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How Storytelling Can Motivate Us to Help Others

A new study finds that personal stories – instead of cold facts – make people want to help keep others safe.

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Vaccines: Philosophical, moral beliefs tied to religion determine acceptance

A longitudinal study conducted pre-COVID-19 considered Americans' attitudes toward vaccines for the flu, measles, HPV, and others.

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The Black Lives Matter Movement, but not COVID-19, Encouraged Voters Toward Biden in the 2020 Election

As swing voters registered more awareness about discrimination against Black Americans, they became more likely to vote for the party they felt would best rectify that — Democrats.

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Want to Reduce Political Polarization? Start by Looking Beyond Politics

Is bonding over non-political similarities the key to depolarizing political discussions? New research sheds light on how even hardliners can be swayed when coming in contact with opposing viewpoints.

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Do Success Stories Cause False Beliefs About Success?

Does explicitly acknowledging bias make us less likely to make biased decisions? A new study examining how people justify decisions based on biased data finds that this is not necessarily the case.

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The Role of Trust and Knowledge in Overcoming Vaccination Hesitancy

A new study finds willingness to be vaccinated against Covid-19 is anchored in factors such as trust in health authorities, knowledge about vaccination in general, flu vaccination history, and patterns of media reliance.

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Mandates Likely Work to Increase Vaccine Uptake

Rather than causing a backlash, vaccination requirements will succeed at getting more people inoculated, according to research from PIK Professor Dolores Albarracín and colleagues at Penn.

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Study Examines Smoking Risk Factors and Prevention Among Transgender and Gender Expansive Adults

A new study aims to fill a critical research gap on effective, culturally sensitive approaches to smoking cessation among transgender and gender expansive individuals.

Jovanova and Woko Win 2021 Ackoff Fellowships

For the seventh year in a row, Annenberg doctoral students have won this fellowship from the Wharton School.

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Misinformation on Twitter Adversely Affects Adults’ Health Decisions

A new study is the first to explore the effect of misinformation on Twitter about e-cigarette harms.