Fall 2020 Newsletter | In the Media

Ervin Staub, emeritus professor of psychology and founding director of the psychology of peace and violence program, is cited in several articles examining police whistleblowers and ways to teach police offers to become active bystanders to prevent instances of brutality or injustice. Staub’s research on bystanders led to his co-creation of New Orleans’ Ethical Policing is Courageous (EPIC) program.
Staub was also profiled on NBC News, and interviewed in a radio segment about the “active bystander” program. Staub says the only way to weed out “bad apples” in police departments is to make their behavior unacceptable to other officers. 

Linda Tropp recently served on a virtual panel sponsored by the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, entitled "Social psychological perspectives on the racism pandemic." Full video 
In two television segments, Linda Tropp discusses the motivation behind recent protests calling for racial justice and an end to police violence against Black Americans. WWLP Mass Appeal (Jun 30, 2020), WWLP Mass Appeal (Sep 4, 2020)

Research into napping by Rebecca Spencer is cited in an article offering tips on how to find balance during the COVID-19 pandemic. Globe

In a column on the various issues surrounding traditional job interviews cites a 2013 study by Robert Feldman which found 81% of people studied lied about themselves during job interviews. The same study found that “candidates who lied the most (six to eight lies) were rated the most competent, likeable, and hirable.” Medium

There is additional coverage of preliminary research led by David Arnold finding that 4- and 5-year-olds from low income families showed substantial gains in pre-literacy skills after using a Khan Academy Kids App for three months. Phys.org, News Office release