People are sometimes very willing to blatantly deny others’ humanity.
American psychologists Nour Kteily and Emile Bruneaushow how some politicians appeal to those who demonise marginalised groups, and how those groups respond with intensified hostility.
What are the drawbacks of expansive definitions of prejudice?
Mixed neighbourhoods won't necessarily make people friendlier.
A joke isn’t just a joke.
Disparagement humor makes a punchline out of a marginalized group. Racist or sexist jokes, for instance, aren't just harmless fun – psychologists find they can foster discrimination.
Morning-after triumphalism has given way to caution as the ramifications of Brexit sink in.
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As the news sinks in, a lot of people who voted to Leave are having second thoughts. Many of them journalists.
The Orlando massacre is an extreme example of the public health crisis of anti-LGBT violence in America.
Aggression against sexual minorities is rooted in society-level stigmas that devalue LGBT individuals.
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.
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It has taken the killing of 50 innocent people at an LGBT club to bring home how much homophobia is embedded in Western societies.
Big data can reinforce human prejudices but it could also help us break away from discrimination.
Much more needs to be done to tackle negative attitudes to people with a learning disability.
There is a double standard in public attitudes towards people with a learning disability.
Take one mental health issue, then add the label of a disorder, then see if therapists apply their own prejudices.
Children often need to be told to be inclusive.
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When teachers and schools remind children to be inclusive, they are nicer to those not in their 'group'.
Recognizing death’s inevitability, people find comfort in their beliefs.
Why are atheists deemed as untrustworthy as rapists?
The dispute between Philipp Lenard and Albert Einstein sheds considerable light on the power of nonscientific concerns to sway scientists.
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Scientists are not always as scientific as many suppose. Recent well-publicized cases of scientific fraud prove that scientists can be as susceptible to the allures of wealth, power and fame as politicians…
Sleep before you speak.
Social biases like racism and sexism can be weakened after a good night's sleep, suggests study.
Where did I leave my skull cap?
Research into how feelings and opinions can be shaped using technology or drugs could impact the whole of society not just the individuals concerned.
All people have prejudices, but learning more about them could help keep them in check.
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Humans are highly social creatures. Our brains have evolved to allow us to survive and thrive in complex social environments. Accordingly, the behaviors and emotions that help us navigate our social sphere…
Fairness and empathy are closely connected to moral development and reasoning.
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We hear a lot about tolerance these days. Tolerance is a moral virtue best placed within the moral domain – but unfortunately it is often confounded with prejudice. Much of the psychological research about…
Everyone loves the Currant Bun, right?
Other than war, few things fire nationalist sentiments in a society quite like sport. On June 27 2010, as the English football team were being thrashed by Germany in the World Cup in South Africa, England’s…
Many Australians feel the government should maintain a tough policy on asylum seekers who arrive by boat.
According to a poll taken last December, 60% of those surveyed think the Australian government should “increase the severity of the treatment of asylum seekers”. What’s behind this negative sentiment (otherwise…