The Impact of Having a Father Drafted to Vietnam, Lumosity fined, plus more weekly links


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

  • The impact of the Vietnam draft was not only felt by those men who served, but by their children, too. Jeff Guo reports on the economic impact of having a father eligible for the draft and examines the ways broad government policies can have a lasting, often unforeseen, influence on later generations. (Washington Post)


Photo: Sp5 Robert C. Lafoon Department of the Army Special Photo Office

“Lumosity preyed on consumers’ fears about age-related cognitive decline, suggesting their games could stave off memory loss, dementia, and even Alzheimer’s disease,” said Jessica Rich, Director of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection. “But Lumosity simply did not have the science to back up its ads.” (Federal Trade Commission)

  • Recently, Elizabeth Paluck and her research team conducted a massive intervention involving over 56 schools and 24,000 students to reduce bullying at schools. At each school, 20 to 32 randomly selected students participated in a conflict reduction program. One year later, schools where conflict reduction was “seeded” through these students experienced a 30 percent reduction in social conflict. Further, the more socially connected that the selected students were, the greater the reduction in conflict. (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences)
  • For Maria Konnikova, the aim of both psychology and writing, though their methods might be different, is the same—understand who we are. (New York Times)
  • No “A” for effort here. Carol Dweck says when it comes to praising effort instead of talent we’re doing it wrong. (Quartz)
  • Care for a slice of humble pie? These award-winning 3-dimensional illusions will provide you with a reminder that what you see and what you think is not necessarily what actually is. (Nautilus)


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