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HHS to Hold Town Hall Meeting on Proposed ‘Common Rule’ Revisions

This is the logo of the US Department of Health & Human Services.The US government’s Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP) will hold a public Town Hall Meeting on October 20, 2015 in Washington, DC to answer questions about proposed updates to the so-called Common Rule governing human subject research.

The meeting will be conducted by a panel of officials from the Department of Health and Human Services, which oversees the OHRP.

The meeting is part of a public comment period on a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) on the Common Rule revisions. HHS will take those comments into consideration as it drafts a final set of standards.

The proposed updates are designed to extend protections to people more effectively while simultaneously easing the oversight and paperwork requirements for scientists. The government’s efforts to update the Common Rule, formally known as…


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Interdisciplinary Brain Research Gets Major Support from Kavli Foundation

This is an illustration of a human head and brain.The Kavli Foundation and its university partners have announced the commitment of more than $100 million in new funds to enable interdisciplinary research on the brain and brain-related disorders, including as traumatic brain injury (TBI), Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease.

The majority of the funds will establish three new Kavli neuroscience institutes at Johns Hopkins University (JHU), The Rockefeller University, and the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). These institutes will become part of an international network of seven Kavli Institutes carrying out fundamental research in neuroscience, and a broader network of 20 Kavli Institutes dedicated to astrophysics, nanoscience, neuroscience and theoretical physics.

The new funding will support research that moves forward the national Brain Research Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative, a public and private collaboration launched by President Obama in April 2013.…


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Redesigning and Enhancing the ‘Jigsaw Classroom’ Website

This project was supported by the APS Fund for Teaching and Public Understanding of Psychological Science, which invites applications for nonrenewable grants of up to $5,000 to launch new, educational projects in psychological science. Proposals are due October 1 and March 1.

The “jigsaw classroom” is a cooperative learning technique that reduces racial conflict in the classroom and improves learning outcomes. Since the technique was first developed by APS William James Fellow Elliot Aronson in the 1970s, thousands of schools have used the technique, and in 2000 the Social Psychology Network created the Jigsaw Classroom website as a way to publicize and disseminate resources that support effective teaching practices both within and beyond psychology. In April 2014, APS Fellow Scott Plous (Wesleyan University) received a grant from the APS Fund for Teaching and Public Understanding of Psychological Science to make the website more accessible and operable…


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Open Practice Badges in Psychological Science: 18 Months On

In May 2014, an open research practices badge program was launched in Psychological Science. After about a year and a half, the results are promising: At least one out of about every three articles published in Psychological Science is conducted with specific attention to openness and transparency meriting a badge.

The open practices badge program encourages authors to engage in open research practices and was devised in partnership with the Center for Open Science. Articles accepted for publication in Psychological Science are awarded badges for meeting any or all of the following criteria:

Open Data The experiment’s data were submitted to an open-access repository.

Open Materials The experiment’s materials were submitted to an open-access repository.

Preregistration The study’s results were reported according to an open-access design and analysis…


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Response Times Do Not Imply Accurate Unconscious Lie Detection

This is an illustration of a magnifying glass over the word "lies"In research published in Psychological Science in 2014, psychological scientists Leanne ten Brinke and colleagues presented studies suggesting that people are able to detect lies on an unconscious level even if they can’t detect them consciously. But, in a new commentary published in Psychological Science, researchers Volker Franz and Ulrike von Luxburg examine the classification accuracy of the original data and find no evidence for accurate unconscious lie detection.

ten Brinke and colleagues had participants watch videos of “suspects” in a mock-crime interview. Half of the suspects had actually stolen a $100 bill from a bookshelf, half had not, but all of the suspects were instructed to tell the interviewer they had not stolen the money. This meant that half of the suspects were definitely lying and…


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