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Education and Psychology

To Bridge the Gap: Peabody’s Department of Special Education applies best-in-class academic research to solve real-world challenges

May. 28, 2020—In recent years a cadre of energetic, productive faculty members have joined Peabody's special education department, building on the legacy of high-caliber research and teaching that began in the 1950s with Lloyd Dunn and developmental psychologists Nicholas Hobbs and Susan Gray.

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Ask an Expert: What do people with disabilities face during the pandemic?

May. 20, 2020—Anjali Forber-Pratt, assistant professor at Vanderbilt Peabody College, partnered with the American Psychological Association to compile resources to help people with disabilities navigate the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Parent depression linked to reduced empathy, putting kids at risk for adverse outcomes

May. 18, 2020—Depression in parents can lead to reduced empathy toward their children, which puts the children at risk for long-term negative impacts.

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New research suggests long-term rental subsidies as a solution for homelessness in families

May. 18, 2020—One program worked much better than the rest: a long-term rental subsidy that held families’ housing costs to 30 percent of their income.

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Fact or Fake? The role of knowledge neglect in misinformation

May. 15, 2020—Psychological research demonstrates that noticing errors in what we read is often difficult, and that those errors can affect our later beliefs, even when we know they’re wrong.

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Domestic abuse expected to rise during COVID-19 outbreak

May. 1, 2020—The stresses placed on families, combined with the closure of classrooms and child care during the COVID-19 outbreak, heightens the risks of domestic abuse and neglect, according to a new Vanderbilt University report published online in "Pediatrics," the official journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

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Homelessness will worsen due to COVID-19 outbreak, but there are solutions, Vanderbilt researcher says

Apr. 23, 2020—Human and Organizational Development Professor Marybeth Shinn outlines the solution to the homelessness epidemic in her new book, "In the Midst of Plenty: Homelessness and What to Do About It."

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Advanced, high-res MRI scans reveal link between cognitive abilities and ‘tree ring’ layers in the brain

Apr. 13, 2020—Object recognition and facial recognition may seem like similar abilities, but new research from Vanderbilt finds that these behaviors are on the opposite ends of the spectrum when it comes to physical signatures in the brain. 

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2020 Tennessee Educator Survey launches statewide 

Feb. 26, 2020—The survey is a project of the Tennessee Education Research Alliance, a research-practice partnership between Vanderbilt University and the Tennessee Department of Education.

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Researchers say this simple trick could stop the spread of misinformation on social media

Feb. 11, 2020—Psychology professor Lisa Fazio conducted a study to see if asking people to explain why a headline is true or false affected their intention of sharing it on social media.

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Two Vanderbilt students ‘move mountains’ bringing education to war-torn Sudan

Jan. 31, 2020—Peabody College students Ryan and Jazira Boyette have a goal of improving the lives of Sudan’s Nuba people through the power of education.

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Vanderbilt researcher shares more than 3,000 brain scans to support the study of reading and language development

Jan. 10, 2020—Vanderbilt neuroscientist James R. Booth is releasing two large scale neuroimaging datasets on reading and language development to support other researchers studying how academic skills develop in childhood.

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