Oklahoma) • M.H.R. (University of Oklahoma) • M.Ed. in Counseling (University of Maryland) Donna is originally from a small town in the Finger Lakes region of upstate New York – Canandaigua (a Native American name that means “the chosen spot”). She currently resides in Europe with her husband and various rescue cats.

What makes things cool? – Caleb Warren 

We all recognize cool people and products when we see them, but what is it that makes something cool? Caleb Warren uses an experimental approach to uncover how people, products, brands, art, and behaviors come to be seen as cool. … Continue reading

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The status symbols we buy, wear, and drive make people want to do business with us — but not be our friends

That BMW isn’t earning you any pals.Angela Weiss/Getty Images for Icelink Source: The status symbols we buy, wear, and drive make people want to do business with us — but not be our friends Shana Lebowitz, Business Insider New friends … Continue reading

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Forget shiny Rolexes and Louis Vuitton handbags — rich people are investing more in education and health, and it shows that discreet wealth is the new status symbol

Is flaunting Lamborghinis, Rolexes, and diamonds a thing of the past for the rich? Showing off wealth is no longer the way to signify you have it. The wealthy are showing off their riches less. Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images Source: Forget … Continue reading

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Best Christmas ads 2018: Watch Google’s amazing Home Alone Again and more

Watch Macaulay Culkin revisit his glory days in the Google Home ad, plus many more excellent festive commercials. Source: Best Christmas ads 2018: Watch Google’s amazing Home Alone Again and more Rik Henderson    20 December 2018 We thought we’d seen … Continue reading

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Touching sandpaper can make you more generous

How SANDPAPER can make you more generous: The feeling of rough surfaces boosts empathy and charitableness Asking people to touch a rough surface can make them more empathetic Researchers primed study participants and monitored their responses Those who held rough … Continue reading

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An Evolutionary Theory For Why You Love Glossy Things

People’s taste for shiny stuff might be rooted in a very basic instinct. Image: Sports car via stephen rudolph / Shutterstock Source: An Evolutionary Theory For Why You Love Glossy Things BY ERIC JAFFE The evidence that people are drawn … Continue reading

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Say buy buy to the blues: Picking goods and paying for them really does banish sadness, says a study into retail therapy

A shopping spree really does make you happy, says new research ‘High’ street: A shopping spree really does make you happy, says new research Source: Say buy buy to the blues: Picking goods and paying for them really By Roger Dobson Choosing … Continue reading

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