Discrimination

Is Fat Stigma Making Us Miserable?

The New York Times: Being overweight doesn’t necessarily make a person distraught, researchers are learning. Rather, it’s the teasing, judgment and unsolicited advice directed at overweight people that can cause the greatest psychological harm. “People assume there is a direct relationship between how much people weigh and their psychological health,” More

New Research From Psychological Science

Read about the latest research published in Psychological Science: On Race and Time Gordon B. Moskowitz, Irmak Olcaysoy Okten, and Cynthia M. Gooch People who show high external motivation to control prejudice (EMCP) feel threatened by the possibility that they may be viewed as biased. This threat causes people high More

Weight and mortality

The Boston Globe: BEING OVERWEIGHT HAS been found to confer a survival advantage with age. But that’s assuming you don’t think others are treating you unfairly because of your weight. A new study suggests that individuals who think they’ve been treated unfairly because of their weight are likely to die More

Racial Bias in Criminal Justice

Unconscious biases toward African Americans still produce major inequities in the criminal justice system. Using statistical analyses, Jennifer Eberhardt has documented how racially coded features, such as a defendant’s skin color and hair texture, influence jurors’ decisions and the sentences that judges hand down. For example, she’s shown that jurors More