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SPSSI and Social Psychology in the News

Do Violent Video Games Play a Role in Shootings? Do violent video games actually contribute to aggression? SPSSI's Brad Bushman explains (CNN). 

'Please Feed Me': The Power of Putting a Human Face On Social Causes. Should we anthropomorphize social causes? (Science Daily). 

Nalini Ambady, Psychologist of Intuition, Is Dead at 54. A great loss for psychology (New York Times).

Social Connection Makes a Better Brain. Neurological evidence for the importance of social connections? (The Atlantic). 

Report Shows Extent to Which Social Background Matters for Academic Success. Children of comparable intelligence seem to have distinct levels of educational achievement, depending on their social background (Science Daily). 

Study On Incarcerated Youth Shows Potential to Lower Anti-Social Behavior. Mindfulness training & CBT can help attention skills in incarcerated youth. (Science Daily).

Study Links White Racism With Opposition to Gun Control. New research finds link between implicit racism and gun attitudes (Pacific Standard).


On the Hill: News from the U.S. Congress

Oct 28, 2013: S. 1581, to authorize the secretary of Veterans Affairs to provide counseling and treatment for sexual trauma to members of the armed forces, to require the secretary to screen veterans for domestic abuse, to require the secretary to submit reports on military sexual trauma and domestic abuse, and for other purposes. The committees assigned to this bill sent it to the House as a whole for consideration. Read more here.

Oct 30, 2013: H.R. 3431, to amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to promote family unity, and for other purposes. Referred to Committee. Read more here.

Oct 30, 2013: H.R. 3398, To authorize the Secretary of State and the Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development to provide assistance to support the rights of women and girls in developing countries, and for other purposes.  Referred to Committee. Read more here.

November 7, 2013: S. 1670, Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.  Referred to Committee. Read more here.

November 7, 2013: S. 815, To prohibit employment discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.  This bill passed the Senate and goes to the House next for consideration.  Read more here.

November 12, 2013: H.Res. 406, Expressing support for designation of the week beginning on November 11, 2013, as National School Psychology Week. Referred to Committee. Read more here.

November 12, 2013: H.R. 3456, To amend title 38, United States Code, to improve the enrollment of veterans in certain courses of education, and for other purposes.  Referred to Committee.  Read more here.

November 13, 2013: S. 1696, to protect a woman’s right to determine whether and when to bear a child or end a pregnancy by limiting restrictions on the provision of abortion services.  Referred to Committee.  Read more here.


Further Resources

Testimony of SPSSI member Dr. Philip Atiba Goff on Stand Your Ground Laws for the Senate Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Human Rights hearing, "Stand Your Ground" Laws: Civil Rights and Public Safety Implications of the Expanded Use of Deadly Force.

SPSSI immigration fact-sheet

SPSSI racial profiling fact-sheet

SPSSI student veterans in Nevada fact-sheet

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