ANTI
Apr12

ANTI

However we might oppose it, abortion is a sad feature of modern life. — Robert Casey Think back to this last election: if you were a Clinton supporter, did you see your vote as one for Clinton or one against Trump? Or if you voted for Trump, was it a vote for him and his policies? Or one against Clinton and hers? Although this may seem like a trivial difference, it can actually have some pretty impressive psychological...

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Defending What’s Right
Feb25

Defending What’s Right

Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. — Martin Luther King Jr. For the final part in this series for Black History month, I want to discuss one of the best ways you can honor Black Americans: by confronting racism whenever you see it. Research shows that Black men and women report experiencing about an average of one racist incident per week. Indeed, another study showed that about half of all Black college...

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Black History Month
Feb08

Black History Month

We are not the makers of history. We are made by history. — Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. In honor of Black History Month, this week we will honor some of the contributions that Black Americans have provided the field of psychology. So to begin, we will start with the first Black American to receive a PhD in it: Dr. Francis Ceil Sumner. Dr. Sumner received his PhD in 1920 and is often cited as the “father of Black...

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Banishing Bias
Jul27

Banishing Bias

We all use stereotypes, all the time, without knowing it. We have met the enemy of equality, and the enemy is us.  — Annie Murphy Paul Just two days ago, the world’s most famous basketball player, Michael Jordan, donated $2 million to help address police-related shootings, half of the donation going to the Institute for Community-Police Relations with the other half to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. But how can money help resolve...

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Effects of Our Biases
Jul20

Effects of Our Biases

When I do something good, no one remembers. When I do something bad, no one forgets. — Anonymous Last week we talked about implicit bias, what it is and how it’s measured. Today, we will discuss some of the consequences that can follow from it. First, although ‘implicit bias’ is often used in regards to race (like the examples in last week’s post), you can have an implicit bias against anything: a sports team, people of a...

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