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How Psychology Explains the Tamir Rice Shooting

The Atlantic’s CityLab: On a Sunday in November 2014, a Cleveland man dialed 911 to report that a young black boy—“probably a juvenile”—was brandishing a gun around in the park near him. “It’s probably fake, but it’s scaring the shit out of me,” the caller said on the phone. The officer More

Study: Face, race bias turns toys into weapons

USA Today: A new study by University of Iowa researchers finds that people are more likely to misidentify a toy as a weapon after seeing a black face than a white face — even when the faces in question are those of young children. “The surprise for us was that the magnitude More

Racism in the Kindergarten Classroom

Pacific Standard: If the current election cycle hasn’t convinced you that racism has yet to be eradicated, consider this: The mere image of a black man is enough to stimulate an automatic threat response in whites. Research has found faces of African-American males are more likely to be perceived as angry, and More

Faces of Black Children as Young as Five Evoke Negative Biases

A new study suggests that people are more likely to misidentify a toy as a weapon after seeing a Black face than a White face, even when the face in question is that of a five-year-old child. The research is published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for More

Terrorism Temporarily Turns Leftists Rightward

Pacific Standard: Presidential preference polls provide a clear indication of how American conservatives are reacting to the terrorist attacks in Paris and San Bernardino, California. They’ve basically doubled down on their America-first mindset, with large numbers endorsing candidates who express hostility toward outsiders such as immigrants and Muslims. OK, but More