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5-20-2013

SPSSI and Social Psychology in the News

How Social Networks Drive Black Unemployment.
How do social networks perpetuate racial inequalities? (New York Times). 

Study: Babies Like Watching Puppets Who Are Different From Them Get Hurt. 
Babies prefer similar to dissimilar others (The Atlantic).

The Link Between Sexual Harassment and ‘Purging’—in Men.
SPSSI's Nicole Buchanan finds that sexual harassment affects male, as well as female, body image (Michigan State University Today).

Psychological Factors That May Hinder Women's Earning Power and Career Progress.
SPSSI member Michelle Haynes investigates women's self-evaluations of group-work (Medical News Today). 

The Childhood Age That Predicts Future Success. 
What childhood traits predict socioeconomic outcomes? (Live Science). 

Poverty as a Childhood Disease.
What are the psychological and physical effects of childhood poverty? (New York Times). 

'Owning' a Darker Skin Can Positively Impact Racial Bias, Study Finds.
A new strategy for combating racist attitudes? (Science Daily). 

Emotional Response to Climate Change Influences Whether We Seek or Avoid Further Information.
How do our emotions affect our response to climate change information? (Science Daily).

Out-Group Discrimination Fuels Anger, Risk-Taking and Vigilance.
SPSSI's Wendy Mendes investigates in-group vs. out-group discrimination (Brain Blogger). 

On the Hill: News from the US Congress

May 6, 2013: S.Res. 128, A resolution expressing the sense of the Senate that supporting seniors and individuals with disabilities is an important responsibility of the United States, and that a comprehensive approach to expanding and supporting a strong home care workforce and making long-term services and supports affordable and accessible in communities is necessary to uphold the right of seniors and individuals with disabilities in the United States to a dignified quality of life.  Referred to Committee.  Read more here.

May 6, 2013:  S. 857, To amend the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 to permit leave to care for a same-sex spouse, domestic partner, parent-in-law, adult child, sibling, grandchild, or grandparent who has a serious health condition.  Referred to Committee.  Read more here.

May 6, 2013:  H.R. 1836, To enhance training and cooperation between law enforcement officers to respond to and prevent domestic violence and sexual assault in Indian country, to swiftly bring perpetrators to justice, to commission a GAO study, and for other purposes.  Referred to Committee.  Read more here.

May 7, 2013: S. 883, To reform and modernize domestic refugee resettlement programs, and for other purposes.  Referred to CommitteeRead more here.

May 7, 2013: S. 871, To amend title 10, United States Code, to enhance assistance for victims of sexual assault committed by members of the Armed Forces, and for other purposes.  Referred to Committee.  Read more here.

May 7, 2013: H.R. 1854, To increase the recruitment and retention of school counselors, school social workers, school psychologists, and other psychologists qualified to work in schools by low-income local educational agencies.  Referred to Committee.  Read more here.

May 7, 2013: H.R. 1843, To modernize laws, and eliminate discrimination, with respect to people living with HIV/AIDS, and for other purposes.   Referred to Committee.  Read more here.

May 8: 2013: S. 899, To establish a position of Science Laureate of the United States.  Referred to Committee.  Read more here.

May 8, 2013: H.R. 1867, To amend title 10, United States Code, to make certain improvements in the Uniform Code of Military Justice related to sex-related offenses committed by members of the Armed Forces, and for other purposes.  Referred to Committee.  Read more here.

May 9, 2013: S.J.Res. 15, A joint resolution removing the deadline for the ratification of the equal rights amendment.  Referred to Committee.  Read more here. 

May 14, 2013: S. 942, To eliminate discrimination and promote women’s health and economic security by ensuring reasonable workplace accommodations for workers whose ability to perform the functions of a job are limited by pregnancy, childbirth, or a related medical condition.  Referred to Committee.  Read more here.

May 14, 2013: H.Res. 213, Establishing the Special Committee on Sexual Assault and Abuse in the Armed Forces to conduct oversight, ensure accountability, and report on the activities of the Department of Defense to prevent, reduce, prosecute, and provide victims’ services for cases of sexual assault and abuse in the Armed Forces.  Referred to Committee.  Read more here.

Further Resources

SPSSI fact sheets, policy statements, and events

Policy summary: Sexual harassment in the military and the myth of victimization

SPSSI policy statement on climate change

Framing poverty as a social problem

Other policy resources


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