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Reischel investigated Florida Atlantic University professor Tom Shackelford, who is using national science funds to study "sperm competition," which is a very controversial area of research. The basis of his research is the idea that the behavior of human sperm over the millennia has programmed humans to evolve rape and jealousy in order to survive. Even though FAU is split internally as to the legitimacy of his work, the university is promoting it as "evolutionary psychology."
This story investigates the Judge Rotenberg Center, a residential special education school in Massachusetts that treats students' problematic behavior through the use of controversial aversive therapy -- mainly in the form of electric shocks applied to the skin. This piece traces the history of aversive techniques and explores the question of when, if ever, they are appropriate; tells the story of the school and the man who founded it; explains the tough choices facing parents who consent to getting their children shocked; and describes in detail the methods used and the concerns regulators have about them.
The Monkey Series: Shock the Monkeys; The Brain Gain; The Spy Who Loved Monkeys; Monkey in the Middle; Year of the Monkey
Willamette Week investigated a whistleblower's claims of inhumane treatment of research monkeys at the Oregon Regional Primate Research Center. Some of the stories shed light on "a controversial procedure for collecting rhesus semen samples, known as electro-ejaculation," which has later been modified. Another part of the series profiles a researcher who examines what causes depression by using primates. A third part focuses on how an undercover observer documented the use of kittens for hearing-problems and deafness research, the atrocities taking place at a fox farm, and the cruel training of elephants for circus purposes.
Tags: animal care; medical records; undercover investigations; behavioral psychology; animal rights; ethics; sperm gathering; veterinary medicine; public records requests; biotechnology; PETA; vegetarians; reproduction biology
"Last year in Minnesota, 28 men killed their wives or girlfriends -- more than any other year on record. Sixteen used a gun. Six chose knives. Four relied on their bare hands, beating or strangling their lovers to death. The crimes tore apart families and left 61 children without mothers. We assembled a team of reporters to get behind those horrific numbers to tell readers why men kill women they claim to love, and why those who batter are rarely punished and often return to attack their victims again and again. We examined the special challenges that women in rural Minnesota and Wisconsin face in escaping abusive relationships. And we looked at some measures that may hold hope in battling this growing problem." Story includes biographies of the victims.
Tags: psychology; bullying; frustration; victim; marriage counseling; therapy; women's shelter; manipulation; "reinforcing power; " criminal behavior; rejection; protection orders; second-degree murder
This story "examines some of the issues surrounding Reactive Attachment Disorder, a psychological term applied to youths who develop abnormal coping mechanisms as a result of early childhood trauma. RAD, children, in general, have great difficulty bonding with parents and other family members. In more extreme cases, the children may exhibit violent or erotic behavior. ... This article approaches the topic from an unusual angle -- from the point of view of pioneering psychologist Foster Cline, who is seeking compassion for parents and therapists who deal with RAD-afflicited children."
Kansas City Star series looks at the use of steroids in Kansas City. On the black market, steroids net millions of dollars and are easily obtained in high schools. Weightlifters, body builders and high school athletes who use steroids are profiled. The series details the physical and psychological side effects of steroid use, including violent psychotic behavior.