Science is good, but that doesn't have the same opportunity to penetrate as fear-based storytelling.
Despair is understandable. So is shouting about the facts. But to effect real change we need to look to psychological techniques
Misinformation will always be with us. If we use innovative tools smartly, we can ensure it stays on the edges of our democratic process
There's been a lot of talk about the state of early childhood education in New Zealand over the last few days. Most of it has been shit. Here's Dr Jess Berentson-Shaw doing what she does best - cutting through the crap so we can have a rational conversation.
The AM Show host this week claimed this week that while it is 'hard work' being a mum, 'you can't call it a job'. But should payment be the yardstick by which we measure work?
You might have seen headlines claiming paracetamol in pregnancy could reduce your daughter's future fertility. We asked no-bullshit Spinoff Parents scientist Dr Jess Berentson-Shaw to tell us what it all really means.
Jacinda Ardern has signalled her focus by adopting a portfolio tackling child poverty. But will the coalition government have the mettle to make the differences needed, asks Jess Berentson-Shaw
Sleep. We all need it. We all want it. Spinoff Parents scientist Dr Jess Berentson-Shaw explains the science behind infant sleep, and what works and what doesn't.
Duncan Garner's recent column on immigration and K-Mart underpants has had the unfortunate – though highly predictable – effect of reigniting New Zealand's often-poisonous 'immigration debate'. But there's a better way, writes Jess Berentson-Shaw.
Dr Jess Berentson-Shaw chats with Dr Ben Sedley, clinical psychologist, father of three, and author of Stuff That Sucks, a book about teen mental health.
People who are ‘just managing’ in New Zealand are not selfish if they support policies that will help their family most in the short term. But there is a better, more positive way to ease their pain, writes Jess Berentson-Shaw.
Researchers at Motu Institute have found that women who bring exactly the same value to a private firm as the men who work there are paid on average 16% less. Jess Berentson-Shaw considers what that means – and how the stubborn pay gap can be fixed.
Jacinda Ardern has outsourced Labour's decision on a capital gains tax to a working group. But why? It's time we stopped treating tax working groups as the magical solution to problems in the tax system, writes Jess Berentson-Shaw.
Last week ActionStation and the Morgan Foundation launched Liz and Sam’s story. Since then, the pick a path game based on the lives of New Zealand families living on low incomes has been played close to 16,000 times. Its co-creator Dr Jess Berentson-Shaw explains the two years of research underpinning the game.
National today announced a policy package aimed at preventing youth crime, including a plan to send 'youth offenders' to boot camps. The Morgan Foundation head researcher and Spinoff Parents science expert Dr Jess Berentson-Shaw explains why this is a terrible idea.
Today ActionStation and the Morgan Foundation launched Liz and Sam’s Story, a pick-a-path game based on the lives of New Zealand families living on low incomes. In the first of a two-part series, the Morgan Foundation's Dr Jess Berentson-Shaw discusses the in-depth research behind the game.
David Seymour and the ACT Party believe that only parents who are wealthy should be able to have children. Many, many parents, including Dr Jess Berentson-Shaw, disagree.
An Australian 'study' is whipping up fears over the safety of baby formula. But are reports on what it means actually backed up by facts? The Spinoff Parents' science writer Dr Jess Berentson-Shaw explains why this latest scare story is bad science, plain and simple.
Money may not be important in the big scheme of things, but where money gets put, and how much, tells us volumes about what the government thinks it is doing right. And our government thinks things are going pretty well, writes the Morgan Foundation's Dr Jess Berentson-Shaw.
Of all of the parenting topics that turn into all-out war online – breast vs bottle, dummy-gate, circumcision or uncut grapes – the worst of all is surely vaccination. Here the Spinoff Parents' science writer Dr Jess Berentson-Shaw discusses the importance of talking calmly about vaccination.