Visiting a haunted house or watching a horror movie can be terrifying and enjoyable at the same time. A sociologist explains the psychological benefits of being safely scared.
One striking feature of Brett Kavanaugh's testimony was the number of times he interrupted. Data shows that hearing interruptions are becoming more common, particularly when the nominee is female.
Parliament has a problem retaining experienced women – and so does science. Working in STEMM places women in an ideological dilemma that is exhausting to confront, and feels impossible to change.
In a world of 24-hour news, night tubes and light pollution, does the traditional night time really still exist?
The signs might be there. But parents and clinicians will still wonder if there's some foolproof way to determine whether their children are actually trans. There isn't one – and that's okay.
And without white privilege, they wouldn't feel compelled to follow a white script.
Be sceptical when it's claimed that a language has 'no word for X' or '50 words for Y'.
A sociologist dressed men of different races in the same clothes – and then dispatched them to nightclubs across Texas to see what would happen.
The longing for lighter skin remains a taboo topic in African-American communities.
Winemakers call the ecological factors that define their product terroir. By redefining that idea to include history and social ties, New England craft brewers have grown an industry with local roots.
Sociologists know what conditions make it more likely a mass delusion will take hold and spread through a group – whether adherence to a fashion fad or belief in a doomsday cult.
The people most affected must be involved in designing the solutions.
Humankind has today reached a historical peak in developing its strengths. It should use it to create a human community of nations inclusive on all fronts : scholars can help.
Research shows that context matters for understanding what a person's words mean – especially when power dynamics are involved.
Current events can boost our collective memory of past events in predictable ways, finds study.
We need to look beyond the music industry to understand the rise of the comeback.
A candidate's perceived Islamophobia may influence a French Muslim's vote, but the impact of religious faith on political choice should not be overstated.
Just about everyone wants medical care, but some want it a lot more. We discovered a personality trait that explains why it's hard to improve health care outcomes and costs.
Even though Facebook claims to be a global community, its rise has come at the expense of online subcultures for marginalized people, from body modification enthusiasts to drag queens.
A 'witch hunt' is what Trump called investigations into his campaign and Russian interference in the 2016 election. An anthropologist explains the connection between witch hunts and social control.