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Trust Is Waning, and Inequality May Be To Blame

Trust in others and confidence in institutions is declining, while economic inequality creeps up, a new study shows.

What Makes Us Politic

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Should We Be Told Who Funds Political Attack Ads?

On the value of campaign finance disclosure.

Findings

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The Link Between Depression and Terrorism

A new study from the United Kingdom finds a connection between depression and radicalization.

True Crime

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The Fake Birth Mothers Who Bilk Couples Out of Their Cash by Promising Future Babies

Another group that’s especially vulnerable to scams and fraud is that made up of those who are desperate to adopt a child.

Quick Studies

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School Counselors Do More Than You’d Think

Adding just one counselor to a school has an enormous impact on discipline and test scores, according to a new study.

True Crime

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Building Better Prisons: Can an Architect Change the Way People Think About Incarceration?

Raphael Sperry is leading a movement to keep architects and designers from working on spaces designed for solitary confinement and execution.

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NFL Players Are More Law Abiding Than Average Men

According to records kept by USA Today, 2.53 percent of players are arrested in any given year.

What Makes Us Politic

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Freaking Out About Outliers: When the Polls Are Way Off

The idea of such a small number of people being used to predict how millions will vote sometimes irks observers, but it’s actually a very reliable process—most of the time.

X and Y

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The NFL, the Military, and the Problem With Masculine Institutions

Both the NFL and the U.S. military cultivate and reward a form of hyper-violent masculinity. The consequences of doing so have never been more obvious.

Quick Studies

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How to Build a Better Election

Elimination-style voting is harder to fiddle with than majority rule.

ProPublica

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Why Gun Control Groups Have Moved Away From an Assault Weapons Ban

A decade after the ban expired, gun control groups say that focusing on other policies will save more American lives.

The Rest of the World

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Understanding ISIL Messaging Through Behavioral Science

By generating propaganda that taps into individuals’ emotional and cognitive states, ISIL is better able motivate people to join their jihad.

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The Average Prisoner Is Visited Only Twice While Incarcerated

And black prisoners receive even fewer visitors.

Findings

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The Scent of a Conservative

We are attracted to the body odor of others with similar political beliefs, according to new research.

What Makes Us Politic

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2014: A Pretty Average Election

Don’t get too worked up over this year’s congressional mid-terms.

Quick Studies

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Big Government, Happy Citizens?

You may like to talk about how much happier you’d be if the government didn’t interfere with your life, but that’s not what the research shows.

Sociological Images

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Reading the Camouflage Uniforms in Ferguson: ‘You Are Now Enemy Combatants’

Why are police officers wearing green or desert camouflage in a suburban environment?

ProPublica

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Wage Theft: How Two States Are Fighting Against Companies That Categorize Employees as Independent Contractors

New York and Illinois have passed hard-nosed laws and taken an aggressive tack toward misclassification.

True Crime

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Jack the Ripper’s DNA: Was Aaron Kosminski Behind the Whitechapel Murders?

Russell Edwards says he’s solved the mystery. His proof might be a little threadbare.

Findings

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The Motivating Power of Women Senators

New research finds female voters get more informed and engaged in politics if they’re represented by a woman in the U.S. Senate.

Substance

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Trying to Scare Teenagers Away From Drugs Doesn’t Work

Colorado is displaying human-sized “lab rat cages” in an effort to warn teens off marijuana. Like most such attempts, it’s a waste of money.

What Makes Us Politic

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What’s at Stake in Colorado’s 6th Congressional District

For political scientists and other political observers, this is one of the most fascinating races for a House seat in the country.

But It's Just a Game

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Human Trafficking and the 2016 Super Bowl

How the Bay Area is building America’s most ambitious anti-trafficking coalition.

The World Wide Web

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The Celebrity Photo-Hacking Scandal Shows Why Old Privacy Laws Need a Serious Update

An 80-year-old ruling that has become a pillar of privacy law in the United States doesn’t hold up in the Internet age.

ProPublica

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California Passes a Bill to Protect Workers in the Rapidly Growing Temp Staffing Industry

The bill will hold companies accountable for labor abuses by temp agencies and subcontractors they use.

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Trust Is Waning, and Inequality May Be To Blame

Trust in others and confidence in institutions is declining, while economic inequality creeps up, a new study shows.

Dopamine Might Be Behind Impulsive Behavior

A monkey study suggests the brain chemical makes what's new and different more attractive.

School Counselors Do More Than You’d Think

Adding just one counselor to a school has an enormous impact on discipline and test scores, according to a new study.

How a Second Language Trains Your Brain for Math

Second languages strengthen the brain's executive control circuits, with benefits beyond words.

Would You Rather Go Blind or Lose Your Mind?

Americans consistently fear blindness, but how they compare it to other ailments varies across racial lines.

The Big One

One company, Amazon, controls 67 percent of the e-book market in the United States—down from 90 percent five years ago. September/October 2014 new-big-one-5

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