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Linda Tropp quoted in article 'How to Meet People Who Are Different from You'

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Linda Tropp is quoted in an article titled, “How to Meet People Who Are Different from You.” She says, “What we see is that deep, close contact across group lines, like friendships or meaningful relationships, tends to be stronger in changing how we feel toward other groups.”

Read full article in Yes! magazine

On BBC, Ervin Staub explains how his police training programs are being implemented

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Ervin Staub, professor emeritus of psychology and founder of the Psychology of Peace and Justice program, is profiled and interviewed extensively about how his experience as a Holocaust survivor led to his creation of the Ethical Policing Is Courageous (EPIC) training program and the Active Bystandership for Law Enforcement (ABLE) project.

Is the balance of housework between partners changing during the pandemic?

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Maureen Perry-Jenkins, PBS faculty member and director of the Center for Research on Families, comments in an article reporting results from the American Family Survey on the changing balance of housework between male and female partners since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. The survey found that men perceive that they're doing more housework and childcare, but women think their male partners are overestimating their increased contribution. Perry-Jenkins says men have been able to silo their work from their home life better than women. 

Read article in Desert News

The truth about lying during the COVID-19 pandemic

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Robert Feldman, was recently featured in a New York Times article regarding an increase in the rate at which people are lying during the COVID-19 pandemic— particularly about symptoms and other health concerns. As the number of well-documented instances of dishonesty regarding symptoms increases, a new study by Brock University has found thirty-four percent of Covid-positive research participants had lied about their health when asked by others. But what is leading to all of this dishonesty? Feldman uses his experience researching deception to weigh in. 

Fall 2020 Newsletter

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Catch up with the latest PBS news in our Fall 2020 Newsletter, including spotlights on our talented students, faculty, and alumni!

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Features include:

  • Children Use Race and Gender To Form Beliefs About Social Status, Research Finds
  • Influences of Stigma on Health Outcomes and Interventions
  • COVID-19 Research Update
  • Motherhood on the Brain
  • Spotlight on Alumni
  • Research Highlights
  • Awards and Updates
  • In the Media

Influences of stigma on health outcomes and interventions

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Determining where stigma exists and what effect it’s having on our communities is vital to learning what we can do to counteract its harmful consequences.

Allecia Reid, social psychologist at UMass Amherst, is studying the impact of stigma on the health of communities, as well as how to improve the efficacy of health-related interventions. Her work also considers how the social connections we make affect the health behaviors we choose, and how our thoughts and attitudes may incite changes in this behavior.

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