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.
Your job evaluation depends on your gender (the Wall Street Journal)
by Rachel Emma Silverman
Stanford researchers have found women get 2.5 times as much critical feedback as men over aggressive communications styles during their performance reviews. Meanwhile, women are often praised as “collaborative” and “helpful,” while bosses tell men they have “drive” to “innovate.”
Can video games make you smarter? (Medical Daily)
by Ali Venosa
The bad news: those “brain training” games aren’t particularly good at improving cognitive function. The good news: studies show other games, which might be more fun, are better.
Why scholars love Buffy (The Atlantic)
By Katharine Schwab
How much is there to say about a teen vampire drama? If it’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer, enough to fill hundreds of scholarly books and articles on topics from feminist allegory to vampire demographics.
What research can (and can’t) tell us about sex offenders (Gizmodo)
by Maggie Koerth-Baker
Research on possible ways to reform sex offenders reveals interesting things about this kind of criminal. It also shows just how hard it is to make evidence-based policy decisions.
Xenophobia and historical reckoning (the Washington Post)
By Brandon Tensley
Understanding the complicated German reaction to the refugee crisis in Europe requires looking at the different ways East and West Germany reconstructed themselves after World War II.
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.