Race and Ethnicity Essential Reads

Race as a Social Construction

By Gordon Hodson Ph.D. on December 05, 2016 in Without Prejudice
With the release of an autobiography by the Daily Show’s Trevor Noah, a biracial South African man, there are renewed questions about how we categorize people into racial groups.

You Can't Oppose Hate by "Opposing Hate"

By Michael Mascolo Ph.D. on November 28, 2016 in Values Matter
We often think that protesting against bigotry will make it go away. It won't.

Anxious About Hate Crimes?

By Patty Chang Anker on November 28, 2016 in Some Nerve
Hate crimes are in the news, minorities feel vulnerable and friends feel powerless to help. Here are 5 ways we can meet bias incidents head on.

Can People Overcome Their Implicit Biases?

Vice President-Elect Mike Pence probably underestimates the pervasiveness and the near inevitability of implicit bias.

Tips to Survive Thanksgiving in Post-Election Turmoil

By Mark O'Connell L.C.S.W.- R. on November 22, 2016 in Quite Queerly
How can we get through Thanksgiving without harming anyone or being harmed? We must keep our expectations low, and our goals specific. Try to connect over being right.

Angry About the Election?

Headlines call for intolerance toward Trump voters. Families are stressed, and friendships are frayed. Tolerance is a paradigm that has outlived its purpose.

Only Penguins Look Alike

People outside our group may “all look alike” because we have limited experience with them. However, looking like someone who may be dangerous does not make a person dangerous.

3 Suggestions for Responding Wisely to the Election Results

By Toni Bernhard J.D. on November 19, 2016 in Turning Straw Into Gold
On November 17th, the New York Times had a front page story on the turmoil many families in the U.S. are facing this holiday season in light of the Presidential election.

Five Reasons Why Millennials Helped Elect Donald Trump

By Jean M Twenge Ph.D. on November 16, 2016 in Our Changing Culture
How could so many young people have possibly have voted for Trump? Here are five reasons.

Rhetoric, Violence, and Redemption

Social pain—rejection, shame, disrespect—resonates in the "pain center" of the brain, impairing cognitive capacities. This opens the door for violent responses to Trump's rhetoric.

Choosing Life over Survival

By G.A. Bradshaw PhD, PhD on November 13, 2016 in Bear in Mind
There are chance encounters when fences fall and "fitful influences from beyond" reveal our common connections.

I’m Right, You’re Evil

Will this election ever end? And when it's over, who will we be?

Offensive Halloween Costumes

By Gordon Hodson Ph.D. on October 31, 2016 in Without Prejudice
Intergroup relations are made tense—or detrimental—when we fail to consider differing perspectives.
Wikimedia Commons

Open or Closed Sexual Relationships?

What do we know about consensual non-monogamous relationships? This study is a first step.

What's Wrong With Locker Room Talk?

In the wake of Donald Trump's lewd comments, there's a debate about whether "locker room talk" is really all that bad.

World Mental Health Day: Let's Break the Stigma

10 Common Warning Signs: Identifying a mental health condition.

Emotion Perception Across Cultures

By Marianna Pogosyan Ph.D. on October 09, 2016 in Between Cultures
Culture influences how we perceive facial expressions in subtle yet important ways.

Rethinking Prejudice

Prejudice is a “resource system,” an arsenal of weaponry–cultural, social, and personal–that remains in storage most of the time but can be taken out and used strategically.

8 Ways to Overcome a Blow to Your Ego

It’s tough to lose at something that matters to you, whether a race with hundreds of strangers or a bet with your best friend. These 8 tips will help you bounce back from defeat.

Who's Keeping You Quiet?

By Katherine Hawley Ph.D. on September 15, 2016 in Trust
The best listeners recognize they don't already know it all.

The American Dream: For Single People, Is It Just a Fantasy?

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on September 14, 2016 in Living Single
New reports offer new insights on the psychology and economics of home buying for single women, single men, and unmarried couples.

A Post-Racial America?

America in 2016 offers a sign post on the path from thousands of years of separation through centuries of conflict and exploitation towards a hopeful human family reunion.

The Common Descent Doctrine

While Darwin and Lincoln were born on the same day in 1809, only Darwin can be said to have shown an unwavering stance on human equality. Meet Darwin's doctrine of Common Descent.

Why Louisiana Defendants Say, "Geaux Tigers!"

Two economists suggest a surprising source of racial bias in juvenile sentencing.

Can Hollywood Shift Unconscious Bias?

By Tiffany McLain LMFT on September 08, 2016 in Living Between Worlds
Film and television often serves to reinforce racial stereotypes. But what if media was used to challenge our unconscious bias?

Do Racial Stereotypes Have Nothing to Do with Race? Part II

Some readers objected to my coverage of research suggesting race stereotypes are often ecology stereotypes. Steve Neuberg, an author of that research, responds thoughtfully.

Are Racial Stereotypes NOT Really About Race?

New research, published in the prestigious journal PNAS, suggests that stereotypes about race are, mostly, not about race at all. How can that be?

Connecting: Forging Real Relationships with People of Color

Are you a white person who wants to combat racism? Use the science of social connection to make your own world a less white place. Deliberately connect with people of color.

Olympics Bare Extreme Range of the Human Spirit

By E. Paul Zehr Ph.D. on August 16, 2016 in Black Belt Brain
While we can aspire to Olympic ideals of decorum we often fail to adhere to their real life practice...a short coming not restricted to high performance athletes, of course.

Learning the New Language of Racism

Language influences how we feel and how we react to things. Language is the foundation of change. Rather than avoid and deny, we need to start learning.