Detecting Fake IDs

Dr. Dawn Weatherford, Assistant Professor of Psychology at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas is studying the accuracy of detecting fake ID’s in the hope of improving employee training for the transportation security administration, or TSA, and the United States border patrol.

SciTech Now Episode 244

In this episode of SciTech Now, tracking America’s electronic waste; the psychology of imaginary friends; video producer Luke Groskin introduces Science Friday’s new series about children and their imaginary companions; and designing an accessible workplace.

Understanding the psychology of imaginary friends

Over the last two decades, researchers have gathered diverse and nuanced profiles of children who create imaginary friends. In this first episode of Science Friday’s “The Real Guide to Imaginary Companions,” developmental psychologists Margery Taylor and Tracy Gleason describe how scientists study this playful phenomenon.

What we’re reading

Looking to catch up on the latest science and tech stories?  You’ve come to the right place.  The Lonely Launchpads and Rusted Rockets of America’s Abandoned Space Facilities | Atlas Obscura The graveyard of ambition?  In 1962, President Kennedy called space travel “the most hazardous and dangerous and greatest adventure on which man has ever […]

Is there such a thing as introversion?

So, you’ve been called an introvert.  Is there a scientific basis for personality type? When did I first consider myself an introvert?  Probably about year ago when one perceptive online suitor forwarded me The Atlantic article “Caring for Your Introvert.”  Upon reading it, I remember experiencing what I imagine must be akin to love at first […]

Helping children with autism

The Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders acts not only as a research facility, but also as a therapy center.  Specialists work with children to get down to the neurological factors behind autism and with the help of drug therapy programs and a guiding hand, they’ve made huge strides.