Discrimination more likely when resources are scarce

ITHACA, N.Y. – At the height of the Great Recession, psychologist Amy Krosch noticed a troubling trend: people of color seemed to be getting much harder hit than the white population on a number of socioeconomic indicators. She wondered whether something about the psychological effects of economic scarcity might be making pre-recession racial disparities even worse. […]

Why is #PrayforBoston more popular than #PrayforIraq?

Drew Margolin, a professor of communication at Cornell University who studies human dynamics through social media and is co-author of the study “The Ripple of Fear, Sympathy and Solidarity During the Boston Bombings,” says different online reactions in the aftermath of terrorist attacks in the West and Muslim countries are motivated by ‘personal connections,’ not […]