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CSUSB’s Alicia Gutierrez-Romine discusses her book, ‘From Back Alley to the Border’
Dec. 8, 2023

Alicia Gutierrez-Romine, associate professor of history, discusses her book, "From Back Alley to the Border," which sheds light on illegal abortion history.

Hate crimes in U.S. increase amid Israel-Hamas war
The Wall Street Journal.
Dec. 11, 2023

Preliminary data from major cities show that in the 32-year-history of tracking these numbers, the U.S. this year will likely top the prior national record for reported antisemitic incidents, 1,140 in 1993, said Brian Levin, founder of the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University, San Bernardino.

Chapter nine - Developing, nurturing, and expanding personal and professional relationships through social media
Science Direct

Kenneth Shultz (psychology) co-wrote a chapter for the book “Handbook of Social Media Use Online Relationships, Security, Privacy, and Society Volume 2.” The chapter examined “the increasing role of social media use for personal and professional social networking purposes and how that was accelerated by the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 and 2021. We also discuss how to broaden and build social relationships by using social media platforms, as well as the benefits and challenges of using social media to develop, maintain, and expand one’s social network in the realm of work.”

An item response theory approach to the measurement of working memory capacity
Behavior Research Methods

Kevin Rosales (child development) co-authored a study in which “spatial and verbal complex span tasks were examined using IRT. The results revealed differences between verbal and spatial tasks in terms of item difficulty and block difficulty, and showed that most subjects with below-average ability were able to answer most items correctly across all tasks.”

The Psychometric Structure of Executive Functions: A Satisfactory Measurement Model? An Examination Using Meta-Analysis and Network Modeling
Behavioral Sciences

CSUSB child development faculty Eugene Wong, Kevin Rosales and Lisa Looney published a study that examined “the veracity of Miyake et al.’s model and propose a new approach (i.e., network modeling) for detecting the underlying nature of executive functions. The current results raise questions about the psychometric strength and adequacy of the three-factor model. Further, the studies presented here provide evidence that network modeling provides a better understanding of executive functions as it better captures (relative to latent variable modeling) the complexity of cognitive processes.”

Improving Cognitive Abilities in School-Age Children via Computerized Cognitive Training: Examining the Effect of Extended Training Duration
Brain Sciences

CSUSB child development faculty Eugene Wong, Kevin Rosales and Lisa Looney published a study that examined “the efficacy of a cognitive training program implemented during the school day to improve abilities predictive of academic achievement. Ninety-five children completed two training activities that were counterbalanced across participants. Analyses of baseline working memory, cognitive flexibility, and processing speed performance relative to those following training showed a strong treatment effect. Moreover, there is notable evidence of greater intervention efficacy with extended engagement with the training program. Implications for neuropsychological research and practice are discussed.”

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