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Arts researchers in the media

Selected media hits featuring Arts faculty members:

Liberal Budget To Show Difference Between Promises And Power | Emmett Macfarlane (Political Science) comments for The Huffington Post Canada | March 21 2016

"'No one ever always nails it, and the same is inevitably going to be true of political parties that rely often on those exact sources of information.'"

Breaking the Law of Attraction | Joanne Wood's (Psychology) research featured in The Huffington Post | March 16 2016

"The team found that 'repeating positive self-statements may benefit certain people, such as individuals with high self-esteem, but backfire for the very people who need them the most.'"

Police not always to blame in shooting incidents | Jennifer Schulenberg (Sociology) on CBC Radio | March 8 2016

University of Waterloo professor Jennifer Schulenberg says it is incorrect to assume that police misuse force when they shoot at a person in mental distress.

Writer's block? Try typing one-handed: Slowing down how fast you type can boost the quality of your writing | Srdan Medimorec (Psychology PhD candidate) and Evan Risko (Psychology) comment for The Daily Mail UK | March 7 2016

"'Typing can be too fluent or too fast, and can actually impair the writing process,' said lead author of the study, Srdan Medimorec, from the University of Waterloo, Canada.

Arab Youth's Silent Potential | Bessma Momani (Political Science) on TVO's The Agenda | March 3 2016

"The Arab Spring presented a new face of the Middle East and North Africa to the world: young, educated, innovative and desperate for change. Bessma Momani joins The Agenda to discuss her book, 'Arab Dawn: Arab Youth and the Demographic Dividend They Will Bring.'"

The many faces of Donald Trump | Andrew Hunt (History) writes for The Waterloo Chronicle | March 3 2016

"Does anybody actually believe Trump is a 'nice guy,' other than Trump? Probably not. Jeb Bush seemed like a nice guy, and look at what happened to him. No, Trump isn't nice. But everybody — his foes on the left, opponents on the right, and supporters at the grassroots level — can agree that he's a fighter who wants to punch back."

Progressive Candidates Make Gains in Iranian Parliament | Bessma Momani (Political Science) on Bloomberg's Countdown | February 29 2016

"Bessma Momani, senior fellow at the Centre For International Governance and Innovation (CIGI), and Charles Newsome, Investec Wealth divisional director, discuss Iran's election with Bloomberg's Manus Cranny and Anna Edwards on 'Countdown.'"

eSports a growing trend in Waterloo Region, worldwide | Alexandra Orlando (English PhD candidate) comments for 570 News | February 26 2016

"'We’re seeing streaming services like Twitch giving people access to these games and tournaments online, where if people can participate and watch online, then you’re reaching the whole world.'"

Did Saudi Arabia just blink on oil production? Jury is out | Bessma Momani (Political Science) comments for CBC | February 17 2016

"'The social contract in Saudi Arabia is that we don't tax you, we give you all these generous benefits and goodies from the state, and in return, don't expect any political voice or transparency, and definitely no representation.'"

How Being Depressed Can Affect Your Relationships | Uzma Rehman's (Psychology) research featured in Psychology Today | February 16 2016

"People who have major depressive disorder have higher levels of distress in relationships, feel that their marriages are less satisfactory, and become unusually upset when problems develop in their relationships. They are more likely to blame their partners when things go wrong, and they tend to shut down emotionally instead of reach out and connect."

Canadian women in IS territory having children with fighters: researchers | Amarnath Amarasingam (UWaterloo researcher) comments for The Globe and Mail | February 16 2016

"At least three Canadian women abroad have given birth over the past two years and another two are pregnant, said Amarnath Amarasingam, a researcher at the University of Waterloo."

Why People Are Confused About What Experts Really Think | Derek Koehler (Psychology) writes for The New York Times | February 12

"And to find out what the experts think, we typically rely on the news media. This creates a challenge for journalists: There are many issues on which a large majority of experts agree but a small number hold a dissenting view. Is it possible to give voice to experts on both sides without distorting the public’s perception of the level of disagreement?"

Moral Obligations | John Turri (Philosophy) on Inside Higher Ed's Academic Minute | February 9 2016

"What we think of as common-sense morality may need some updating. In today's Academic Minute, the University of Waterloo's John Turri explains how what we ought to do might not always be what we can do."

Get What's Mine: "Formation" Changes the Way we Listen to Beyoncé Forever | Naila Keleta-Mae (Drama and Speech Communication) writes for Vice | February 8 2016

"'Formation' is a notably complex meditation on female blackness, the United States of America, and capitalism. And the blackness that this song and video articulates is not some kind of abstract, cool, costume that can be put on and taken off at will. This female blackness is specific."

New study shows you probably only have four real Facebook friendsAimée Morrison (English) comments for The Toronto Star | January 27 2016

"'As social science has demonstrated for a long time, people do tend to have a core of close and meaningful friendships,' she said. 'I don’t know that it has been true for any amount of time that we imagined that Facebook could increase the numbers of those types of friendships.'"

What journalists get wrong about social science: full responses | Gordon Pennycook (Psychology PhD candidate) comments for Vox | January 22 2016

"Journalists often include caveats, but they often lose force when combined with a flashy, click-bait title. It's a major problem that titles are often not up to the writer of the article — but rather dependent on the whims of an editor who is less concerned about its accuracy than attracting readers."

Speedy typing kills student essays as words spew out faster than thoughts, study shows | Srdan Medimorec (Psychology PhD candidate) and Evan Risko (Psychology) comment for The National Post | January 22 2016

"'This is important to consider as writing tools continue to emerge that let us get our thoughts onto the proverbial page faster and faster,' Risko said. For example, technologies that transcribe a person’s speech may lead to even faster essay-writing by future students, he said — not a good thing for the quality of their work."

The Pollcast: Do the Liberals need to hold a referendum on electoral reform? | Emmett Macfarlane (Political Science) on CBC's The Pollcast | January 14 2016

"'There's no requirement here for a referendum and there's no requirement for constitutional wrangling,' says Macfarlane, 'but the debate really is about the political legitimacy side of things.'"

Spoiler alert: tattle-tale etiquette in the internet age | Aimée Morrison (English) comments for CBC | January 13 2016

"But what's the difference between social media and reading a review before going to a movie? 'I think we've already hashed out a social compromise ... if you want to fund out stuff before, usually you can. But if you don't, there are enough warnings,' Morrison said."

Racism within RCMP stirs debate over bad apples or systemic problems | Susan Roy (History) on CBC Radio| January 5 2016

"With an Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous women on the horizon, and forces from Quebec to B.C. coming under fire for alleged racist behaviour... it's a discussion that seems overdue."