The Troubling Gap Between Awareness of Prejudice and Support for Action
Attempting to change the status quo is not merely about changing perceptions.
It’s Time to Get Rid of History, Biology, and Chemistry Classes
We should re-think the subject boundaries in high school education so that they align with important ideas and concepts that will give our children useful analytical lenses for viewing the world.
Why Sports Leagues Treat Most Offenders With Leniency
There’s a psychological explanation for the weak punishment given to Ray Rice before a video surfaced that made a re-evaluation unavoidable.
Honor: The Cause of—and Solution to—Society’s Problems
Recent research on honor culture, associated with the American South and characterized by the need to retaliate against any perceived improper conduct, goes way beyond conventional situations involving disputes and aggression.
Why Your Friends Won’t Dump Their Awful Significant Others
Forget how friends, family, and others feel. People even tend to view their partners more favorably than their partners view themselves.
The Nazi Interrogator Who Revealed the Value of Kindness
Thanks in part to the work of Hanns Scharff and a slew of studies on interrogation techniques, we know it's best to be genuinely friendly no matter who you're trying to get information out of.
If We Want Better Teachers, We Need Better Incentives
Teachers receive salary and pension benefits later in their careers, which works to the advantage of many, including the unions that lead them, but this rewards structure could be keeping lots of talented individuals out of the classrooms.
Why We Keep Failing to Pass Comprehensive Immigration Reform
Startling new research suggests that conservative opposition to immigration reform may have nothing to do with what’s presented in any legislative bill, but rather how small differences in the way we think about multiculturalism can alter broad attitudes.
Independents Are the Hipsters of American Politics
What does identifying as an independent tell us about how somebody will vote? As it turns out, not much. Research suggests this is a (surprisingly large) group that’s focused more on image than policy.
Why Your Big Move to the Big City May Be Your Last
A new pair of studies helps to explain why city-dwellers seem to fall deeper in love with the urban environment the longer they spend there.
Americans Want to Fire Their Congressmen. Here’s Why They Won’t
We may not approve of the jobs they're doing, but we're also unlikely to take a risk by replacing our elected representatives—especially when economic times are tough.
Can We Send More Students to College by Instilling a Sense Competence?
New research unravels the difficult relationship between motivation and choice. Without a feeling of competence, it turns out, the presence of choice can drive people away from a given task.
Want to Win a Political Debate? Try Making a Weaker Argument
Gun control? Abortion? The new social science behind why you're never able to convince friends or foes to even consider things from your side.