Social Sciences

Is that news really ‘fake,’ or is it just biased?

In an era of concern over “fake news,” a new study finds that people draw a distinction between information sources that are dishonest and...

‘You All Look Alike to Me’ is hard-wired in us

You often hear it framed in a comic sense, though it’s a form of stereotyping, and even prejudice.  “You all look alike to me.” To...

In China, Tensions Rise as Exports Slow

It’s no secret China’s economic growth has been slowing. Even before the latest trade wars with the U.S. over tariffs, China’s rate of export growth...

Are self-driving cars really the answer for older drivers?

With more of us living longer, driving is becoming increasingly important in later life, helping us to stay independent, socially connected and mobile. But driving...

Sister, neighbor, friend: Thinking about multiple roles boosts kids’ performance

A typical child plays many roles, such as friend, neighbor, son or daughter. Simply reminding children of that fact can lead to better problem-solving...

Why some cities turn off the water pipes at night

For more than a billion people around the world, running water comes from "intermittent systems" that turn on and off at various times of...

Tweeting While Watching TV Diminishes Enjoyment

Toggling between viewing entertainment and social media lessens a person’s ability to escape reality and enjoy a show, according to a new University of...

What makes a good excuse work? A Cambridge philosopher may have the answer

We've all done it, offered an excuse for our poor behaviour or rude reactions to others in the heat of the moment, after a...

What journalism professors are teaching students — about their futures

As the journalism industry rapidly evolves, what are professors in the field telling students about their job prospects? A new study from Rice University and...

LGBTQ Asian-Americans seen as more ‘American’

The fastest-growing racial group in the United States — Asian Americans — is also one that is consistently perceived as “foreign.” But for Asian Americans who are...

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