Extra Credit: Our pick of stories from around the web that bridge the gap between news and scholarship. Brought to you each Tuesday from the editors of JSTOR Daily.
Drones vs. bears (Slate)
by Lily Hay Newman
Researchers fitted black bears with heart monitors and checked what happened when drones flew by. The newly published results? The bears were pretty freaked out.
Who real-life “cougars” are (Pacific Standard)
by Tom Jacobs
The standard media depiction of a “cougar” is a well-to-do older woman seeking no-strings-attached sex from a young man. According to a new study, this gets almost everything wrong about the average relationship between younger men and older women.
Feeling self-conscious? Try thinking of someone else’s needs (Psychology Today)
by Douglas LaBier
If you’re having trouble with social anxiety, multiple studies suggest that the best way to help yourself is to do something nice for someone else.
Donald Trump, Megyn Kelley, and American Girls (the Washington Post)
by Corrine McConnaughy
When girls watched the debate flare-up between Donald Trump and Fox News’s Megyn Kelley, what did they learn? Research suggests the answer is bad news for female participation in politics.
How did New Orleans’ Vietnamese recover from Katrina? (the New York Times)
by Mark J. VanLandingham
The Vietnamese immigrant community in New Orleans had an exceptionally successful recovery in the 10 years since Hurricane Katrina. New research suggests the reasons are more complicated than the common “tiger mom” or “model minority” stereotypes of Asian-Americans.
Have you seen a story online that does a good job of bridging the gap between the news and scholarship? Or something that seems particularly well-researched? Let us know and we may include it in next week’s roundup. Email us at jstordaily_submissions (at) jstor (dot) org.