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Does electronic monitoring work? The Laura and John Arnold Foundation and The Pew Charitable Trusts aim to find out.

Each year, millions of individuals—both defendants awaiting trial and convicted offenders—are supervised in the community, rather than in prison or jail. State and local criminal justice agencies must ensure that these individuals act lawfully and follow all community supervision rules. As part of this effort, many agencies use ankle bracelets, alcohol testing devices, and a … Read More

Important lessons about reproducibility in science

For over three years now, we at the Laura and John Arnold Foundation (LJAF) have been thinking about the problem of reproducibility in science. One of our first efforts was to launch the Center for Open Science (COS). This afternoon, a flagship COS project, the Reproducibility Project in Psychology, published its findings in Science. The … Read More

A misleading chart on organ donation rates

One of the most famous graphs in the behavioral economics community—from Johnson & Goldstein’s 2003 paper in Science—depicts the rates at which people in various countries consent to donate their organs. It shows that consent rates are dramatically lower in countries that require people to opt-in to donate, as opposed to those that automatically register … Read More

Brain imaging research is often wrong. This researcher wants to change that.

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Laura and John Arnold Foundation announces $3.8 million grant to Stanford University to improve the quality of neuroscience research

Houston, TX—The Laura and John Arnold Foundation (LJAF) today announced a $3.8 million grant to Stanford University to establish the Center for Reproducible Neuroscience (CRN),  which will seek to increase transparency and improve reliability in neuroscience research. Funding will support CRN’s implementation of a free, online platform that will harness powerful supercomputers to provide scientists … Read More