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The Importance of Being Ernest: Do You Live Up to Your Name?

Any parent can remember the subtle mix of excitement and anxiety accompanying the choice of their baby’s first name. This first name will follow the child their whole life, and in a study recently published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology , we show that the stereotype that a given society has (for example, French society) of a first name (for example, Véronique) influences…the (...)

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Social & societal trends and issues31 January 2017

Colorado: when cannabis has created its own market

One is reminded of just how much has changed since the decades-long ‘war on drugs’ when walking (...)

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Social & societal trends and issues29 March 2016

What causes crime?

What really causes crime? While sociologists talk about social factors (integration, conflict, (...)

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Social & societal trends and issues16 March 2016

How to explain warm-glow giving?

Stefania Minardi and Özgür Evren use decision theory to explain why some people experience a (...)

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Social & societal trends and issues15 June 2015

The role of gifts in reestablishing personal and social identity

Birthday presents and other loving offerings typically help maintain relationships between friends, (...)

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Social & societal trends and issues15 March 2014

Do entrance exams for France’s Grandes Ecoles reinforce the gender (...)

Women are still vastly under-represented in all spheres of influence, from CEOs to boards of (...)

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Social & societal trends and issues15 September 2013

Reality TV: What is the legal status of participants?

In confronting the evolution of the media and creative imagination of those in the entertainment (...)

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Social & societal trends and issues15 April 2013

Racial prejudice: “My Culture Made Me Do It”

Many people seem to experience uncontrollable prejudices against visible minorities. According to (...)

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