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A quarter of all Holocaust victims were murdered during only three months
The majority of deaths during the single largest murder campaign of the Holocaust, called Operation Reinhard, occurred during a single three-month period, a new study reveals. Not only does this study indicate that the murder rate during Operation Reinhard has previously been greatly underestimated, it also provides new insights into the profound efficiency of Nazi death camps and the systematic manner in which Jewish communities were murdered. (2019-01-02)

Thank brain for gratitude
A brain network that gives rise to feelings of gratitude has been uncovered in new research published in JNeurosci. The study could spur future investigations into how these 'building blocks' transform social information into complex emotions. (2018-05-07)

New cases of genocide often denied after Holocaust
Experiences from the Holocaust led to the international community coming together and agreeing on the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide. Despite this, more cases of genocide occurred during the 20th century than during any other century.Research at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, shows that it is precisely these comparisons with the Holocaust that have often hindered intervention on the part of the international community. (2010-03-07)

Intergenerational trauma evident in offspring caring for Holocaust survivor parents
More than 70 years since the end of World War II, there are still signs of intergenerational transmission of Holocaust trauma that are manifested in the way adult offspring of Holocaust survivors care for their elderly parents, according to a new study by researchers at Bar-Ilan University. (2018-04-09)

Changing the consequences of national trauma
New research led by social psychologist Bernhard Leidner at the University of Massachusetts Amherst will look at the consequences of violent trauma for groups and nations and investigate what victims and perpetrators can learn from it to avoid future trauma and conflict. (2016-10-13)

Does the devil really wear Prada? The psychology of anthropomorphism and dehumanization
People talk to their plants, pray to human-like gods, name their cars, and even dress their pets up in clothing. We have a strong tendency to give nonhuman entities human characteristics (known as anthropomorphism), but why? A new report examines the psychology behind anthropomorphism. (2010-02-25)

Holocaust survivors had higher rates of chronic conditions, lower rates of death
Holocaust survivors had higher rates of chronic conditions but lower rates of death than a comparison group of individuals insured by the same healthcare services organization in Israel. Biological and psychosocial reasons that may help to explain the findings need more study but researchers suggest unique characteristics of resilience among Holocaust survivors and better health literacy may be among the possibilities. (2019-01-04)

New statistical model improves the predictive power of standardized test scores
A study from Arizona State University and the University of Denver has validated a new statistical model that uses multiple standardized test scores over time to predict future academic performance. The dynamic measurement model accurately predicted academic performance decades in the future, and the predictions were three times better than current assessment methods. The model can be implemented immediately by using existing standardized test scores, such as annual assessments given to school children. (2019-11-19)

Parental CPTSD increases transmission of trauma to offspring of Tutsi genocide survivors
Nearly 25 years after the genocide against the Tutsi of Rwanda took the lives of up to one million victims, the offspring of Tutsi survivors, who weren't even born at the time, are among those most affected by trauma, according to a new study published by researchers at Bar-Ilan University, in collaboration with a Rwandan therapist and genocide survivor. (2019-01-09)

US HUD secretary to deliver keynote at Rutgers-Camden
US Housing and Urban Development Secretary Alphonso Jackson will deliver the second Richard C. Goodwin Lecture in Honor of Ethel Lawrence at Rutgers University-Camden at 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 6. (2007-01-31)

Parental PTSD affects health behavior and aging among offspring of Holocaust survivors
A new study on intergenerational transmission of trauma has found evidence that Holocaust survivors suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and their adult offspring exhibit more unhealthy behavior patterns and age less successfully in comparison to survivors with no signs of PTSD or parents who did not experience the Holocaust and their offspring. (2019-01-22)

Holocaust survivors with PTSD transmit negative views on aging to their adult offspring
A new study provides first evidence that negative views on aging are transmitted in families of Holocaust survivors suffering from PTSD. They view themselves as aging less successfully compared to survivors without PTSD and older adults who weren't exposed to the Holocaust. Furthermore, offspring of posttraumatic Holocaust survivors negatively perceive the aging of their parents and consequently see themselves as aging less favorably, according to Prof. Amit Shrira, of Bar-Ilan University in Israel. (2019-03-18)

New study reveals biological toll on brain function of Holocaust survivors
The novel research, due to be presented at the 5th European Academy of Neurology (EAN) Congress, found that surviving the Holocaust had a life-long psychological and biological effect with grey matter reduction affecting the parts of their brain responsible for stress response, memory, motivation, emotion, learning, and behavior. (2019-06-30)

Population report: More Jews live in the US than in Israel
A new report called Jewish Population in the United States-2010 published by researchers from the University of Miami and the University of Connecticut shows a greater number of Jews in the US than in Israel. The report includes new Internet-based estimates of small Jewish communities that had not been included in previous reports. (2010-10-21)

Ground-penetrating radar reveals potential mass grave sites from the Holocaust
Researchers recently used ground penetrating radar to locate an unmarked, potential mass grave site in Lithuania, according to a new study that will be presented at The Geological Society of America's 2018 Annual Meeting in Indianapolis, Indiana, on Sunday, 4 November. The work aims to amass evidence that points to the likely locations of mass graves from the Holocaust and, in time, award federal distinction to the areas in the form of memorials. (2018-11-05)

Project underway to preserve survivor's memories of the Holocaust in virtual form
Survivors of the Holocaust are fewer and fewer in number. But even when they have departed or are too frail to provide a warning from history by talking in person about their experiences of Nazi persecution and death camps, they will be able to survive indefinitely in virtual form, providing testimony and responding to questions from future generations. This is thanks to an important technological development from the University of Huddersfield's Professor Minhua Ma. (2016-01-04)

Unspoken memories of Holocaust survivors find silent and nonpathological expression
Aspects of knowing about a parent's or grandparent's Holocaust experiences and traumas are transmitted to other members of the family through unspoken and sometimes unintentional behaviors in the home. This leads to a (2009-06-22)

Politics can interact with evolution to shape human destiny
Politics can have unintentional evolutionary consequences that may cause hastily issued policies to cascade into global, multigenerational problems, according to political scientists. (2014-10-28)

UGA study finds that social workers may indirectly experience post-traumatic stress
A first of its kind study by a researcher in the University of Georgia School of Social Work finds that repeatedly hearing the stories of trauma victims doubles the risk of social workers themselves experiencing post-traumatic stress disorder. (2007-01-04)

Infamous study of humanity's 'dark side' may actually show how to keep it at bay
In 1961, with memories of Holocaust atrocities and the prosecution of Nazi officials at Nuremburg still fresh, psychologist Stanley Milgram undertook a series of now infamous experiments on obedience and reprehensible behavior. But Milgram divided his subjects into just two categories: obedient or disobedient. After examining the experiences of more than 100 of Milgram's participants, Matthew Hollander, a graduate student in sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, sees a great deal more nuance in their performances. (2015-01-09)

Lost songs of Holocaust found in University of Akron archives
A discovery in a mislabeled canister combined with the pain-staking piecing together of antique recording equipment has brought to life melodies from the Holocaust thought lost to history forever. Psychologist David Boder recorded what may be the first interviews with survivors of Nazi concentration camps in 1946. These oral histories were recorded onto wire; some of these spools came to us in the 1960s, but there was no way to play the recordings until recently. (2017-02-02)

Clinton Foundation joins efforts in the fight against AIDS in Ukraine
Clinton Foundation joins efforts in the fight against AIDS in Ukraine, with Elena Franchuk and Victor Pinchuk. (2006-09-21)

Increased risk of post-traumatic stress disorder among children with immigrant father
Children born in Finland who had an immigrant father were two times more likely to be diagnosed with PTSD than those with two Finnish parents, discovered researchers from the Research Centre for Child Psychiatry at the University of Turku in Finland. Researchers stress that schools and clinicians should become more aware of intergenerational transmission of trauma. (2019-05-09)

Moral choices made during the Holocaust provide lessons for today
Pictures of brutality pervade the news - Los Angeles police officers allegedly beating a suspect, American soldiers abusing Iraqi prisoners, Islamic militants beheading hostages. How can people commit such horrible acts of violence toward others? (2004-07-28)

Why we stick to false beliefs: Feedback trumps hard evidence
Ever wonder why flat earthers, birthers, climate change and Holocaust deniers stick to their beliefs in the face of overwhelming evidence to the contrary? New findings suggest that feedback, rather than hard evidence, boosts people's sense of certainty when learning new things or trying to tell right from wrong. (2018-09-04)

Dr. Walter Reich, Ph.D., receives prestigious AAAS 2003 Scientific Freedom and Responsibility Award
For his advocacy against crimes against humanity and for his work promoting the responsible conduct of science, Walter Reich, champion of human rights and the Yitzhak Rabin Memorial Professor of International Affairs, Ethics and Human Behavior at George Washington University, has been named to receive the highly coveted American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) 2003 Scientific Freedom and Responsibility Award. (2003-12-18)

How is COVID-19 affecting Holocaust survivors?
Bar-Ilan University researchers examined whether exposure to specific Holocaust adversities would be related to amplified psychological reactions to COVID-19. They found that PTSD and loneliness were more prevalent among survivors who contracted infectious diseases such as tuberculosis and dysentery during the Holocaust relative to older adults who did not experience the Holocaust. Moreover, worries related to COVID-19 were more frequent among survivors who contracted infectious diseases during the Holocaust relative to other survivors or those who were not exposed to the Holocaust. (2020-09-23)

Shale gas production: Views from the energy roller coaster
Geoscientists from the Northeastern and North-Central US and beyond will convene in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on 19-21 March to discuss hot-topic science, expand on current findings, and explore the region's unique geologic features. This event is expected to draw more than 900 attendees from a variety of geoscience disciplines. Highlights include a showing of 'Holocaust Escape Tunnel' and a talk by Michelle Wyman, Executive Director of the National Council for Science and the Environment. (2017-03-09)

Psychiatric Genetics From Nazi Germany: What To Do With The Data?
In a guest editorial in Molecular Psychiatry Dr. Miron Baron, Columbia University, discusses the history and the tragic consequences of Nazi-funded psychiatric genetic research. In Nazi Germany psychiatric patients were systematically identified, sterilized, and eventually exterminated. Dr. Baron discusses how we should today handle Nazi-funded genetic studies. (1998-03-27)

Men who haven't been victims less likely to believe child sex abuse claims
Some guys just don't get it. In this case, that commonly used setup line doesn't result in a joke. A University of Oregon study has found that young men who have never been traumatized are the least likely population to believe a person's recounting of child sexual abuse. (2007-02-13)

Trauma's epigenetic fingerprint observed in children of Holocaust survivors
The children of traumatized people have long been known to be at increased risk for posttraumatic stress disorder, and mood and anxiety disorders. However, according to Rachel Yehuda from the James J. Peters Veterans Affairs Medical Center at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai who led a new study in Biological Psychiatry, there are very few opportunities to examine biologic alterations in the context of a watershed trauma in exposed people and their adult children born after the event. (2016-09-01)

Saul Friedlander and Marvin Minsky among 2014 Dan David Prize winners
Pulitzer Prize-winning Holocaust historian Prof. Saul Friedlander and artificial intelligence pioneer Prof. Marvin Minsky are among the winners of the 2014 Dan David Prize, which annually bestows three awards of $1 million each. The prizes are granted for (2014-02-19)

ICA Fellow and past President Barbie Zelizer named Patten Lecturer
International Communication Association Fellow and past President Barbie Zelizer has been named a William T. Patten Lecturer at Indiana University. She will deliver two lectures in Bloomington, IN, during the week of Oct. 22-26, 2012. (2012-05-08)

Children of Holocaust survivors more anxious about Iranian nuclear threat than their peers
As preparations are made to observe Holocaust Remembrance Day (Thursday, April 16), a new Bar-Ilan University study reveals that the adult children of Holocaust survivors are more preoccupied with the threat of a nuclear Iran than their peers whose parents are not Holocaust survivors. (2015-04-14)

Scaling mental resilience more effectively
Many people get on with their lives after traumatic experiences without any psychological suffering. This is because, in spite of all the trauma, they manage to pigeonhole what they have experienced. Although this sense of coherence was first described in the 1970s, measuring it has remained problematic to this day. Psychologists from the University of Zurich have now developed a questionnaire that renders the sense of coherence in overcoming trauma tangible in a more appropriate way. (2016-03-16)

By the year 2050, human population could add 2.6 billion people, reports Rockefeller scientist
It took from the beginning of time until 1950 to put the first 2.5 billion people on the planet. Yet in the next half-century, an increase that exceeds the total population of the world in 1950 will occur. So writes Joel E. Cohen, Ph.D., Dr.P.H., professor and head of the Laboratory of Populations at The Rockefeller University and Columbia University, in a Viewpoint article in the November 14 issue of the journal Science. (2003-11-13)

New fossil study rejects 'Eve theory'
The ancestors of modern humans came from many different regions of the world, not just a single area, according to a University of Michigan study published in the current (Jan. 12) issue of Science. (2001-01-10)

Promising treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder sleep disturbances
For sufferers of post-traumatic stress disorder, sleep disturbances are among the most treatment-resistant symptoms and can lead to drug and alcohol abuse and even suicide. Previously, there has been little success in treating these sleep disorders with psychopharmacologic approaches. In a study in the April 15 issue of Biological Psychiatry, researchers have found that an inexpensive, widely available drug was successful in reducing symptoms in chronic PTSD patients. (2007-04-17)

From neighbors to killers: Book explores the personal horror of Rwanda's genocide
A new book by UW-Madison political scientist Scott Straus deals head-on with one of the most disturbing aspects of the 1994 genocide campaign in Rwanda -- that it was carried out, in essence, by everyday people, who quickly transformed from neighbors to killers. (2006-03-21)

Psychological pain of Holocaust still haunts survivors
Holocaust survivors show remarkable resilience in their day-to-day lives, but they still manifest the pain of their traumatic past in the form of various psychiatric symptoms, according to an analysis of 44 years of global psychological research. (2010-09-20)

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