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Stories by Erika Beras

Clark Kent's Glasses Aided His Anonymity

Slightly altering one’s appearance—even with glasses—can indeed hinder facial recognition by others. Erika Beras reports.

October 24, 2016 — Erika Beras

Great Migration Left Genetic Legacy

Reseachers have started to examine the genetic traces of the movement of some six million African-Americans from the south to the north and west between 1910 and 1970.  

October 2, 2016 — Erika Beras

People Pick Familiar Foods Over Favorites

A study found that the stronger a subject's memory of a particular food, the more likely they were to choose it again, even over foods they professed to enjoy more  

November 27, 2015 — Erika Beras

Women Candidates Face Implicit Bias Hurdle

Volunteers taking an "implicit bias" test who were unlikely to associate images of women with leadership titles like executive or president were far less likely to vote for a woman in a race against a man of equal qualification  

November 25, 2015 — Erika Beras

TV Crime Shows Influence Sex Consent Views

College students who watched episodes of the various Law & Order episodes had a better understanding of sexual consent issues than those who watched two other crime procedural franchises  

October 22, 2015 — Erika Beras

Dust Reveals Who You Are and Where You Live

Scientists dissected dust bunnies from across the country and found some interesting patterns; their work will help allergy sufferers and forensic scientists

October 19, 2015 — Erika Beras and Benjamin Meyers

Babies Just Want to Be Smiled at

By studying the interactions of babies and their mothers, researchers determined that babies smile in hopes others will smile at them. Erika Beras reports

October 8, 2015 — Erika Beras

Marijuana Muddies Memory and Mixes with Alcohol to Make Trouble

People who smoke pot and drink are twice as likely to do both at the same time than to do just one, with the combo associated with bad decision-making; and chronic pot smokers who had not indulged in a month were still more likely to have faulty memories than were nonsmokers. Erika Beras reports  

July 1, 2015 — Erika Beras