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Cycles of Fear and Bias in the Criminal Justice System

Exploring the psychological roots of racial disparity in U.S. prisons.

Between the Sheets

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Why Your Friends Won’t Dump Their Awful Significant Others

Forget how friends, family, and others feel. People even tend to view their partners more favorably than their partners view themselves.

Findings

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Buy? Sell? Let Me Check With My Financial Advisor: Facebook

New research finds a link between the emotions expressed in Facebook status updates and next-day stock market activity.

On the Road Again

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How to Sail Around the World Alone and Not Go Mad

The isolated adventure is about skill, belief in internal power, and talking to yourself.

But It's Just a Game

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Science Still Doesn’t Understand Video Games

But even with odd experiments and disparate conclusions, researchers are edging closer to a more nuanced idea of how they change our behavior.

Features

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How Botox Can Solve the Depression Epidemic

One in 10 American adults struggles with depression, and women are twice as susceptible as men. Is facial paralysis the answer?

Quick Studies

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Your Gloomy Friends Don’t Want Cheering Up

It might only make them feel more depressed.

Quick Studies

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Is Free Will an Illusion?

Previous neuroscience research has suggested yes, but a new study finds an unexpected window for it in the static of your brain.

True Crime

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How Can We Prevent False Confessions From Kids and Teenagers?

A new study shows that most cops use the same interrogation techniques on both adults and juveniles—and why that needs to change.

Quick Studies

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Happier Wives Spend More Time Synced in Sleep With Their Husbands

Coordinated snooze time is the signal of a stable marriage, a new study suggests.

Quick Studies

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The Functions of ‘Um,’ ‘Like,’ ‘You Know’

It isn’t just valley girl babble.

But It's Just a Game

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Yes, NFL Teams Are Terrible at Drafting Players, but Why?

The basic economics of the draft—first-round picks are overvalued; the more players you draft, the better—are well known, but general managers still manage to ignore them. What once might have been an economic issue has become a psychological one.

Quick Studies

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Why Is Laughter So Hard to Fake?

A new study finds acoustic differences between genuine and feigned laughter and explains why we’re so good at distinguishing the two.

Features

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The Reformation: Can Social Scientists Save Themselves?

An intellectual crisis in the age of TED talks and Freakonomics.

From the Editor

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Editor’s Letter: Course Corrections

Introducing the May/June 2014 Issue of Pacific Standard.

The 30 Top Thinkers Under 30

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The 30 Top Thinkers Under 30: The Sir Henry Wellcome Fellow Who Wants to Better Understand Psychiatric Disorders

For the month of April we’re profiling the individuals who made our inaugural list of the 30 top thinkers under 30, the young men and women we predict will have a serious impact on the social, political, and economic issues we cover every day here at Pacific Standard.

The 30 Top Thinkers Under 30

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The 30 Top Thinkers Under 30: The Big Digital Data Guy Who Wants to Learn From Our Online Behavior

For the month of April we’re profiling the individuals who made our inaugural list of the 30 top thinkers under 30, the young men and women we predict will have a serious impact on the social, political, and economic issues we cover every day here at Pacific Standard.

Quick Studies

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Want to Remember Your Notes? Write Them, Don’t Type Them

Dust off your pens and notebooks. A new study finds laptops make note-taking so easy it’s actually ineffective.

Quick Studies

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What Makes You Neurotic?

A new study gets to the root of our anxieties.

The 30 Top Thinkers Under 30

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The 30 Top Thinkers Under 30: The Creator of a Police Profiling Database Who Wants to Question the Ethics of Big Data

For the month of April we’re profiling the individuals who made our inaugural list of the 30 top thinkers under 30, the young men and women we predict will have a serious impact on the social, political, and economic issues we cover every day here at Pacific Standard.

The 30 Top Thinkers Under 30

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The 30 Top Thinkers Under 30: The Addiction Researcher Who Wants to Translate Science for a Broad Audience

For the month of April we’re profiling the individuals who made our inaugural list of the 30 top thinkers under 30, the young men and women we predict will have a serious impact on the social, political, and economic issues we cover every day here at Pacific Standard.

The 30 Top Thinkers Under 30

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The 30 Top Thinkers Under 30: The Multi-Instrumentalist Who Wants to Understand Why People Make Music

For the month of April we’re profiling the individuals who made our inaugural list of the 30 top thinkers under 30, the young men and women we predict will have a serious impact on the social, political, and economic issues we cover every day here at Pacific Standard.

Quick Studies

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You Feel Closer to Your Destination Even When You’re Not

Simply moving toward or away from something alters the way you think about it, according to a new study.

The 30 Top Thinkers Under 30

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The 30 Top Thinkers Under 30: The Crafty Artist Who Wants to Understand Human Vulnerability

For the month of April we’re profiling the individuals who made our inaugural list of the 30 top thinkers under 30, the young men and women we predict will have a serious impact on the social, political, and economic issues we cover every day here at Pacific Standard.

Quick Studies

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Why You Rarely Notice Major Movie Bloopers

The visual field accounts for the recent past in order to prevent us from feeling like we’ve gone mad.

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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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