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Does practice really make perfect?

Does practice really make perfect? It’s an age-old question, and a new study from psychologist Fred Oswald finds that while practice won’t make you perfect, it will usually make you better at what you’re practicing.

Older adults nearly twice as likely to have memories affected by environmental distractions

Older people are nearly twice as likely as their younger counterparts to have their memory and cognitive processes impaired by environmental distractions (such as irrelevant speech or written words presented along with target stimuli), according to a new study from psychologist Randi Martin. Whereas other studies had found that older adults are distracted by memories of prior similar events, this was the first study to convincingly demonstrate across several tasks an impairment from environmental distractions.

US should re-evaluate definition of skilled workers in immigration policy

New immigration research from sociology professor Sergio Chavez suggests the U.S. should re-evaluate its definition of skilled workers to include informal skills of migrant workers.

GradConnect Program

We have an exciting new opportunity for Social Sciences graduate alumni to get involved with current graduate students!  In the 2014-2015 academic year, we’re implementing a mentor program to match current students with an alumni who can advise and guide students as they navigate their graduate programs and get started in their professional lives.  If you’re interested in this new opportunity, please go to http://socialsciences.rice.edu/gradconnect.aspx.

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