Current Directions in Psychological Science

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How Social-Class Norms Impact Disparities in Education and Work

The social-class disparities prevalent in US institutions of higher education and professional workplaces are influenced by many factors, including access to resources, individual differences in skill, and cultural barriers. In an article published in Current Directions in Psychological Science, Nicole Stephens and Andrea Dittmann of Northwestern University and Sarah Townsend More

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How Reflex Responses and Personality Play into the Bystander Effect

When asked about emergency situations, most people say they would spontaneously help another person. However, not everyone does so in real life, especially when there are other people around, a phenomenon known as the bystander effect. Traditional explanations for bystander apathy include three psychological factors: diffusion of responsibility, or the More

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When Accommodating Children’s Symptoms Hurts Them More Than It Helps

Most families would do anything to minimize the distress of a child with a mental disorder. However, some strategies for dealing with these challenges may not always be beneficial in the long-run, suggests a recent literature review published in Current Directions in Psychological Science. In their review, researchers Elana R. More