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How To Defuse a Hateful Slur

I grew up in a town, and a time, with a great deal of racial and ethnic tension, and I heard hateful slurs constantly at school.  African-Americans, then politely called […]... More>


A Vaccination Against Social Prejudice

Evolutionary psychologists suspect that prejudice is rooted in survival: Our distant ancestors had to avoid outsiders who might have carried disease. Research still shows that when people feel vulnerable to illness, they exhibit more bias toward stigmatized groups. But a new study in Psychological Science, a journal published by the Association for Psychological Science suggests there might be a modern way to break that link.... More>


It’s flu season. Watch your prejudices.

I tried not to breathe too much on the elevator this morning. I was trying to avoid the germs of a fellow who clearly had the flu—or at least a […]... More>


Understanding Mind-Body Influences

Wendy Berry Mendes focuses her research on embodiment — how the mind and body reciprocally influence each other. Specifically, she looks at how the brain and body experience emotions, stress, […]... More>


Observation

Stigma, His and Hers

The mentally ill don’t get a fair shake in this country. Many employers don’t want to hire them, and health insurers don’t want to pay for their treatment. Even within […]... More>