The urge to punish is not only about revenge – unfairness can unleash it, too

Unfairness alone is upsetting enough to drive people to punish lucky recipients of unfair outcomes.

Paul Deutchman, PhD Candidate in Psychology, Boston College • conversation
Sept. 30, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: morality psychology inequality competition motivation behavioral-economics evolutionary-psychology psychology-research fairness morals punishment justice deterrence stealing moral-outrage theft inequity social-inequity

Scans suggest how stereotypes affect the brain

A group of Mexican American college students watched stigmatizing news clips that reinforced negative stereotypes. Here's how that affected their brains.

Sonia Fernandez-UCSB • futurity
June 30, 2020 ~10 min

Tags: brains stereotypes society-and-culture health-and-medicine college-students punishment stigma rewards race-and-ethnicity

What does justice look like after online harassment?

Survey results suggest there's no one way to bring justice after online harassment. Our current approach isn't working, say the researchers.

Laurel Thomas-Michigan • futurity
March 30, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: social-media internet abuse society-and-culture crimes punishment

New clues to harsh parenting by moms with alcohol dependence

Observing mothers with substance use disorders and their children suggests some of the triggers for harsh parenting.

Sandra Knispel-U. Rochester • futurity
Nov. 19, 2019 ~7 min

Tags: alcohol parents childrens-health society-and-culture punishment substance-abuse

Racial achievement gap tracks with school discipline gap

A new study uses test score data to link racial disparities in school discipline to the achievement gap between black and white students.

Carrie Spector-Stanford • futurity
Oct. 17, 2019 ~6 min

Tags: education bias race featured society-and-culture punishment

Your peers can sway you to dole out more punishment

When we're in a group meant to decide about punishment, such as a jury, other people can have a major effect on our thinking.

Mollie Rappe-Brown • futurity
Sept. 5, 2019 ~4 min

Tags: society-and-culture social-lives crimes punishment

Little kids will pay a price to enforce the rules

"These results highlight a distinctly human aspect of moral behavior."

James Devitt-NYU • futurity
May 20, 2019 ~7 min

Tags: featured society-and-culture social-lives morals punishment

Friday report cards line up with child abuse cases

"It's sad, but the good news is there's a simple intervention—don't give report cards on Friday."

Alisson Clark-Florida • futurity
Jan. 2, 2019 ~2 min

Tags: education abuse health-and-medicine punishment

Clear expectations cut school suspensions

A 10 percent reduction in school suspensions means 275,000 more students were in class learning.

Cailin Riley-Missouri • futurity
Dec. 12, 2018 ~3 min

Tags: education society-and-culture punishment

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