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January 6, 2023
How Threatening are Threats
While threat-related language naturally becomes more pervasive during wars and natural disasters, it can also spread as a result of misinformation campaigns, “engagement” algorithms, and social contagion effects. Improving our understanding of the threat environment thus has become an urgent imperative.
June 4, 2020
Why some people wear masks but others don’t: A look at the psychology
Reopening the economy has often been framed as a partisan issue in the US. But within households, many families are having their own arguments about how lax or strict they should be about the threat of the virus.
October 25, 2019
Opinion: Can the diaries of ordinary people be used to bridge cultural divides?
Los Angeles Times
Words that carry weight: In a University of Maryland study, Pakistanis and Americans who read diaries from the others’ culture often came away with a more positive and tolerant perspective.
April 2, 2019
Women Don't Just Face a Pay Gap at Work. They're Also Punished Far More Than Men
On Equal Pay Day, we rightly focus on how a woman would have to work over three months more in order to make what her male counterpart did last year for the same full time work — a gender pay gap that amounts to about $900 billion in annual lost earnings for women holding full-time jobs. But inequities in the workplace go far beyond wage disparity.
January 28, 2019
Tight or Loose: How Culture Impacts Everything, Even Your Job
According to a new book by cultural psychologist Michele Gelfand, “Rule Makers, Rule Breakers: How Tight and Loose Cultures Wire Our World,” much of the diversity in the way we think and act derives from a key difference—how tightly or loosely we adhere to social norms. Looking a countries, states, cities, workplaces and even families, Gelfand shows how tight and loose cultures shape our entire lives, and play a big role in the decisions we make around where we live, what company we work for and how we approach others.
January 17, 2019
Tight and Loose Cultures: A Conversation with Michele Gelfand
Michele Gelfand is Professor of Psychology at the University of Maryland and author of an eye-opening new book on the role that culture—and specifically how strictly different cultures enforce norms—plays in our lives.
December 17, 2018
Radicalism and Cultural Homelessness
Minerva Research Initiative
Events like the 2015 Paris attacks, the 2015 San Bernardino shootings, the 2016 Orlando Pulse Nightclub shooting, the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, and others since are seared into our memories. While many details of these attacks were different, they do have a striking commonality: these attacks were perpetrated by immigrant residents or citizens of the targeted country. Such tragedies raise a puzzling question: what would make someone turn against their own country?
October 2, 2018
One Reason Mergers Fail: The Two Cultures Aren’t Compatible
Harvard Business Review
Amazon’s 2017 acquisition of Whole Foods was met with a lot of fanfare. In the words of Whole Foods CEO John Mackey, the partnership was “love at first sight.” A year later, such optimism seems hard to find at Whole Foods.
December 13, 2013
In de buurtsuper verraad je een winkeldief eerder
Speltheorie is nu ook doorgebroken in de psychologie. Een psycholoog van de universiteit van Maryland heeft in samenwerking met informatici een computermodel ontwikkeld, dat laat zien hoe mensen reageren wanneer ze een winkeldief betrappen: geven ze hem aan of lopen ze door?
October 2, 2013
Societies with rigid cultural values produce more terrorists
Homeland Security News Wire
Examining more than 80,000 terrorist attacks which occurred between 1970 and 2007, researchers find that cultural values and norms which promote rigid thinking are related to a greater number of terrorist attacks or fatalities.
May 29, 2011
Nations: Loose or tight?
Research suggests that our essential differences are not economic, political, or religious. They are historical, rooted in a people’s vulnerability to war, disease, and other threats in the deep past. It’s a powerful insight, with implications for us all.
May 26, 2011
Bedrohte Gesellschaften setzen auf Regeln
Je mehr eine Nation mit Gefahren wie etwa Kriegen, Krankheiten, Naturkatastrophen, einer zu hohen Bevölkerungsdichte oder Ressourcenknappheit zu kämpfen hat - oder in der Vergangenheit hatte -, desto eher prägen Forschern zufolge strengere Regeln sowie soziale Normen das Miteinander.
May 26, 2011
Warum Normen für manche Länder so wichtig sind
Bild Der Wissenschaft
Einen Riss, der die gesamte Welt durchzieht ? so nennt Michele Gelfand, Sozialpsychologin an der University of Maryland, die zum Teil beträchtlichen kulturellen Unterschiede zwischen Ländern mit strengen gesellschaftlichen Normen und solchen, in denen kaum Wert auf Normen gelegt wird.
May 26, 2011
Pesquisa lista Brasil entre países mais liberais
O país mais restrito do mundo parece ser o Paquistão, e o mais liberal no continente americano seria o Brasil, seguido da Venezuela. O México é um pouco mais restrito que liberal. Essas são algumas das conclusões de um estudo realizado com quase 7 mil pessoas em 33 países para determinar o nível de rigidez ou flexibilidade nas suas sociedades.