Some parents who spank believe it’s an effective way to discipline children. But extensive research has linked spanking to child behavior problems.
New SMU studies found that brief exposure to the research significantly altered parents’ views of spanking. “If we can educate people about corporal punishment, these studies show that we can in a very quick way begin changing attitudes,” said George Holden, SMU psychologist. Continue reading
Numerous U.S. banks failed during the recent financial crisis — and more would have, absent governmental intervention, says short-selling expert Hemang Desai, an SMU professor.
New research from Desai suggests short sellers were sensitive to the leading indicators of the crisis, and were the first to react, ahead of equity analysts, ratings agencies and auditors.
In a first-of-its-kind paper, SMU Cox Distinguished Finance Professor James Linck, with Viktar Fedaseyeu and Hannes Wagner, analyze directors — who they are, what they do and how much they are paid. Continue reading
Unconscious gut reactions may predict happy, and not-so-happy, marriages, a new study published in the scholarly journal Science suggests. Results of research published Nov. 29 found that spouses’ implicit attitudes toward their partners predicted changes in their marital satisfaction over four years. Andrea L. Meltzer, SMU Department of Psychology, is a co-author on the study. Continue reading
Scientists issue call to action for archaeological sites threatened by rising seas, urban development
Should global warming cause sea levels to rise as predicted in coming decades, thousands of archaeological sites in coastal areas around the world will be lost to erosion.
With no hope of saving all these sites, an SMU archaeologist and others call for scientists to assess the sites most at risk.
Photo: A site at Anacapa Island, southern California, is in danger of eroding into the ocean. (Credit: Reeder)