Tim Harford quotes Campaign for Social Sciences, Sharon Witherspoon, in his piece on the need for number and data skills. (Note: The opinion piece is behind the Financial Times paywall, please contact FT or the Author directly to get full access).
The argument against echo chambers is well documented: helped by social media algorithms, we are increasingly choosing to interact in safe spaces, with people who think and act like us - effectively preaching our opinions to the converted.
We know that children who grow up in areas of high social deprivation face challenges and that, unless well supported, they are less likely than their more advantaged peers to be successful in later life.
Sir Cary Cooper, professor of organisational psychology and health at Alliance Manchester Business School, says: “Thirty years ago the psychological contract was if you [work hard] for us we’ll give you career development.
Although they are the go-to metrics for scientists and politicians, global temperature targets or atmospheric concentrations of greenhouse gases are unlikely to be understood or seen as personally relevant by a majority of the public.
Our “confirmation bias” — an elementary part of social psychology — explains how we seek comfort in every piece of evidence that confirms we are right and find a way of excluding anything that suggests we are wrong.
North Carolina is so narrowly and deeply divided that, last November, voters ousted a conservative governor in favor of Democrat Roy Cooper – but elected a Republican lieutenant governor as his partner.
A group of researchers, led by the University of Exeter, have contributed to a special issue of the journal Methods in Ecology and Evolutionto examine commonly used social science techniques and provide a checklist for scientists to follow.
A critical part of reaching the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals in 13 years’ time is to ensure that everyone can access equitable and affordable healthcare – more commonly known as universal health coverage.
Whether you like it or not, almost every step you take online is recorded: the websites you visit, the purchases you make, the songs you listen to, the messages you post or read on social sites, and the pages you follow on Facebook.
Two studies – the first of their kind – conducted by YouGov in collaboration with the University of Cambridge Conspiracy and Democracy project, one in February 2015 and the other in March 2016, show that Brits are just as likely to believe in conspiracy theories as Americans.
Today on Hidden Brain, we'll go inside the operating room with Gawande — and hear about a 1930s plane crash that inspired his obsession with checklists — as we explore the subtle biases that cause very smart and very skilled people to become their own worst enemies.
Healthcare staff who regularly share the emotional, social or ethical challenges they face at work experience less anxiety and depression, improved teamwork and increased empathy for patients and colleagues, a study has found.
Mamie Phipps Clark would go on to study psychology and develop valuable research methodology that combined the study of child development and racial prejudice— helping her field incorporate the felt experience of childhood racism.
It is a political practice nearly as old as the United States - manipulating the boundaries of legislative districts to help one party tighten its grip on power in a move called partisan gerrymandering - and one the Supreme Court has never curbed.
Funding cuts and austerity measures are damaging young people’s access to mental health services, with potentially long-term consequences for their mental wellbeing, say researchers at the University of Cambridge.
Universities can stem the tide of polarisation between the higher education elite and the wider public by introducing “inclusive internationalisation” strategies that benefit the whole of society, according to a leading international relations scholar.
In the last two decades of the 19th century, a new word began to appear in the writings of biologists and zoologists across Europe, inspired by the work of Charles Darwin. “Degeneration” referred to a subset of the evolutionary story by which a species or subspecies began to lose ground in the evolutionary game
Laws prohibiting blasphemy are “astonishingly widespread” worldwide, with many laying down disproportionate punishments ranging from prison sentences to lashings or the death penalty, the lead author of a report on blasphemy said.
Science doesn't explain tech's diversity problem - history does
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