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Morality of the NY Post Subway Photo - Prof. Fiery Cushman

A freelance photographer happened to be on the scene in New York when one man pushed another onto the subway tracks. The New York Post ultimately ran a photo on its front page, sparking widespread outrage. Based on his research, CLPS psychologist Fiery Cushman suggests that what makes people uncomfortable about the photo may be the idea of profiting from tragedy. Read more in the Brown University press release.

Erin Conwell (Ph.D. 2009) and Prof. Jim Morgan recipients of 2012 Peter Jusczyk Award

The Society for Language Development has awarded this year's Peter Jusczyk Best Paper Award to Prof. James L. Morgan and Erin Cornwell, CLPS Ph.D. 2009, for their paper “Is It a Noun or Is It a Verb? Resolving the Ambicategoricality Problem”. This honor is awarded annually by the editors of Language Learning and Development to the best paper published in the journal each year, with preference given to papers whose first authors are five years or less past their Ph.D. This paper appeared in issue 8/2, pp. 87–112.

Prof. David Badre Wins Prestigious McDonnell Award

Congratulations to Prof. David Badre, who has been awarded a James S. McDonnell Foundation (JMSF) 21st Century Science Initiative Grant in Understanding Human Cognition. See the JMSF site for more information about Prof. Badre's award.

Prof. Steven Sloman in NYT Op-Ed: 'I'm Right! (For Some Reason)'

Our own Prof. Steven Sloman and CLPS alumnus Phil Fernbach have published an Op-Ed piece in the New York Times. Their article describes how when people are asked to explain how policies are meant to work, their views often become more moderate. Read the full piece at the NY Times site.

New Graduate Program Flyer Available

A new two-page flyer detailing our Graduate Program in Cognitive, Linguistic & Psychological Sciences is now available.

Jeffrey Cockburn, CLPS Grad, Wins Best Poster at Society for Neuroeconomics

CLPS graduate student Jeffrey Cockburn won the Best Poster award at the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroeconomics in Miami, Sept. 2012. View his poster: 'Why do we value freedom: Genetic Polymorphism predicts the impact of choice on value.'

Too Much Information? New Study Reveals Differences in Consumer Preference for Details

In a new study, Prof. Steven Sloman and CLPS alumnus Philip Fernbach found that while some people require a detailed explanation of how a product works before they’ll be willing to pay more, others became less willing to pay when confronted with that additional detail. A simple, standard test predicted the desire for detail — who wants more, who wants less. Learn more about their findings from the Brown press release.