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The Racial Identities Multiracial People Adopt May Depend on How Others Treat Them

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The answer to the question “Who am I?” is growing more complex in an increasingly multiracial culture. And, the answer may depend on multiracial people’s social experiences.

A Different Kind of Identity

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People's identities can separate them from others—or bring them together.

If You Were Conceived from Donated Sperm or Eggs, Would You Want to Contact Your Parent?

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Finding out that you were conceived from donated sperm or eggs can be quite a shock. How people react depends on their approach to relationships.

Showing Up and Showing Off

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Do professional athletes who’ve recently been traded have something to prove when they play against their old teammates? Yes, and they seem to use this to their advantage.

Why do People Believe in the “True Self”?

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Although intuitively appealing, the belief that each person has a true self may be just a quirk of the human mind.

Psychology News Roundup: ICYMI March 29, 2019

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Envy, education, and the real reason people procrastinate; just a few of the gems in this week's roundup. Read on for the latest in social and personality psychology news and research. Recently in the news, written a post, or have selections you'd like us to consider? Email us, use the hashtag #SPSPblog, or tweet us directly @spspnews. 

Are Men Seen as ‘More American’ Than Women?

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Women make up 50.8 percent of the U.S. population and have equal voting rights, yet are politically underrepresented. The country has never had a female president or vice president. Only 3.5 percent of Supreme Court justices have been women, and women make up only 20 percent of Congress.

Can We Foresee the Future? Explaining and Predicting Cultural Change

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What does the future hold? Our enduring fascination with predicting the future is reflected on the silver screen, as excitement builds over the Blade Runner sequel. We continue being mesmerized by ancient prophecies, such as Nostradamus' Quatrains. And we certainly pay very well to pundits, economists, and intelligence analysts who try to predict coming social, economic, and political events. Unfortunately, this abiding interest in prediction has not translated into the ability to forecast future events with much accuracy.