Social Science Bites

Kathryn Paige Harden on Genetics and Educational Attainment
Social Science Bites
February 1, 2023

Kathryn Paige Harden on Genetics and Educational Attainment

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David Dunning on the Dunning-Kruger Effect
Social Science Bites
January 3, 2023

David Dunning on the Dunning-Kruger Effect

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Claudia Goldin on the Gender Pay Gap
Social Science Bites
December 1, 2022

Claudia Goldin on the Gender Pay Gap

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Will Hutton on the State of Social Science
Science & Social Science
November 1, 2022

Will Hutton on the State of Social Science

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Batja Mesquita on Culture and Emotion

Batja Mesquita on Culture and Emotion

Batja Mesquita, a social psychologist at Belgium’s University of Leuven where she is director of the Center for Social and Cultural Psychology, theorizes that what many would consider universal emotions – say anger or maternal love – are actually products of culture.

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Bobby Duffy on Generation Myths

Bobby Duffy on Generation Myths

In this Social Science Bites podcast, Bobby Duffy offers some key takeaways from the book and his research into the myths and stereotypes that have anchored themselves on generational trends.

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Gerd Gigerenzer on Decision Making

Gerd Gigerenzer on Decision Making

Quite often the ideas of ‘risk’ and of ‘uncertainty’ get bandied about interchangeably, but there’s a world of difference between them. That’s a key message from psychologist Gerd Gigerenzer.

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Ellen Peters on Numeracy

Ellen Peters on Numeracy

A lack of ability of numbers is a serious issue in the world, in particular in the developed world, says Ellen Peters. And she’s trying to do something about that.

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Jonathan Haskel on Intangibles

Jonathan Haskel on Intangibles

The knowledge economy. Intellectual property. Software. Maybe even bitcoin. All pretty much intangible, and yet all clearly real and genuinely valuable. This is the realm where economist Jonathan Haskel of Imperial College London mints his own non-physical scholarship.

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Sheila Jasanoff on Science and Technology Studies

Sheila Jasanoff on Science and Technology Studies

Sheila Jasanoff is a pioneer in the field of STS. That acronym can be unpacked as either ‘science and technology studies’ or ‘science, technology and society.’ Jasanoff — who describes herself as a sociologist of knowledge and a constructivist, trained in law, working in the tradition of the interpretive social sciences – is content with either use.

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John List on Economic Field Experiments

John List on Economic Field Experiments

Behavioral economist John List talks about his work on field experiments and how research done in the natural world can lead to insights that otherwise might be hard to tease out in a lab.

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Kathelijne Koops on Chimps and Tools

Kathelijne Koops on Chimps and Tools

Kathelijne Koops, a biological anthropologist at the University of Zurich, works to determine what makes us human. And she approaches this quest by intensely studying the use of tools by other species across sub-Saharan Africa.

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