York University Professor Stuart Shanker maintains that Canadian children are dealing with an overwhelming amount of stress, reported Kawartha Lakes This Week Feb. 27. On Thursday, March 6 at 7pm, at St. Mary Catholic Elementary School in Lindsay, Ont., Shanker will discuss how new research on brain development is changing ideas about how we learn, teach and parent. Read full story.
Children who are excessively moody, or aggressive, or lethargic, aren’t bad kids, said York University Professor Stuart Shanker in the Abbotsford News Feb. 27. They are stressed and sleep-deprived. Shanker spoke to a full house at the Abbotsford Arts Centre last Thursday night in a talk organized by the Abbotsford school district. Read full story.
A virtual scavenger hunt is inviting the public to get a taste of the diverse research projects under way at Ontario’s 21 publicly funded universities, reported University Affairs Feb. 26. . . . Each weekday in February on the Research Matters website, a new video clue has been released that discusses a specific researcher and their current project. Players can unlock a code word each day that they can then use to complete a final phrase at the end of the month. Contestants could win daily and grand prizes, including five $500 cash prizes reserved for student participants. Among the research projects featured in the video clues is one by York University psychology Professor Frances Wilkinson who is researching how people who suffer from migraines have increased sensitivity to flickering light at all times, not just when they have a migraine.
“The ‘Mr. Big’ procedure is a controversial and increasingly common covert operation in which the police create a fictitious criminal organization and then devote considerable time, money and energy inveigling the target into joining it,” wrote York University psychology Professor Timothy Moore in the Feb. 28 issue of the Lawyers Weekly. “The undercover police officers pose as members of a successful criminal clique. They develop a personal relationship with the target and slowly involve him or her in staged illegal activities on behalf of the organization. . . . The scheme usually terminates in an encounter with ‘the boss’ (Mr. Big), an undercover operative posing as a senior member of the organization. He uses various incentives in an attempt to elicit a confession to the specific offence being investigated (usually murder). . . . Sometimes the confession results in the discovery of new evidence whose evidentiary value is central to a conviction. The tactics, however, are both relentless and coercive.” Read full story.