Month: February 2017

How ‘eSports’ Is Changing the College Sports Scene

February 28, 2017

The trend toward formal recognition of video gaming as a college “sport” has its potential drawbacks, according to some. While Michael Young, a cognitive and educational psychologist and an expert on gaming and education at the University of Connecticut, agrees that competitive or even casual gaming can have real developmental benefits of the kind that “makes for fine citizens,” Young cautioned colleges not to “run with scissors” in their rush to catch up.

The Men America Left Behind

February 21, 2017

For as long as America has been a country, the straight white American man has been king of the hill. But as society changes and culture evolves, the ground beneath that hill is growing shaky. Economically, physically and emotionally, many American men are fighting to maintain a foothold.

“What it means to be a man today is different than what it meant 20 years ago,” says James O’Neil, PhD, a psychologist at the University of Connecticut who studies gender role conflict.

Scientists, Fishing for Significance, Get a Meager Catch

February 21, 2017

But, a pair of researchers argue in a recent issue of Science, the p-value may be doing more harm than good. Statistician Andrew Gelman, of Columbia University, and Eric Loken, a psychologist at the University of Connecticut, say scientists have bought into a “fallacy” — that if a statistically significant result emerges from a “noisy” experiment, a.k.a. one with many variables that are difficult to account for, that result is by definition a sound one.