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In Case You Missed it April 28, 2017

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Each week, we recap featured posts from Character & Context and other blogs around the cyberspace, plus a few news stories and tweets that might be worth a look. If you have an item you'd like us to consider, use the hashtag #SPSPblog or tweet us directly @spspnews.

Showcasing Immigrant Excellence

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By Joel E. Martinez, Lauren A. Feldman, and Mina Cikara

A social-media campaign to counter negative stereotypes shows enormous promise—but it’s still a work in progress

When Political Ideology Undermines Logical Reasoning

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By Anup Gampa

I can’t get into an agreement to become a McDonald’s sandwich. Because I’m not! I can smell like McDonald’s sandwich, but I can never be a McDonald’s sandwich. And so, two men can never be a marriage.

E. W. Jackson – Conservative Activist

 

Freaks, Geeks, Norms and Mores: Why People Use the Status Quo as a Moral Compass

By Christina Tworek

The Binewskis are no ordinary family. Arty has flippers instead of limbs; Iphy and Elly are Siamese twins; Chick has telekinetic powers. These traveling circus performers see their differences as talents, but others consider them freaks with “no values or morals.” However, appearances can be misleading: The true villain of the Binewski tale is arguably Miss Lick, a physically “normal” woman with nefarious intentions.

In Case You Missed it March 17 2017

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In Case You Missed it

3.17.2017

Each week, we'll recap featured posts from Character & Context and other blogs around the cyberspace, plus a few news stories and tweets that might be worth a look. If you have an item you'd like us to consider, use the hashtag #SPSPblog or tweet us directly @spspnews.

Addressing Pervasive Biases in Academia

The current requirements for diversity training at universities fall short of addressing the pervasive gender, racial, and ethnic biases in academia.

Explanatory Journalism and the Intellectual Abyss

By Dave Nussbaum

Psychology figured prominently in last week’s launch of the much-anticipated Vox.com website. Their goal is to help people understand the news, an approach that’s picked up the title “explanatory journalism”:

Even Fact Will Not Change First Impressions

Austin -- Knowledge is power, yet new research suggests that a person’s appearance alone can trump knowledge. First impressions are so powerful that they can override what we are told about people. A new study found that even when told whether a person was gay or straight, participants generally identified the person's sexual orientation based on how they looked – even if it contradicted the facts presented to them.