Alix Spiegel http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Play It Again And Again, Sam http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/play-it-again-and-again-sam <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EH45A6ek45s</p> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 22:30:00 +0000 Alix Spiegel 35111 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Play It Again And Again, Sam Big Sibling's Big Influence: Some Behaviors Run In The Family http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/big-siblings-big-influence-some-behaviors-run-family Patricia East is a developmental psychologist who began her career working at an OB-GYN clinic in California. Mon, 29 Apr 2013 19:55:00 +0000 Alix Spiegel 25908 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Big Sibling's Big Influence: Some Behaviors Run In The Family Would Angry Teens Chill Out If They Saw More Happy Faces? http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/would-angry-teens-chill-out-if-they-saw-more-happy-faces All day long we're surrounded by faces. We see them on the subway sitting two by two, pass them on the sidewalk as we make our way to work, then nod to them in the elevator.<p>But most of those faces don't tell us much about the emotional life of the person behind the face.<p>"People don't just go around the world smiling or grimacing or frowning," says psychologist <a href="http://www.bristol.ac.uk/expsych/people/marcus-r-munafo/index.html">Marcus Munafo</a> of the University of Bristol. Mon, 08 Apr 2013 21:59:00 +0000 Alix Spiegel 25235 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Would Angry Teens Chill Out If They Saw More Happy Faces? Mining Books To Map Emotions Through A Century http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/mining-books-map-emotions-through-century Were people happier in the 1950s than they are today? Or were they more frustrated, repressed and sad?<p>To find out, you'd have to compare the emotions of one generation to another. Mon, 01 Apr 2013 19:41:00 +0000 Alix Spiegel 25020 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Mining Books To Map Emotions Through A Century New Voices For The Voiceless: Synthetic Speech Gets An Upgrade http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/new-voices-voiceless-synthetic-speech-gets-upgrade Ever since she was a small child, Samantha Grimaldo has had to carry her voice with her.<p>Grimaldo was born with a rare disorder, Perisylvian syndrome, which means that though she's physically capable in many ways, she's never been able to speak. Instead, she's used a device to speak. She types in what she wants to say, and the device says those words out loud. Mon, 11 Mar 2013 08:41:00 +0000 Alix Spiegel 10069 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org New Voices For The Voiceless: Synthetic Speech Gets An Upgrade To Spot Kids Who Will Overcome Poverty, Look At Babies http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/spot-kids-who-will-overcome-poverty-look-babies Why do some children who grow up in poverty do well, while others struggle?<p>To understand more about this, a group of psychologists recently did a <a href="http://pss.sagepub.com/content/early/2013/01/29/0956797612457381.abstract">study</a>.<p>It began in a small spare room where a series of very poor mothers and their 5-month-old babies came to watch a soothing video. Soothing the baby was the point, says Elisabeth Conradt, a postdoctoral researcher at Brown University's <a href="http://www.brown.edu/Departments/Children_at_Risk/Home.htm">Brown Center for the Study of Children at Risk</a>. Mon, 25 Feb 2013 21:32:00 +0000 Alix Spiegel 9633 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org To Spot Kids Who Will Overcome Poverty, Look At Babies Shootings Leave Sandy Hook Survivors Rethinking The Odds http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/shootings-leave-sandy-hook-survivors-rethinking-odds About a month ago, Declan Procaccini's 10-year-old son woke him early in the morning in a fright.<p>"He came into my bedroom and said, 'Dad, I had a horrible, horrible dream!' " Procaccini says. "He was really shaken up. Thu, 27 Dec 2012 21:20:00 +0000 Alix Spiegel 7776 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Shootings Leave Sandy Hook Survivors Rethinking The Odds Weekend Vote Will Bring Controversial Changes To Psychiatrists' Bible http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/weekend-vote-will-bring-controversial-changes-psychiatrists-bible This weekend, 20 people from around the country will meet in a nondescript hotel room in Arlington, Va., and take a vote. Fri, 30 Nov 2012 22:11:00 +0000 Alix Spiegel 6950 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Weekend Vote Will Bring Controversial Changes To Psychiatrists' Bible Struggle For Smarts? How Eastern And Western Cultures Tackle Learning http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/struggle-smarts-how-eastern-and-western-cultures-tackle-learning In 1979, when Jim Stigler was still a graduate student at the University of Michigan, he went to Japan to research teaching methods and found himself sitting in the back row of a crowded fourth-grade math class.<p>"The teacher was trying to teach the class how to draw three-dimensional cubes on paper," Stigler explains, "and one kid was just totally having trouble with it. His cube looked all cockeyed, so the teacher said to him, 'Why don't you go put yours on the board?' So right there I thought, 'That's interesting! Mon, 12 Nov 2012 08:29:00 +0000 Alix Spiegel 6316 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Struggle For Smarts? How Eastern And Western Cultures Tackle Learning Jersey Shore Storm Survivors Face Uncertain Future http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/jersey-shore-storm-survivors-face-uncertain-future The barrier islands off the coast of New Jersey were hit hard by Superstorm Sandy, and for the moment, most residents are banned from living in their homes because the area is far too damaged.<p>Which is why this past weekend, in a Red Cross shelter at Pinelands High School in Egg Harbor, N.J., on the mainland, around 100 stranded island residents were lining up for dinner, while Red Cross volunteers worked hard to keep things reassuring.<p>"Excuse me everybody!" shouted one of the volunteers, waving her arms above her head. Tue, 06 Nov 2012 22:08:00 +0000 Alix Spiegel 6151 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Jersey Shore Storm Survivors Face Uncertain Future