Fall 2021 Newsletter | In the Media

An article about police departments across the country adopting the Active Bystandership for Law Enforcement (ABLE) project notes that it was developed from the research of Ervin Staub, professor emeritus of psychology and founder of the Psychology of Peace and Justice program. The Wall Street Journal

Agnès Lacreuse, psychological and brain sciences, writes about the importance of studying the brain and behavior of nonhuman primates for Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and women’s health issues. Lacreuse notes that in the case of diseases of the brain, like AD, studies in rodents provide important basic biological information, but may not yield therapies that are successful in humans. Indeed, to understand why the human brain is so vulnerable to AD and to find effective treatments, we need to study the brain and behavior of other primates. Speaking of Research

Nilanjana Dasgupta, psychological and brain sciences and director of faculty equity and inclusion in the College of Natural Sciences, is quoted in an article about efforts to draw more women into STEM fields, and the obstacles they face. “The obstacles are not about ability,” she says. “It’s more about there are some things that are impeding girls’ interest and confidence that they’re good at it.” The Wall Street Journal

Linda Tropp, psychological and brain sciences, is quoted in an article that says hate crime laws will do little to prevent anti-Asian hate crime because they don’t address the root cause of the crimes. Tropp says, “Decades of research show that the more face-to-face, personal interactions you have with members of other groups, not only the more positive your attitudes are toward them, the more willing you are to welcome them into your communities, the more you trust them, the more you empathize with them, the more willing you are to engage in collective action to promote their interests.” Vox

Rebecca Spencer, psychological & brain sciences, is quoted in an article about microsleeps, short episodes of sleep where at least part of your brain goes into an inactive state. “Typically people who experience microsleeps are at least somewhat sleep-deprived,” Spencer says. Reviewed.com

Research by Daniel Anderson, emeritus professor of psychological and brain sciences, is cited in an article about WarnerMedia Kids & Family launching its Cartoonito preschool shows on HBO Max and Cartoon Network on Sept. 13. Anderson’s research with the University of Kentucky’s Elizabeth Lorch found that children are apt to excel in academics when they are exposed at preschool age to educational programming, and that educational TV has a “positive correlation” to both leisure-time reading and extracurricular activity participation. Parentology.com

An article titled, “The 7 Ways Your Personality Can Get in the Way of Your Success,” draws on an article by Susan Krauss Whitbourne, emerita professor of psychological and brain sciences, published June 5 in Psychology Today. Whitbourne said, “Gaining insight into your tendencies to thwart your own chances of success is an important first step in short-circuiting a self-defeating vicious cycle.” Inc.