Race and Ethnicity Essential Reads

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.

The Community as Agents of Health Policy Change

Communities of color face numerous barriers that prevent optimal health. In African American communities, there are factors that are out of their control that impact men's health.

#PhelpsFace and the Neuroscience of Getting “in the Zone”

By Jordan Gaines Lewis, Ph.D. on August 11, 2016 in Brain Babble
What explains the swimmer's snarling face toward Chad le Clos before Monday's 200m butterfly?

Gifted Programs’ Embarrassing Secret

All gifted children should receive the specialized services they need to reach their fullest potential. Then why are some gifted students excluded?

5 Reasons Alaska Is Ripe for Multicultural Psychology Work

Myth busters: Alaskan reality is way more diverse than "White" snow, ridiculous TV shows, & the Palins. Here's 5 unseen & unknown reasons why multicultural work thrives in Alaska.

Suspicious Characters

We must be careful in marking individuals off as despicable, or in making ourselves comfortable with them by terms like “crazy” or “radicalized” or "depressed.”

What Explains Demographic Gaps? Simpson's Paradox

By Lee Jussim Ph.D. on July 25, 2016 in Rabble Rouser
Racial, gender, and other gaps do not always reflect discrimination

Storming on Bastille Day

By Scott G. Eberle Ph.D. on July 25, 2016 in Play in Mind
Sometimes, we learn most when things go haywire.

Juries, Lawyers, and Race Bias

By Art Markman Ph.D. on July 22, 2016 in Ulterior Motives
Juries are a central part of the legal system. Racial bias can cause significant problems in juries. Are lawyers sensitive to the biases of jurors?

The Disunited States of America and the Bystander Effect

By Sean Cort on July 18, 2016 in The Power of Perspective
Our nation is actually a 'nation-family' and we are suffering from an illness that could prove fatal.

Proactively Coping With Racism

For most people of color, it becomes increasingly impossible to escape the stress caused by the barrage of news coverage broadcasting the gruesome details of racial violence.

We’re All a Bit Racist

It may be unintentional, but we’re all a little bit racist.

Difficult Conversations

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on July 16, 2016 in How To Do Life
Alan Dershowitz talks about race, rape, and other third-rail issues.

White Like Me, Nice Like Me

By Laurie Essig Ph.D. on July 12, 2016 in Social Studies
"Nice" white people like me insist we are anti-racist. Yet we are "nice" precisely because we believe in our inherent goodness as white people.

The American Race Problem

By Guy P. Harrison on July 12, 2016 in About Thinking
America is again focusing on its race problem and, once again, ignoring the past

Racism and Violence in America

What can well-intentioned white allies do to increase justice and reform and decrease violence in our communities? Here are five guidelines supported by research.

Evolved as One People

Right before our eyes, the world has seemed to all but unravel. Perhaps an evolutionary perspective can help us remember that we’re all in the same boat.

As a Society, We've Got Issues

By David Niose on July 09, 2016 in Our Humanity, Naturally
With widespread video, American society is seeing its ugliest side on a regular basis.
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DNA Tests for Ethnic Ancestry in Adoption: A Skeptic’s View

By Rebecca Compton Ph.D. on July 08, 2016 in Adopting Reason
How reliably can your DNA tell a story about where your ancestors came from?

How Macy Gray Settled Her Heart and Mind

By Michael Friedman Ph.D. on July 06, 2016 in Brick by Brick
Grammy Award-winning singer Macy Gray overcame multiple hurdles, including mental illness and racism, as she built a dynamic and creative career.

Why Do Individuals Oppose Affirmative Action?

By Eddy Ng Ph.D. on June 20, 2016 in Diverse and Competitive
Are they racist, denying their own privilege, or simply preferring meritocracy?

How Racists Can Soar Above Their Affliction

Racist attitudes alienate us from a sense of basic humanity, which makes us more likely to perceive insult and feel devalued, exert power, and justify it with presumed superiority.

Orlando Tragedy: A Message of Queer Love from Kevin Nadal

Whether it is a simple text message to check on an LGBTQ friend, or the tightest hug you can give, show people you love them and care for them. We will get through this together.

Hard Truths and Half-Truths about Race on Campus, Part III

By Lee Jussim Ph.D. on June 13, 2016 in Rabble Rouser
Racial differences in achievement are large, "microaggressions" have been weaponized, humility and forgiveness without witch hunts, and a correction.

How Does Culture Affect Our Happiness?

Culture shapes what happiness means to us and how we pursue it.

How Can We Best Help Underrepresented and Talented Students?

The story of how a university-charter district partnership made an early college high school.

Black Women and Postpartum Depression

Black women face a formidable stereotype when it comes to mental health: the myth of the black "superwoman." Here's how to break through it and feel better.

Why Is There No “Linsanity” Over LA Lakers' Jordan Clarkson?

In 2012, people went "Linsane" over Jeremy Lin. Today, another Asian American NBA player--Jordan Clarkson--is playing even better, but yet there's no "Linsanity" about him. Why?