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Parole officer “empathy training” leads to a 13% drop in parolees’ reoffending rates

Parole officer “empathy training” leads to a 13% drop in parolees’ reoffending rates

A has found that a 30-minute “empathy exercise” for parole officers led to a 13% reduction in their parolees’ recidivism rates 10 months later.The study appeared on March 29 in the journal .The study’s participants were 216 probation or parole officers in a large US city. Together, they are responsible for overseeing more than 20,000 “adults on probation or parole” (APPs).The officers completed a 30-minute online exercise that was designed to affirm their sense of purpose, and enhance their understanding of the parolees’ perspectives.Ten months after this “empathic supervision...

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Parole officer “empathy training” leads to a 13% drop in parolees’ reoffending rates

Parole officer “empathy training” leads to a 13% drop in parolees’ reoffending rates

A has found that a 30-minute “empathy exercise” for parole officers led to a 13% reduction in their parolees’ recidivism rates 10 months later.The study appeared on March 29 in the journal .The study’s participants were 216 probation or parole officers in a large US city. Together, they are responsible for overseeing more than 20,000 “adults on probation or parole” (APPs).The officers completed a 30-minute online exercise that was designed to affirm their sense of purpose, and enhance their understanding of the parolees’ perspectives.Ten months after this “empathic supervision...

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People can classify the face in a picture as an autocrat or an elected leader with almost 70% accuracy

People can classify the face in a picture as an autocrat or an elected leader with almost 70% accuracy

A has found that people can classify a photo of an unfamiliar politician as either an autocrat or a democratically-elected leader, with an accuracy of almost 70%. The participants also rated the photos of elected leaders as more attractive, likable, and trustworthy than those of the dictators.The research paper, conducted by Canada-based researchers Miranda Giacomin, Alexander Mulligan, and Nicholas O. Rule, was published on February 4 in the journal .People’s faces offer many clues about their social status, personality, and political leanings. For example, even based on quick judgments of...

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New study finds number of Americans in extreme mental distress now 2x higher than 1993 (6.4% vs 3.5%)

New study finds number of Americans in extreme mental distress now 2x higher than 1993 (6.4% vs 3.5%)

A that the proportion of American adults suffering from “extreme distress” – that is, those who reported having serious emotional problems and mental distress in all 30 of the past 30 days – has almost doubled since 1993. In that year, the percentage reporting extreme mental distress was 3.6%. By 2019, the percentage had grown to 6.4%.The study, published by David G. Blanchflower of Dartmouth College and Andrew J. Oswald of the University of Warwick, appeared in the .To conduct their study, the two researchers used data from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (). Launched in...

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Environmental DNA: study provides first evidence that human DNA can be collected from the air

Environmental DNA: study provides first evidence that human DNA can be collected from the air

Researchers have shown for the first time that animal DNA — including human DNA — can be collected from the air, via what’s known as “environmental DNA” (or eDNA). This discovery creates new possibilities for criminal forensics, because it doesn’t require hair follicles or other body tissue.The , written by researchers at Queen Mary University of London, appeared on March 31 in the journal .Living organisms like plants and animals are constantly shedding DNA into their environment as they move about. Environmental DNA has become an increasingly helpful tool for scientists to identify which...

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