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A Guilty Look? Overcoming First Impressions in the Courtroom

Witness swearing on the bible telling the truth
When deciding whether a defendant is guilty, people are often swayed by their first impressions, and it is surprisingly difficult to overcome this bias.

Seeing Yourself in the Villain

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You might feel especially drawn to stories with a villain who resembles you.

How We Judge Children Based on their Faces

Faces of three children
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

Illustration of woman falling off pedastal
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.