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SPSSI and Social Psychology in the News

Bringing Hidden Biases Into the Light: Big Businesses Teach Staffers How 'Unconscious Bias' Impacts Decisions. SPSSI members on unconscious bias in the workplace (Wall Street Journal).

In Life and Business, Learning to Be Ethical. SPSSI's Jonathan Haidt and others on how people can be taught to act ethically (New York Times).

Hatred of Outsiders Kicks in Between Ages 6 and 8. When do we start disliking outgroups, and what can we do about it? (Pacific Standard).

Weapons Tied to Repeat Domestic Abuse. What is the biggest predictor of ongoing domestic violence? (Science Daily).

Psychologists: Getting Liberals to Agree Is Like Herding Cats. SPSSI's Chadly Stern on "liberal uniqueness bias" (Scientific American).

Do the Poor Have More Meaningful Lives? Why is poverty correlated with a more meaningful life? (The New Yorker).

Study: Your Racist Relatives Might Just Be Feeling Left Out. Can feelings of exclusion lead to intolerance? (Pacific Standard).

Study: Barbie May Be Hazardous to Your Daughter's Career Aspirations. SPSSI's Eileen Zurbriggen on the effects of playing with Barbies (Pacific Standard).

Social Media Research Raises Privacy and Ethics Issues. USA Today reports on Ilka Gleibs' article in Analyses of Social Issues and Public Policy.

Reading Literary Fiction Can Make You Less Racist. Can reading fiction affect our perceptions of outgroups? (Pacific Standard).

On the Hill: News from the U.S. Congress

Between March 3 and March 16, legislation of interest to SPSSI members was introduced or considered by Congress. Topics include the extension of unemployment compensation, the situation in Ukraine, sexual assault in the military, youth mental health, underrepresented youth in STEM, and immigrant women's healthcare. For more information, contact 

Other News

SPSSI members contribute to AAAS report to UN on defining the right to enjoy the benefits of scientific progress and its applications.  

Further Resources

Fact-Sheets on Same-Sex AdoptionMarriage Equality and Discrimination, and Psychological Outcomes of Children of Same-Sex Parents

SPSSI fact-sheet on psychology and racial profiling

SPSSI policy statement on the psychological consequences of unemployment

Click here for more SPSSI policy information

Research that produces nothing but books will not suffice.
                                                                                                                    - Kurt Lewin