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In 2001 Study, Black Celebrities Judged Harshly in Rape Cases

When accused of rape, black celebrities were viewed more negatively than non-celebrities. The opposite was true of whites.

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Gays Rights Are Great, but Ixnay on the PDAs

New research suggests both heterosexuals and gay men are uncomfortable with public same-sex kissing.

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High School Music Groups Grapple With Gender Gap

New research finds consistently higher numbers of girls compared to boys in high school bands, orchestras, and choirs.

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For Many, Behavior Changes as a ‘Big’ Birthday Approaches

New research finds a lot of people who are approaching a new decade in life ponder the meaning of existence, and go looking for answers.

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12 Minutes to Avoiding Temptation

New research finds brief mindfulness training can make that slice of pie, or inappropriate partner, less appealing.

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White Americans Draw Distinctions Between African-Americans and Blacks

New research suggests the racial labels conjure up very different images.

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Viewing God as Masculine Impacts One’s View of Gay Marriage

A new study finds thinking of God as a “he” has wide implications.

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Assertions of Scientific Certainty Are Greeted With Skepticism

New German research suggests the public is wary of statements suggesting a scientific debate has been closed.

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Say It Loud: I’m an Atheist, and I’m Proud

New research finds perceived discrimination may lead people to intensify their identity as atheists.

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Dislike Abstract Art? Try It Again With a Less-Cluttered Mind

Italian researchers pinpoint a psychological factor that helps determine our reaction to non-representational artworks.

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Feelings of Entitlement Boost Creativity

New research finds a link between feeling entitled, valuing innovation, and thinking creatively.

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Relax, Your Sexual Fantasies Aren’t All That Strange

New research finds we indulge in a wide variety of erotic fantasies.

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The Positive Emotional Impact of Sad Music

A new multinational survey suggests listening to melancholy music has multiple rewards.

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The Power of Third Person Plural on Support for Public Policies

Researchers find citizens react differently to policy proposals when they’re framed as impacting “people,” as opposed to “you.”

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He’s Definitely a Liberal—Just Check Out His Brain Scan

New research finds political ideology can be easily determined by examining how one’s brain reacts to disgusting images.

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Racial Resentment Drives Tea Party Membership

New research finds a strong link between tea party membership and anti-black feelings.

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The Study of Science Leads to Leftward Leanings

Researchers report the scientific ethos tends to produce a mindset that favors liberal political positions.

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Why It’s Wise to Gamble First, Eat Later

New research finds hungry people faced with complex choices make better decisions.

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Why We Gossip: It’s Really All About Ourselves

New research from the Netherlands finds stories we hear about others help us determine how we’re doing.

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Musicians Are Better Multitaskers

New research from Canada finds trained musicians more efficiently switch from one mental task to another.

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For Preschoolers, Spite and Smarts Go Together

New research from Germany finds greater cognitive skills are associated with more spiteful behavior in children.

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She’s Cheating on Him, You Can Tell Just by Watching Them

New research suggests telltale signs of infidelity emerge even in a three- to five-minute video.

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That Arts Degree Is Paying Off

A survey of people who have earned degrees in the arts find they are doing relatively well, although their education didn’t provide much guidance on managing a career.

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Personality Traits Linked to Specific Diseases

New research finds neurotic people are more likely to suffer a serious health problem.

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Green Surroundings Linked to Higher Student Test Scores

New research on Massachusetts schoolchildren finds a tangible benefit to regular exposure to nature.

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Sufferers of Social Anxiety Disorder, Your Friends Like You

The first study of friends' perceptions suggest they know something's off with their pals but like them just the same.

Standing Up for My Group by Kicking Yours

Members of a minority ethnic group are less likely to express support for gay equality if they believe their own group suffers from discrimination.

How Old Brains Learn New Tricks

A new study shows that the neural plasticity needed for learning doesn't vanish as we age—it just moves.

Ethnic Diversity Deflates Market Bubbles

But it's not in the rainbow and sing-along way you'd hope for. We just don't trust outsiders' judgments.

Online Brain Exercises Are Probably Useless

Even under the guidance of a specialist trainer, computer-based brain exercises have only modest benefits, a new analysis shows.

The Big One

One company, Comcast, will control up to 40 percent of Internet service coverage in the U.S., and 19 of the top 20 cable markets, if a proposed merger with Time Warner Cable is approved by regulators. November/December 2014

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