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How We Judge Children Based on their Faces

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Despite warnings not to judge a book by its cover, we readily do so—even when forming first impressions of children.

What We Get Wrong About the Criminal Justice System

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Many people don’t understand the link between inequality and incarceration.

Hunter-gatherers Agree on What is Moral, but not Who is Moral

Morality plays a role in everyday lives, from interactions with friends and strangers, to political views and social influences. Social psychologists from the University of Pennsylvania wanted to know whether there was a universal concept of moral character, by looking beyond Western populations. According to their work with the Hadza hunter-gatherers in Tanzania, the Hadza agree on which traits are relevant to moral character, but not on who has character.

Failure of Female Role Models Affects Beliefs about Women More Generally

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Role models are not superhuman, and they sometimes fail. Although we might accept their imperfections, we do not expect that other people will treat them the same.

Why do People Believe in the “True Self”?

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Although intuitively appealing, the belief that each person has a true self may be just a quirk of the human mind.

Wearing Luxury Brands Might Give the Wrong Impression

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Luxury brands are highly sought-after status symbols, but they may be making you less likeable and employable.

Disclosing Racial Preferences in Online Dating: Are You Making it Easier for Yourself or Shooting Yourself in the Foot?

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People who disclose racial preferences on their online dating profiles are seen as more racist and less dateable, even by people who think that it’s not racist to have racial dating preferences!