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brave spaces

Safe Spaces, Brave Spaces, and Student Appreciation of Other Worldviews

Kevin Singer is a PhD Student at NC State University and Research Associate for the Interfaith Diversity Experiences and Attitudes Longitudinal Survey (@kevinsinger0). Matthew Mayhew is the William Ray and Marie Adamson Flesher Professor of Educational Administration at The Ohio State University (@MattJMayhewPhD). Alyssa Rockenbach is a professor of higher education at North Carolina State..

hidden tribes

Hidden Tribes: A Study of America’s Polarized Landscape

Sean Stevens is Heterodox Academy’s Research Director. He has a PhD in social psychology from Rutgers University. The international initiative More in Common, in collaboration with Purpose and YouGov, recently released an extensive report on the state of civic life among the American electorate. Reviewing research on how contemporary Americans perceive the political climate in..

silencing fellow citizens

Silencing Fellow Citizens: Conceptualization, Measurement, and Validation of a Scale for Measuring the Belief in the Importance of Actively Silencing Others

Sean Stevens is Heterodox Academy’s Research Director. He has a PhD in social psychology from Rutgers University. A spate of recent publications have focused on the construct of self-censorship (e.g., here, here, and here), extending and expanding the work of Andrew Hayes and his colleagues (e.g., here, here, and here). New research by Yariv Tsfati and..

Why are nondiscrimination statements not diverse?

Why Are Nondiscrimination Statements Not Diverse?

David Rozado is a Senior Lecturer in the College of Enterprise and Development at Otago Polytechnic (New Zealand). The term diversity can be operationalized demographically (in terms of race, gender, nationality and the like) or intellectually (in terms of viewpoints, beliefs, political opinion and the like) (Duarte et al. 2014). Numerous studies have shown the..

Trigger Warning: Empirical Evidence Ahead

Trigger Warning: Empirical Evidence Ahead

Payton Jones is a doctoral student in the Department of Psychology at Harvard University. Readers can follow him on Twitter @paytonjjones Every year, thousands of individuals receive trigger warnings on college campuses, on social media, and even in casual conversation. The vast majority of these individuals do not have any form of PTSD. What is the..

Education is Related to Greater Ideological Prejudice

Education is Related to Greater Ideological Prejudice

Sean Stevens is Heterodox Academy’s Research Director. He has a PhD in social psychology from Rutgers University.  Everyone knows that education makes people more tolerant, right? Well, yes, if you focus on the traditional targets of intolerance that are generally studied in the social sciences, such as members of ethnic, racial, or religious outgroups. A..

race and the race for the white house

Race and the Race for the White House: On Social Research in the Age of Trump

Al-Gharbi argues that when research disparages Trump and his supporters on weak evidentiary grounds, the credibility and viability of the broader social research enterprise is called into question as well. Many on the right already view the humanities and social sciences as essentially “partisan propaganda,” he reminds,  and have called for defunding social research on these grounds. It is therefore imperative that research about these already-skeptical constituents be as fair-minded and rigorous as possible. 

that's not funny

That’s Not Funny: Instrument Validation of the Concern for Political Correctness Scale

The research summarized below by Strauts and Blanton (2015), documents the development of their concern for political correctness scale, as well as two studies validating the predictive utility of that scale.  Briefly, Strauts and Blanton (2015) reported that their concern for political correctness measure consists of two factors, an emotion factor (which measures the likelihood of experiencing a negative emotional response after hearing politically incorrect language) and an activism factor (which measures a willingness to correct others who use politically incorrect language). 

Intellectual Humility and Openness to the Opposing View

Intellectual Humility and Openness to the Opposing View

The results of Porter and Schumann (2017) have direct relevance for Heterodox Academy and the OpenMind Platform.  One of our hypotheses regarding the OpenMind Platform is that it can increase intellectual humility and openness, and that these increases will then have downstream effects on communication between individuals who have opposing views on an issue.  By demonstrating one way to, at least temporarily, increase intellectual humility, Porter and Schumann (2017) have provided a valuable first test of one of OpenMind’s main hypotheses.