What Research Tells Us About the Psychology of Racism

Designincolor/Adobe StockToday, many Americans observe Juneteenth, a long-celebrated holiday in the Black community that commemorates when the news that slavery had been abolished reached Galveston, Texas in 1965, two years after Abraham Lincoln first issued the Emancipation Proclamation.

This year’s Juneteenth celebration comes at a time when race occupies the forefront of our national consciousness. Scholars are working to help us understand how racism has come to dominate our society and what we can do to change it. [Read more…]

Understanding the Link Between Brain Injury and Homelessness

Homelessness is a tough issue to quantify and study. The most recent tally by the U.S. government estimates there are nearly 600,000 homeless people in the U.S. And if you add in homeless people in other developed nations, that number reaches more than 1 million. [Read more…]

The Health Risks of Climate Change

Climate change is a well-documented phenomenon.  2018 was the 42nd consecutive year that the global temperature was above average, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. [Read more…]

How Are Sleep and Mood Linked?

We have all woken up grumpy after tossing and turning all night, so it’s not surprising that research demonstrates you are more likely to be in a bad mood after a restless night and a good mood after sleeping well. [Read more…]

Do Firearm Laws Reduce Gun-Related Deaths?

The school shooting in Parkland, Fla. last month re-ignited the national dialogue on gun control.

Since the shooting, President Donald Trump has held a meeting with legislators on gun control, and Florida lawmakers passed a new law that raises the minimum age to purchase guns from 18 to 21, creates a waiting period for gun buyers, bans bump stocks, and other measures. Last week, students across the country staged school walkouts to honor the 17 victims and ask legislators to enact gun control laws. [Read more…]

#MeToo: What We Know About Sexual Harassment

Sexual harassment is nothing new. But when a celebrity is accused of harassment, more people focus on the problem and how to stop it. Earlier this month, accusations that moviemaker Harvey Weinstein harassed dozens of women over the course of decades brought the topic to the forefront of people’s minds again. [Read more…]

The evolving evidence on obesity in children

You have, no doubt, heard the statistics about youth and obesity: Approximately 12 million American youth are obese; that is 17 percent of people ages 2 to19. Youth who are obese are more likely to live in low-income neighborhoods, and are more likely to be black, Hispanic, or native American.  And we hear all sorts of reasons why young people gain weight such as too may sugary drinks, less physical activity and a lack of access to healthy foods.

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How to improve sex education

no-attribution-CC0 public domain -classroom-1346491_1920 (1)On the whole, public schools in the U.S. are doing a poor job of teaching sex education to American youth.

A report released last year by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control found that fewer than half of high schools and only a fifth of middle schools teach all 16 topics the CDC lists as essential components of sex education. Those topics include how to obtain and use condoms, the benefits of condom use, and the kinds of preventative care necessary to maintain sexual health. [Read more…]

When should kids start kindergarten?

chalkboardIt’s the season when parents of incoming kindergartners register their children for school. For many parents, myself included, deciding which year children should start formal schooling is difficult. [Read more…]

Low back pain? Exercise may help

back painLow back pain is one of the most common ailments among adults in the U.S., with nearly 80 percent of Americans experiencing the ailment at some point during their life. [Read more…]

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