Should Little Boys Cry? Moving Forward After Tragic Events, plus more weekly links


A selection of recent behavioral science news, articles, and resources of note:

  • There’s a stigma around boys crying. Toughen up, some say, and they think they’re helping. But research suggests that embracing male vulnerability and emotional openness may help boys improve socially and academically. (NPR)


Photo: Amanda Tipton

  • Moving forward from the tragedy in Orlando, a collection of Harvard professors, including psychologist Steven Pinker, came together to share their thoughts on mass shootings and how to make citizens safer. “We need to look at the ways in which we institutionally, ideologically, individually allow ourselves to be governed by prejudice,” says Professor of Public Policy Timothy McCarthy. (Harvard Gazette)
  • Neuroscientist Adriana Galván suggests that the same factors that lead to impulsive and risky behavior in teens might also spur them towards a type of creativity and productivity not seen in any other developmental period. (Aeon)
  • Will the first ever soda-tax in a major US city yield fruitful results? All eyes are turned towards Philadelphia to see if their new soda tax can promote health, while also raising much needed revenue for the city’s education and community improvement programs. (
  • Organizations are increasingly turning to behavioral science for insight into how they can improve their moral and ethical practice. This month, leading behavioral scientists gathered to discuss pathways to improving businesses through the use of nudges and policy at the Ethics by Design conference hosted by Ethical Systems in New York City. (Ethical Systems)
  • There may not be a perfect way to parent your child, but programs that promote the ideas of positive parenting could point you in the right direction, writes W. Douglas Tynan, Director of Integrated Health Care for the American Psychological Association. He reviews some of latest research on ways parents can help their children flourish. (

-Edited by Rinpoche Price-Huish-


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