Brain scans show partisan response to key words

Brain scans of liberals and conservatives indicate "a neural basis to partisan biases, and some language especially drives polarization."

Yasmin Anwar-UC Berkeley • futurity
Oct. 22, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: politics immigration brains bias united-states society-and-culture rhetoric

Local news covers murder victims from white places more

Local news covers murder victims from Black or Hispanic neighborhoods less, researchers say. The news also humanizes victims from white places more.

Stanford • futurity
Oct. 8, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: journalism bias featured society-and-culture race-and-ethnicity homicide

US Muslims are more likely to face bias than Christians

In an experiment focused on public schools, researchers found religious discrimination against Muslims and atheists was more likely than against Christians.

Kim Eckart-Washington • futurity
Sept. 28, 2020 ~10 min

Tags: religion bias discrimination united-states society-and-culture

Women equal men in computing skill, but are less confident

The gender gap in computing performance has dramatically narrowed, but a confidence gap remains.

William Wagner, Associate Professor of Accountancy & Information Systems, Villanova University • conversation
Sept. 28, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: computing computer-science employment women stem bias quick-reads research-brief technology sexism careers confidence workplace workforce men performance gender-gap young-women

Microaggressions aren't just innocent blunders – new research links them with racial bias

White people are often defensive when they're called out for these subtle snubs and insults. But researchers have found that microaggressions correlate with racial bias.

Jonathan Kanter, Director of the Center for the Science of Social Connection, University of Washington • conversation
Sept. 24, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: psychology bias race racism psychology-research racial-injustice microaggression racial-bias microaggressions racial-prejudice

Pandemics can spread xenophobia and bigotry

New research digs into how epidemics and pandemics can lead to more xenophobia and bigotry. "It's interesting and really disappointing."

Deborah Todd - U. Pitsburgh • futurity
Sept. 23, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: bias society-and-culture health-and-medicine pandemics

Harvard journal keeps data scientists connected during COVID

Data science provides a foundation for an important front in the battle against COVID-19. The Harvard Data Science Review, a journal of the Harvard Data Science Initiative, is helping keep data scientists connected and up to date on the latest findings.

Alvin Powell • harvard
Sept. 18, 2020 ~21 min

Tags: science-technology covid-19 inequality data-science alvin-powell bias francesca-dominici harvard-data-science-initiative harvard-data-science-review xiao-li-meng

American society teaches everyone to be racist – but you can rewrite subconscious stereotypes

If you’re American – regardless of the color of your skin – racism structures how you think. Changing the system should change these implicit biases.

R. Nathan Pipitone, Assistant Professor of Psychology, Florida Gulf Coast University • conversation
Sept. 17, 2020 ~10 min

Tags: psychology implicit-bias racism police-shootings police-shootings-of-black-men decision-making implicit-association-test racial-stereotypes cultural-bias stereotype

‘Natural’ product bias may apply to COVID vaccine

New research examining when consumers go for "natural" products may be relevant to public receptions of a COVID-19 vaccine.

Sara Savat-WUSTL • futurity
Sept. 15, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: covid-19 marketing vaccines bias consumers health-and-medicine rhetoric

Women have disrupted research on bird song, and their findings show how diversity can improve all fields of science

For decades, scientists believed that only male birds sang. Then women entered the field and showed what their predecessors had missed.

Karan Odom, Postdoctoral Fellow, Cornell University • conversation
Sept. 11, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: birds women stem wildlife ornithology gender-bias diversity birdsong womens-representation breeding gender-bias-in-academia diversity-in-science

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