Current Research
January 9, 2015

Research News



You will need the Real Audio Player to listen to these audio segments.

  • Seeing Anger
    A new study shows abused children are more likely to perceive anger in ambiguous emotional expressions than non-abused children. University of Wisconsin researchers asked children with and without histories of severe physical abuse to distinguish between facial expressions that differed only slightly. The physically abused children tended to see anger much more readily.

This segment aired on National Public Radio News on June 18, 2002.

This segment aired on Voice of America Radio on June 21, 2002.

This segment aired on University of the Air on June 21, 2002.

Print Media

  1. Childhood stress can reconfigure biology, UW-Madison research says
    David Wahlberg, Wisconsin State Journal
    July 24, 2014
  2. Early life stress can leave lasting impacts on the brain
    Kelly April Tyrrell, UW Communications
    June 27, 2014
  3. Poverty influences children’s early brain development
    Chris Barncard, UW Communications
    December 11, 2013
  4. Exam jitters? Professors battle test anxiety, too
    Mary Ellen Gabriel
    December 04, 2013
  5. Hormones may usher abused girls into early adulthood
    By Chris Barncard, UW Communications
    July 19, 2013
  6. Stress may delay brain development in early years
    By Chris Barncard, UW Communications
    June 6, 2012
  7. For comfort, mom’s voice works as well as a hug
    By Chris Barncard, UW Communications
    May 11, 2010
  8. UW-Madison happiness research featured in NOVA documentary
    By Jill Sakai, UW Communications
    Jan. 4, 2010
  9. Proving the obvious: Four questions for psychologist Seth Pollak
    By David Tenenbaum, UW Communications
    Sept. 23, 2009
  10. Early Childhood Stress Has Lingering Effects on Health
    UW Press Release
    Jan. 29, 2009
  11. Orphanages Stunt Mental Growth, a Study Finds
    by Benedict Carey
    New York Times (free registration)
    Dec 21, 2007
  12. UW orphan study finds hormone differences
    by Susanne Rust
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
    Dec. 4, 2005
  13. The Imprint of Neglect
    by Judy Siegel-Itzkovich
    The Jerusalem Post
    Dec 4, 2005
  14. A Clue to Why Some Adopted Children Can Be Anti-Social
    by David Wahlberg
    Wisconsin State Journal
    November 22, 2005
  15. Neglect 'leaves a physical mark'
    BBC News
    November 22, 2005
  16. Brain Hormones Of Neglected Tots
    May Have Lower Levels Of Brain Hormones Tied To Social Bonding
    By Michael W. Smith, MD
    CBS News
    November 21, 2005
  17. Findings explain why abused children are often so distracted at school
    Sep 27, 2005
  18. Abused Children Stay Highly Attuned To Anger
    Science Daily
    September 14, 2005
  19. Understanding Emotion in Abused Children
    by Tom Reynolds
    American Psychological Society
    October 2003
  20. Abuse linked to anger fixation
    by K Kersting
    American Psychological Association
    September 2003
  21. Lying faces: Abused kids are quick to detect anger - even where there is none
    by D. Yap
    November 21, 2002
  22. From Heartbreak to Hope: Finding a Better Future for East Europe's Children (pdf)
    Letters and Science TODAY
    Fall 2002
  23. Physically Abused Children Recognize the Face of Anger
    by Erica Goode
    New York Times
    June 18, 2002
  24. Abused Kids Develop Hypersensitivity to Anger in Facial Expressions
    by Shirley Dang
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
    June 18, 2002
  25. Past Experience Colors Perception of Facial Expressions
    by Rachael Moeller
    Scientific American
    June 18, 2002
  26. UW Studying Foreign Adoptees in U.S.
    by John Fauber
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
    July 24, 2000
  27. Recent Brain Research Boggles The Mind There's An Incredible Amount Of It, And Some Is Contradictory
    by Patricia Simms
    Wisconsin State Journal
    October 10, 1999
  28. Abuse Can Rewire Kids' Brains, Study Suggests
    by John Fauber
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
    May 12, 1999
  29. University of Wisconsin Research News (click and type "Pollak" into the search box)