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The effect of music on the brain
April 23, 2015 | WMU News
For decades, people have been told that listening to classical music, especially Mozart, can lead to increased brainpower in children. Though findings of the so-called Mozart effect have been widely disputed, new research into music's effect on the brain shows listening to music just prior to a task can boost performance, says Dr. Ed Roth, professor of music and music therapist.
Rolling Stone's colossal blunder and journalism practices
April 16, 2015 | WMU News
A searing report reveals a complete meltdown of journalistic practices at Rolling Stone in reporting an alleged gang rape at a University of Virginia fraternity. The case casts a dark cloud over journalism, but also could have a chilling effect on the reporting of campus sexual assault, says Dr. Sue Ellen Christian, an associate professor of communication and award-winning journalist.
The widespread use of psychiatric medication
April 10, 2015 | WMU News
One in four women are prescribed psychiatric medication, compared to one in seven men. Women are more than twice as likely to receive a diagnosis of depression or anxiety disorder than men, but a reason for the disparity is that women are more likely to seek help, says Jennifer Emmerich, an outpatient therapist in the WMU Sindecuse Health Center.
The merger of H.J. Heinz and Kraft Foods
April 2, 2015 | WMU News
Heinz and Kraft have announced plans to merge into the world's fifth-largest food and beverage company. The massive merger, valued at about $36 billion, is the next step after the recent acquisition of Heinz by Warren Buffet and 3G Capital, says Dr. Marcel Zondag, an assistant professor in the WMU Food and Consumer Package Goods Marketing Program.
Global violence against women
March 26, 2015 | WMU News
The United Nations has issued a new report that shows violence against women and girls worldwide "persists at alarmingly high levels." Women have made many gains in the past 20 years, but the report shows disturbing results when it comes to violence, says Dr. Ashlyn Kuersten, a WMU associate professor of gender and women's studies.