Social and Behavioral Sciences
Our Brain Uses Statistics to Calculate Confidence, Make Decisions
The brain produces feelings of confidence that inform decisions the same way statistics pulls patterns out of noisy data.
Neuron, May 5, 2016
– Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
Skepticism About Climate Change May Be Linked to Concerns About Economy
Americans may be more likely to accept the scientific evidence of human-caused climate change and its potentially devastating effects if they believe the economy is strong and stable, according to new research published by the American Psychological Association.
Journal of Experimental Psychology: General
– American Psychological Association (APA)
Driving Under the Influence Sounds Like a Better Idea While High
A new study by RTI International found that marijuana users who were high at the time they took the survey had substantially higher odds of believing it was safe to drive while under the influence.
Health Education Research, May 2016
– RTI International
Time to Change How News Media Cover Mass Shootings, Says Iowa State Prof
Media attention focused on the shooter in a mass killing sends the wrong message, says an Iowa State University professor. Douglas Gentile says news reports about the killer, weapons and ammunition glamorize the situation and set a “high score” for future mass shooters to beat.Media embedded: Image(s)Expert(s) available
– Iowa State University
National Day of Prayer: 4 Tips to Reignite Your Prayer Life
In honor of the National Day of Prayer, Baylor University spiritual formation expert offers four simple tips to help grow in the habit of prayer.Media embedded: Image(s)Expert(s) available
– Baylor University
Experts Needed: New Report Says Half of Teens Say They Are Addicted to Smartphones
According to a new report by Common Sense Media, 50 percent of teens admitted that they feel they are addicted to using their smartphones. The actual number is most likely even higher. Experts Needed for media inquiries.
Technology Addiction: Concern, Controversy, and Finding Balance
– Newswise Trends
National Parks Expert Available for Interview During Centennial Year of National Park Service, Founded in 1916
Robert Manning, a natural resources professor at the University of Vermont, has conducted research for the National Park Service for 35 years and is the co-editor of a thoughtful book of essays on the national parks. He would provide wide-ranging perspective for stories pegged to the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service. Media embedded: Image(s)Expert(s) available
– University of Vermont
Neuroscientists Find Evidence for ‘Visual Stereotyping’
The stereotypes we hold can influence our brain’s visual system, prompting us to see others’ faces in ways that conform to these stereotypes, neuroscientists at New York University have found. (Embargo expired on 02-May-2016 at 11:00 ET)
Nature Neuroscience; BCS-1423708
– New York University
New Research From Syracuse University’s Whitman School Offers Explanatory View of Bouncing Back From Significant Job Loss
New entrepreneurship research from Syracuse University’s Martin J. Whitman School of Management offers a “rock bottom” model for generating a new positive work identity after experiencing significant job loss. In “Hitting rock bottom after job loss: Bouncing back to create a new positive work identity,” Trenton Williams, assistant professor of entrepreneurship at Whitman, and his co-author, Dean Shepherd (Indiana University) provide a deeper understanding of why some people recover after losing their work identity, while others languish and develops interventions that facilitate recovery from job loss.
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– Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University
Economy Flyers Unite! Research Shows Air Rage a Product of Class Difference
We blame air rage on long flight delays, shrinking seats and a general decline in civility. But the first empirical research study into the phenomenon pegs another culprit -- class inequality -- for the reason passengers lose it when taking to the so-called friendly skies.
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
– University of Toronto, Joseph L. Rotman School of Management
Research-Based Exercise Program Turning Preschoolers Into 'Fit Kids'
Reuben Brough is running around a gym at King Street Youth Center waving his hands in the air and screeching like a cheetah. A stream of children is in hot pursuit of him and four other UVM students who implore the preschoolers to "catch the cheetah." It looks like total chaos, but there's a method to the madness, which is really a highly structured, research-based fitness program called Children and Teachers (CATs) on the Move.Media embedded: Image(s)
– University of Vermont