On the Record

“Loneliness is not just the property of an individual. It can be transmitted across people — even people you don't have direct contact with.”

—John T. Cacioppo, PhD, the University of Chicago psychologist who led the study published in the December Journal of Personality and Social Psychology that found lonely people increase the chances that someone they know will start to feel alone, and that the solitary feeling can spread one more degree of separation.
Washington Post, Dec. 1

Although researchers have established that juveniles' brains are less developed than adults' in key areas that control impulsive behavior, thinking ahead and resisting pressure from others, “that doesn't excuse kids who commit crimes, but it should affect our judgment about how responsible they are. It's not necessarily relevant to determining their guilt, but it is for their sentencing.”

—Temple University professor of adolescent psychology Laurence Steinberg, PhD, on the U.S. Supreme Court case looking at whether repeat juvenile offenders should be sentenced to life in prison.
The Atlantic Monthly, Nov. 9