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Research — and Life — Revolves Around Context

Margaret Beale Spencer tells APS President Douglas L. Medin how context influenced her career. ... More>


‘Color Blind’ Policies Could Make Diversity Harder to Achieve

Whether it be growing concerns about bias or recognition of the value of diversity, many organizations and institutions have elected to deemphasize race or remove it entirely from their decision-making processes. Yet new evidence from psychological science research suggests that this color-blind approach may not be as effective as people believe it is. ... More>


Your Complicated Amygdala: Why Brain-Imaging Work Is Misleading


Kids Show How Society Thinks

Psychological scientist Margaret Beale Spencer says that children can teach us a lot about the society in which they’re raised. In 2010, CNN commissioned her to lead a pilot study on race. ... More>


The Amygdala And Fear Are Not The Same Thing

In a 2007 episode of the television show Boston Legal, a character claimed to have figured out that a cop was racist because his amygdala activated - displaying fear, when they showed him pictures of black people. This link between the amygdala and fear – especially a fear of others unlike us, has gone too far, not only in pop culture, but also in psychological science, say the authors of a new paper which will be published in the February issue of Current Directions in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science. ... More>