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Kickstarting Social Change: Community Psychology & Crowdfunding

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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 known as crowdfunding.

Crowdfunding is the term used when many people collectively pool their money to fund something they believe in. In a sense,…

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     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.

     However, the truly political question-what should we do about climate change?-may be too contentious a topic when we consider the psychological need for consistency between our social and political…

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Resisting the Marshmellow: Community Psychology & Willpower

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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 Stanford Marshmallow Experiment.

In the marshmallow experiment, 4-year olds were presented with the choice of eating one treat (e.g. a marshmallow) immediately or waiting and getting two treats. Years later, those who had delayed gratification had a host of better outcomes, including…

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Lets Talk About Sex...Education

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Danielle Gemmel of Planned Parenthood in New Jersey talks about the necessity of sex education.

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 state that in terms of community well-being, it is beyond necessary. So let's talk "dirty" for a moment.

 

You might ask, "How does this relate to…

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Occupy Community Psychology

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           Occupy Wall Street has gained everyone's attention. But how about Occupy Community Psychology?

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 date; nothing on our Facebook page. However, a blog post earlier this month. ("What happened in the 60's") opened the door to this discussion; so let's…
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On October 21st, 2011, an independent climate study called the Berkeley Earth Project reported new reliable evidence of climate change. In a press statement, Scientific Director Richard Muller is quoted as saying,

 

"Our biggest surprise was that the new results agreed so closely with the warming values published previously by other teams in the U.S. and the U.K. This confirms that these studies were done carefully and that potential biases identified by climate change skeptics did not…

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Perinatal Periods of Risk Analyses

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Full Title: Perinatal Periods of Risk Analyses: Using Data to Mobilize the Community and to Guide Prevention and Intervention Strategies

Susan M. Wolfe, Ph.D.

CEO, Susan Wolfe and Associates, LLC

 

         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 is 4.62 per 1,000 babies born.1 These rates are not the same for everyone in the United States and there are large disparities in racial and ethnic…

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Second Round of Grant Winners Announced

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The SCRA Community Mini-Grant, sponsored for this first time this year, is a time-sensitive grant designed to be responsive to community needs.  


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.  


SCRA plans to offer ten grants, with an average award of $1,200.  All current SCRA members and their community collaborators are welcome to apply.…

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Quick - what do South Korea, Finland, Canada, and Japan all have in common?

(a)They all outrank the U.S. in reading, math, and science
(b)Their citizens have higher life expectancies than those in the U.S.
(c) Compared to the U.S., they have far greater levels of income equality
(d) All of the above

 In case you haven't guessed it, the answer is included in the body of this blog post. 

Until very recently, it seemed that income inequality was the pink elephant in the proverbial room of…

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Psychology of Climate Change: An Uncertain Future

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Though the fact of climate change has not been under scientific debate for decades, the uncertainty of climate change remains.  How can this be?  How can fact exist so easily with uncertainty?  "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 so-called "Climategate" in which climate scientists' emails were leaked to the public and then distorted to show wrong-doing where none existed, the public…

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