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SPSSI and Social Psychology in the News

Britain's Ministry Of Nudges.  How behavioral science is influencing public policy (New York Times).

Just Two Sentences Make Americans As Pro-Welfare As Danes.  How framing can affect welfare stereotypes (Washington Post).

Why Countries Invest Differently In Environmental Issues.  What kind of framing encourages environmental behavior?  (NPR).

Ethnic Identification Helps Latina Adolescents Resist Media Barrage Of Body Images.  Strengthened ethnic identity can help women of color's body image (Science Daily).

Irony In Our Diets.  SPSSI's Brenda Major on the counter-productive effects of stigmatizing obesity (Pacific Standard).

Why Cul-De-Sacs Are Bad For Your Health.  How neighborhood design can influence behaviors and health (Slate).

Forgiveness Toolbox.  BBC interviews SPSSI's Masi Noor on his "forgiveness toolbox."

Poverty Influences Children's Early Brain Development.  How does SES influence the brain's development? (Science Daily).

Stigma Hinders Workplace Flexibility, Reports Special Issue.  Monitor on Psychology reports on JSI "flexibility stigma" issue.


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

Dec 12, 2013: H.R. 3746, To provide for an increase in the Federal minimum wage.  Referred to Committee. Read more here.

Dec 12, 2013: H.R. 3717, To make available needed psychiatric, psychological, and supportive services for individuals diagnosed with mental illness and families in mental health crisis, and for other purposes.  Referred to Committee.  Read more here.

Dec 10, 2013: S. 1790, To modernize laws, and eliminate discrimination, with respect to people living with HIV/AIDS, and for other purposes.  Referred to Committee.  Read more here.

Dec 10, 2013: H.R. 3690, To increase the participation of women, girls, and underrepresented minorities in STEM fields, to encourage and support students from all economic backgrounds to pursue STEM career opportunities, and for other purposes.  Referred to Committee.  Read more here.

Dec 9, 2013: S. 1775, To improve the sexual assault prevention and response programs and activities of the Department of Defence, and for other purposes.  The committees assigned to this bill sent it to the Senate as a whole for consideration.  Read more here.

Dec 9, 2013: H.R. 3626, To extend the Undetectable Firearms Act of 1988 for 10 years.  This bill was passed by  Congress and goes to the President next.  Read more here.

Dec 4, 2013: H. Con. Res. 69, Expressing the sense of Congress that efforts by mental health practitioners to change an individual's sexual orientation are dangerous and harmful and should be prohibited from being practiced on minors.  Referred to Committee.  Read more here.


Further Resources

SPSSI research summary on the psychological implications of Stand Your Ground laws

SPSSI policy statement on global climate change

SPSSI call for research on gun violence

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                                                                                                                    - Kurt Lewin