The Washington Post has been criticized for saying a reporter who was the victim of a sexual assault couldn’t objectively cover topics like the #MeToo movement.
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The concept that journalists should be objective is outdated and impossible. Instead, good reporters use life experiences to ask fresh questions.
Women like congressional candidate Cori Bush from Missouri face greater obstacles than white men when trying to reach political office.
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Women and people of color continue to appear on ballots less often than white men, and that, in part, is due to concerns by American voters that others will not view these candidates as electable.
No news isn’t necessarily good news. News is powerful, and helps us to stay connected and informed. But it’s important we regulate our news consumption - particularly during times of crisis.
Looking for dried pasta, cooking oil or spices? You’re not alone.
Irrational behaviour during difficult circumstances is rooted in deeper cognitive and evolutionary psychological mechanisms. Many reflect what are called emergency decision and purchasing contexts.
U.S. President Donald Trump takes questions from reporters during a Coronavirus Task Force press briefing in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, D.C., on March 30, 2020.
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Though political elites complain about what the media covers, and how they cover it, research shows that ideological bias among media outlets is largely nonexistent.
British working class and ethnic accents still face the same negative bias they did 50 years ago.
Examining current attitudes to accents in Britain, do the same biases hold true as they did 50 years ago and what does that mean when it comes to the interview process?
Weighing what’s fair takes deliberation.
A decision-making process that relies on intuitive feelings rather than careful deliberation invites a host of biases that make bad decisions and disproportional consequences far more likely.
In the cockpit of an aircraft, the hierarchy between captain and co-pilot is strictly respected. At the risk, sometimes, of poor decision-making.
Introspection won’t necessarily reveal what’s going on in there.
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Prejudice and stereotypes are part of why social inequality persists. Social scientists use tests to measure the implicit biases people harbor and see how much they relate to actions.
The message might not come through if you put all your communication eggs in one theoretical basket.
Reports of facts’ death have been greatly exaggerated. Effective communication jettisons the false dilemma in favor of a more holistic view of how people take in new information on contentious topics.
When a player’s on fire, is it hot hands?
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For 30 years, sports fans have been told to forget about streaks because the ‘hot hand’ is a fallacy. But a reanalysis says not so fast: Statistics show players really are in the zone sometimes.
Old books know best.
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Many managers say they’re uncomfortable giving negative feedback, yet employees tend to consider it helpful to improving importance. Research – and a 13th-century saying – offers some tips.
Like wearing psychological blinders.
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It’s human nature to notice or search out information that supports what you already believe and discount or avoid data to the contrary. The problem comes in when you don’t recognize this bias is in play.
Who succeeds will depend not on intentions alone.
Two researchers set out to find out why some people might be better at achieving goals than others. The answer, they found, could lie in implicit beliefs.
Can new ideas break through preconceived notions?
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The very goal of science, to discover the new and unknown, is hampered by any outdated personal beliefs scientists hold.
It’s all just data – how can it be prejudiced?
Math isn’t prejudiced, goes the argument. But these arithmetic programs can learn bias from the data fed into them by human beings, leading to unfair treatment and discrimination.
You can do a lot while you sleep.
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We strengthen memories while we sleep, and researchers have found a way to cue that process to help people better retain information that counters implicit biases.
Earthquake in Haiti killed more than 100,000. That’s hard to imagine.
People find it difficult to understand the true value of loss of life when the numbers are large. For instance, a study found that people are more willing to donate money to an organisation when just one…