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Doing Disability Differently

"What happens if, rather than seeing disability as a problem that architecture is expected to solve, we ask basic questions about how diverse human bodies actually occupy built space. Can disability − and ability − help us think more explicitly about habitation, how we envisage a ‘typical’ user and what impacts buildings have on their many and varied occupants?

"Contemporary geography, anthropology, phenomenology, science and technology, are looking at exactly this issue."


HT +M. Laura Moazedi 
http://www.architectural-review.com/view/doing-disability-differently/8668802.article#.VDBHiT0nfP4.google_plusone_share #disability   #socialscience  
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Psychology of Online Gender Bias
A psychology study finds that men are less likely to believe research on gender bias relative to women, and they are more likely to leave sexist comments as a result.


"This finding is consistent with other work suggesting that women are more likely than men to perceive sexism, in part because they are more likely to experience it. Similarly, men may be unlikely to acknowledge gender bias in order to maintain their own privileged position in the social hierarchy."


http://buff.ly/1Ng2v6b #psychology #socialscience
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Study Finds Pay Gap Increases Mental Health Issues for Women.
"Beyond prohibiting overt gender discrimination, policies must be created to address embedded inequalities in procedures surrounding labour markets and compensation in the workplace."

Image and study on my blog: http://wp.me/p3iwZ6-He
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"Given the complexities of modern society, both domestically and internationally, the development of sophisticated tools in the computational social sciences will assume increasing importance as we address challenges in diplomacy, natural resource allocation, the migration of populations owing to drought, famine, and war, and a range of other issues," said Kim L. Boyer, Interim Dean of UAlbany's College of Engineering and Applied Sciences.

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The Science of Compassion.
"Now, lots of people learn about ideas in psychology, but Kellie Gillespie did something unusual. She took what she had learned in the class, and applied it in her own life.... 'Doing the course with Professor Plous most definitely opened my eyes to the reasons why people don't do something to help. It's easy to say 'I can't make a difference,' but everyone can make a difference.'"

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Social science is vital to innovation:
Australia, by contrast, is a services economy, so we regularly innovate in health, management, social programs, education and finance – and we have the industries eager to take up these innovations. These will be the products of social science research. They are less tangible, but no less impactful and economically valuable, with inherent translation mechanisms.

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Happy New Year from Australia! May the year ahead bring progress in the fight for social justice. Take care and have fun making the world better with social science. - Zuleyka.
 
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Telling the story of income inequality through photography 
"I remember looking at one of the household surveys that World Bank produced, and it was saying this many people in an age group have an 'improved pit latrine,'" she says. "I started thinking, I understand the numbers, but do I really know what a pit latrine is? Being a photographer, I thought, why not take a picture of it instead?"

Social Science & Public Policy
Do you agree with this assessment of social science by an economist and quantitative sociologist?

"A radical overhaul is needed of how social science is published and produced: 1) Organisations which fund social science should, where possible, require researchers to share the computer code which generated their results

2) Open publishing models should be extended across the social sciences. These models (as exemplified by the journal PLoS One) emphasise publication of all research that is technically sound, regardless of the results

3) As is (or should be) the case in medicine, social science research projects should be pre-registered before any analysis takes place to prevent them going ‘missing in action’ if they find negative results.”

http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/impactofsocialsciences/2015/12/07/can-social-science-research-still-be-used-as-a-foundation-for-public-policy/

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Social Science of Friendships Over Time
There are four key stages to friendships: sustaining it, developing stable closeness, making the bond satisfying, and living up to expectations beyond middle age.

Check out this great article exploring different stages of friendship and how social media can artificially sustain friendships that may be past their prime.

http://buff.ly/21oxHLr
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