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KU professor appearing on national TV tonight, days after being featured by Journal-World (these things likely unrelated)

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A KU psychologist will be a national TV star, at least for a short time tonight.

KU announced this morning that Paul Atchley, a professor of psychology and the department's chairman of undergraduate studies, will appear on NBC's "Rock Center with Brian Williams" tonight.

This is surely prompted by the Journal-World's report a few days ago on the recent finding by Atchley and his wife, Ruth Ann Atchley, that people became much more creative after spending a few days out in the wilderness with no electronic devices.

But in a more realistic sense, it's probably not related to our story, because Paul Atchley will be discussing a similar but different topic: texting and driving. He was interviewed by NBC's Kate Snow about his research on the subject.

Atchley has researched the dangers of cellphone use in cars, saying he would support a ban of phone use while driving. He's also looked at the effects of text-messaging on young people's brains, reporting this fall that texting is a compulsion for them.

You can watch the "Rock Center" segment at 9 p.m. tonight on NBC.

Would you like to become a part of the Journal-World star-making machine? Send your KU news tips to merickson@ljworld.com, and maybe we can land you on national TV too! (Note: This almost definitely will not happen.)

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CommonSense741776 1 year, 3 months ago

Brian Russel's a psychologist who teaches at KU and he's on tv all the time on shows that people actually watch. Must not be any press releases about that, maybe because he's not liberal.

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thebcman 1 year, 3 months ago

He was the guest speaker at my employers annual gathering last year .. I would say 50 percent of what he said was fascinating, while the other 50 percent was utter hogwash.

Pretty typical for a psych prof.

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matthew2600 1 year, 3 months ago

One of my favorite professors, nice dude.

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