The researchers call it a "competence downshift."
- The study examined how Democratic and Republican presidential candidates used language when speaking to black and white audiences.
- A second study focused on how white people use language in emails to strangers with stereotypically white or black names.
- The lead researcher called the findings "kind of an unpleasant surprise."
Go ahead, try and be different.
- Anti-conformists have an odd way of ending up looking like each other.
- A Brandeis mathematician looks at how this synchronicity occurs.
- Understanding the mechanism behind non-conformist conformity has applications in other areas, like the stock market.
Cookie sales don't lie.
- Researchers noticed a spike in sales of ice cream, cookies, and chips after the legalization of marijuana.
- They studied 2,000 U.S. counties over the course of a decade, focusing on data from Colorado, Oregon, and Washington.
- While research is confirming the medical benefits of marijuana, obesity is an unintended consequence of legalization.
Inequality and racism are connected, but maybe not as much as you think.
- A new study finds a relationship between income inequality and racist attitudes.
- The effect is small, and doesn't exist for every kind of racial bias.
- The data won't be the last word on the subject, but it could give insights into how to remedy long standing issues.
Throughout history, hundreds — sometimes thousands — of people have been spontaneously compelled to dance until collapsing or dying from exhaustion. What explanations are there for this bizarre phenomenon?
- In 1518, Strasbourg, 400 men and women danced until collapsing from exhaustion.
- These "dancing plagues" occurred throughout the Middle Ages.
- Similar spontaneous, mass compulsions have occurred throughout history, some very recently. What are they, and why do they happen?
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