Winter 2024 Newsletter | In the Media

Mohammad Atari Discusses Research on the Morality of AI

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Research by Mohammad Atari, psychological and brain sciences, is referenced in an article about the morality of AI. Atari and his colleagues found that large language models tend to parrot the values of societies that are Western, Educated, Industrialized, Rich and Democratic (WEIRD), due to the data that was used to train the models. The New Yorker

Can meals help in jet lag recovery?

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Professor Ilia Karatsoreos comments on a study that found that older travelers eating a hearty breakfast in their final destination’s time zone may help jet lag recovery. He said meal times can be a “very powerful resynchronization” of the body’s circadian rhythm. The Washington Post

Mohammad Atari discusses how often conversations about morality occur in everyday life

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Assistant Professor Mohammad Atari discusses his research about the frequency at which morality gets talked about in everyday conversations. “The answer was surprising...while many people think they talk much about morality, we did not find that in our naturalistic observations of everyday life,” he says. “People don’t talk about moral issues much in their everyday lives (they might still think about them, though).” PsyPost

Agnès Lacreuse comments on new study exploring menopause

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Professor Agnès Lacreuse comments on new studies demonstrating that menopause may be more widespread among mammals. Previously, researchers had only documented menopause in humans and certain whale species. Science

Rebecca Spencer comments on research about the impact of sleep deprivation on learning

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Professor Rebecca Spencer comments on research about the impact of sleep deprivation on learning. “Sleep plays a very active role in memory consolidation,” she says. She describes the hippocampus as a desk where papers get piled up throughout the day. “When you sleep, those ‘papers’ are filed away into a long-term filing cabinet to be retrieved as needed.” That “filing cabinet” is the cerebral cortex. “While memory consolidation can happen while awake, this process is stronger or greatest during sleep.” National Geographic

Robert Feldman quoted in story about levels of candidness in employees

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Robert Feldman, senior advisor to the chancellor, is quoted in an article on how candid employees should be with their managers. “At the end of the day, we want to hear good things,” Feldman says. “Your boss is just like everybody else.” The Wall Street Journal