IN THE PICTURE
ITEM: There was not a significant gender gap among children ages seven to 16 in post-Soviet Armenia in terms of competitiveness in physical and intellectual tasks.
STUDY: “Gender and Preferences at a Young Age: Evidence From Armenia,” Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, 2015
AUTHOR: Karen Khachatryan, Middlesex University Business School
OUTSIDE FUNDING: Jan Wallander and Tom Hedelius Foundation, Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation, and the Swiss National Science Foundation. The Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation is the largest private financier of research in Sweden.
ITEM: In an experiment, meth addicts were equally likely to choose a $5 reward as they were to choose a hit of meth. When offered $20, a majority of addicts chose cash over meth.
STUDY: “Comparison of Intranasal Methamphetamine and d-amphetamine Self-Administration by Humans,” Addiction, 2012
AUTHOR: Matthew Kirkpatrick, Department of Psychology, Columbia University
OUTSIDE FUNDING: National Institute on Drug Abuse
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ITEM: More than 40 percent of trans and gender-non-conforming people have attempted suicide; the majority reported being bullied or harassed in school; 61 percent were the victim of a physical assault; and 64 percent had been sexually harassed.
STUDY: Injustice at Every Turn: A Report of the National Transgender Discrimination Survey, National Center for Transgender Equality and National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, 2011
AUTHOR: Jaime M. Grant, Director, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force
OUTSIDE FUNDING: Network for LGBT Health Equity
ITEM: The biological basis of transgender identity is still mostly a mystery.
STUDY: “Sex Steroids and Variants of Gender Identity, Endocrinology and Metabolism Clinics of North America,” 2013
AUTHOR: Heino F. L. Meyer-Bahlburg, New York State Psychiatric Institute, Columbia University
OUTSIDE FUNDING: National Institute of Mental Health, National Center for Research Resources, and Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
ITEM: Trans people who receive hormonal therapy and sex-re-assignment surgeries are psychologically better off.
STUDY: “Hormonal Therapy and Sex Reassignment: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis of Quality of Life and Psychosocial Outcomes,” Clinical Endocrinology, 2010
AUTHOR: Mohammad H. Hurad, Division of Preventive Medicine, Mayo Clinic
OUTSIDE FUNDINGg: Endocrine Society
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WHO, WHAT, WHERE, WHEN, WEIRD
ITEM: Nearly one-third of young adults put “fun/weird” among their five most important categories of news.
STUDY: “Reuters Institute Digital News Report 2014: Tracking the Future of News,” Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, 2014
AUTHOR: Nic Newman, Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism
OUTSIDE FUNDING: BBC Global News, NewsWorks, Google, Edelman, Universidad de Navarra, Ofcom, Hans-Bredow-Institut for Media Research at the University of Hamburg, francetélévisions, Foundation of Finland’s Media Industry Research
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ITEM: By 2040, more than 30 percent of school-age children in America will be living with at least one immigrant parent.
STUDY: “Academic Trajectories of Newcomer Immigrant Youth,” Developmental Psychology, 2010
AUTHOR: Carola Suárez-Orozco, Department of Education, University of California–Los Angeles
OUTSIDE FUNDING: National Science Foundation, William T. Grant Foundation, and Spencer Foundation
ITEM: The school placement lottery in Charlotte, North Carolina, can affect high school students’ educational outcomes.
STUDY: “School Choice, School Quality and Postsecondary Attainment,” National Bureau of Economic Research, 2011
AUTHOR: David J. Deming, Harvard Graduate School of Education
OUTSIDE FUNDING: United States Department of Education
ITEM: Lottery winners in New York City who won admission to the city’s small public schools were 8.6 percent more likely to graduate from high school.
STUDY: “Sustained Positive Effects on Graduation Rates Produced by New York City’s Small Public High Schools of Choice,” MDRC, 2012
AUTHOR: Howard S. Bloom, MDRC (a non-profit education and social policy research organization)
OUTSIDE FUNDING: Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
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THIS DOCTOR KNOWS EXACTLY HOW YOU FEEL
ITEM: People with mirror-touch synesthesia recognize the facial emotions of others better than people without mirror-touch synesthesia.
STUDY: “Superior Facial Expression, but Not Identity Recognition, in Mirror-Touch Synesthesia,” Journal of Neuroscience, 2011
AUTHOR: Michael Banissy, Department of Psychology, Goldsmiths, University of London
OUTSIDE FUNDING: Medical Research Council, Economic and Social Research Council
ITEM: Sarah-Jayne Blakemore was the first to document a case involving a 41-year-old woman who said she experienced touch when observing touch on others.
STUDY: “Somatosensory Activations During the Observation of Touch and a Case of Vision–Touch Synaesthesia,” Brain, 2005
AUTHOR: Sarah-Jayne Blakemore, Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, University College London
OUTSIDE FUNDING: Wellcome Trust and the Royal Society, United Kingdom
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