Ten (Research-Tested) New Year’s Resolutions
BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Need help choosing a New Year’s resolution? Research from the University at Buffalo can provide some direction. Below is a summary of useful health and wellness tips assembled from studies published by UB researchers in 2010.
Have a happy, healthy and safe new year.
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Mark Frank, PhD
Associate Professor of Communication
University at Buffalo
The would-be bomber aboard Northwest Flight 253 likely would have been caught before boarding the plane, had any of a number of existing, scientifically-vetted behavioral identification programs been used in ANY of the security layers through which he passed, says Frank, an expert on use of behavioral screening at security checkpoints.
No single security technique, on its own, even when deployed effectively, is going to be 100 percent effective, 'e points out. The goal should be to employ multiple layers of security, each with strengths and weaknesses, and each under some circumstances, capable of catching a terrorist.
For example, intelligence and investigatory processes may find terrorists and their cohorts. Travel restrictions may dissuade a would-be terrorist from traveling at all. If a suspect gets through the first layer of security and travels anyway, then the goal is to force him or her into a group marked for intense secondary screening.
This is the point at which any of a number of excellent and proven behavioral identification programs like FAST (Future Attribute Screening Technologies) and SPOT (Screening of Passengers by Observation Technique), developed by Frank and other scientists working with the Department of Homeland Security, can be very, very useful. Both are observational systems with strong scientific foundations proven to be very effective in identifying suspicious behaviors and forcing would-be terrorists into yet another level of scrutiny. Unfortunately, it appears that they are not being used effectively or often enough, Frank says.