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Nov/Dec 2014


Standing Up for My Group by Kicking Yours

Members of a minority ethnic group are less likely to express support for gay equality if they believe their own group suffers from discrimination.


Like a Broken Record

From beer milers to long-distance crawlers, the unending appeal of being No. 1.


The Enduring Allure of Badly Behaved Men

Men, for all Laura Kipnis’ attempts to appear transgressive, is a cautious and old-fashioned book that illustrates male privilege rather than denying it.


Who Killed Wikipedia?

A hardened corps of volunteer editors is the only force protecting Wikipedia. They might also be killing it.


Coastal Cognizance of Climate Change

People who live closer to the shore are more likely to believe in climate change and to support regulation of carbon emissions.


19-Year-Old Teaching Your Laptop to Pick Up Your Feelings

Even though he's still a teenager, Catalin Voss is already a six-year veteran of the i-app industry, and now he's turning his attention to figuring out how computers might interact with humans more perceptively.

Diana and Ivette eat dinner with Kaden and Naima. Forty percent of American adults now work non-standard hours; the average American employee holds down one and a quarter jobs.

The Rise of Extreme Daycare

More Americans are working late-night and early-morning hours. Who's looking after their kids?


If It's Good Enough for the Supreme Court...

A research team looks into how Iowa's legalization of gay marriage in 2009 affected the views of registered voters.


A (Psychedelic) Trip With Dad

The daughter of one of the country’s leading clinical researchers of psychedelic-assisted therapy visits Amsterdam.


Step Right In: A Tour of an Amazon Fulfillment Center

With typically careful packaging, Amazon opens its doors to the public.


Reality, Still Biting

Gen X is the most economically screwed age group. Were the slackers onto something after all?


The Most Dangerous Idea in Mental Health

The belief that hidden memories can be "recovered" in therapy should have been exorcised years ago, when a rash of false memories dominated the airwaves, tore families apart, and put people on the stand for crimes they didn't commit. But the mental health establishment does not always learn from its mistakes—and families are still paying the price.


SNAP Food Benefits, Birthday Cake, and Walmart

In every issue, we fix our gaze on an everyday photograph and chase down facts about details in the frame.


Why Women Are Such a Minority in Elected Office

The obvious answers aren't necessarily the most accurate. Here, five studies help clear up the gender disparity in politics.


The Names and Numbers Behind the Research

This list includes studies cited in our pages that received funding from a source other than the researchers’ home institutions. Only principal or corresponding authors are listed.


Downhill Integrationists: The National Brotherhood of Skiers

The latest entry in a series of interviews about subculture in America.


Introducing the New Issue of ‘Pacific Standard’

The most dangerous idea in mental health, the rise of extreme daycare, the anatomy of ignorance, and more in our November/December 2014 print issue.


We Are All Confident Idiots

The trouble with ignorance is that it feels so much like expertise. A leading researcher on the psychology of human wrongness sets us straight.