Social Sciences

Political disinformation campaigns not as threatening as you think

When foreign powers try to interfere with the politics of another country by spreading strategic disinformation, research suggests there is no real effect on...

U.S. journalism has become more subjective

U.S.-based journalism has gradually shifted away from objective news and offers more opinion-based content that appeals to emotion and relies heavily on argumentation and...
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‘Doing Science,’ Rather than ‘Being Scientists,’ More Encouraging to Those Underrepresented in the Field

Over the course of a school year, elementary school children lose confidence that they can “be scientists,” but remain more confident that they can...

Political Controversies about Marginalized Groups Increase Bullying in Youths

Scientists have uncovered new evidence that heated political discourse over proposed laws involving marginalized groups, such as debates about the rights of LGBT people,...

Believing machines can out-do people may fuel acceptance of self-driving cars

In order for self-driving cars to hit the streets, more people may need to concede that machines can outperform humans, at least in some...

Modern economic theory explains prehistoric Mediterranean societies

A Florida State University professor’s research suggests a theory by famed economist Thomas Piketty on present-day wealth inequality actually explains a lot about how...

Street food vendors resist and adapt to changing society

Street food vendors are ubiquitous in low- and middle-income countries. They offer up quick, cheap, and diverse food and drink, while also serving as...

Uncovering a 5,000-year-old family tragedy

Eight years ago, a mass grave was unearthed in the southern Polish village of Koszyce. The circumstances surrounding the 5000-year-old gravesite have been a...

Cognitive enhancers to boost abilities at work considered acceptable by the public

The general public largely views the use of cognitive enhancers such as Adderall as an acceptable practice when used by adults in the workplace,...

New study shows scientists who selfie garner more public trust

Many scientists today have embraced social media as tools to communicate their research and to engage broader audiences in scientific discovery and its outcomes....

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