Want the Truth? Play the Game.
August 12, 2021
Remember when a significant number of people thought the COVID vaccine would give them COVID? Or that hydroxychloroquine might cure it? With so much bad or hyped information out there, it’s no wonder we all have misconceptions. The trick is not just presenting the right information, but also getting people to pay attention to it.
Greg Trevors, an assistant professor in the Department of Educational Studies at the University of South Carolina, kept thisread more
Surviving puberty: Researcher Looks Broadly at Early Life Experiences and Genetics to Help Identify Children Who May Benefit from Clinical Interventions as They Approach Adolescence
July 15, 2021
Puberty and adolescence are tough times for most. But for some teens, and even pre-teens, these years are particularly grueling and even dangerous because of factors out of their control and as far back as gestation.
Kristine Marceau, PhD
Kristine Marceau —never one to shy away from tough questions — often finds herself training a wide lens on influences that result in some teenagers engaging in unhealthyread more
Using Data from Natural Experiments, Researcher Documents Social Returns from Educational Investments
Emily Rauscher, PhD
Want to narrow the achievement gap? Try investing in education. Build a new school or a new wing. Or make other capital improvements, like fixing the HVAC.
It will take about six years, explains Emily Rauscher, an associate professor of sociology at Brown University; but in that time, school districts that passed bond measures for capital improvements by and large saw a roughly one-third reduction in the achievement gap between students from well-to-do backgroundsread more
Driving Decisions Towards Truthfulness and Conscience
November 12, 2020
David Rand, PhD
If someone knocked on your door and tried to sell you solar panels, how likely might you be to buy them?
What if you learned the sales representative had those very same panels installed on his own house?
David Rand, associate professor of Management Science and Brain and Cognitive Sciences at MIT, studies why people make choices, particularly those that benefit the greater good. Rand is a recipient of a 2020 Federation of Associations inread more