American teens see bullying immigrants as more ‘okay’

Teens whose parents were born in the US are more likely to think bullying is acceptable when the victim is an immigrant, researchers find.

Matt Shipman-NC State • futurity
Jan. 5, 2021 ~5 min

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This mask-wearing appeal could work better than shaming

Appealing to concerns about people's loved ones and their sense of themselves as protectors could overcome resistance to mask wearing and social distancing.

Nicole Fawcett-Michigan • futurity
Dec. 31, 2020 ~6 min

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To beat the winter blues, think like a Norwegian

This winter could be especially difficult because of COVID-19, but a researcher who's been studying the "Norwegian mindset" in colder months has a tip.

Melissa De Witte-Stanford • futurity
Dec. 23, 2020 ~8 min

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2 reasons fake COVID info is hard to fight

First, most people think they're better than others at spotting misinformation about COVID-19 on social media, researchers say.

Matt Shipman-NC State • futurity
Dec. 11, 2020 ~5 min

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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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If health is core to identity, people stick to COVID guidelines

Getting people to think of health as a core part of their identity can help them stick to following COVID-19 guidelines like wearing a mask.

Fred Love-Iowa State • futurity
Oct. 29, 2020 ~6 min

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Personality shifts might also change your politics

"We saw that in these personality changes toward greater empathy, people placed a lot more importance upon more liberal ideologies..."

Caroline Brooks-Michigan State • futurity
Sept. 21, 2020 ~5 min

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Misguided beliefs drive pro-vaccine policy opposition

While a new study finds broad support in the US for pro-vaccine public policy, it also shows that misinformed beliefs are the biggest driver of opposition.

Michael Rozansky-Penn • futurity
Sept. 10, 2020 ~6 min

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Why some people are more certain in their opinions

People who're more certain about one opinion are more likely to be steadfast in other opinions, too, researchers say. Even opinions they haven't formed yet.

Bert Gambini-Buffalo • futurity
Aug. 24, 2020 ~6 min

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Hagia Sophia ‘time tunnel’ linked Ottoman and Roman Empires

Hagia Sophia has been a cathedral, a mosque, a museum, and now again a mosque. But past conquests don't fully explain its legacy, a historian says.

Sandra Feder-Stanford • futurity
Aug. 10, 2020 ~10 min

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