Our collection of this week's social & behavioral science headlines...
- Urban Institute: Four insights on reducing poverty and increasing opportunity
- Chronicle of Higher Education: 'One Trigger Finger for Whites and Another for Blacks': What the Research Says
- NPR: How to Raise Brilliant Children, According to Science
- NY Magazine: Do Warm Clients Really Make People More Violent?
- Baltimore Sun: The Myth of the Magical Black Woman
University of Maryland Sociology Professor Patricia Hill Collins identifies strength as a defining characteristic in at least one of the negative, persistent, stereotypical and controlling images of black women dating back to slavery that were meant to normalize black women's oppression. Some black women have embraced the notion of the strong black woman, but our "strength" has led us to refuse access to social services when we need it and help from family and friends when offered, and generally to insist on shouldering burdens on our own. Embracing the myth of superhuman strength negatively impacts our physical and psychological health.
- Robert Wood Johnson Foundation: Wanted: Creative Research—From Any Field—Revealing What Makes Everyone In America Healthier
- Live Science: Blaming the Victim: Science Examines Why It Happens