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2010-09-29 09:49:00

PETALUMA, Calif., Sept. 29 /PRNewswire/ -- BIAS, Inc. today released SoundSaver - a new software solution for Mac and Windows computing platforms that greatly streamlines the process of converting and restoring LPs and tapes. SoundSaver is easy enough for beginners to use, while delivering professional results with minimal effort and little expense. "For many, the desire to convert old records and tapes is strong, but the patience for learning is limited. SoundSaver simplifies the...

2010-07-28 18:31:01

Confronting someone who makes a prejudiced remark can be a good thing"”but not everyone does it. Researchers at Stanford University studied how and when targets of bias will speak up, and found that they're more likely to do so if they hold a particular belief: that people's personalities can change. In one experiment, students (who were all ethnic minorities and/or women) were told they were going to discuss college admissions with another Stanford student over instant message. (The...

2009-12-17 17:08:03

Tufts study finds white characters on popular shows elicit more positive responses Subtle patterns of nonverbal behavior that appear on popular television programs influence racial bias among viewers, according to research from Tufts University to appear in the December 18, 2009, issue of the journal Science. "Today, racial bias is often revealed via more subtle means than outright racial slurs," said first author Max Weisbuch, Ph.D., a postdoctoral fellow in the psychology department at the...

2009-07-24 07:25:00

People with potentially 'stigmatizing' medical conditions are just as likely as those with less stigmatizing illnesses to allow their personal information to be used for health research. A new study, published in the open access journal BMC Medical Ethics, found that the purpose of the research and the type of information to be collected were more important in determining patients' consent choices. In particular, they were very wary of allowing their personal information to be put to...

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2009-06-02 08:38:54

Teens suffering with depression may forego treatment due to concern about the stigma connected to the disorder, a new study implies. 368 teens with and without depression were questioned, and researchers noted that those with the disease attached a social stigma to depression and were concerned over their families' response to the reason they did not confirm their illness and seek treatment. The study also noted that teens with those concerns were less likely to start counseling six months...

2009-03-24 01:05:28

U.S. researchers suggest that people who share some kind of identity with a group automatically feel positively toward them, regardless of race. Study co-author Jay Van Bavel, a post-doctoral fellow in psychology at Ohio State University in Columbus and colleagues said white people don't show hints of unconscious bias against blacks who belong to the same group as they, but this lack of bias only applied to black people in their group. Most white people in the study still showed evidence of...

2009-03-12 12:28:00

WASHINGTON, March 12 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Congressman Lamar Smith, a Republican representing the 21st District of Texas, called for more accountability from the national media, particularly The New York Times, in an exclusive column posted at BoycottNYT.com. "After years of biased reporting -- reaching a new low with the most one-sided coverage of a presidential campaign in history last year -- The New York Times has lost its credibility. But rather than try to restore it, the Times...

2005-10-07 12:57:32

When evaluating facial attractiveness, participants may fail to notice a radical change to the outcome of their choice, according to a study by researchers at Lund University, Sweden, and New York University. Equally surprising, the study shows that participants may produce confabulatory reports when asked to describe the reasons behind their choices. The findings appear in the October 7 issue of Science. The authors on this paper are Petter Johansson, a graduate student; Lars Hall, a...


Word of the Day
omadhaun
  • A fool; a simpleton: a term of abuse common in Ireland and to a less extent in the Gaelic-speaking parts of Scotland.
This word is partly Irish in origin.