Do Queen Bees Rule the Office? Race-conscious College Admissions, plus more weekly links


A selection of recent behavioral science news, articles, and resources of note:

  • In the workplace, is the biggest barrier women face other women? While, the idea of a queen bee dominating an office might create a buzz, research suggests women, more often, look out for one another. However, their behavior is perceived differently than their male counterparts. Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant explain that “It’s time for all of us to stop judging the same behavior more harshly when it comes from a woman rather than a man. Women can disagree—even compete—and still have one another’s backs. (New York Times).


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  • Do as I say not as I do. Recent research suggests those who espouse moral absolutes may be the most prone to acting hypocritically when large sums of money are involved. (Journal of Economic Psychology)
  • Are selfies ruining empathy? According to psychologist and parenting expert, Michele Borba, yes, they are. In her latest book, Unselfie, she discusses this “selfie syndrome” and provides advice for parents and their children. She suggests that “The problem is that kids are tuning into themselves, and what we need to do is flip the lens and start looking at others.” (New York Times)
  • This past week was eventful for the U.S. Supreme Court. One notably decision was the continued support of race-conscious college admissions. President of the American Psychological Association (APA), Susan McDaniel, revealed her, and the organization’s, support for the decision stating that “Institutions of higher education have a compelling interest in fostering diversity to ensure that all students enjoy an atmosphere that is most conducive to learning.” (American Psychological Association)
  • Three years ago, the scientific community tried to push Andre Fenton and Todd Sacktor’s  research on memory, out of their memory. Undeterred, Fenton and Sacktor have new data on the importance of PKMzeta, a single molecule in the brain associated with altering neurons to form long-term memories. Carl Zimmer explores the story of Fenton, Sacktor, their test-mice, and the controversial molecule, PKMzeta. (Stat News)

-Edited by Rinpoche Price-Huish-