Blogs for Community Research and Action - SCRAKickstarting Social Change: Community Psychology & Crowdfunding<div><p>Though I may decry the commercialization of holidays, I must admit that I do love giving and receiving gifts. But what if we could harness this energy, this spirit of generosity, this money that we spend on frenzied holiday shopping to collectively build something amazing? The answer is that people are already doing this, in the growing phenomenon…</p></div>Practice Council AdminWed, 14 Dec 2011 01:18:35 +0000 of Climate Change: Political Debates and Cognitive Dissonance<div><div style="margin-bottom: 0in;"><p>     Scientists are often perplexed by the political nature of the climate change debate. After all, whether or not people accept the evidence supporting the existence of climate change has nothing to do with politics-it has to do with whether or not people accept scientific evidence.</p></div> <div style="margin-bottom: 0in;"> <p>     However, the truly political question-what should we do…</p></div></div>Practice Council AdminTue, 22 Nov 2011 05:24:16 +0000 the Marshmellow: Community Psychology & Willpower<div><p>Though most famous for the Stanford Prison Experiment, social psychologist Philip Zimbardo was for a while more interested in talking about a much gentler-sounding (though similarly cruel) study: the <a href="" target="_blank" class=" WikiLinkType0">Stanford Marshmallow Experiment</a>.</p> <p class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><img id="BLOGGER_object_0" class="BLOGGER-object-element tr_noresize tr_placeholder" src="" alt="""background-color: #b2b2b2; background-image: url(''); background-position: center center; background-repeat: no-repeat; height: 266px; width: 320px;""BLOGGER_object_0"/></p> <p>In the marshmallow experiment, 4-year olds were presented with the choice of eating one treat (e.g. a…</p></div>Practice Council AdminTue, 22 Nov 2011 05:21:57 +0000 Talk About Sex...Education<div><p style="margin-bottom: 0in; line-height: 100%; widows: 2; orphans: 2;"><span style="color: #000000;">Young people are having sex. Now, this may not come as news to most people in 2011, but many still ignore this concept when it comes to discussing it with youth. And who can blame them? It can be tough to talk about sex and sexuality with a teen or young adult. For some people it may feel dirty, wrong, uncomfortable, or unnecessary; I'm writing to…</span></p></div>Practice Council AdminTue, 08 Nov 2011 01:59:09 +0000 Community Psychology<div><p><span style="font-size: medium; color: #000000;">           Occupy Wall Street has gained everyone's attention. But how about Occupy Community Psychology?</span></p> <div style="color: black; line-height: 200%; margin-bottom: 0.19in; margin-top: 0.19in; text-indent: 0.5in;"><span style="font-size: medium;">Readers, is this a fair question? I wonder, largely because I'm not (yet) seeing the connection between this major local then national and now global event and anything we ourselves are doing. Consider: one lonely note on our list-serv to…</span></div></div>Practice Council AdminTue, 25 Oct 2011 03:15:48 +0000 Psychology of Climate Change: The Question of Climate Change<div><p style="margin-bottom: 0in;">On October 21<sup>st</sup>, 2011, an independent climate study called the <a href="" class=" WikiLinkType0">Berkeley Earth Project</a> reported new <a href="" class=" WikiLinkType0">reliable evidence</a> of climate change. In a press statement, Scientific Director Richard Muller is quoted as saying,</p> <p style="margin-bottom: 0in;"> </p> <p style="margin-left: 0.5in; margin-bottom: 0in;">"Our biggest surprise was that the new results agreed so closely with the warming values published previously by other teams in the…</p></div>Practice Council AdminSun, 23 Oct 2011 19:24:52 +0000 Periods of Risk Analyses<div><p style="margin-bottom: 0in; line-height: 100%;" align="center"><strong>Susan M. Wolfe, Ph.D.</strong></p> <p style="margin-bottom: 0in; line-height: 100%;" align="center"><strong>CEO, Susan Wolfe and Associates, LLC</strong></p> <p style="margin-bottom: 0in; line-height: 100%;" align="center"> </p> <p style="margin-bottom: 0in;">         Nobody wants to read, hear, or think about babies dying. Yet, in the United States, the estimated infant mortality rate for 2011 is 6.06 per 1,000 births. In comparison, the infant mortality rate in Japan is 2.78, in the Czech Republic it is 3.73, and in the United Kingdom it…</p></div>Practice Council AdminThu, 20 Oct 2011 01:43:46 +0000 Round of Grant Winners Announced<div><p><span><em>The</em> <a href="/communityminigrants" class=" WikiLinkType3"><em>SCRA Community Mini-Grant</em></a><em>, sponsored for this first time this year, is a time-sensitive grant designed to be responsive to community needs.  </em></span><br/> <span><em><br/></em></span><br/> <span><em>Our second two awardees were announced this year.  You can read about their projects below - we are very excited to sponsor them, and look forward to hearing about their work as it progresses.  </em></span><br/> <span><em><br/></em></span><br/> …</p></div>Practice Council AdminThu, 20 Oct 2011 01:29:03 +0000 happened in the 60's: Community psychology, social policy, and the 99%<div><p>Quick - what do South Korea, Finland, Canada, and Japan all have in common?</p> <p>(a)They all outrank the U.S. in reading, math, and science<br/> (b)Their citizens have higher life expectancies than those in the U.S.<br/> (c) Compared to the U.S., they have far greater levels of income equality<br/> (d) All of the above</p> <p> In case you haven't guessed it, the…</p></div>Practice Council AdminWed, 19 Oct 2011 00:45:50 +0000 of Climate Change: An Uncertain Future<div><p>Though the <em>fact</em> of climate change has not been under scientific debate for decades, the <em>uncertainty</em> of climate change remains.  How can this be?  How can <a class=" WikiLinkType0" href="">fact</a> <a class=" WikiLinkType0" href="">exist so easily with</a> <a class=" WikiLinkType0" href="">uncertainty</a>?  "It simply can't" is the answer given by politicians, political pundits, and others who seek to cast doubt on climate sciences.  Especially after the…</p></div>Practice Council AdminTue, 27 Sep 2011 23:06:54 +0000