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Training is effective for improving spatial skills, Northwestern researchers found through the first comprehensive analysis of credible studies on such interventions.

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Societally Engaged Adults See Their Lives as Redemption Stories

Societally Engaged Adults See Their Lives as Redemption Stories

Middle-aged Americans who show high levels of societal involvement and mental health are especially likely to construe their lives as stories of personal redemption, according to new research by professor Dan McAdams published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science.

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Claudia Haase's Research Highlights the Bright Side of Aging

Claudia Haase's Research Highlights the Bright Side of Aging

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.

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Jon Guryan Finds Prize Payments Induce Savings Behavior

Jon Guryan Finds Prize Payments Induce Savings Behavior

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.

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Cynthia Coburn Works to Expand Research in Early Math Education

Cynthia Coburn Works to Expand Research in Early Math Education

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

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Atlantic Quotes Jim Rosenbaum, SESP Alums in 'Will Ending Segregation End Poverty?'

<em>Atlantic</em> Quotes Jim Rosenbaum, SESP Alums in 'Will Ending Segregation End Poverty?'

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.

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David Uttal Discusses Program That Improves Students' Spatial Skills

David Uttal Discusses Program That Improves Students' Spatial Skills

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.

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