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In Brief

News and notes.

Coding for Laughter

Instead of hurrying to the next question on an interview protocol, it may be well worth the time to question those spontaneous bouts of laughter. Read More

Kids and Community Violence

Proximity to violence seems to affect children differently based on psychological traits. Anxious children may have fewer cognitive resources to devote to mental coping strategies when they encounter community violence. Read More

Online Friends Affect Relationship Status

Complain about your job on Facebook? Your children? What about your marriage? Read More

Foreclosing on Diversity

Race matters. It affects who our neighbors are, our interactions with law enforcement, and where we go to school. A new study by Matthew Hall, Kyle Crowder, and Amy Spring shows how race affects foreclosures, too Read More

When Victims Blame the Victim

Why are so many victims of sexual violence seemingly reluctant to label their experiences “rape”? Read More

Egalitarian Preferences, Gendered Realities

Most people say they’d prefer a balanced relationship. Photo by HomeSpot HQ via Flickr CC. Sociologists have been studying the gender revolution’s stalled progress … Read More

Sense of Control

Image by philhearing via Flickr CC. Social psychologists stress the importance of a sense of personal control as well as its sister traits, self-efficacy … Read More

Flash-Mob Movements

An artist’s remix of an “Unbroken” movie poster shows how far the “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot” message from Ferguson spread. Image by PosterBoy via … Read More

How Students Experience Desegregation Efforts

Photo by dhendrix73 via Flickr Many have decried the continued segregation of U.S. public schools along race and class lines, calling for action to … Read More

Academic Doping?

Adderral photo by hipsxxhearts via Flickr CC   Adolescents (or their parents) are 30% more likely to fill prescriptions for psychotropic drugs (usually stimulants … Read More