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Voices In The Family

April 2010

Autism: New Research and Treatments

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With millions of dollars dedicated annually to Autism research, possible causes and new treatments are emerging. Dan Gottlieb and his guests will discuss the latest developments in the field of autism, and find out what these findings mean to families affected by this developmental disorder. We'll also talk to a mother of a child with autism who mentors other parents, and hear about an intervention called Applied Behavioral Analysis that has shown promise with many children.

Our guests are Dr. Michelle Rowe and Dr. David Mandell. Rowe is Executive Director of the Kinney Center for Autism Education and Support at St. Joseph's University. Mandell is Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics at Penn Medicine and Associate Director for the Center for Autism Research at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

How We Make Choices

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Caption: Sheena Iyengar, a top expert on choice and author of The Art of Choosing
Credit: Greg Martin

We are constantly making choices from the time we get up in the morning to the moment we go to sleep. Some choices might seem simple like what to eat for breakfast; while other decisions, such as what to do with your life, can be paralyzing. To better understand what leads us to the choices we make, join Dr. Dan Gottlieb for an interview with Sheena Iyengar. She's one of the world's top experts on choice and currently a professor at Columbia University's business school in New York City. In her new book The Art of Choosing, Iyengar explores the biology and psychology behind choice, how different cultures make decisions, and what we can do to make better choices.

The Psychology Around Climate Change

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National polls show that Americans don't feel immediately threatened by global warming. Compared to the economy or terrorism, Americans view climate change as the least of their concerns. Dr. Dan Gottlieb and his guests will discuss new research investigating what shapes people's thinking on climate change. We'll be joined by Robert Gifford and Anthony Leiserowitz. Gifford is a psychology professor at the University of Victoria in British Columbia, Canada and a member of a special American Psychological Association task force studying the connection between psychology and global climate change. Leiserowitz is a research scientist and runs the Yale Project on Climate Change. He's also one of the principal investigators for the Global Warming's Six Americas Study measuring Americans' perceptions surrounding climate change. We'll also hear Daniel Gilbert, a Harvard University psychology professor and author of the bestseller Stumbling on Happiness, about how our brains are wired to respond to certain threats and not others, and how we specifically react to global warming. To find out what your own perceptions of climate change are and how they compare to others, you can take this online quiz.

Writing about the Vietnam War

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When Karl Marlantes returned from fighting in the Vietnam War, he was 24 years old. Deeply emotionally wounded by his experience, he returned to a world he didn't understand, and that didn't understand him. He started to write, and kept writing and re-writing for 30 years. Instead of an autobiography, he created a novel called Matterhorn. A highly decorated veteran, Marlantes brings the horrors, heroism, humanity and inhumanity of war to life. He reveals the internal and external battles of servicemen- exposing not just the tragedies and horrors they face, but the triumphs, personal growth, and bonds that are formed in a war.