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Social and Emotional Learning Vital to Student Success

November 20, 2019

It used to be that society deemed a well-educated student as having not only strong academics but also solid grounding in personal and social responsibility, creativity and critical thinking.  Now, according to research in Policy Insights from the Behavioral and Brain Sciences, student success tends to be measured narrowly based on test scores, particularly in English and math.

“A common perception holds that attending to social and psychological development will

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Think, Blink, or Sleep on It

September 25, 2019

Ever been advised to listen to your gut when trying to make a decision?  A new paper in Policy Insights from the Behavioral and Brain Sciences says snap decisions concerning complex issues often are the least likely way to end up feeling good about your choice.

Better options are deliberation and distraction—but choosing between those depends largely on the information and what being asked, according to the paper, “Evaluating the Benefits of Conscious and

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Demonstrating Research on Cognitive Functioning in Virtual Reality to Lawmakers

September 25, 2019

At the Coalition for Health Funding Public Health Fair, FABBS partnered with our member society, the American Psychological Association (APA), to showcase the innovative work of two University of Iowa researchers. Dr. Jodie Plumert, a psychologist, in collaboration with Dr. Joseph Kearney, a computer scientist, use virtual reality to study child pedestrian and bike safety – risk free.

Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA) put on the virtual reality headset,

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Getting the Gist Requires Expertise

August 21, 2019

When the trees block the view of the forest, the consequences can be dire.  A recent paper in Policy Insights in the Behavioral and Brain Sciences looks at one component of the 2002 decision to invade Iraq as an example where policy makers had the details but not the context needed to make an informed decision on whether to invade. The paper also demonstrates how adherence to a concept known as Fuzzy Trace Theory could make sure future decisions are well advised and

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