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.
The remarkable lives of fish (The New York Times)
by Jonathan Balcombe
Think fish are basically brainless? Turns out some can hunt cooperatively (even with members of another species), memorize complex tide pool configurations, or recognize themselves in a mirror.
Bilingual baby brains (The Conversation)
by Naja Ferjan Ramirez
Babies growing up in a bilingual household do a remarkable job of picking up both languages and distinguishing between them. The way they do it shows just how flexible our brains are when we’re small—and how quickly that flexibility fades.
The overwhelmed professor (NPR)
By Barbara J. King
College professors face increasing pressure to produce research with immediate real-world applications. Combine that with committee positions, paperwork, and rising course loads, and it can be hard to find time to step back and think—something that’s kind of important for intellectual labor. A new book suggests ways for university faculty to push back.
The best medicine (Slate)
by Christina Cauterucci
IUDs and other long-acting contraceptives are by far the most effective form of birth control—and the ones that family planning doctors choose for themselves. So why don’t more young women use them?
The cost of reconciliation (Pacific Standard)
By Nathan Collins
How can a country recover after a horrifically violent civil war that turned neighbors against each other? A new study finds that a formal reconciliation process in Sierra Leone helped bring communities together and increase trust. But it also had a psychological price for the people who went through it.
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