In the Media
Poll: Majority unlikely to use self-driving cars
The Hill -- 02/21/2018
A majority of Americans are not likely to use self-driving vehicles, according to a new survey. A Gallup/Northeastern University poll released Wednesday found that 54 percent of Americans said they are unlikely to utilize self-driving cars, while a quarter of respondents, 25 percent, said they would likely use the cars.
How reliably does animal torture predict a future mass shooter?
The Washington Post -- 02/21/2018
Since the 1960s, some criminologists, psychiatrists and other investigators who study serial killers and mass murderers have claimed that animal cruelty is a possible predictor of future violence. But many children treat animals maliciously, even kill them, and a vanishing percentage become mass killers. In a study conducted with Jack Levin of Northeastern University, we found that 28 percent of 260 undergraduates admitted to having abused animals when they were children.
How a growing number of states are hoping to improve kids’ brains: exercise
The Hechinger Report -- 02/21/2018
Charles Hillman, a kinesiology professor at Northeastern University in Boston who studies the connection between the body and the brain, says there’s strong evidence that supports making physical education and recess a priority in schools. “The goal is to get kids moving throughout the school day,” Hillman said. While he grants that academic class time is also important, “clearly the academic at this point is at the cost of being physically active, and I think there has to be some level of accommodation.” Hillman also cautions that physical activity alone has not been shown to increase cognitive performance. A slow walk for example, does little to make anyone smarter. What is definitely tied to brain health, Hillman said, is physical fitness.
New study shows at-risk youth just as likely to have access to guns as well-adjusted peers
WBUR -- 02/21/2018
As the latest debate over guns continues following the recent school shooting in Parkland, Florida, a study is being released Wednesday that says troubled children with at-risk behavior are as likely to have access to firearms in their homes as more well-adjusted youth. The study was co-authored by Dr. Matthew Miller, professor of health sciences and epidemiology at Northeastern University. He joined Morning Edition to talk about the study’s findings.
Mayer: Elizabeth Warren sticks to an old narrative
Boston Herald -- 02/21/2018
Though there is no hard evidence that Elizabeth Warren had any Native American ancestors, the senator continues to claim that that was what her parents told her. In the words of a commercial she ran back during the 2012 election, “As a kid I never asked my mom for documentation when she talked about our Native American heritage. What kid would?” She said pretty much the same thing in her recent speech to the National Congress of American Indians, garnished with a bit more emotion and a promise that she will use future attacks as an opportunity to “lift up the story of your families and your communities.”…
Arrests of undocumented immigrants in Boston are up 50 percent
Boston Globe -- 02/21/2018
In November 2014, Obama announced a package of executive actions that prioritized arresting and deporting criminals, people considered threats to national security, and recent border-crossers. Those steps resulted in a decline in arrests during the final two years of his presidency, Rachel Rosenbloom, a Northeastern University law professor who specializes in immigration policy, said in an e-mail. Now, she said, “enforcement has climbed back up to the outrageous levels it reached back in 2013 and 2014, and it seems likely that it will continue to rise.”…
Poll: Americans don’t want self-driving cars
Axios -- 02/21/2018
The Northeastern University/Gallup survey from last year and released today finds that 59 percent of respondents said they would be uncomfortable riding in a fully self-driving car on a daily basis, and 62 percent said they would be uncomfortable sharing the road with fully self-driving trucks.
The controversial theory that explains the structure of the internet
The Atlantic -- 02/20/2018
“Amazingly simple and far-reaching natural laws govern the structure and evolution of all the complex networks that surround us,” wrote Barabási (who is now at Northeastern University in Boston) in Linked. He later added: “Uncovering and explaining these laws has been a fascinating roller-coaster ride during which we have learned more about our complex, interconnected world than was known in the last hundred years.”…
How to cultivate gratitude, compassion, and pride on your team
Harvard Business Review -- 02/20/2018
As a leader, what traits should you cultivate in your employees? Grit – the ability to persevere in the face of challenges? Sure. A willingness to accept some sacrifices and work hard toward a successful future are essential for the members of any team. But I believe there’s another component that matters just as much: grace. I don’t mean the ability to move elegantly or anything religious. Rather, I mean qualities of decency, respect, and generosity, all of which mark a person as someone with whom others want to cooperate.
Court defends officers’ use of traffic stops to investigate unrelated crimes
WGBH -- 02/20/2018
WGBH’s Legal Analyst and Northeastern law professor Daniel Medwed said traffic stops have long been a touchy subject when it comes to fair policing.
Is lack of competition strangling the U.S. economy?
Harvard Business Review -- 02/20/2018
A comprehensive review of retrospective studies of the thousands of mergers and joint ventures over the past 25 years by Northeastern University economist John Kwoka judged that antitrust authorities had been too tolerant both in letting certain types of mergers go unchallenged and in imposing conditions on mergers that were cleared. Prices following a subset of these mergers rose by an average of 4.3%, holding other factors constant, Kwoka found. The increases were particularly large in the airline and health care industries. “The diminished attention to mergers involving somewhat lower market shares and concentration appears to have resulted in approval of significantly more mergers that prove to be anticompetitive,” he wrote in a 2015 book.
Younger siblings play a role in developing empathy – older ones just get the credit
Quartz -- 02/20/2018
“What I find remarkable is the demonstration that children under the age of three years do play a meaningful role in shaping their elder siblings’ empathic concern,” said Laurie Kramer, a professor of applied psychology at Northeastern University who has studied siblings for more than two decades (but was not involved in the research).