The most critical part of this type of research is understanding why it is conducted. We know that autism does not discriminate, and prevalence seems equal across cultural and ethnic groups. However, there are huge racial and ethnic disparities when it comes to diagnosis and access to services. Further, individuals from lower socioeconomic status groups, and those from racial and ethnic backgrounds other than non-Hispanic Caucasians are underrepresented in research. There are multiple reasons for this disparity in research participation, including: exclusion of non-English speakers in research studies, lack of effective recruitment efforts in these populations, and distrust of researchers and/or methods from individuals in these communities. … [Read more...] about Why Are Minority Children with ASD Left Out of Research?
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So rather than denouncing April Fool’s Days, celebrate its potential benefits. The laughter might not only make you healthier, but more creative too. Who cannot still marvel at the creativity and utter brilliance of the BBC’s April Fool’s Day prank from 1957, when they broadcast news on a Swiss family harvesting spaghetti from the family "spaghetti tree"? … [Read more...] about Why We Laugh at Others on April Fool’s Day
This essay is available online so here are a few highlights to whet your appetite for more. Thirty pairs of dogs representing three different breeds of dogs "with distinct predatory motor pattern sequences (herding dogs, retrievers, and livestock guarding dogs [LGDs])" were studied. The research team was interested in learning whether solitary and social play differed among them. They also were interested in how social and non-social environmental factors influenced play. The researchers write, "The aim of the present study was to examine experimentally the impact of breed and environmental manipulations, and their interaction, on play in domestic dogs. Breed-matched dyads with working experience and of equivalent age, sex, and neuter status ratios were placed in four experimental test conditions and two control conditions in randomized orders. In the experimental conditions, the dogs were exposed to owner attention, attention from a less familiar person, a toy, and escape … [Read more...] about Breed and Environmental Influences on Play in Dogs
Next, you have to figure out what to ask for and who to ask. What are your goals? What are you trying to achieve? Once you are clear on that, the next step is to determine the type of help or resources you need. Do you need expert advice, information, a sounding board, a referral or connection, funding, or something else? Converting what you need into a thoughtful request means your “ask” should be clear and specific; it includes the “why” of the request—why it is meaningful and important to you and/or the organization’s objectives; and, it includes the date by which you need the resource. Finally, you need to figure out whom to ask and make the request. Sometimes the “who” is a particular person, but you can also make your ask to a group or community. … [Read more...] about The Real Challenge of Generosity
7. Don't worry about costs associated with graduate school! Most students who get a graduate degree after completing a psych undergraduate degree either get a master's degree in an applied field (e.g., Social Work) that they can use to get a well-paying job in a relatively short amount of time, or get a Ph.D. in some research-oriented area of psychology. If you get into a Ph.D. program, life is usually good – such programs typically will have assistantships which will often pay most or all tuition or pay students an annual stipend for helping faculty with teaching or research. Stipends run about $21,000 a year these days. You won't be rich, but you won't starve. So, in either case, don't worry about the money. … [Read more...] about Guidance on the Graduate School Application Process