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Addressing Pervasive Biases in Academia

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The current requirements for diversity training at universities fall short of addressing the pervasive gender, racial, and ethnic biases in academia.

There’s a New Journal In Town: Meet ‘Behavioral Science & Policy’

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By Dave Nussbaum

Behavioral Science & Policy (BSP), a new international, peer-reviewed journal, has announced a call for papers. Submissions for the journal’s inaugural issue can be made through July 15th. Wendy Wood, a professor of Psychology at USC and one of the journal’s senior disciplinary editors, gave Character & Context the skinny on what makes BSP unique.

Why Feeling Financially Constrained Makes You Want to Buy “Stuff”

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By: Stephanie M. Tully, Hal E. Hershfield, and Tom Meyvis

The Consequences of Dishonesty

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By: Scott Wiltermuth, David Newman, and Medha Raj

Lying has its benefits. It allows people to feel better about themselves, to make themselves look better in others’ eyes, and to maintain good relationships. At same time, lying can also create problems. Lying can be cognitively depleting, it can increase the risk that people will be punished, it can threaten people’s self-worth by preventing them from seeing themselves as “good” people, and it can generally erode trust in society.

A Research Contest for Reducing Implicit Racial Biases

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You might not have realized it, but you could have racially discriminated against someone recently. Maybe you walked a little quicker when you saw a guy walking across the street from you. Or perhaps you were less friendly than you usually would be around a new co-worker. If you’re guilty of these subtle biases, you’re not alone.

Can we Undo our First Impressions?

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Imagine that you learn something highly negative about someone new. For instance, say, an up and coming politician is accused of corruption, or a new faculty member is rumored to have sexually harassed studentsFurther, imagine that you find out later that you were entirely wrong. Perhaps the politician’s opponents planted evidence, or the rumors about the faculty member were soundly discredited. In scenarios like these, can we fully cast aside our false first impressions, or might they persist at some level even after we explicitly believe that we have changed our minds?

Shared Perceptions: Morality is Embedded in Social Contexts

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The partisanship and rancor in Washington is aMoral psychology Word Cloud Concept troubling indicator of how different political liberals and conservatives have become. After all, the places we live, the media we watch, and the candidates we vote for have become increasingly polarized. Underlying many of these changes are basic differences concerning the kinds of moral communities we live in, the moral messages we hear, and the moral issues our politicians stand for.

Women are Underrepresented in Fields that Idolize Brilliance and Genius

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Pervasive cultural associations link men but not women with raw intellectual brilliance. Consider, for example, how difficult it is to think of even a single portrayal of a woman who – like Sherlock Holmes, Dr. House, or Sheldon Cooper – displays that special spark of genius.