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4-22-2013

SPSSI and Social Psychology in the News

Feelings of power can diffuse effects of negative stereotypes, study says.
How can you buffer against stereotype threat?  SPSSI member Katie Van Loo investigates (Medical Express).

Laws could protect gay job applicants.
SPSS-funded research shows the impact of legislation on LGBT discrimination (Futurity).

Diversity programs give illusion of corporate fairness, psychologists find.
SPSSI's Cheryl Kaiser & Brenda Major on unintended consequences of diversity programs (Sciency Daily).

'Let's work together' message can be counterproductive.
SPSSI's MarYam Hamedani investigates the cultural limits of stressing interdependence (Pacific Standard).

Female political role models have an empowering effect on women.
How female leaders can empower women (Brain & Behavior Research Digest).

Strategies to combat stereotypes.
How do we present ourselves to counteract prejudices? SPSSI's Rebecca Neel & Steven Neuberg (Psych Central).

How social media after the Boston bombing can be a recipe for PTSD.
SPSSI's Roxane Cohen Silver on the impact of social media after tragedy (Atlantic Wire).

Individual donation amounts drop when givers are in groups.
Does the bystander effect extend to donations (Science Daily)?

Accusations of Sexism Spur Greater Sensitivity.
SPSSI's Robyn Mallett on the benefits of confronting sexism (Pacific Standard).

 

On the Hill: News from the US Congress

April 9, 2013: S. 689, To reauthorize and improve programs related to mental health and substance abuse disorders. Referred to Committee. Read more here.

April 9, 2013: H. Con. Res. 28, Recognizing the significance of Equal Pay Day to illustrate the disparity between wages paid to men and women. Referred to Committee. Read more here.

April 10, 2013: S. 649, To ensure that all individuals who should be prohibited from buying a firearm are listed in the national instant criminal background check system and require a background check for every firearm sale, and for other purposes. Reported by Committee; failed to pass Senate. Read more here. 

April 12, 2013: H.Res. 155, Expressing the necessity for the members of the House of Representatives to use the term "undocumented" instead of the term "illegal" when referring to foreign nationals which are working in the United States without proper documentation. Referred to Committee. Read more here.

April 12, 2013: H.R. 1525, To amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to comprehensively reform immigration law, and for other purposes. Referred to Committee. Read more here.

April 16, 2013: H.R. 1584, To amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to prevent terrorism, including terrorism associated with homegrown violent extremism and domestic violent extremism, and for other purposes. Referred to Committee. Read more here.

April 17, 2013: H.R. 1406, Working Families Flexibility Act of 2013. Reported by Committee. Read more here.

April 17, 2013: H.R. 1605, To protect Second Amendment rights, ensure that all individuals who should be prohibited from buying a firearm are listed in the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, and provide a responsible and consistent background check process. Referred to CommitteeRead more here.

April 17, 2013: H.R. 1593, To amend title 10, United States Code, to improve the prevention of and response to sexual assault in the Armed Forces by establishing a Sexual Assault Oversight and Response Council and an enhanced Sexual Assault Oversight and Response Office and by requiring the appointment of a Director of Military Prosecutions for sexual-related offenses committed by a member of the Armed Forces, and for other purposes. Referred to Committee. Read more here.

April 18, 2013: H.R. 1615, To provide for a study by the Institute of Medicine on gaps in mental health services and how these gaps can increase the risk of violent acts. Referred to Committee. Read more here.

April 18, 2013: H.R. 1652, To end discrimination based on actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity in public schools, and for other purposes. Referred to Committee. Read more here.

April 18, 2013: H.Con.Res. 33, Supporting the goals and ideals of the National Day of Silence in bringing attention to anti-lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender name-calling, bullying, and harassment faced by individuals in schools. Referred to Committee. Read more here.

April 18, 2013: House Committee on Foreign Affairs held a subcommittee hearing on Tier Rankings in the Fight Against Human Trafficking. Watch the hearing here.

Further Resources

SPSSI fact sheets, policy statements, and events

SPSSI calls for increased research on gun violence

Policy summary: Sexual harassment in the military and the myth of victimization (Stockdale & Nadler, 2012)

Congressional hearing on human trafficking and transnational organized crime (organized by former James Marshall scholar Angel Colon-Rivera)

Other Policy Resources


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