What will it take for the people of this world to drop their prejudices, to move past intolerance — and just get along?
That’s a question Princeton psychologist Betsy Levy Paluck — one of the 24 MacArthur Fellows announced on Wednesday — has dedicated her career to answering.
Back in 2002, when Paluck was a graduate student at Yale University, her adviser asked: “What does psychology say about how to reduce prejudice and conflict?” She and her adviser were teaching a class about hate speech and political intolerance, and he wanted to give students examples of ways to counteract those things.
Paluck searched and searched. And she drew a blank. “There actually weren’t any rigorous studies looking at solutions.”
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