Butner Elementary School students sing patriotic music on Fort Bragg, North Carolina. April 2, 2009.
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Children with difficulty singing can be labelled as 'nonmusical' by parents, teachers and pop culture. This toxic idea of 'talent' can deprive people of music's benefits for the rest of their lives.
Students of both genders carry around stereotypes about school achievement.
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Recent research raised concerns about girls' stereotypes on their gender's lack of 'brilliance.' But an overlooked finding suggests boys also hold hindering stereotypes about themselves in school.
Any antimicrobial chemicals in there?
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Products not under the FDA's jurisdiction don't have to list whether they contain any of the antimicrobial chemicals banned in soap by the agency.
A smartphone could help people fight depression.
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Using sensors on smartphones and smartwatches can shed light on patients' symptoms of depression, even identifying ones they didn't notice or share with counselors.
Most whites would say they’re okay with diversity. But is there a threshold?
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Simple reminders of the growing diversity of the country and the political power of minorities can influence biases.
Can we generalize about leadership style based on gender?
Studies can't predict an individual's behavior. But meta-analyses of social science research turn up differences in men's versus women's leadership styles, on average.
What would it take to get more Americans to buy into our democracy?
A marketing guru considers what's wrong with American democracy and how to fix it.
Policy changes and face-to-face conversations are part of the plan.
The massacre at an Orlando gay club is a savage reminder that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people still face harsh prejudice in America and lack full equal protections under the law.
Why do we forget our dishonest actions?
We come across dishonest acts in our day-to-day lives. Perhaps we commit them as well. But, guess what? Most of us care so much about being moral that we tend to forget our unethical behavior.
Speller Jairam Hathwar from Painted Post, New York in the championship round of the 2016 National Spelling Bee.
What do recent National Spelling Bee successes reveal about the role of Indian-Americans in brain sports? And is this a moment to expand the definition of what it means to be American?
Humidity levels can mean life or death for insects.
Detecting drier or wetter conditions is crucial for insect survival. We've long known they can do this – now researchers have discovered the genetic and neural basis for their humidity-sensing system.
Successful group outcomes aren’t guaranteed by the simple recipe of ‘Just add diversity.’
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The relationship between social science research and advocates and policymakers is undermined if they cherry-pick evidence that supports their goals, ignoring the wider field.
The climax of popular simianisation was the hugely successful classic of Hollywood’s horror factory, King Kong.
Animalisation remains a malicious and effective form of dehumanisation. Simianisation is a version of this strategy, which historically manifested a lethal combination of sexism and racism.
Obama visits students during a coding event at the White House.
President Obama wants every student to learn computer science. Are separate computing classes the only way to do this?
Everyone ticks multiple demographic boxes.
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No one is only their sex or only their race or only their sexual orientation. Social psychologists are starting to investigate how people of multiple minority groups are perceived.
Does it need to be so hard to be a mom and a professor?
The limits of fertility and an elongated academic career path are currently at odds. If the choice to bear children contributes to the 'leaky pipeline' of women in STEM, what can be done?
En grec, son nom signifie « amateur de rosée au ventre noir ». C’est elle, la mouche drosophile, qui volète autour de la corbeille à fruits. C’est aussi un modèle animal très apprécié des biologistes.
Should professors engage with the lay public?
Two scholars discuss the joys of writing for a lay audience. So why aren’t more academics writing for the public?
They have to learn it somewhere.
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When students land on campus, they often have unanswered questions about their reproductive health. One solution: create a massive open online class to teach them about reproductive health.
How you assess the strength of gender bias research depends on your viewpoint.
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Men are harsher critics of research that reports evidence of gender bias in STEM fields, while women find it more compelling. How can we deal with the reality when we're biased about bias?