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.
Making fear disappear (The New Republic)
by Ben Crair
A new treatment can make paralyzing phobias disappear with a single pill. What does that tell us about the way trauma and memory work?
Should you hug your dog? (Psychology Today)
by Marc Bekoff
A recent study based on photos posted online found that dogs often don’t appreciate hugs the way their people think they do. In fact, embraces often seemed to stress them out. But another study suggests things aren’t so simple. Whether a dog likes a hug may depend on the dog, the person doing the hugging, and the situation.
The endangered academic conservative? (The Atlantic)
by Emma Green
We tend to think of the politics of college professors as covering a spectrum from liberal to the far left. The authors of a new book about conservatives in academia explore the closeted lives of the academic right, and the one sartorial choice that liberals never make.
Juvenile courts aren’t for 20-year-olds (The New York Times)
By Laurence Steinberg, Thomas Grisso, Elizabeth S. Scott, and Richard J. Bonnie
The brains of young adults between 18 and 21 are still developing, and they’re more prone to make impulsive mistakes than older adults. That might mean we need new criminal justice methods to address crime by people in this age group, but it doesn’t necessarily follow that we should treat them as juveniles.
Exercise, calories, and weight (Vox)
By Julia Belluz and Javier Zarracina
Working out burns calories and helps us lose weight, right? Actually, it’s a whole lot more complicated than that. A deep dive into dozens of studies explains why hunter-gatherers don’t get an extraordinary amount of exercise, how corporations influence federal health recommendations, and what actually works if you want to lose weight.
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.