Social science

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Racial bias taints neighborhoods — and residents, research reveals

The health and well-being of residents is jeopardized by bias about where they live.

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Hang in there. As couples age, humor replaces bickering

A study of longtime married pairs finds less rancor and more tenderness as time goes by.

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So cute you could crush it?

If you've ever wanted to pinch a baby's cheeks, you've suffered from cute aggression. Here's what that means.

Family around a Thanksgiving table

How to avoid a Thanksgiving battle over politics

Don't want to get into it with your in-laws? Here's three tips to keep things civil over the holidays.

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The true cost of free shipping

Online shopping isn’t helping the climate-change fight — but there are simple solutions.

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Gratitude is good — even if it doesn’t always feel like it

How to navigate the potential pratfalls of giving and showing your thanks.

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How rants on social media can come back to haunt you

Negativity tends to boomerang back on those who start it — and persists much longer than positive comments do.

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Will changing how we vote change who votes?

As California counties begin to implement Voter’s Choice Act, researchers assess effects on turnout and representation.

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Tetris: It could be the salve for a worried mind

New research suggests the classic video game represents “flow” — a state of blissful distraction.

How to study less and learn more

Ditch the highlighter. Stop re-reading over and over again. Quiz yourself instead. 

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