Undergraduate Student Honored with Research Award!

Loren Taylor, an InSPHIRe undergraduate lab member, was recently announced as a recipient of the 2022 Fall Academic Year Research Program award from the University of Toledo Office of Undergraduate Research!

Loren Taylor’s research titled “Cultural Factors Alter Dental Fear Development” aims to understand the mechanisms behind dental fear development across cultures to assess differences.

Congratulations Loren and good luck with your research!

Do you have dental anxiety?

Dr. Andrew Geers discusses dental anxiety and etymology with reporter, Shira Feder, of The Paper Gown.

“We find that having a really negative, painful dental experience early in your history seems to be important for development of dental fear and phobia,” says Andrew Geers, an experimental psychologist and professor at the University of Toledo who researches dental phobias. When children have bad experiences at the dentist’s office, they may later put off scheduling appointments, cancel their appointments and have more cavities.”

Take a look for the full article at the following link: https://thepapergown.zocdoc.com/is-your-dental-anxiety-something-more-serious/


COVID-19 Vaccination Publication Getting Media Attention!

A recent publication by InSPHIRe lab members Dr. Geers, Kelly Clemens, and Emily Jason has been generating a lot of media attention. The study described in the paper entitled Psychosocial Factors Predict COVID-19 Vaccine Side Effects (Geers et al., in press) found that COVID-19 vaccine side effect expectations (e.g., pain at the injection site, fever, chills, headache, joint pain) predicted side effects in participants three months later. These findings demonstrate the well-documented nocebo effect (i.e., the opposite of the placebo effect), in which negative expectations of treatment result in more negative treatment-related outcomes. Congratulations on the publication! Check out some of the various media coverage below:

U.S. News and World Reports:

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University of Toledo News:

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