Morality’s ‘dark side’ shapes political violence support

Scanning people's brains while they saw images of violent protests reveals that moral convictions can lead to support for political violence.

U. Chicago • futurity
Nov. 30, 2020 ~8 min

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'Constructive arguing' can help keep the peace at your Thanksgiving table

Talking with people who hold different political views doesn't have to be an exercise in futile rage. Here are some tips to help you peacefully and fruitfully discuss spicy topics.

James M. Honeycutt, Lecturer in Executive Education, The University of Texas at Dallas and Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Communication Studies from Louisiana State University, University of Texas at Dallas • conversation
Nov. 25, 2020 ~6 min

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Rural hospitals are under siege from COVID-19 – here's what doctors are facing, in their own words

Hospitals are losing staff to quarantines as rural case numbers rise, and administrators fear flu season will make make it worse. And then there's the politics.

Lauren Hughes, Physician, Associate Professor of Family Medicine, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus • conversation
Nov. 20, 2020 ~9 min

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Taking the pulse of local politics

Asya Magazinnik finds disparate implementation of national policies in jurisdictions across the United States.

Leda Zimmerman | Department of Political Science • mit
Nov. 19, 2020 ~8 min

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When scientific journals take sides during an election, the public's trust in science takes a hit

When the scientific establishment gets involved in partisan politics, surveys suggest, there are unintended consequences – especially for conservatives.

Stylianos Syropoulos, PhD Student in Psychological and Brain Sciences, University of Massachusetts Amherst • conversation
Nov. 12, 2020 ~6 min

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Conservatives value personal stories more than liberals do when evaluating scientific evidence

How much weight would you put on a scientist's expertise versus the opinion of a random stranger? People on either end of the political spectrum decide differently what seems true.

Michelle Sarraf, Master's Student in Economics, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona • conversation
Nov. 9, 2020 ~6 min

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Game combats political misinformation by letting players undermine democracy

A short online game in which players are recruited as a “Chief Disinformation Officer” and use tactics such as trolling to sabotage elections in a peaceful

Cambridge University News • cambridge
Nov. 6, 2020 ~5 min

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Voters are more likely to practice social distancing

Americans who vote are more likely to socially distance to prevent the spread of COVID-19 than people with a lower sense of civic duty, a study finds.

Jill Young Miller-Washington U. • futurity
Nov. 2, 2020 ~9 min

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How tech firms have tried to stop disinformation and voter intimidation – and come up short

The major social media firms have taken a largely piecemeal and fractured approach to managing the problem.

Scott Shackelford, Associate Professor of Business Law and Ethics; Executive Director, Ostrom Workshop; Cybersecurity Program Chair, IU-Bloomington, Indiana University • conversation
Nov. 2, 2020 ~9 min

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Secret voting should be mandatory, book argues

The authors of a new book argue the rise of ways to make voting more convenient can undermine the privacy of the ballot. They say secret ballots are a must.

Sandra Knispel-U. Rochester • futurity
Oct. 30, 2020 ~12 min

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