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Altruism | Pidgin Languages | Testing Public Records Law

OPB | Broadcast: Aug. 24, 2016

We'll hear about a new study trying to get get to the bottom of "true altruism," a new exhibit in Portland about pidgin English and a University of Oregon project using the state's public record law.

Oil Trains In Washington | Earthquakes In Indian Country | Imaginary Friends | Soviet Diaspora: Family

OPB | Broadcast: June 9, 2016

We explore oil train traffic on the Washington side of the gorge, how Native American tribes are preparing for a Cascadia earthquake, the psychology of imaginary friends, and how post-Soviet immigrant families navigate generational and cultural divides.

What Holds Us Back From Being Prepared For A Disaster?

OPB | Broadcast: Oct. 14, 2015

We know a Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake isn't a matter of "if," but "when." So, why do we put off preparing for it?

Could This University Of Oregon Professor Restore Vision To The Blind?

OPB | Broadcast: Aug. 3, 2015

University of Oregon professor Richard Taylor and his collaborator Simon Brown recently patented a new technology that could restore vision to the blind - and that's just the tip of the iceberg. 

How Childhood Trauma Affects Adult Health

OPB | Broadcast: May 19, 2015

We explore how research into Adverse Childhood Experiences is being used around the country and in Oregon.

Exploring The Psychology Of Buying

OPB | Broadcast: Dec. 9, 2014

TUESDAY: We'll talk about the connection between spending habits and happiness.

Can Playing With Barbies Limit Girls' Career Choices?

OPB | Broadcast: June 24, 2014

TUESDAY: We'll explore new research that shows playing with Barbies could affect the jobs girls think they can do in the future.

Learning In Preschool

OPB | Broadcast: Sept. 24, 2012

New research out of Oregon State University finds that self-control in preschool is one of the most important indicators of whether a child will go on to college.

Inequality: Perceptions and Reality

OPB | Broadcast: Jan. 5, 2012

Why do many Americans misjudge the level of wealth inequality?

All About Gratitude

OPB | Broadcast: Nov. 25, 2010

We explore how gratitude figures in religious traditions, in the field of psychological research and in the business of raising children.