Genetics and Violence

The purpose of this study is to examine how different people think about violence as a genetic trait that can be passed down. We want to know how much responsibility people with a genetic predisposition for violent behavior are believed to have for their actions. We also want to know what kinds of policies people believe should be applied to people with a genetic predisposition for violent behavior. Scientists are discovering new genetic markers for all kinds of traits every day, but our question in this project is what those genetic markers mean to the public and what kinds of policies should be passed as a result. Participants in this study will be asked to read a scenario about a particular individual and use information from that scenario as well as their personal beliefs to answer questions related to violence and policy. Participants will also be asked to provide some demographic information about themselves.

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Politicizing the Brain

In this experiment, you will read a brief excerpt from an article adapted from The Atlantic news magazine and answer a few reflection questions about political identity.

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How do you judge a face?

The purpose of this 5-minute study is to understand whether adults use information (1) about social group membership (such as race or gender), (2) about personality (as conveyed through facial expression and physiognomy), or (3) both when making judgments about whether another person is nice or mean. In this study specifically, we are interested in people's automatic responses in using these types of information.

This particular project is part of a larger program of research looking at the developmental trajectory of character inferences across social groups. That is, the research is asking whether children and adults focus on the same type of information (be it about social group membership or individual personality) when forming judgments of another person. Ultimately, this research will help us understand how and when we divide the world into “us” and “them”.

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Symbolic Racism

In this survey, you will be asked a series of questions about politics and racism.

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Media Topic Effects

In this experiment, you will be asked some questions about recent news topics. For each topic, please let us know if you typically associate seeing that topic in the news with Democrats, Republicans, or neither.

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Memory and Opinion

This survey is part of a larger research project on preferences, memory, and opinion. In this survey, you will be asked to complete simple questions about retail stores and items inside of them. Participation should take approximately 5 minutes. 

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