Morton Ann Gernsbacher, Vilas Research Professor and Sir Frederic C. Bartlett Professor of Psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, has been selected by the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi as the 2018-2020 Phi Kappa Phi Scholar. Gernsbacher received the award for her achievements in research, teaching, service and leadership.
Scientists and nonscientists alike have often associated larger brains with greater intelligence, but a new study may challenge that notion. “Maybe brain size isn’t all it’s cracked up to be,” says John Hawks, one of the study’s corresponding authors.
A recent study out of the University of Wisconsin-Madison found that more than half of the sponsors of Facebook ads that featured divisive political messages ahead of the 2016 election were from “suspicious” groups with little or no paper trail to identify them. One in six turned out to be linked to the IRA.“I expected that we would find some unknown actors in the digital media political campaign landscape, because there are some regulatory loopholes,” Young Mie Kim, the study’s lead author, recently told me. “The findings are a lot worse than I thought. It is shocking and surprising.”
Young Mie Kim in USA Today: We read every one of the 3,517 Facebook ads bought by Russians. Here's what we found
Young Mie Kim, a University of Wisconsin-Madison researcher who published some of the first scientific analysis of social media influence campaigns during the election, said the ads show that the Russians are attempting to destabilize Western Democracy by targeting extreme identity groups.
Based on the regions of the brain that Homo naledi shared with modern humans, the authors suggested that it may have exhibited complex behavior. But what they did not say was what those behaviors may have been, said John Hawks, an paleoanthropologist at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and an author on the paper.
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Katherine Cramer in The Washington Post: White people get more conservative when they move up economically, not down
President Trump’s election upended the conventional view of U.S. class politics. Republicans have long been considered the party of the affluent and upwardly mobile, while Democrats have appealed to the economically disadvantaged. But many observers have suggested that Trump “tapped into the anger of a declining middle class” rooted in decades of income stagnation and growing social distress.
If Madison’s septuagenarian mayor wins the primary, Burden expects Walker will make Soglin’s long career an issue. “Walker will say that Soglin represents the past, the hippie Madison of the 1960s. And that [Walker] represents the future of Wisconsin,” Burden says. “On the other hand, Soglin has a number of things he can crow about. Madison and Dane County are the real job engines for the state.”
Tim Smeeding quoted in Vox: Scott Walker is giving Wisconsin families $100 per kid. Democrats should learn from that
Quoted: What’s more, there are some barriers to poor families getting the money, like the requirement that recipients of the funds have bank accounts for direct deposits. After looking over the procedure for filing for the refund, Tim Smeeding, an economist and poverty expert at the University of Wisconsin Madison, commented, “I am sure poor people won’t follow all of this and won’t get the money.”