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
yesterday ~4 min

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

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

These words and views suggest who dehumanizes immigrants

The language Americans use and their support for certain policies like the death penalty indicate who's most likely to dehumanize immigrants.

Jim Barlow-Oregon • futurity
April 23, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: politics language immigrants united-states racism society-and-culture beliefs rhetoric

Kids with ‘nice’ sexist views hold hostile ones, too

Kids who hold views called "benevolent sexism" are more likely to hold hostile sexist views, as well, research finds.

James Devitt-NYU • futurity
April 23, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: gender society-and-culture beliefs

Polarizing messengers make simple issues political

Why do seemingly noncontroversial issues add to political divison in the US? It turns out, the messenger may matter more than the message.

Liz Entman-Vanderbilt • futurity
April 13, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: politics food society-and-culture beliefs

People think ‘fake news’ works more on others

The "third-person effect" may account for why people think they aren't as influenced by fake news as other people, researchers say.

Matt Shipman-NC State • futurity
April 8, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: social-media business internet journalism society-and-culture beliefs

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