Category: College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences

Social thinking in the infant brain revealed

Science Daily Helen Tager-Flusberg, College of Arts & Sciences An innovative collaboration between neuroscientists and developmental psychologists that investigated how infants’ brains process other people’s action provides the first evidence that directly links neural responses from the motor system to overt social behavior in infants… Expert quote: “This research tells us that, by the middle […]

China faces Catch-22 dilemma over Venezuela debt pile as default looms

Emerging Markets Kevin Gallagher, College of Arts & Sciences, Pardee School of Global Studies China is fast approaching a crossroads in its relationship with Venezuela, the troubled economy that it has funded to the tune of some $66bn but which is now facing an almost inevitable default, analysts believe… Expert quote: “China has become ensnared […]

LatAm’s new power players: Chinese development banks outgun WB, IDB

Emerging Markets Kevin Gallagher, College of Arts & Sciences, Pardee School of Global Health China’s two big development banks have become genuine power players in Latin America — to the point where they wield as much if not more regional clout than either the World Bank or its regional-focused sibling, the Inter-American Development Bank… Expert […]

For Peruvian presidential candidate, the Fujimori name is an asset and a curse

Los Angeles Times David Scott Palmer, College of Arts & Sciences, Pardee School of Global Studies Keiko Fujimori’s biggest obstacle to outright victory in Peru’s presidential election Sunday is not any of her nine opponents but the stigma of her surname… Expert quote: “She’s been elected to Congress with the highest number of votes of […]

Pregnant, on Medicaid, and Being Watched

The Intercept Khiara Bridges, College of Arts & Sciences, School of Law If you’re relying on the public health care system, you’re living your life under surveillance, says Khiara Bridges, a law professor and anthropology researcher at the Boston University School of Law… Expert quote: “Their lives are just so open to observation and regulation.” […]

Hippocampus makes maps of social space, too

Science News Howard Eichenbaum, College of Arts & Sciences Cells in a brain structure known as the hippocampus are known to be cartographers, drawing mental maps of physical space… Expert quote: “What’s being tapped in all of these studies is that we are looking at a framework, whether it’s a physical spatial framework, a social […]

The puzzle of the Trump evangelical vote

World Religion News Stephen Prothero, College of Arts & Sciences As the race to the Republican and Democratic presidential nominations heats up, the two frontrunners from each side, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, fight on to keep their leads and secure the necessary amount of delegates to land the nomination for the presidential election this […]