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.
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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.
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Political donors like candidates who stick with their party's positions, researchers find. Voters also tend to steer clear of candidates with extreme views.
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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.
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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.
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The language Americans use and their support for certain policies like the death penalty indicate who's most likely to dehumanize immigrants.
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Kids who hold views called "benevolent sexism" are more likely to hold hostile sexist views, as well, research finds.
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Why do seemingly noncontroversial issues add to political divison in the US? It turns out, the messenger may matter more than the message.
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The "third-person effect" may account for why people think they aren't as influenced by fake news as other people, researchers say.
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