The problem of false balance when reporting on science
How do you know the people billed as science experts that you see, hear and read about in the media are really all that credible? Or have they been included just to create a perception of balance in the coverage ...
Study shows state legislators in favor of voter ID laws are motivated by racial bias
Groundbreaking research by USC Dornsife's Christian Grose, associate professor of political science, and doctoral candidate Matthew Mendez has shown that lawmakers who support voter ID laws are more likely to show racial ...
Young women with sexy social media photos seen as less competent, study finds
Girls and young women who post sexy or revealing photos on social media sites such as Facebook are viewed by their female peers as less physically and socially attractive and less competent to perform tasks, ...
Study finds national cultural norms, economic conditions helping create a 'demographic time bomb'
In the 1960s, scholar Paul R. Ehrlich warned that a looming global population explosion would usher in mass starvation and death by the end of the 20th century.
Some people think astrology is a science – here's why
Most people reading this article will have also read their horoscope at least once. Even though scientific studies have never found evidence for the claims astrologers make, some people still think astrology ...
Bad social policy, not ideology, blamed for the Arab world's downward spiral
The rapid rise of ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) to global notoriety has taken observers of Middle East politics by surprise. All of a sudden, a new Islamist political movement has stunningly upstaged ...
Affirmative action elicits bias in pro-equality Caucasians
New research from Simon Fraser University's Beedie School of Business indicates that bias towards the effects of affirmative action exists in not only people opposed to it, but also in those who strongly endorse equality.
Do daughters really cause divorce? Maybe not
In the U.S., couples with daughters are somewhat more likely to divorce than couples with sons. Many scholars have read those numbers as evidence that daughters cause divorce.
Reconstructing prehistoric languages
When University of Kentucky student Erica Mattingly enrolled in one of Andrew M. Byrd's linguistics courses, she had no idea she would be rewriting history—or at least re-speaking it.
Philosopher uses game theory to understand how words, actions acquire meaning
Why does the word "dog" have meaning? If you say "dog" to a friend, why does your friend understand you?
Educating disadvantaged children and the dangers of charter schools
The similarities in educating disadvantaged children in New Zealand and Chile and the dangers of charter schools are the subjects of a public lecture at the University of Auckland this month.
Contemplative practices boost creativity in problem-solving
(Phys.org) —While traditional biomedical training focuses on acquiring disciplinary expertise, a complementary suite of learning techniques is catching on at Cornell. Activities that tap self-awareness ...
CEOs who motivate with 'fightin' words' shoot themselves in the foot
Heading into the war room to fire up the troops? Declaring war on the competition to boost sales? Well, CEO, you might want to tamp down them's fightin' words—you could be shooting yourself in the foot.
Professor's research finds most lies are told by 'a few prolific liars'
An Oakland University professor's research is shedding new light on the lying habits of people in the U.S. and abroad. An oft-cited study shows that U.S. adults tell an average of one or two lies per day. ...