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SPSSI and Social Psychology in the News

What is the effect of asking Americans to think about the greater good?
NPR discusses SPSSI member MarYam Hamedani's research on how changes to social policy should be framed.

It's working 'parents,' not just mothers
SPSSI's Kathleen McCartney on gendered cultural biases around parenthood (CNN).

Do conservatives or liberals have better gaydar?
SPSSI's Chadley Stern on conservative vs. liberal "gaydar" (Mother Jones).

Same-sex parents are judged more harshly than heterosexual parents, study suggests
SPSSI member Sean Massey on our harsh judgments of same-sex parents (Science Daily).

New intervention helps promote tolerance in individuals
SPSSI's Richard Crisp shows how we can promote tolerance by taking people buy surprise (Science Daily).

Psychology study shows distance plays key role in gun control arguments
Should politicians be specific or abstract when discussing gun violence?  (Science Daily).

Violent video games are a risk factor for criminal behavior and aggression
Researchers, including SPSSI's Craig Anderson, publish longitudinal study on the link between violent video games and youth violence (Outcome Magazine).

Language used in immigration debates may be as important as the policies
How should we talk about immigration? (Science Blog).

Women who score well on both math and verbal tests still don't choose science careers
Could women's under-representation in STEM be because they have more options?  Ming-Te Wang & SPSSI's Jacquelynne Eccles (Time).


On the Hill: News from the US Congress

March 22 2013: S. 653, To provide for the establishment of the Special Envoy to Promote Religious Freedom of Religious Minorities in the Near East and South Central Asia.  Referred to Committee.  Read more here.

March 21, 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 CommitteeRead more here.

March 21, 2013: S. 645, To amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to reaffirm the United States' historic commitment to protecting refugees who are fleeing persecution or torture.  Referred to CommitteeRead more here.

March 21, 2013: H. Res. 131, Concerning the ongoing conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the need for international efforts toward long-term peace, stability, and observance of human rights.  Referred to CommitteeRead more here.

March 21, 2013: H.R. 1346, To amend the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 to provide for an increase in the Federal minimum wage and to index future increases to such wage to increases in the consumer price index.  Referred to Committee.  Read more here.

March 21, 2013: H.R. 1334, To establish a grant program to ensure that students in high-need schools have equal access to a quality education delivered by an effective, diverse workforce.  Referred to Committee.  Read more here.

March 20, 2013: H.R. 1278, To amend the Trademark Act of 1946 regarding the disparagement of Native American persons or peoples through marks that use the term "redskin," and for other purposes.  Referred to Committee.  Read more here.

March 19, 2013: H.R. 1258, To strengthen communities through English literacy and civics education for new Americans, and for other purposes.  Referred to Committee.  Read more here.


Further Resources

SPSSI fact sheets, policy statements, and events

SPSSI members' amicus brief on Susan S. Harjo v. Pro-Football, Inc.

SPSSI call for increased research on gun violence

JSI issue summary: Immigrants and Hosts

Other Policy Resources

Research that produces nothing but books will not suffice.
                                                                                                                    - Kurt Lewin