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Mind & Brain

Trayvon Martin's Psychological Killer: Why We See Guns That Aren't There

When George Zimmerman saw Trayvon Martin walking down the street in Sanford, Florida, he quickly assumed that the Black, hoodie-clad teenager was carrying a weapon.He then pulled out his gun and fatally shot the young student, whose hands were gripping nothing more than a bag of Skittles.The fact that George Zimmerman assumed so quickly that Trayvon Martin was armed smacks of the worst kind of prejudice and racism...

March 26, 2012 — Melanie Tannenbaum
Mind & Brain

If It Looks Like a Compliment, and Sounds Like a Compliment...Is It Really a Compliment?

Two weeks ago I was at Science Online 2012, the annual conference for science bloggers and writers in Raleigh, NC. While there, I attended the session on Blogging Science While Female (a more detailed summary of the session can be found here).At the session, many of the women in the room expressed discouragement at how many comments they have received that, while seemingly complimentary, somehow still felt wrong...

January 31, 2012 — Melanie Tannenbaum
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