Impact

Blog posts and resources demonstrating the impact of the social and behavioral sciences in policy , society and academe.

Writing the North Atlantic Bubble: Part 1

Sociology is arguably a global project. Significant approaches to the study of society have been developed in many parts of the world. Yet, students in the North Atlantic world do not learn about these approaches, as textbooks interpret the world in terms of scholars of the region.

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Academic Blogging

Technology has the potential to share knowledge both further and faster. The 2012 THE Knowledge Exchange / Transfer Initiative of the Year was recently won by LSE for a series of academic blogs, and the managing editors share their thoughts with us about the state, impact, and future of academic blogging

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People are not Only Biological Machines

You can hardly open a newspaper or listen to a factual broadcast without some reference to neuroscience or evolutionary explanations of things that people do, feel or think.

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Getting the Help They Need

For many, jails may be the only place providing regular access to essential health treatment. Upon release, both health services and medication regimens often abruptly stop with little or no follow up care

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The State of Social Science: only itself to blame?

Both society and government rely on social science a great deal, and those who criticise it for what they see as its failure to predict events have misunderstood the nature of the knowledge it can produce.

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Objective truth, social ‘science’ and tennis balls

The entire purpose of social science is to apply disciplined, logical, and serious analysis to of all aspects of contemporary social life. Whether ‘scientific’ or not, this process of exploration is intrinsically valuable.

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The Importance of Studying the Obvious

Everyone has experience being human, and so findings in social science coincide with something that we have either experienced or can imagine experiencing. The result is that social science all too often seems like common sense.

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Why the Stevens Op-Ed is Wrong

The claim that real politics is messier than the statistics are capable of capturing is obviously correct. But the implied corollary – that the government shouldn’t go out of its way to support it – doesn’t follow.

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