In a Huffington Post op ed piece, professor Emma Adam discusses how to help adolescents lessen stress in high-anxiety times and always. Research shows that stress, especially stress of a social nature, has long-term impacts on health.
An Atlantic magazine article on the importance of life narratives to personality features the work of professor Dan McAdams. "Life stories do not simply reflect personality. They are personality, or more accurately, they are important parts of personality," McAdams says.
A study of how fatherhood affects health found that the typical 6-foot-tall man who lives with his child gained an average of about 4.4 pounds after becoming a first-time dad. SESP professors Emma Adam and Lindsay Chase-Lansdale coauthored the study with lead author Craig Garfield of Northwestern Medicine.
A new report by the President’s Council of Economic Advisors highlights key findings of associate professors Jonathan Guryan, who has studied youth programs to reduce crime and dropout, and Diane Schanzenbach, who has studied universal preschool and income inequality. Guryan and Schanzenbach contribute key evidence about promising programs for the criminal justice system, youth decision making and early education.
Assistant professor Michael Horn received a CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to study computational literacy in informal learning environments. His project “Blocks, Stickers, and Puzzles: Rethinking Computational Literacy Experiences in Informal Environments” will focus on experiences outside the classroom that can engage and prepare young people in computational literacy.
SESP professor David Uttal's new study will test whether spatial training actually leads to STEM achievement in school and beyond — an outcome that is important for the future of the U.S.
A new study by SESP assistant professor Claudia Haase finds that people with a certain gene variant are less stoic and are more likely to smile and laugh.