Experiencing awe can reduce your preoccupation with yourself, and allow you to lose yourself in something much bigger. This, according to research by Paul Piff, assistant professor of psychology and social behavior, helps lead a person to seek what's best for the collective interest and breaks the cycle of us-versus-them thinking.
Repeated exposure to traumatic images and videos can negatively affect a person's mental and physical health, according to research conducted by Roxane Cohen Silver, professor of psychology and social behavior.
And those sorts of images are likelier to fill computer and television screens following a terrorist attack such as the one in Manchester, England, that killed 22 people. In the wake of such attacks, media outlets should be especially careful about how they report on and tell those stories, Silver says.
Professor Mona Lynch is watching closely as federal drug crime policies become more punitive
The federal prison population fell for the first time in a generation during Barack Obama’s presidency as his attorney general issued memos advising U.S. attorneys to be more restrained in prosecuting drug crimes.
Under President Trump’s attorney general, Jeff Sessions, the outlook is starkly different. And Criminology, Law and Society Professor Mona Lynch, who wrote the book “Hard Bargains: The Coercive Power of Drug Laws in Federal Court,” wants to examine how those changes unfold.