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Does Social Media Make Us Sad, Stupid, and Narcissistic?

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Scientific evidence based on hundreds of studies does not support sensationalist headlines on the perils of social media use.

Policies Valuing Cultural Diversity Improve Minority Students’ Sense of Belonging

Psychology researchers exploring the belonging and achievement of middle school students found valuing cultural diversity reduces achievement gaps over the course of a year, while policies that favor colorblindness and assimilation led to wider achievement gaps.

Psychology News Round-Up: ICYMI November 2, 2018

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On the eve of Election Day, a look at how to be a better voter and the science behind hate speech. See what else you may have missed online.

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Lucky Charms: When are Superstitions Used Most?

It might be a lucky pair of socks, or a piece of jewelry; whatever the item, many people turn to a superstition or lucky charm to help achieve a goal. For instance, you used a specific avatar to win a game and now you see that avatar as lucky. Superstitions are most likely to occur under high levels of uncertainty. Eric Hamerman at Tulane University and Carey Morewedge at Boston University have determined that people are more likely to turn to superstitions to achieve a performance goal versus a learning goal.

How Asian American 'Tiger Mothers' Motivate Their Children

An article titled “Why Chinese Mothers Are Superior,” published in The Wall Street Journal in 2011, has continued to provoke a cultural debate among parents after self-proclaimed ‘tiger mother’ Amy Chua asserted that Asian American parenting methods produce more successful children. Researchers at Stanford University delved deeper into Chua’s ‘tiger mother’ approach, and their research sheds light on key fundamental differences in parenting methods between Asian Americans and European Americans.