Misguided beliefs drive pro-vaccine policy opposition

While a new study finds broad support in the US for pro-vaccine public policy, it also shows that misinformed beliefs are the biggest driver of opposition.

Michael Rozansky-Penn • futurity
Sept. 10, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: covid-19 religion vaccines featured health-and-medicine beliefs

Why some people are more certain in their opinions

People who're more certain about one opinion are more likely to be steadfast in other opinions, too, researchers say. Even opinions they haven't formed yet.

Bert Gambini-Buffalo • futurity
Aug. 24, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: society-and-culture social-lives beliefs

Hagia Sophia ‘time tunnel’ linked Ottoman and Roman Empires

Hagia Sophia has been a cathedral, a mosque, a museum, and now again a mosque. But past conquests don't fully explain its legacy, a historian says.

Sandra Feder-Stanford • futurity
Aug. 10, 2020 ~10 min

Tags: history art religion society-and-culture beliefs

Placebos cut distress even when you know they shouldn’t

Even when you know the placebo treatment isn't "real," believing it will make you feel better can ease emotional distress, a new study shows.

Caroline Brooks-Michigan State • futurity
Aug. 6, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: brains emotions health-and-medicine beliefs medications placebos

Science elicits hope in Americans – its positive brand doesn't need to be partisan

When you ask Americans what the word 'science' brings to mind, a majority respond 'hope.' Using this built-in brand can help communicate important science messages.

Todd Newman, Assistant Professor of Life Sciences Communication, University of Wisconsin-Madison • conversation
July 23, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: covid-19 coronavirus public-opinion science-communication hope scientists surveys philanthropy-and-nonprofits branding beliefs march-for-science anti-science brands values brand science-of-science-communication

Gender bias about who’s ‘brilliant’ spans the globe

"...people explicitly say that they associate women with brilliance. Yet implicit measures reveal a different story..."

James Devitt-NYU • futurity
July 2, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: gender bias stereotypes society-and-culture beliefs perception

Political divide turns everyday stuff into symbols

Political polarization is starting to work like an oil spill, according to a new study. Otherwise neutral things, like football or lattes, take on a political valence.

Matt Swayne-Penn State • futurity
June 10, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: politics united-states society-and-culture beliefs

Political donors want candidates to toe party lines

Political donors like candidates who stick with their party's positions, researchers find. Voters also tend to steer clear of candidates with extreme views.

Mike Cummings-Yale • futurity
May 27, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: politics money government society-and-culture beliefs elections

Gender bias doesn’t affect how we view robots

People gender robots, but it doesn't affect how we view their competence at different tasks, new research finds. We just think they're bad at most jobs.

Ben Brumfield-Georgia Tech • futurity
May 8, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: robots gender bias science-and-technology social-lives beliefs humor

Belief in democracy dropped after Trump impeachment

A new survey of experts and average Americans shows a decline in perceptions of the health of US democracy around the time of President Trump's impeachment.

Sandra Knispel-U. Rochester • futurity
April 28, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: united-states democracy society-and-culture beliefs us-presidents

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