Cycle lanes work in Florence, Italy. That doesn’t mean they’ll work everywhere.
Successful policy interventions, especially those in the social realm influenced by the vagaries of human behaviour, don’t seem to travel well.
People seem to think industry-funded research belongs in the garbage.
Scientists need funding to do their work. But a new study finds turning to industry partners taints perceptions of university research, and including other kinds of partners doesn't really help.
Allison Davis, circa 1965.
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His landmark contributions to anthropology have faded from memory, despite real-world policy impact during the mid-20th century.
‘I don’t want to see it.’
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If someone sees or hears something they don't want to believe...they probably won't believe it.
Taking stock of what we know works… or not.
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Now that we're in a post-truth world, a timely report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine highlights evidence for what works and what doesn't when talking about science.
Many straight men no longer see befriending gay men as a threat to their masculinity.
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Could gay guys be the ultimate wing men for their straight, male friends?
Women are more likely to be attracted to a man who has been “chosen” before.
Research has found people with relationship experience, all else being equal, tend to be more romantically desirable than people without relationship experience.
There’s more to it than political beliefs.
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Social scientists investigate when and why liberals and conservatives mistrust science. The apparent split may be more about cultural and personal beliefs than feelings about science itself.
Collaboration is key.
African academics living in the diaspora have access to resources that can really help their peers working on the continent.
A crack in the culture?
The thousands of Wells Fargo low-wage employees who defrauded customers likely knew how it felt to face unfair overdraft fees or a deteriorating credit rating. So why did they do it?
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.
Each tweet that relays an emotion, opinion or idea joins millions of others.
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On Twitter's 10th birthday, we look at how researchers have used the platform for a range of studies, from predicting the next flu outbreak to identifying the happiest city in America.
Does what’s most usual seem inherently good to you?
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It's a common quirk of human psychology to make the mental leap that the way things are is the way things ought to be. New research into how we explain the world around us sheds light on the phenomenon.
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.
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.
Too much of what we know about Africa is still coming from outside the continent.
African academics should be leading the pack when it comes to producing research and information about the continent. So what's holding them back?
Scientists need to get comfortable with dealing with people and their feelings.
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Scientists need to be comfortable dealing with subjective views, rather than empirical data, and people's feelings to make progress in addressing climate change.
Of course, science, technology, engineering and mathematics research are important, but social sciences research creates huge benefits to society in multiple ways.
Research in the humanities, arts and social sciences is often driven by philosophies of social justice and public benefit, which don't always sit comfortably with commercialisation.