Culture, Society & Family

KERA: Bitcoin — Behind The Cryptocurrency Curtain

Bitcoin, KERA, Tyler Moore, SMU, ponzi schemeKERA Public Radio journalist Justin Martin tapped the expertise of SMU Bitcoin and cybersecurity expert Tyler W. Moore, an assistant professor of computer science in the Lyle School of Engineering.

An expert on the digital currency Bitcoin, Moore’s expertise draws in part on his research surrounding Bitcoin, the exchanges that trade in the currency and patterns of online usage. One of Moore’s studies found that online money exchanges that trade hard currency for the rapidly emerging cyber money have a 45 percent chance of failing — often taking their customers’ money with them. Continue reading

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Asthma patients reduce symptoms, improve lung function with shallow breaths, more CO2

Asthma patients taught to habitually resist the urge to take deep breaths when experiencing symptoms were rewarded with fewer symptoms and healthier lung function, according to a new study from the Department of Psycholgoy at Southern Methodist University.

The findings are from a large clinical trial funded with a grant from the National Institutes of Health’s National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. Continue reading

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Christian Science Monitor: To spank or not to spank — corporal punishment in the US

George Holden, spanking, corporal punishment, Christian Science MonitorReporter Stephanie Hanes for The Christian Science Monitor interviewed SMU psychologist and child development expert George W. Holden for his perspective on corporal punishment. Holden, a noted expert on the dangers of corporal punishment, is a leader of the nation’s anti-spanking movement.

The Oct. 19 article explores the controversial practice of corporal punishment. Continue reading

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Study will teach algebra with student-authored stories that draw on their own interests

Can students learn algebra from Instagram and video games?

SMU teaching researcher Candace Walkington thinks so. Walkington’s new study, funded by the National Academy of Education, will test that idea.

Students will describe how linear relationships approximate what they encounter in their everyday lives, such as how they accumulate followers in Instagram or score points in a video game over time Continue reading

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KERA: The Psychology of Fear

SMU, KERA, Think, Alicia Meuret, panic, anxiety, fearKERA public radio 90.1 hosted SMU psychologist Alicia Meuret on Krys Boyd‘s “Think” program Oct. 6.

Meuret, Boyd and Madhukar Trivedi, chair of the University of Texas-Southwestern’s Mental Health Department, discussed “How fear serves us and when it can lead us astray,” particularly in the wake of the much-discussed Ebola case in Dallas.
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NBC News Make the Case: Corporal Punishment

Holden, corporal punishment, Meet the Press, SMU, spankingSMU Psychology Professor George W. Holden, psychology, and Michael Farris, president of ParentalRights.Org, debated opposite sides of the controversial question “Should parents be allowed to practice corporal punishment?”

The debate aired Sept. 25 on NBC’s Meet the Press: Make the Case. Continue reading

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The Economist: Goldilocks nationalism

Economist, SMU, Economics, Klaus DesmetThe Economist’s “Free Exchange” column covered the research of SMU economist Klaus Desmet as part of a larger examination of the ideal size of nations from an economic perspective and within the context of Scotland’s recent vote on the question of independence.

The article, “Goldilocks nationalism,” published Sept. 27.
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The Week: Christians have no moral rationale for spanking their children

corporal punishment, Bible, George Holden, SMU, spanking, The Week, Journalist Jonathan Merritt with high-profile online magazine The Week cited the research findings of SMU psychologist George W. Holden about the controversial practice of corporal punishment.

Merritt’s article, “Christians have no moral rationale for spanking their children,” published Sept. 23. Continue reading

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The Atlantic: Can a Nation’s Soil Explain Its Economic Fortunes?

Omer Ozak, SMU, agriculture, soil, economicsJournalist Joe Pinsker with The Atlantic covered the research of SMU economist Ömer Özak about the association between cultures that value long-term payoffs and their ancient history of successful crop yields.

Pinsker’s story, “Can a Nation’s Soil Explain Its Economic Fortunes?” published Sept. 17. Continue reading

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