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Are Liars Ethical?

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By Emma Levine

We tend to think of lying as a vice and honesty as a virtue. For hundreds of years, theologians and philosophers have suggested that lying is wrong. For example, almost six hundred years ago, St. Augustine stated, “To me…it seems certain that every lie is a sin.” The prohibition of lying is deeply ingrained in most major religions and the presumption that lying is wrong leads scholars, parents, and leaders to broadly condemn lying.

Thinking Ourselves Into Eating More

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“Think before you act” is sage advice for dieters, especially when considering grabbing that holiday cookie, right? A new analysis of 50 studies finds that thinking before you eat can actually undermine your dieting goals. When we think, we often simply come up with reasons why we deserve that extra piece of pumpkin pie.

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.

Psychology News Round-Up (October 3rd)

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By Dave Nussbaum

Psychology News Round-Up (October 10th)

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By Dave Nussbaum

  • Stéphane Côté (@StephaneCoteTO) and Michael Kraus (@mwkraus) wrote an op-ed in the Sunday NYT on their research about the divide between classes and the difficulty of bridging that gap socially, as well as an intervention that can help overcome it.

Psychology News Round-Up (October 17th)

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By Dave Nussbaum

  • On Monday, Erika Salomon (@ecsalomon) wrote about theInherence Heuristic, which may underlie various effects in psychology, including system justification and the correspondence bias.

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