Training is effective for improving spatial skills, Northwestern researchers found through the first comprehensive analysis of credible studies on such interventions.
As spouses age, they show more positive emotional behaviors, such as humor, and fewer negative ones, such as defensiveness, SESP assistant professor Claudia Haase's studies show. She also finds that as people grow older, their social and emotional lives improve. Some age particularly well, and DNA provides an explanation.
Americans are more likely to save if they have the option of winning a prize when they make a deposit. That’s what SESP associate professor Jon Guryan found when he compared the use of prize-linked savings accounts with standard interest-bearing accounts.
Because scientific-based research on the topic is lacking, SESP professor Cynthia Coburn is assisting in an effort to develop new researchers and foster research on young children’s math learning. The DREME network will conduct innovative research and lead key projects on important early math topics
An Atlantic article on "Is Ending Segregation the Key to Ending Poverty?" includes interviews about housing policy with professor James Rosenbaum and HDSP alumni Ruby Mendenhall, Stephanie DeLuca and Susan Popkin. Rosenbaum comments on his study showing the successes of relocating African American families to white suburbs.
Northwestern University’s David H. Uttal discussed a program that has enhanced students’ learning at a variety of levels, from basic spatial reasoning to solving complex problems involving the coordination of numerous variables, such as those involved in climate change, as part of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) annual meeting in San Jose, California.
Study by SESP professor Jon Guryan and his colleagues shows disadvantaged boys who received intensive tutoring performed substantially better on standardized math tests, reducing the usual black-white test score gap by a third, and improved a host of other school outcomes too.