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Is America’s Personality Changing? A Decline in the Willingness to Conform

Revisiting Solomon Asch’s famous conformity studies.

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Dressing for Success Sometimes Means Defying the Norm

New research suggests non-traditional sartorial choices can signal autonomy and a high level of status.

 

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Rethinking the Classic ‘Obedience’ Studies

Stanley Milgram’s 1961 obedience experiments and the 1971 Stanford Prison Experiment are legendary. But new research adds new wrinkles to our understanding of allegiance and evil.

 

The Duet of Brain and Music

Two new studies of music and the brain give us insights into the mind of the improvising musician, and the conformist leanings of teenagers.

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Your Brain Decides Whether to Trust Someone in Milliseconds

We can determine trustworthiness even when we’re only subliminally aware of the other person.

Young, Undocumented, and Invisible

While young migrant workers struggle under poor working conditions, U.S. policy has done little to help.

Education, Interrupted

When it comes to educational access, young Syrian refugees are becoming a “lost generation.”

No, Smartphone-Loss Anxiety Disorder Isn’t Real

But people are anxious about losing their phones, even if they don’t do much to protect them.

Being a Couch Potato: Not So Bad After All?

For those who feel guilty about watching TV, a new study provides redemption.

The Big One

One third of the United States federal budget for fighting wildfires goes toward one percent of such fires. September/October 2014 big-one-fires-final

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