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Research Highlights from NYU Steinhardt
 
FEBRUARY 2013

Research Findings

Study by Applied Psychology Team Shows that Diet, Parental Behavior, and Preschool Can Boost Children’s IQ

Children's IQSupplementing children’s diets with fish oil, enrolling them in quality preschool, and engaging them in interactive reading all turn out to be effective ways to raise a young child’s intelligence, according to a new report published in Perspectives on Psychological Science on research by Applied Psychology doctoral student John Protzko and Professors Joshua Aronson and Clancy Blair.

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Mental Health Burdens Contribute to HIV in Gay Men Says Researcher Perry Halkitis

Perry HalkitisRacism, discrimination, homophobia, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder (fuel the HIV epidemic among many young black and Latino men, according to a study by Perry Halkitis, director of the Center of Health, Identity, Behavior and Prevention Studies (CHIBPS) at NYU Steinhardt. These are the first major findings of a multi-year research study that follows the development of a diverse group of 600 urban HIV-negative young men.

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Grants and Gifts

Digital Learning Study Receives $2.4 Million from MacArthur Foundation

Digital LearningRichard Arum, professor of sociology and education, will look at initiatives developed by the Institute of Play to learn how digital learning shapes educational outcomes and influences student behavior. The project will evaluate students in New York City, Chicago, and Washington, D.C. schools.

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NoVo Foundation $250,000 Grant Funds Educational Evaluation in Democratic Republic of Congo

Democratic Republic of CongoJ. Lawrence Aber, Albert and Blanche Willner Family Professor of Applied Psychology and Public Policy and NYU University Professor -- in collaboration with the International Rescue Committee -- will lead a study to identify strategies to improve the educational chances of children in war-torn and poverty stricken countries.

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University of California Humanities Research Institute Supports Study on Game Play and Learning

Badges and TrophiesJan L. Plass, Paulette Goddard Professor in Digital Media and Learning Sciences, has received a $173,000 grant from the Digital Media and Learning Research Competition. Plass’ study will look at commercial and education games to learn how the absence of badges and trophies affects game play and motivation.

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Grant from the National Institute of Health Supports Research on Speech Disorders and Biofeedback

Communicative Sciences and DisordersSpeech sound disorder in childhood poses a barrier to academic and social participation, with potentially life-long consequences for educational and occupational outcomes. A study by Tara McAllister Byun of the Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders will evaluate the effectiveness of acoustic biofeedback therapy to treat residual speech errors.

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In the News: Videos

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What do we know about climate change?
Faculty in Steinhardt’s program in environmental education joined forces with representatives from New York City’s mayor’s office to share insights on sustainability and adaptation.


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Are video games to blame for recent waves of violence?
Liel Leibovitz, an expert on video game and interactive media research and theory, is interviewed about the assumption that video games lead to gun violence.

Faculty Research

Gerald Voebel of the Department of Occupational Therapy discusses traumatic brain injury.

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Jan Plass, Paulette Goddard Professor in Digital Media and Learning Sciences, shares his research on how to improve students' STEME education outcomes.

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